Following on from the success of the previous four conferences, the fifth Beyond the Genome hosted by Genome Biology and Genome Medicine brought together leading researchers to present the latest insights into cancer genomics, and covered topics ranging from the biology of cancer genomes to cancer systems and networks to pan-cancer insights.

The conference went beyond cancer genomics to explore potential therapies and discuss translation of genomes into clinical use. The well-established bioinformatics day was also  included again and focused on cancer genome informatics and data visualization.

Organizing committee

Lynda Chin (MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA)
Gad Getz (Massachusetts General Hospital and Broad Institute, USA)
Nuria Lopez-Bigas (University Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
Jan Korbel (EMBL, Germany)
Michael Schatz (Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory, USA)
Jan Aerts (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Louisa Flintoft (Genome Medicine, UK)
Maria Hodges (Genome Medicine, UK)

Beyond the Genome 2014 Program

BTG 2013

Hosted by Genome Biology and Genome MedicineBeyond the Genome 2013 was set against the backdrop of the beautiful bay area of San Francisco, at the Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, USA. It was an exciting and interactive conference and highlights were the methodological and medical advances made in the single cell field, from scientists such as Stephen Quake and the challenges facing the cancer genomics community with regard to data and privacy, as discussed by David Haussler.

Organizing committee

Mario Caccamo (The Genome Analysis Centre, UK)
Clare Garvey (Genome Biology)
Nicholas Navin (The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA)
Yingrui Li (BGI-Shenzhen, China)
Alicia Oshlack (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Royal Children’s Hospital, Australia)
Michael Schatz (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA)

Beyond the Genome 2013 Program


Genome Medicine and Genome Biology were pleased to have hosted the third annual Beyond the Genome conference at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA from 27 – 29 September 2012. The aim of the conference was to discuss next-generation sequencing and other new technologies, informatic tools, and how these are being used to identify common and rare disease-causing mutations in the research laboratory and toward the clinic. Themes included cancer genomics from discovery sequencing to genome guided therapy, epigenomic technologies and applications, and inherited disease beyond the candidate gene approach. There was also be an informatics workshop.

Organizing committee 

David Dooling (Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, USA)
Rebecca Furlong (Editor, Genome Medicine, UK)
James R. Lupski (Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, USA)
John McPherson (Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Canada)
Oliver Rando (University of Massachusetts Medical School, Boston, USA)

Beyond the Genome 2012 program

BTG 2011

Genome Biology, in conjunction with Genome Medicine, hosted the second annual Beyond the Genome conference at The Universities at Shady Grove. The 2011 conference included a Genome Informatics Workshop before the 3 day conference which focused on cancer genomics, the human microbiome and exome and genomic sequencing and how these approaches are being used to identify common and rare disease-causing mutations. Technological as well as medical or biological perspectives were all discussed.

Organizing committee

Elaine Mardis (Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, USA)
Karen Nelson (J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, USA)
Mike Schatz (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY, USA)
Jay Shendure (University of Washington, Seattle, USA)
Clare Garvey (Genome Biology’s)

Beyond the Genome 2011 program


This international conference brought together leading researchers and industry representatives who reviewed recent progress in key areas of post-genomic research in biology and medicine and charted future developments, including the Human Microbiome Project and the resequencing of matched tumour and normal genomes from specific types of cancers. A cloud computing workshop, open to all delegates, provided an exciting opportunity to discuss recent and forthcoming developments in this critical and fast-moving field with policy makers and commercial and academic representatives of the genomics community and cloud platforms.

Organizing committee

Michele Clamp (Bioteam, Boston, USA)
Clare Garvey (Genome Biology, London, UK)
Elaine Mardis (Washington University School of Medicine, USA)
Steven McCarroll (Harvard Medical School, USA)
Chris Ponting (University of Oxford, UK)
Steven Salzberg(University of Maryland, USA)
Sarah Tishkoff (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Jun Wang (Beijing Genomics Institute, China)

Beyond the Genome 2010 program