Fifth RECOMB Satellite Workshop on Computational Cancer Biology (RECOMB-CCB)


The RECOMB-Seq and RECOMB-CCB workshops bring together leading researchers in the mathematical, computational, and life sciences to discuss emerging frontiers in massively parallel sequencing, and their applications to cancer biology, respectively. For RECOMB-CCB, the emphasis of all contributed work will be on applying statistical and algorithmic approaches to improve our understanding of cancer and on the development of useful, effective and efficient new methods in this area.


  • Methods for analysis of high-throughput sequencing or microarray data with a specific application to cancer
  • Inference of somatic mutations, copy number aberrations, structural rearrangements, and other genomic aberrations from high-throughput sequencing or microarray data sets
  • Clonality analyses and tumor evolution
  • Epigenetic variation such as methylation profiling, methyl-seq, ChIP-seq analysis applied to cancer
  • Transcriptome analysis and assembly, alterative splicing, and fusion gene analyses from RNAseq data
  • Applications of single-molecular and nanopore sequencing technologies to cancer
  • Pathway analysis and network reconstruction with a focus on cancer biology
  • Cancer proteomics
  • Data integration from multiple molecular assays


Committee Chair:

Fabio Vandin, University of Padova

Steering Committee: 

  • Joe Gray, Oregon Health Sciences University, United States
  • Michael Hallett, McGill University, Canada
  • Ben Raphael, Brown University, United States
  • Sohrab Shah, BC Cancer Agency, Canada
  • Zohar Yakhini, Technion and Agilent Technologies, United States


We solicit contributions in four different categories as follows:

  1. Manuscripts describing original work on computational aspects of genomic research involving massively parallel sequencing and computational approaches in cancer biology. 
  2. Highlights Track abstracts. 1-2 pages describing computational aspects of work that has been published in a journal after October 1, 2014, or papers that are “in press” at the time of submission and are already linked on the journal web site. This track is joint with the main RECOMB conference.

  3. Abstracts for short talks. 1-2 pages describing original work, including software applications. These will be considered for short presentations as well as for posters.

  4. Posters.


Please submit a 250-word abstract of your poster that describes its primary results. Your submission should also include the author(s), their affiliations, the presenting author, the e-mail address of at least the contact author and the poster title as requested by the submission system. The abstract should be plain text and not contain figures. Accepted poster abstracts will be published as submitted in the conference book of abstracts. Abstracts submitted to the satellites will be considered for short oral presentation (“flash talks”).

Submissions for posters and short talks must be received in electronic form via the EasyChair system (using the same poster track for the main RECOMB conference) by February 15, 2016.


Manuscripts should be no more than 10 single-spaced US letter or A4 pages with at most a 6.5×9″ text area in at least 11 point font. Title and authors, corresponding author’s email address, 100-250 word abstract, references, figures, and tables all included. An optional short appendix may contain details or additional data to be consulted at the discretion of the program committee. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically in PDF format via the EasyChair system. Please select the “RECOMB-Seq and RECOMB-CCB” track in EasyChair and indicate on the first/abstract page that the paper is being
submitted to RECOMB-CCB.

Submissions must be received in electronic form by February 4, 2016.

Manuscripts submitted for review should represent original, previously unpublished work. At the time of submission to the workshop, and for the entire review period, the work should not be under review by any other conference or scientific journal.

Accepted submissions will be accepted for a talk at the workshop and will further be considered for submission to journals.


If you would like to consider submitting a paper rejected by RECOMB 2016 to the satellite workshop, you may do so by the regular deadline of February 4. You must include in your submission the reviews received from RECOMB together with a rebuttal addressing the concerns raised by the reviewers. The submitted manuscript should also be modified according to the reviews, or provide an explanation of why modifications are unnecessary. All reviews will be treated confidentially and will only be visible to the PC members evaluating your paper.

Please note that acceptance to RECOMB-SEQ, RECOMB-CBB or RECOMB-Genetics is not guaranteed, even if you have revised your submission. All papers, including those submitted directly to either satellite meeting, will be equally evaluated on the basis of scientific quality, technical novelty and level of interest to the respective community.


Submission of papers to RECOMB2016 will be through the EasyChair conference system, following the link from the conference web page. The submission system will be open starting January 3rd, 2016 and ending February 4th, 2016. For full details, please see the submissions link at the conference website. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by email on or before February 15th, 2016. An author of each accepted paper is expected to attend the workshop and present the paper; otherwise, alternative arrangements should be made to have the paper presented.


The Sixth RECOMB Satellite Workshop on Massively Parallel Sequencing (RECOMB-SEQ) and the Fifth RECOMB Satellite workshop on Computational Cancer Biology (RECOMB-CCB) are continuing their successful partnership with Bioinformatics.  Select papers accepted for the workshops will be considered for a special track publication in the journal Bioinformatics.

Bioinformatics is a biweekly peer-reviews scientific journal covering research and software in computational biology. The journal was established as Computer Applications in the Biosciences (CABIOS) in 1985. In 1998, the journal obtained its current name. Bioinformatics is published by Oxford University Press, and as of 2014, the editors-in-chief are Alfonso Valencia and Janet Kelso.


Jared Simpson, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Christina Curtis, Stanford University
Christina Boucher, Colorado State University


February 4: Submission
February 5: Reviewers assigned
February 15: Reviews due & poster submission deadline
March 1: Program announced
April 16 & 17: Workshop