17th Bologna Winter School

In Silico Markers for Precision Medicine

Bologna - February 22-26, 2016

International Master in Bioinformatics and Interdepartmental Centre "Luigi Galvani" of the University of Bologna

with the support of:
the Italian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SIB)

17thth Bologna Winter School
In Silico Markers for Precision Medicine

"Precision Medicine refers to the tailoring of medical treatment to the individual characteristics of each patient. It does not literally mean the creation of drugs or medical devices that are unique to a patient, but rather the ability to classify individuals into subpopulations that differ in their susceptibility to a particular disease, in the biology and/or prognosis of those diseases they may develop, or in their response to a specific treatment. Preventive or therapeutic interventions can then be concentrated on those who will benefit, sparing expense and side effects for those who will not."

from "Toward Precision Medicine" USA National Research Council report

High-throughput techniques allow to gather information on the molecular profiles characterizing different individuals, tissues and cells in healthy and pathological states. Our ability to use this huge amount of information in clinical practices strongly relies on the availability of efficient computational procedures for extracting the most significant molecular markers and for assisting in the translation of knowledge from the bench to the bed.
The Bologna winter school will present the state of the art of the available computational methods for processing and integrating data out of large-scale "omic" experiments (including genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, microbiomics) with the aim of providing a better insight into diseases (such as cancers and genetic diseases) and their different manifestations in patients with the final goal of defining markers that can be applied in the clinical practice.


Patrizia Brigidi

Patrizia Brigidi web mail
Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology. University of Bologna, IT

Emidio Capriotti

Emidio Capriotti web mail
Institute of Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems. University of Düsseldorf, DE

Montserrat Corominas

Montserrat Corominas web mail
Department of Genetics, University of Barcelona, ES

Pietro Di Lena

Pietro Di Lena web mail
Dept of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Bologna, IT

Roderic Guigo

Roderic Guigó web mail
Dept of Experimental and Health Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, ES

Piero Fariselli

Piero Fariselli web mail
Dept of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padova, IT

David Jones

David Jones web mail
Dept of Computer Science, University College of London, UK

Anders Krogh

Anders Krogh web mail
The Bioinformatics Centre, University of Copenhagen, DK

Sara Madeira

Sara Madeira web mail
Dept of Computer Engineering, University of Lisbon, PT

Roberta Maestro

Roberta Maestro web mail
IRCCS Oncological Reference Centre, Aviano, IT

Christine Nardini

Christine Nardini web mail
Dept of Molecular System Biology, PICB Shanghai, CN

Ugur Sezerman

Ugur Sezerman web mail
Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Acibadem University, Istanbul, TK

Silvio Tosatto

Silvio Tosatto web mail
Dept of Biomedical Sciences, University of Padova, IT

Mauno Vihinen

Mauno Vihinen web mail
Dept of Experimental Medical Science, Lund University, SE

Gert Vriend

Gert Vriend web mail
Centre for Molecular Life Sciences, Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL


In Silico Markers for Precision Medicine
February 22-26, 2016
Caffè della Corte, Corte Isolani 5/B, Bologna

Monday, February 22nd
In silico biomarkers: do we know them all?
Roderic Guigò, Montserrat Corominas, Gert Vriend

Tuesday, February 23rd
Precision medicine in vivo and in vitro
Sara Madeira, Mauno Vihinen, Gert Vriend

Wednesday, February 24th
Computational methods and systems biology
Piero Fariselli, Anders Krogh, Christine Nardini

Thursday, February 25th
Search for markers of cancer and genetic diseases
Patrizia Brigidi, Pietro Di Lena, Silvio Tosatto

Friday, February 26th
Markers of cancer and genetic diseases in silico, in vitro and in vivo
Emidio Capriotti, Roberta Maestro, Ugur Sezerman

Lectures will be given at Caffè della Corte, Corte Isolani 5/B, Bologna from 10.00 am to 1pm and from 3 to 5.30pm.

Lunches and coffees are included.


APPLICATION should be submitted by e-mail to:

Maximum number of participants is limited to 30 students
For Application send a short C.V. to
You will be notified by e-mail of acceptance

Deadline for application: January 20th, 2016

SCHOOL FEES: 500 EURO that covers material, courses, lunches, coffee breaks


ACCOMODATION at the ERASMUS COLLEGE, in downtown Bologna:
160 EURO per person for a double room (6 nights)
260 EURO per person for a single room, if available (6 nights)
Dues will be payed upon acceptance with modalities to be specified

School on Molecular markers for Precision Medicine
c/o Prof. Rita Casadio
Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences
School of Science
Via Selmi, 3
40126 Bologna - ITALY

Organisation: AIRBBC
Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca in Biofisica e Biologia Computazionale


ERASMUS College: via de' Chiari, 8
Tel: +39 051 276711

How to get to the ERASMUS College
from the airpot: BUS BLQ (AEROBUS) from Airport to Central Station
from the station: BUS C from Central Station to Cartolerie or BUS #11 from Autostazione to Garganelli

Il Caffè della Corte: corte Isolani, 5B
Tel: +39 051 261555

How to get to Il Caffè della Corte:
From the train station take the public bus, #27 or #25, and get off at the first stop after the Due Torri. The entrance to Corte Isolani is located at #19 on Strada Maggiore.

From the Due Torri, the two towers at Piazza della Mercanzia, follow along Via Santo Stefano. The entrance to Corte Isolani is located at #18 along this street.

From the highway we recommend driving towards the center of Bologna and leaving the car in a parking area along the viali, which is the street that circles the perimeter of the historic downtown. Traffic is limited in the downtown area and allows only those vehicles with proper permits to drive inside the historic area.

Bus schedules can be obtained at the official TPER website.

People & Contacts


Scientific Committee: Rita Casadio, David T. Jones
Organising Committee: P. Fariselli, P.L. Martelli
Local Committee: F. Aggazio, G. Babbi, S. Bovo, P. Di Lena, G. Profiti, I. Rossi, C. Savojardo

Organising Secretary
AIRBBC: Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca in Biofisica e Biologia Computazionale
c/o Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences
School of Science
Via Selmi, 3
40126 Bologna - ITALY
tel: (+39) 051 2094005