The Gemstone “Principles of Data Science to Propel MSK Genomic Investigations and Gene Discovery from Omics Data” training school took place at the European University of Cyprus in July 2023. This event was a joint collaboration between the Bioinformatics working group led by Dr. Kathleen Curran and her team (Niamh Belton and Katie Noonan) from University College Dublin, and Dr. Gennady Roshchupkin (Erasmus MC) and the Monogenetic Conditions working group led by Prof. Outi Makitie (University of Helsinki) and Dr. Melissa Formosa (University of Malta).
Guest lectures from local speakers and GEMSTONE consortium members provided valuable insights and expertise from both clinical and data science perspectives. The hands-on practical sessions in Python coding, led by Niamh and Katie, allowed participants to immerse themselves in the latest techniques and technologies in data science. The interactive and engaging sessions left the attendees well-equipped to take on the challenges of modern genomic investigations. The panel (Fernando, Ivan, Kathleen, Outi, Melissa and Fjorda) discussion derived an outline for a collaborative manuscript on “Big Data AI to Tackle Bone Fragility in Rare Bone Disease Mechanisms” and welcomes contributions from all GEMSTONE members.
In addition to the scientific program, the local organizers ensured an unforgettable experience that provided numerous opportunities for networking and further collaboration. The medical school provided exceptional facilities, creating a conducive learning environment. The attendees indulged in a delightful cultural cuisine and music experience, giving them a taste of Cypriot traditions. During the cultural trip, participants had the opportunity to explore the picturesque village of Lekosome, famous for its intricate lace and silver craftsmanship. Additionally, a visit to Ayia Nappa allowed attendees to marvel at architectural wonders and cool off in the serene waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Gemstone training school was a resounding success, leaving its participants inspired and empowered to make significant strides in genomic research. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the organizers, speakers, and participants for their invaluable contributions.