Hidden complex beauty of plants

Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, 7-8 June 2016

Keynote speakers

George Coukos

Prof. George Coukos

Director of the department of oncology at the CHUV, director of the service of immuno-oncology, and the director of the Ludwig Centre at Lausanne

Prof. Coukos is a recognized global leader in ovarian cancer immunotherapy and tumor microenvironment research. His research focuses on understanding the immune system's response to ovarian cancer and other tumor types, and on developing therapies that enhance that response.

He is also developing tools to target the tumor vasculature. Prof. Coukos also has extensive experience in designing and conducting phase I clinical cell-based immunotherapy studies, and in the development of cell-based immunotherapy from the laboratory to the clinic.

Prior to his current roles, Prof. Coukos was the Celso Ramon Garcia Professor and Associate Chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and Director, Ovarian Cancer Research Center, at the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center.

David B. Searls

Prof. David B. Searls

Independent Consultant, Philadelphia, United States

James Joyce's classic novel Ulysses, much of which was written in Zurich, is a comprehensive depiction of his native Dublin and its inhabitants on a single day, 16 June 1904. Audacious in its scope and literary inventiveness, it is considered by many to be the greatest novel of the 20th century, and by many others to be unreadable.

Joyce's stylistic experimentation and embrace of complexity call to mind the problems and methods with which bioinformatics deals, in its approaches to life at a micro level and the scientific literature at a meta level.

This talk will explore in detail these cross-currents between Joyce's masterpiece of modernism and modern bioinformatics.