As you all will recall, since most of you directly participated in the 1st TCGA (The Cancer Genome Atlas)-themed conference in Pune in September 2019. Over 350 delegates comprising of onco-clinicians, basic researchers, bioinformaticians, geneticists, translational researchers, big-data scientists, bioethicists and regulatory experts attended the event.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, even though initially planned, it is not possible to organize a 2nd TCGA-themed conference in Pune in 2020. However, considering the strong interest and several requests from participants and stakeholders alike, Centre for Translational Cancer Research (CTCR, a joint initiative of IISER Pune and Prashanti Cancer Care Mission, Pune ) , Persistent Systems and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)- Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology are jointly organizing the 2nd TCGA-themed virtual workshop and conference on December 3 – 5, 2020. This online conference will be based on the theme ‘Towards Team Science for Multi-omics Cancer Research in South Asia’.