From Next-Generation Sequencing

to Translational Medicine

in Oncogenetics

July 31 – August 2, 2017  |  Tübingen, Germany


Identifying disease-causing genes represents a major focus in current medical genetics research, and next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology is profoundly changing the way of diagnostics and therapeutics, especially in oncology. Coping with the underlying informational complexity in precision medicine requires multidisciplinary efforts that generate synergies through cross-disciplinary research at the nexus of medicine, biology, and informatics.


With this Summer School, we address precisely this challenge and cover the entire process from clinical phenotyping, to NGS data analysis, to clinical and genetic follow-up, to finally guide development of therapies and (personalized) clinical applications.


In particular, we will focus on hereditary cancer predisposition syndromes, sporadic cancer disease and novel therapeutic approaches with a special focus on resources available in Tübingen. The concept of Precision Medicine and interdisciplinary approaches within the Center For Personalized Medicine will be part of the presentation as well as the integration of complex omics technologies.


This Summer School is tailored for oncologists with an interest in science, scientists working in the diagnostic field as well as post-docs and PhD students working in the fields of biology, neuroscience, biochemistry, experimental medicine, and bioinformatics.


Participants of the 3-day-event held in English will receive 3 ECTS credit points according to the European Credit Transfer System for their attendance of the Summer School and presentation of a poster. For physicians, the event is acknowledged with 25 CME (Category A) points.

The Summer School is organized and hosted by the Institute of Medical Genetics and Applied Genomics

and generously supported by


The program is subject to change without notice!



Molecular Insights via the Analysis of Large-scale (Cancer) Genomics Data

Pan-cancer studies have transformed our understanding of recurrent somatic mutations that contribute to cancer pathogenesis; however, there has yet to be a full investigation of the multiple mechanisms in which genes can be somatically altered.


Here, we present a comprehensive catalogue of cancer-associated gene alterations through the extensive characterization of tumor transcriptomes from ≈1,200 donors of the PanCancer Analysis of Whole Genomes (PCAWG) project with matched whole-genome sequence data. We identified gene alterations through major gene expression changes, alternative splicing, alternative transcription starts, allele-specific expression, RNA-edited sites, and gene fusions. Our analysis shows that key cancer genes are frequently affected on the RNA level even when there is no direct evidence of a functional DNA alteration (e.g., coding SNV or CNA). In many cases we can statistically link cis somatic mutations to identified RNA alterations. In a novel recurrence analysis, we also identify novel genes that are recurrently altered at DNA or RNA level and that may play important roles in tumorigenesis. We also report on the analysis of splicing aberrations in more than 8,000 tumors across 30 cancer types (TCGA PanCanAtlas). We find distinct differences between tumor and normal splicing and that 10-20% of the samples exhibit a very high burden of splicing aberrations. In those samples we identify many new splice junctions in coding regions that may lead to many new translated peptides that likely have major implications for immunotherapy.


The talk will also cover recent work on the joint analysis of clinical text notes and somatic mutations and our data sharing efforts in the context of the Global Alliance of Genomics and Health (GA4GH) that has lead to the largest public repository of BRCA1/2 variants (, currently 18,960 unique variants).

Gunnar Rätsch

Head, Biomedical Informatics Group

Department of Computer Science

ETH Zurich, Switzerland


You are invited to take part in the Summer School by registering for either the Core or Extended program package. There is a non-refundable registration fee of € 280 for the Core Package and € 345 for the Extended Package. The fee becomes due upon notification of acceptance that will be sent out by July 3rd and has to be paid by wire transfer to the account mentioned in the acceptance letter. Participation is guaranteed only when the full payment is received by July 28, 2017.

Scientific Program

  • All sessions and workshops
  • Lunches (MON – WED)
  • Dinner (MON)
  • All tea & coffee breaks


Social Event

  • A boat trip in one of the unique and famous „Stocherkahn“
  • A 3-course dinner with drinks

Core Package       Extended Package

€ 280,-

€ 345,-


Please apply by emailing the completed application form below to Dr. Carola Reinhard by July 24, 2017: carola.reinhard(at)


3 ECTS credit points will be granted to participants for attendance and presentation of a poster. 25 CME points (Category A) are available for physicians.

50 participants will be selected by the steering committee upon emailing the completed application form

The Summer School addresses oncologists with an interest in science, scientists working in the diagnostic field as well as post-docs and PhD students in the areas of biology, neuroscience, biochemistry, experimental medicine, and bioinformatics


Scientific Organizing Committee

Institute of Medical Genetics and Applied Genomics


  • Prof. Dr. Olaf Rieß
  • Dr. Christopher Schroeder
  • Dr. Hoa Nguyen
  • Dr. Marc Sturm
  • Franz Hilke

Organizers & Contact

Institute of Medical Genetics and Applied Genomics

Dr. Carola Reinhard
Research Management

Institute of Medical Genetics and Applied Genomics

University Hospital Tübingen

Calwerstr. 7

72076 Tübingen, Germany


Tel: +49-7071-29 72191
E-Mail: carola.reinhard(at)


WELCOME to Tübingen

About Tübingen


The Swabian university town of 86,000 inhabitants and 27,000 students combines the flair of a lovingly restored medieval town with the vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere of a students' city. Numerous sidewalk cafés, cozy student pubs, restaurants, and taverns invite visitors all year round. Taking a boat trip in one of the famous „Stocherkahn“ – the boat type exclusive and native to Tübingen navigated by a long wooden pole – offers a scenic view of the picturesque Neckar waterfront with the famous Hölderlin Tower, and numerous attractions nearby await to be seen.

Meeting venue


The meeting will be held at the lecture hall of the Clinic for Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Elfriede-Aulhorn-Straße 5, 72076 Tübingen.

Plese see map above and link here.




  • By train to Tübingen main station. Tübingen's main station is centrally located on the southern side of the town centre. It is well connected to the ICE train station Stuttgart. For more information please check:
  • By plane to Stuttgart airport (STR). The airport sprinter shuttle 828 connects Stuttgart airport with Tübingen, total duration: ~1h,
    costs: 7 EUR one way, timetable available here.
  • By car. Tübingen is located on the intersection of the B27 and B28 and has fast connections to the A8 (Munich-Stuttgart) and the A81 (Singen-Heilbronn). There is paid on-site parking available. We do however recommend to arrive by public transport and leave your car at the hotel.




  • Tübingen offers a great variety of places to stay, from hotels to guest houses you will receive a warm welcome and enjoy a family-like ambiance. A comprehensive overview of all accommodations can be found here.
  • A contingent of rooms has been reserved at Hotel Ibis for 85€ per night (single room) including breakfast. This offer remains valid until July 7, 2017 and can be booked directly at the hotel using the keyword “Summer School MedGen”.


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