A Practical Introduction to Genomics and Bioinformatics: A Clinician Education Session

Update (November 15, 2018): Thank you for your interest but registration is now closed due to maximum capacity.

The Cancer Genomics and Tumor Immunotherapy Symposium will holding an Education Session on Thursday, November 15th, 2018. The purpose of the education session is to provide clinicians with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of genomics and bioinformatics with an emphasis on the practical and laboratory aspects.

Target Audience

This session is designed for Residents, Fellows, Postdoctoral Researchers and trainees with an interest in molecular oncology and developing translational research projects.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the structure and function of the genome and how it relates to oncogenesis and the cancer patient
  • Be able to compare and contrast the various sequencing platforms that exist both in a clinical and research setting
  • Understand a clinical and research genomics report. In addition be able to navigate and interrogate the cBioPortal platform.
  • Understand the principles of bioinformatics and how it is used for genomic and proteomic analysis


There is no fee to attend the education session. Slots are limited to 30 attendees on a first come first serve basis: 15 slots for clinical residents/fellows and 15 slots for postdoctoral researchers and trainees.


  • DATE: 15th November 2018 (1 day prior to CGP/TIP symposium)
  • LOCATION: 700 University Ave, Level 7, Room 7-114, Toronto, ON, M5G 1X6


12:30 – 12:55
Lunch (provided)
12:55 – 1:00
Aaron Hansen
Genomics Sessions
1:00 – 1:30
Basics of Genomics and the Different Sequencing Platforms
Neil Winegarden
1:30 – 2:00
Navigating large-scale cancer genomics data with cBioportal
Cindy Yang
2:00 – 2:30
Germline Tumor Testing and Genetic Screening
Raymond Kim
2:30 - 2:40
Bioinformatics Sessions
2:40 – 3:10
Basics of Bioinformatics for Genomics
Jon Torchia
3:10 – 3:50
Basics of Bioinformatics for Proteomics
Jon Torchia
3:50pm to 4:00pm
FEEDBACK and Conclusion
Aaron Hansen


  • Each session is 30 minutes long with a 25 minute presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions at the end of the session.