Dagstuhl Seminar 15431 - Genomic Privacy

Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany

The Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik organized the Dagstuhl Seminar 1543, the second seminar on on "Genomic Privacy", in the Schloss Dagstuhl (Wadern, Germany) on October 18th-23rd.

The second Dagstuhl Seminar concentrated on the following topics:

  • Technical solutions for genomic privacy: technical solutions to enable genomic data privacy, even in the presence of untrusted computing environments; techniques that can be used for this purpose and determine whether they can achieve requirements stemming from practice
  • Integration of genomic and physiological data: For medical purposes, genomic data often needs to be correlated with clinical and physiological data. For example, clinical studies may require finding correlations between physiological data reported during hospital stays and genomic information. So far, most technical solutions for the protection of genomic data focused on securely storing DNA data itself, but did not discuss the complex problem of combining it with physiological data.
  • Protect sensitive data within large-scale genome-wide association studies: Although large-scale genomic studies offer many advantages for medical research, they pose many privacy problems. Most prior technical solutions focus on protection of a single human genome and do not scale multitudes of genomes. It remains a challenge to devise scalable techniques.

Juan Troncoso from UVIGO participated in this event representing WITDOM. This seminar is very related to the WITDOM eHealth scenario, based on outsourcing genetic data processes and workflows for large research analyses and individual clinical analyses; genetic data is extremely sensitive, and genomic privacy has become a hot topic for research and innovation, to which WITDOM contributes by focusing on solutions for outsourced processing of genetic data.