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Gathering On Functional Annotation of ANimal Genomes (GO-FAANG Workshop)

A summary of the workshop was published on Animal Genetics, 47(5), 528–533; Oct 2016
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Updated: Aug 05, 2015, 09:17am CDT

The GO-FAANG workshop was convened on October 7-8, 2015 at the US National Academy of Sciences Building on the National Mall, 2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418. (see news.)

The purpose of this meeting was to exchange information and develop plans for organizing the FAANG effort world-wide.

Several Plenary speakers provided inspirations for attendees to look forward to the value of functional annotation. The majority of the meeting time was devoted to small and large group discussion of priorities and needs of the FAANG project.

Attended include genome scientists, industry and funding agency representatives from the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.


All live sessions were held in National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Building Room 120 and was available online via Zoom.us. Additional seating were provided in NAS Rm 118, where a web simulcast of the NAS 120 presentations was available.
October 7, 2015 (Wednesday)

Combined Session 1: The Exceptional Value of Functional Genomics Data
Chair: Christopher Tuggle (Iowa State University)
Catherine Woteki (Chief Scientist and Under Secretary, USDA)
05:25-05:40FAANG: Charge to Attendees
Chair: Christopher Tuggle (Iowa State University)
05:40-06:40Plenary talk 1: Decoding complex genomes
John Stamatoyannopoulos (U Washington)

Format: 45 minute lecture with 15 minutes of follow-up questions

06:40-07:30Light bites and social hour in the West Court
October 8, 2015 (Thursday)

Combined Session 2: What is needed for Genome to Phenome (G2P)?
Stephen White (USDA-ARS and Washington State University),
Brian Dalrymple (CSIRO)
08:00-08:10Welcoming remarks
Sonny Ramaswamy (Director, USDA- NIFA) and
William Zamer (Deputy Division Director, NSF)
08:10-08:25FAANG Status on Data creation
Elisabetta Giuffra (INRA-Jouy-en-josas)
08:25-09:25Plenary Talk 2. Topic: A biologists 'mud map' to genome atlas projects.
Christine Wells, University of Queensland & University of Glasgow

Format: 30 minute lecture with 30 min of questions

09:25-09:40FAANG Status on Data storage and analysis and challenges
Laura Clarke (EMBL-EBI)
09:40-10:40Plenary Talk 3. Topic: Data infrastructure for analysis and discovery
Paul Flicek (EMBL-EBI).

Format: 30 minute lecture with ~30 min of questions

10:40-11:10Coffee Break
11:10-12:10Funding agencies perspectives on Genome to Phenome

  • National Science Foundation: William Zamer
  • Canadian Genome Enterprise: David Bailey
  • US Department of Agriculture: Parag Chitnis
  • National Institutes of Health: Ravi N. Ravindranath
  • Biotech and Biolog Sci Res Council (BBSRC): Stephen Elsby
  • European Commission: Jean-Charles Cavitte
Format: ~10 minutes talk per agency
12:10-01:30Lunch in the West Court
01:30-02:30Poster session (Great Hall; Posters are available from early morning)
Breakout sessions:
02:30-04:00Breakout 1: Data creation (NAS 120)

Discussion Leader: Elisabetta Giuffra and Huaijun Zhou
Recorders: Hans Cheng, Joan Lunney

Discuss current challenges in standardizing sample collection and assays due to the specific complexities of domesticated animals, and explore options on how to implement the next phase of FAANG.

02:30-04:00Breakout 2: Data analysis (NAS 118)
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Discussion Leader: Martien Groenen and Mick Watson
Recorders: Stephen White, Pablo Ross

Review how to identify and deploy best-in-class tools for data analysis as well as the challenges presented by the evolving quality of reference genome sequences for the target species and compliance with the Toronto principles on data sharing to protect the interests of data generators.

03:00-03:30Coffee Break (note: coffee break is during breakout sessions)

Combined Session 3: The Way Forward
Chair: Caird Rexroad (USDA-ARS)
04:00-05:00 NSF Funded Genome2Phenome RCN
Carl Schmidt

Report back from breakout sessions (30 minutes each group)
Discussion leaders and recorders from each group led a summary of findings and ideas to take forward

05:00-05:30Ideas taken, next steps summary

The Way Forward
Chair/Discussion leaders: Laura Clarke, Jim Reecy, Jiuzhou Song

06:00-07:00Social hour in the Great Hall
07:00-08:30Dinner in the Great Hall
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