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Analyzing single cells in space

Spatially resolved transcriptomics are changing the way we understand complex tissues, as Nature Methods wrote when it crowned the technology “Method of the Year 2020". A SCOG virtual workshop has now provided an overview of the latest findings and developments in this exciting field.

The virtual workshop “Spatial Single Cell Analysis” took place on February 10, 2021, and was hosted by SCOG founders Professor Nikolaus Rajewsky (Berlin Institute of Medical Systems Biology of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association) and Professor Fabian Theis (Institute of Computational Biology of Helmholtz Zentrum München). SCOG is the acronym for Single Cell Omics Germany, a nationwide network that brings together researchers using and developing single cell technologies to generate insights into biological systems. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Highly renowned international experts and pioneers in the field of spatial single cell analysis and spatially resolved transcriptomics presented their current research to more than 700 participants in two sessions. At the end of each session, attendees had the opportunity to ask the speakers questions in a panel discussion. This Q&A format sparked a lively discussion, which was even continued afterwards in the chat group and on Twitter. Very positive feedback from the speakers and participants is a testament of the event’s success. The overall consensus after an afternoon of exciting scientific talks and discussion was clear: The era of spatial transcriptomics has only just begun!

Interested scientists who could not join live, still have the chance to watch the recordings of the sessions on either the SCOG website or its YouTube channel (Session 1 of 2 and Session 2 of 2).

Text: Marco Uhrig


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