- To give European scientists the opportunity to contribute effectively to the next phase of the International Human Genome Programme.
- To develop a co-ordinated programme of Genome Workshops (GWs) which will meet the evolving needs of genome scientists.
- To provide a centralised mechanism for the efficient channelling of an EU contribution to Genome Workshops.
Support will be provided for core funding for Genome Workshops in Europe, and for travel costs to those held outside the EU, to allow eligible European scientists to contribute new data to workshops both in Europe and abroad. These will build on the success of the Single Chromosome Workshop programme, which came to an end as an international entity at the beginning of 1997, and has shown the importance of workshops as a means of sharing data and resources, and of enhancing international collaboration.
These Genome Workshops aim to meet the changing needs of genome research and will therefore encompass a broad range of topics which will include: genome organisation; mutation detection and analysis; computational analysis; cross-species comparisons; sequencing. Specific topics for some workshops have been identified and include such important topics as the genetics of common disease, gene expression in development, disease models in mammals and the analysis of QTLs, the evolution of vertebrate genomes, methods for mutation screening, and comparative screening.
The success of the project will be monitored and measured by its achievement in meeting its objectives in terms of data generated and outcomes delivered, such as the preparation of timely workshop reports and submission of related data to public databases. Workshops will be managed within guidelines similar to those established in previous contacts and approved by HUGO. The co-ordinator and partners will assist workshop organisers in the preparation of workshop programmes and the selection of participants and provide effective liaison between organisers, participants and funding agencies.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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