The tranSMART Foundation Announces 2015 Annual Meeting

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Industry Experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms & Scientific Computing SCAI, Harvard Medical School, Netherlands Cancer Institute, and Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre Among the Keynote Speakers

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The tranSMART Foundation, a non-profit organization providing a global, open-source knowledge management platform for scientists to share pre-competitive translational research data, today announced that its 2015 tranSMART Annual Meeting will be held October 19-21, 2015 at the National Cancer Institute of the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

Three of the keynote speakers confirmed will include:

  • Emile Voest, MD, Ph.D., medical director for the Netherlands Cancer Institute – “Precision Medicine, Targeted Cancer Therapies”
  • Martin Hofman-Apitius, Ph.D., head of Bioinformatics at Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms & Scientific Computing SCAI – “Integration of Computable Disease Models in tranSMART-PLUS Knowledge Bases”
  • Paul Avillach, MD, Ph.D., assistant professor, Harvard Medical School – “Future Trends in Translational Medicine”
  • Bastiaan Bloem, MD, Ph.D., neurologist at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Wearable Sensors – “The (Parkinson) Care of the Future”

The Platinum sponsor for the event is Rancho BioSciences. Gold-level sponsors include: Thomson Reuters, DExStR and thehyve. BT-Global Services is a lunch sponsor.

“Each year the Annual Meeting gets better and better with increased engagement from our members and more exciting developments, projects and future plans to discuss,” said tranSMART Foundation CEO Keith Elliston, PhD. “This year, we have a lot of new faces and organizations attending and sharing their research developments at the conference. We look forward to hearing about all the new types of data being used in tranSMART and the new studies and analyses leveraging the platform.”

The three-day conference will include the four keynote presentations, as well as a collection of 25+ interactive presentations from industry experts, more 20 poster presentations, three advanced training sessions, meetings of and presentations by the 3C Committees (Code, Content and Community) on their activities, and a Hackathon that will be conducted during the meeting and reported at the end. Furthermore, there will be a summary of the Foundation’s first Datathon that was held June/July 2015 on Cross Neurodegenerative Diseases and the conclusions of each of the five teams will be presented.

Details on submitting posters, becoming a sponsor and other event information can be found on the Foundation website.

Following the tranSMART Annual Meeting, eTRIKS (European Translational Information and Knowledge Management Services), a project leveraging the tranSMART platform, will hold its Community Meeting on October 22, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the World Trade Center in Amsterdam. The meeting will focus on “What can eTRIKS do for you?”. Attendees will learn and discuss the benefits experienced by eTRISK supported projects and see the new technology currently being worked on by eTRIKS developers. Click here for more details on the event.

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About The tranSMART Foundation
The tranSMART Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides an open-source, cloud-based, data-sharing and analysis platform that enables scientists at universities, disease foundations, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies around the world to share pre-competitive data in a way that saves money and time in translating research findings into new therapies and diagnostic tools. Founded to steward the tranSMART platform, the Foundation is headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts with Centers of Excellence in Ann Arbor, Mich.; London, England; Boston, Mass.; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. The tranSMART Foundation can also be found on the web at


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