The AIRR-C website now has a calendar plugin that displays meeting times of Working Groups and Sub-committees as well as other interesting events such as AIRR-C-relevant conferences and symposia. The calendar contains the connection details ensuring a low barrier for joining meetings by AIRR-C members.
On behalf of the AIRR Community Executive Sub-committee, we announce the AIRR Community Membership Campaign for 2020-2021. Current AIRR-C members are now considered “Legacy” members until they pay their annual dues. Please support the AIRR Community Membership Campaign today.
For further information about our ongoing initiatives, Working Groups, Sub-committees and membership benefits follow this link. AIRR Community Membership levels for 2020/2021 include:
- AIRR-C Standard membership fee is $100 per year
- AIRR-C Postdoc membership is free for up to 2 years
- AIRR-C Student membership is free for up to 2 years
Thank you for paying your membership dues and for all that you do for the AIRR Community!
Nina Luning Prak, MD, PhD
AIRR Community Executive Sub-committee Chair
In an effort to enable rigorous and reproducible immune repertoire research at the largest scale possible, the AIRR-C Software Working Group has established a standard to validate software tools using the AIRR-C Standards and meeting a series of interoperability and quality criteria. Developers interested in certifying their tools should complete the checklist and submit it to the AIRR-C Software Working Group for evaluation and ratification by its members.
More details can be found at the website AIRR Software WG – Guidance for AIRR Software Tools.
All compliant tools will be issued a badge and listed on the website AIRR Software WG – List of Tools Certified as Compliant.
The idea of a Diagnostics WG originated in May at the AIRR-C IV meeting in Genoa, Italy. The three initiators, Florian Rubelt (Roche Sequencing Solutions), Nicolas Schwab (UK Münster) and Christopher Gooley (Microsoft Research), felt that it was time for AIRR-based diagnostics to make their way into the clinic. The transition from an academic environment to a clinical setting creates new challenges, which will be of high interest within the AIRR Community and beyond. The AIRR-Community has a unique advantage to connect people from academia and industry from around the world and provides a great basis to identify and address these new challenges in the AIRR field.
A group of interested participants held an ad hoc session at the Genoa meeting and at this point the AIRR-C Diagnostics Interim Working Group has held 9 calls with over 30 participants. Early discussions have revolved around identifying the set of tasks and the format of the group.
A first agreed-upon product is a commentary about AIRR-based diagnostics. This initial commentary manuscript is meant to introduce AIRR-based diagnostics and the potential future opportunities to a clinical audience. The group has also ran a survey to identify the background and interests of the group. One outcome of the survey was to identify bottlenecks and challenges bringing AIRR based diagnostics to the clinic.
Currently, the AIRR-C Diagnostics interim working group is led by Florian Rubelt, Nicholas Schwab and Christopher Gooley and has more than 60 members.
For more information and updates please refer to the AIRR-C Diagnostics Interim Working Group website.
If you are interested in joining, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org