ePerMed Workshop “Functional annotation of genome-wide variants”, March 14-15, 2017 – Génopode, UNIL

2nd ePerMed Workshop

“Functional annotation of genome-wide variants”


March 14-15, 2017

Genopode building, Lausanne, Switzerland




Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends,


The European Commission-funded ePerMed project  (http://epermed.ut.ee) is aiming to increase the scientific excellence in the fields of functional and statistical genomics of common and rare diseases and to capitalising on knowledge transfer from three internationally renowned partners – the Estonian Genome Center (EGC) at the University of Tartu (Tartu, Estonia), the Center for Integrative Genomics (CIG) at the University of Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland) and the Finnish Institute of Molecular Medicine (FIMM) at the University of Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland).


With the goal of furthering these primary objectives, and to discuss them with the broader scientific and clinical community, the members of the ePerMed consortium organize a workshop entitled “Functional annotation of genome-wide variants” will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, March 14-15, 2017.

Please register at: http://www.eformular.com/merike/epermed.html 

Poster: ePermedWS


The confirmed speakers list includes eleven eminent invited speakers outside the consortium and four invited talks by the partner institutes. The younger generation of scientists will get a chance to communicate their research through selected platform presentations and flash-talks during the poster sessions. We hope that the scientific program and social events will allow the members of the scientific and clinical community to share views, progress, and ideas.


 ePerMed partners – EGC, FIMM and CIG

Alexandre Reymond and Katrin Männik, CIG, University of Lausanne



Center for Integrative Genomics

Genopode building

University of Lausanne

CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland



 1. Human genome variation and disease

2. Animal models of human disease

3. Experimental models to tackle phenotypic diversity in complex disease

4. Common variants, complex phenotypes



 Steve Brown, Mammalian Genetics Unit, MRC Harwell, Oxford, United Kingdom

Emmanouil T. Dermitzakis, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Ype Elgersma, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Yann Hérault, IGBMC, Institut Clinique de la Souris, Illkirch, France

Nicholas Katsanis, Duke University Center for Modeling Human Disease, Durham, NC, USA

James R. Lupski, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

Mait Metspalu, Estonian Biocenter, Tartu, Estonia

Michael Talkowski, Harvard Medical School, USA, Boston, MA, USA

Shamil R. Sunyaev, Harvard Medical School, USA, Boston, MA, USA

Lisenka Vissers, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Binnaz Yalcin, IGBMC, Institut Clinique de la Souris, Illkirch, France


Speakers of the ePerMed Project

Krista Fischer, EGC, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia

Samuli Ripatti, FIMM, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Emmy Verschuren, FIMM, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland



 The Workshop is targeted to postgraduate and graduate students, as well as senior-level researchers working in clinical, basic and translational research.

The Workshop will be organized in a form of oral presentations and posters. The Program will include dedicated poster viewing time. Junior scientists are encouraged to challenge their results and presenting skills by submitting abstracts for short talks and flash-presentations during poster sessions.



Participants who would like to present an oral or poster presentation should submit an abstract for consideration by the Scientific Committee. The Scientific Committee will determine whether the abstract will be accepted for a short talk or poster presentation.


The abstracts should be submitted in English and not exceed 250 words, excluding title, authors and affiliations. The presenting author is required to ensure that all co-authors are aware of the content of the abstract before submission. Only the abstracts of registered participating will be included in the Program and online Book of Abstracts. The first author is expected to attend the conference and be present for oral presentation or poster discussion.


Abstracts should be submitted via the online submission form available on the ePerMed project web site


Abstracts must be allocated to one of the following list of topics:


1. Human genome variation and disease

2. Animal models of human disease

3. Experimental models to tackle phenotypic diversity in complex disease

4. Common variants, complex phenotypes




Abstract Submission Deadline: January 29, 2017




Further instructions for preparation of oral presentations and posters will be sent together with acceptance notifications.





One may register online by logging on to the following web site:




Registration Opens: November 15, 2016


Registration Deadline: February 15, 2017



The registration fee for participants affiliated with one of the ePerMed partner laboratories is free of charge. Registration for the Conference is mandatory. 



For the participants outside of ePerMed partner institutes the registration fee 50 CHF includes: admission to all scientific sessions (oral and poster presentations), conference materials, coffee breaks and light-refreshments on both days, as well lunch on Wednesday.