This year, the American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG) decided to hold the Interactive Workshops separately from their October 2021 annual meeting. This means that even if you weren’t able to attend the conference a few months ago, there is still time to participate in the workshops and you don’t even have to be a member of ASHG.
In fact, the January 2022 workshops are now open for registration!
There is exciting content lined up – you are getting not one, but TWO AnVIL-based workshops. These workshops will give you the opportunity to learn to run cutting-edge analyses using popular bioinformatics tools in a cloud-based environment that provides unprecedented access to data, tools, and computing capabilities. Check out the workshop descriptions below to get a taste of what you can expect:
Structural variant discovery from long-read sequencing data on the cloud with Galaxy in Terra
Date/Time: January 19, 2022 at 12:00 pm (EST)
In this session, you will explore an end-to-end structural variant discovery analysis using Galaxy, a popular bioinformatics application that provides access to data analysis tools through a user-friendly graphical interface. The instructors will be using Galaxy in Terra to provide live demonstrations. By attending this workshop, you will learn how to:
- Bring data into a project workspace in Terra
- Combine data (your own or controlled access) with an open-access dataset
- Launch a Galaxy instance in Terra and run a complete workflow to identify SVs
- Visualize results and identify potentially pathogenic variants
Reproducible Analysis of Human Pangenome Data using the AnVIL
Date/Time: January 26, 2022 at 12:00 pm (EST)
This session will explore and demonstrate open-access data from the Human Pangenome Reference Consortium (HPRC), an NHGRI funded initiative to create a more diverse and comprehensive reference human pangenome. The instructors will walk through how to access this data and workflows in the AnVIL. The participants of this workshop will learn how to:
- Access and explore Human Pangenome Data hosted by AnVIL
- Search for bioinformatics workflows in Dockstore and export them to a Terra workspace
- Configure and launch a Docker-based WDL workflow to conduct a parallel analysis
This is a great opportunity to level up your skills and tackle some interesting analyses at the same time, so we hope you’ll take advantage of it. ASHG workshops are open to anyone interested in learning more about accessing and analyzing data in the cloud; programming experience is not required.
Check out the workshop information page to learn more about the sessions. Note that ASHG offers discounted prices for students and trainees as you can see in the pricing list below.
Keep in mind that if the scheduled dates and times don’t work for you, the workshop recordings and all related materials will remain available on demand for an extended period after the initial live session, so you can choose to work through them on your own at a time that is more convenient for you.
If you can’t wait until the January sessions, you can already work through the first set of workshops that took place in September and included a workshop on the BRAIN Initiative’s NeMO resources (learn more about NeMO on the Terra blog).