ICGC-TCGA SMC DREAM Challenge highlighted in Nature Genetics

A great correspondence was published in Nature Genetics today regarding the ICGC-TCGA DREAM Somatic Mutation Calling (SMC) Challenge¹. Organizers highlight the unique nature of this challenge including its possible impact on the broad research community, the ability for challenge infrastructure to assist in the peer review process, and the resulting ‘living benchmark’ for the bioinformatics community.

To get more information or to sign up for the Somatic Mutation Calling Challenge, visit the SMC Challenge Project in Synapse or watch the kickoff webinar.

 

¹Butros P, Ewing A, Ellrott K, Norman T, Dang K, Hu Y, Kellen M, Suver C, Bare C, Stein L, Spellman P, Stolovitzky G, Friend S, Margolin A, Stuart J. Global optimization of somatic variant identification in cancer genomes with a global community challenge. Nature Genetics 46, 318–319 (2014). doi:10.1038/ng.2932

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About Brian Bot
I am a Principal Scientist working in Computational Oncology at Sage Bionetworks in Seattle, Washington and Community Manager for our technology platforms. Previously, I worked in the Department of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics at the Mayo Clinic for 7 years. This work included 7 years of dealing with cancer clinical trial data as part of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center (MCCC). I have extensive experience in working with clinical and genomic data and have a passion for exploring innovative ways to make science more open and transparent. My current work involves both doing innovative research in computational oncology as well as serving as a bridge between biomedical researchers and technology development. At its heart, this work is driven to re-envision how scientists can ensure reproducibility of their research results and communicate complex science to one another and to the public at large. I have been an invited speaker at a number of national and international events to share my experiences living at the intersection of biomedical research and technology.

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