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Secure management of sensitive human data


20 September 2017

Lang EN Workshop language is English
Responsable de l'activité

Ioannis Xenarios


SIB Training group, Dr. Grégoire Rossier, UniL/SIB


Prof. Ioannis Xenarios, UNIL & Vital-IT
Prof. Jean-Pierre Hubaux, EPFL



Several research groups are dealing with very sensitive human data, and learning how to properly manage them, from acquisition to storage and sharing, has become urgent.
This course will introduce the general steps needed to avoid public leaks of sensitive data, protecting by the same time your reputation and that of your institution. The course will cover best practices for the management of sensitive human data, from the technical aspects of how the data should be stored and shared, to practical guidelines of how to manage such data in an an analysis setting.


Any scientist dealing with sensitive data at any stage of the data life cycle would be encouraged to follow this best practises training.

Learning objectives

At the end of the course participants should:

  • Be aware of risks involved with handling sensitive data
  • Know how to minimize these risks by applying best practices

University of Lausanne, Génopode, room 2020 (UNIL-Sorge M1 line stop)





9h-9h15: Introduction and aim of the day (Ioannis Xenarios, Vital-IT & Swiss Prot groups, SIB, UNIL, UNIGE)9h15 - 10h30: Protecting Genomic Data (Jean-Pierre Hubaux, Computer Communications and Applications Laboratory 1, EPFL)10h30-11h00: Coffee Break11h00-12h30: Sensitive data - practical cases and issues (Ioannis Xenarios)
Lunch break
Examples of projects and implementations (Ioannis Xenarios)


No registration fees for members of the CUSO, otherwise they are 50 CHF for academics. This includes course content material and coffee break. Participants from non-academic institutions should contact us before application.

PhD students of StarOmics are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class) and meals (up to 25 CHF). Please send the original tickets (no copies, except for the general abonnement) with the reimbursement form to Corinne Dentan (see:


CUSO PhD students: through your MyCUSO account. External participants (non-CUSO PhD students, post-docs, etc...): use the icon "registration" at top of page and the last gray box "non-CUSO student" ("personne hors myCUSO").



Deadline for registration 08.09.2017
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