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The Netherlands Platform Complex System (NPCS) has granted funding to organise a workshop: "Making sense of the data deluge: translating host-microbiome interaction data into systems level". The workshop will be hosted by the IAS.


The challenge

Current high-throughput technologies provide researchers involved in various disciplines of host-microbiome research with a wealth of high complexity (omics) data. A single experimental question can now be addressed at various levels and by various approaches (e.g., microbiome, metagenome, meta-transcriptome, metaproteome, metabolome). Additionally, different genetic, environmental and behavioral factors of the host can be assessed. Individually, these information levels have been addressed in great detail. However, the individual levels of information, addressed in isolation, do not explain the properties and dynamics of the entire system.

The workshop

The purpose of the interdisciplinary workshop is to explore what methodological approaches can be used to model the complexity and dynamics of ecosystems in the human body (e.g., mouth, gut and skin) based on complex systems-level data. The workshop will be organised in March 2018.