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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Call for Applications: 2019/2020 Admission into Masters and PhD Programmes

For more information, please visit http://ace.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/admission.php

The newly established Covenant Applied Informatics and Communication Africa Centre of Excellence (CApIC-ACE) domiciled at Covenant University under the World Bank funded African Centre of Excellence IMPACT project (ACE-IMPACT) invites suitably qualified and highly motivated applicants from Nigeria and West & Central Africa into its Masters and PhD degree programmes in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Biochemistry and Information & Communication Engineering (ICE).
URL: http://ace.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/admission.php

Contact Person: Olaitan Awe (laitanawe@gmail.com)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Basel Hosted Innovative Life Sciences Conference Attracting nearly 2,000 International Delegates

The 2019 Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) conference, in conjunction with the European Conference in Computational Biology (ECCB), was held in Basel, Switzerland, July 21-25, 2019. Under the direction of conference chairs Torsten Schwede, Biozentrum, University of Basel & SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland, and Nicola Mulder, University of Cape Town, South Africa the ISMB/ECCB conference attached nearly 2,000 researchers, practitioners, technicians, students, and suppliers working in the field of bioinformatics and computational biology.

Bioinformatics and computational biology, an interdisciplinary field, combines biology, computer science, information engineering, mathematics and statistics to analyze and interpret biological data. Powered by a technological revolution, the life sciences currently generate massive datasets that require unique expertise in handling, processing and transferring information; in addition to the biological expertise. At the start of the data revolution in biology, experts in computation and biology came together to work collaboratively to turn data into discoveries. Computational skills have become integral to the analysis of the large volumes of biomedical and agricultural data currently being generated in the life sciences, and to understanding complex biological systems. Conferences like ISMB/ECCB play a critical role in the dissemination of research findings and information sharing. Enabling researchers to gather, learn, and collaborate will lead to the acceleration of science and the opportunity to make advances towards cures for disease, novel drug development, and personalized healthcare. Basel, Switzerland, a life sciences hub of Europe, was the perfect location for a conference of this magnitude and importance.

ISMB/ECCB provided an intense multidisciplinary forum for disseminating the latest developments in bioinformatics/computational biology, fostered fresh dialogues and perspectives to learn about and shape the future of the field. The conference featured three distinguished awards keynotes, two luminary keynotes, an additional 620 scientific talks, 1,100 scientific posters, 8 training sessions, and 20 technical demos. "Participants were able to indulge in cutting edge science and new technology developments in their area of research interest, as well have exposure to other areas and newly trending topics. We were excited to welcome a record breaking delegation to Basel, " noted Nicola Mulder & Torsten Schwede, Conference Co-Chairs.

Despite the unseasonable warm weather, a constant buzz hummed through the Congress Centre Basel. One could easily say the science was a hot as the weather. The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) would like to thank the hospitality community of the city of Basel, as well as the University of Basel and Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Switzerland.

About ISCB:

The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) - www.iscb.org - has been the first and continues to be the only society representing computational biology and bioinformatics on a worldwide scale. ISCB serves a global community of over 3,500 researchers, practitioners, technicians, students, and suppliers dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of living systems through computation. It convenes the world's experts and future leaders in top conferences and partners with publications that promote discovery and expand access to computational biology and bioinformatics. ISCB delivers valuable information about training, education, employment, and advancements in science. The organization also provides an influential voice on government and scientific policies that are important to our members and benefit the public.

URL: http://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2019

Contact Person: Diane Kovats (executive.office@iscb.org)

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Registration now open for the joint GIW/ABACBS 2019 Annual Conference

The registration for the joint GIW/ABACBS (The International Conference on Genome informatics/Australian Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Society) to be held in Sydney, 9-11 December 2019 is now open. Join us for an exciting programme of international and national speakers from Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

This year the two conferences will join forces to bring together members from all over Australia, Asia Pacific region and the world to enjoy the opportunity to interact and hear fantastic stories about genomics, bioinformatics and computational biology research with an emphasis on how advances in comptuational and statistical techniques are applied to solve important biological and biomedical problems.

The joint conference will feature international and national keynote speakers, oral presentations selected from full-length paper submissions and abstract, and posters selected from abstract.

Key Themes:
* Genomics and integrative analytics
* Precision medicine
* Single cell analytics
* Non-human and microbial genomics
* Proteomics and metabolomics
* Methods development and reproducibility research

For more information and important dates please visit:


URL: https://www.abacbs.org/conference2019/about

Contact Person: Sebastian Kurscheid (sebastian.kurscheid@anu.edu.au)

Friday, March 22, 2019

Apply to CGSI before April 1st. (UCLA)

The Computational Genomics Summer Institute in UCLA brings together mathematical and computational scientists, sequencing technology developers in both industry and academia, and the biologists who use the instruments for particular research applications.
CGSI 2019 long program runs from July 10th until August 2nd, and has a participation of more than 60 faculty.
Registration prices go up for applications received after April 1st.

URL: http://computationalgenomics.bioinformatics.ucla.edu/

Contact Person: The CGSI Team (uclacgsi@gmail.com)

Friday, January 4, 2019

Book bioinformatics in Spanish (free)

Dear ISCB community,

Please consider the following online book in bioinformatics, as far as we
know the first book of bioinformatics for Spanish speakers (completely free).

Here the description of the project:


And here all the chapters:


In the near future, we would like to open a call to prepare a second edition to update the contents and to include new chapters, this time with open peer-review of all the contributions.

Thanks in advance for the interest.

URL: https://zenodo.org/communities/bioinfconn/about/

Contact Person: Alberto Pascual-García (alberto.pascual.garcia@gmail.com)

Thursday, January 3, 2019

May Institute on Computation and Statistics for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics

The May Institute on Computation and Statistics for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics will take place on April 29 – May 10, 2019 at Northeastern University, Boston MA. This educational program combines keynote presentations, introductory lectures, practical training, and informal personal discussions.

Instructors in the program are leading experts, who contributed numerous experimental and computational methods and software. The target audience are both beginners and experienced scientists, who would like to strengthen their computational and statistical expertise. We also welcome computer scientists, bioinformaticians, data scientists, statisticians and engineers interested in learning about working with data from modern biotechnologies. The participants will have many opportunities to ask questions, and will be able to present their research.

Participants can select a subset of the following programs:
- Targeted proteomics with Skyline
- Proteomics and metabolomics with OpenMS
- Imaging mass spectrometry with Cardinal
- Beginner's statistics in R
- Advanced R
- Statistics for quantitative mass spectrometry
- Visualization of biomolecular data
- Scientific writing
- Capstone – case studies in data-independent acquisition (DIA)

Tuition fee wavers and travel fellowships will be available for students and postdocs affiliated with academic institutions in the US. The application deadline is January 31, 2019
URL: https://computationalproteomics.ccis.northeastern.edu/

Contact Person: Olga Vitek (o.vitek@neu.edu)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Call for Applications for the 2019 Michelson Prizes

The Michelson Prizes are scientific awards of $150,000 given annually to young investigators who are applying disruptive research concepts and inventive processes to advance vaccine and immunotherapy research for major global diseases. The 2019 Michelson Prizes have been expanded to include three focus areas: Human Immunology, Computational Biology and Protein Engineering, and Neglected Parasitic Diseases. All focus areas are aimed at supporting research with the potential to transform vaccine and immunotherapy discovery.

More information can be found at: www.humanvaccinesproject.org/MichelsonPrizes
URL: http://www.humanvaccinesproject.org/michelsonprizes

Contact Person: Bonnie Bender (bbender@humanvaccinesproject.org)

Monday, June 25, 2018

Registration Open: Partners HealthCare BioBank Disease Challenge

Partners HealthCare, founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, is hosting a "Biobank Disease Challenge," an artificial intelligence and machine learning data analytics competition open to researchers in academia and industry across the United States.

The goal of this competition is to enable major translational data science players to leverage the Partners HealthCare Biobank in order to develop better phenotypic algorithms for clinical and basic research.

Registration will close on July 13, 2018. The competition is open to 50 teams. Prizes will be awarded for the best machine learning models and visualizations.

To learn more, visit us at


More Information About the Challenge:

The contest will challenge participants to build machine learning algorithms to determine a patient's true disease phenotypes from raw EHR data.

All participating investigators will have access to the data in a secure environment called the "Data Enclave."

Tentative Challenge Schedule

April 23, 2018 // Registration Opens
July 13, 2018 // Registration Closes
July 16 – August 19, 2018 // Practice on Platform
September 12 – October 10, 2018 // Competition

The following prize awards are as follows:

First place: $15,000
Second place: $10,000
Third place: $5,000

Visit us at www.partners.org/biobankchallenge to learn more.
URL: https://datachallenge.partners.org

Contact Person: Brent Richter (brichter@partners.org)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

You're Invited: San Diego Life Sciences Trek

The San Diego Life Sciences Trek is a two-day program designed for PhDs and PhD students studying bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics, data science and related disciplines who are interested in exploring career opportunities within industry. Through company tours, workshops, presentations and a networking reception, participants will gain access to influential researchers and executives across many of San Diego's ground-breaking companies including Thermo Fisher, Human Longevity, Takeda, Janssen, ResMed, JLABS, Dexcom, and the Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine.

Individuals from across the country are invited to attend. Meals and local transportation are provided both days. The program is free to attend, but participants are expected to cover their own travel accommodations.
URL: https://lifesciencestrek2018.eventbrite.com

Contact Person: Kate Gallagher (ksg@sandiegobusiness.org)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Partners HealthCare Biobank Disease Challenge

Partners HealthCare, founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, is hosting a "Biobank Disease Challenge," an artificial intelligence and machine learning data analytics competition and it is open to researchers within the United States.

The goal of this competition is to enable major translational data science players to leverage the Partners HealthCare Biobank in order to develop better phenotypic algorithms for clinical and basic research.

Registration will be open until June 29, 2018 to 50 teams. Prizes will be awarded for the best machine learning models and visualizations.

More Information About our Challenge

The contest will challenge participants to build machine learning algorithms to determine a patient's true disease phenotoypes from raw EHR data.

All participating investigators will have access to the data in a secure environment called the "Data Enclave."

As part of this challenge, the following are key dates to be aware of:

April 23 – June 29 / Online Registration
July 2 – August 19 / Practice on Platform
September 12 – October 10 / Competition
Prize awards for the top 3 teams:

First – $15,000
Second – $10,000
Third – $5,000

Visit us at www.partners.org/biobankchallenge to learn more.
Please contact biobankdiseasechallenge@partners.org with questions.
URL: http://www.partners.org/biobankchallenge

Contact Person: Brent Richter (brichter@partners.org)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

AI100: 2018 Call for Participation

The Stanford One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence, AI100, launched in Fall 2014, is an endowed, long-range investigation of Artificial Intelligence (AI). It examines AI systems and the technological, ethical, and policy opportunities and dilemmas that they present to individuals, communities, and society. The AI100 Standing Committee (AI100SC) oversees the Study's core activity: Designing and carrying out, on a five-year cycle, studies that assess the current state and future potential of AI-enabled computing systems. Resulting Study Panel Reports aim to inform and prompt action from diverse stakeholders as they navigate the promise and challenges that AI advancements raise for how people work, live, and play.

AI100's first study, "AI and Life in 2030", was issued in 2015-16. The AI100SC, in preparation for its next study cycle, is pleased to issue this call for proposals to convene multidisciplinary communities of scholars and stakeholders. The AI100SC will select and host two focused studies – carried out through interactive study-workshops – over the next two years, providing $15,000 to each winning proposal. AI100SC may also choose to fund a third study-workshop. Results from these study-workshops will form the substance of the 2020 AI100 Report. The AI100SC invites applications on topics and issues core to its mission that bring together an international community of AI researchers and practitioners with a broad representation of fields relevant to AI's impact in the world. The AI100SC is particularly interested in spurring conversations that connect and build on the expertise of computer scientists and engineers; scholars in the humanities, including historians and philo sophers of ethics, science and technology; the social sciences, including anthropologists, economists, media scholars, psychologists, and sociologists; law and public policy experts; and representatives from business management as well as the private and public sectors.

Initial proposals for study-workshops, due April 23, 2018, should take the form of an abstract no longer than 500 words that briefly describes the questions to be studied, the rationale for the study-workshops, the intended range of disciplinary expertise and participation, a general plan for carrying out the study-workshop, and intended format for communicating study-workshop results. AI100 will provide financial support and organizational assistance for each study-workshop as well as resources to disseminate the workshop's study results. Details about workshop scheduling, budget, review timelines, and criteria for evaluating proposals will be maintained at: https://ai100.stanford.edu/workshop

We look forward to hosting a lively and informative set of studies that will produce new ideas and enrich our understanding of AI and its influence on people and society.

Learn more and submit a proposal: https://ai100.stanford.edu/workshop.

What are the important dates that I should track?

April 23, 2018, 5pm PT: initial 500-word abstracts due
June 1, 2018: ten finalists receive notice requesting a full proposal
June 29, 2018, 5pm PT: 2,500-word full proposal due
August 17, 2018: all finalists notified of their proposal status
Early Fall, 2018: Public announcement of the study-workshops selected
URL: https://ai100.stanford.edu/workshop

Contact Person: Jacqueline Tran (ai100-info@lists.stanford.edu)

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Call for Special Session Proposals: 15th Computational Intelligence methods for Bioinformatics and Biostatistics

CIBB 2018 : 15th Computational Intelligence methods for Bioinformatics and Biostatistics

Caparica, Portugal, September 6-8, 2018


Call for Papers, Tutorials and Special Sessions

The main goal of the CIBB international conference is to provide a multi-disciplinary forum for researchers interested in the application of computational intelligence, in a broad sense, to open problems in bioinformatics, biostatistics, systems and synthetic biology and medical informatics. Cutting edge methodologies capable of accelerating life science discoveries will be discussed.

Following its tradition and roots, this year's meeting will bring together researchers from the international scientific community interested in advancements and future perspectives in bioinformatics and biostatistics. Also of particular interest are current trends and future opportunities at the edge of computer and life sciences, together with the application of computational intelligence to system and synthetic biology, and the consequent impact on innovative medicine. Theoretical and experimental biologists are invited to participate in order to present novel challenges and foster multidisciplinary collaboration.

The scientific program of CIBB 2018 will include Keynote Speakers, tutorials and special sessions. Contributed papers will be presented in plenary oral sessions, special sessions, or poster sessions.

Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:

· Next generation sequencing bioalgorithms

· Multi-omics data analysis

· High dimensional statistical analysis of omics data

· Algorithms for alternative splicing analysis

· Algorithms for molecular evolution and phylogenetic analysis

· Methods for the visualization of high dimensional complex omic data

· Software tools for bioinformatics

· Methods for comparative genomics

· Methods for functional classification of genes

· Methods for unsupervised analysis, validation and visualization of structures discovered in bio-molecular data

· Health-Informatics and Medical Informatics

· Methods for the integration of clinical and genetic data

· Heterogeneous data integration and data fusion for diagnostics

· Algorithms for pharmacogenomics

· Biomedical text mining and imaging

· Methods for diagnosis and prognosis within personalized medicine

· Statistical methods for the analysis of clinical data

· Prediction of secondary and tertiary protein structures

· Mass spectrometry data analysis in proteomics

· Algorithms for molecular evolution and phylogenetic analysis

· Bio-molecular databases and data mining

· Mathematical modeling and automated reasoning on biological and synthetic systems

· Computational simulation of biological systems

· Methods and advances in systems biology

· Spatio-temporal analysis of synthetic and biological systems

· Network systems biology

· Models for cell populations and tissues

· Methods for the engineering of synthetic components

· Modelling and engineering of interacting synthetic and biological systems

· Software tools for bioinformatics, biostatistics, systems and synthetic biology


CIBB 2018 will run a number of Tutorials and Special Sessions. Any topic of interest for the conference is eligible for a tutorial. Tutorials typically last from one to three hours. Special sessions focus on a specific, possibly cutting-edge, topic of interest for CIBB 2018. Special session organisers will be responsible for call dissemination, the reviewing process and organizing oral presentations. Typically, a special session will have at least 4 accepted papers and may have an invited speaker (to be negotiated).

Tutorial proposals

⁃ including title, a one page long abstract, and short CV of presenters

⁃ due by 25th March 2018

⁃ send proposals to ⁃ cibb2018@campus.fct.unl.pt

Special Session proposals

⁃ including the session's title and scope, short CV of sessions chairs, preliminary list of at least 4, possibly more, potential authors

⁃ due by 25th March 2018

⁃ a special session is expected to have at least 4 accepted papers

⁃ send proposals to ⁃ cibb2018@campus.fct.unl.pt


Pdf versions of accepted papers will be distributed at the conference. At least one author of an accepted paper is required to register and present their paper at the conference. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work to a post-conference monograph.

We plan to invite all papers for a volume in the Springer series of Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics (LNBI). Continuing the tradition of CIBB, we are also planning to invite the best papers, as an alternative to the publication on LNBI, to a special issue of an international scientific journal (such as BMC Bioinformatics, as in the latest editions).

Antonino Staiano, University of Naples Parthenope
URL: http://eventos.fct.unl.pt/cibb2018/

Contact Person: Antonino Staiano (antonino.staiano@uniparthenope.it)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Second CfP Special Issue on Statistical and Machine Learning Modeling in Computational Epigenetics

Statistical and Machine Learning Modeling
in Computational Epigenetics@BioMed Research International

Epigenetics has recently emerged as one of the hottest fields in life
sciences for studying heritable change in phenotype, gene function, or gene
expression that are not directly encoded in the DNA itself. Up-to-date
studies have shown that epigenetic modulations are fundamental in many
developmental processes, from tissue and organ formation to allele-specific
gene expression. When these normal epigenetic patterns modify, pattern of
gene expression can be deregulated, and it has been proven that such
mechanisms are central in several disorders and diseases, among which are
psychiatric disorders, obesity, and etiology of a number of diseases such
as cancer, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer, just to name a few. Today, thanks
also to several large human epigenome projects, scientists have a better
understanding of the basic principles of epigenetic mechanisms as well as
their relevance to health disorders and disease. At the heart of this
fascinating research field are computational tools that, by analyzing
complex genomic information, play an essential role in discovering
evidences to define new assessable hypotheses. In particular, the
literature at a glance shows the effectiveness of a combination of
statistical and machine learning techniques in several epigenetic analyses.
This special issue aims to host original papers and reviews on recent
research advances and the state-of-the-art methods in the fields of
statistical and machine learning methodologies and algorithm design for the
study of epigenetic mechanisms. Especially welcome are also software
systems with a special emphasis on tools developed with the help of big
data distributed processing framework like Hadoop and Spark to properly
manage the huge amount of data coming from epigenome-scale experiments.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:Machine
Statistical learning theory
Fuzzy logic and systems
Neuro-fuzzy systems
Granular computing
Data mining
Probabilistic and statistical modelling
Algorithms designed for epigenomic big data
High-throughput data in the broad context of epigenomics
Analysis, modeling, and prediction of DNA methylation patterns
Analysis, modeling, and prediction of histone modifications in DNA sequences
Identification of abnormal DNA methylation within CpG islands in different
Analysis of epigenetic marks in stem cells
Analysis of miRNA changes in cancer and other diseases
Simultaneous analysis of methylome and transcriptome
Analysis of reciprocal regulation of noncoding RNA and methylation
Study of the epigenetic role in metabolomics
Analysis of microbiome role in epigenetic regulation of gene expression

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System
at https://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/computational.biology/acim/

Submission deadline:
Friday, 2 March 2018

Publication date:
July 2018

URL: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/BMRI/si/873738/cfp/

Contact Person: Antonino Staiano (antonino.staiano@uniparthenope.it)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Save the Date: Chicago Genomics and Data Science Hackathon

From 11-13 July 2018, the NCBI will help out with a Data Science hackathon on the Northwestern School of Medicine Campus in Downtown Chicago! The hackathon will focus on genomics as well as general Data Science analyses including text, image and sequence processing. This event is for researchers, including students and postdocs, who have already engaged in the use of large datasets or in the development of pipelines for analyses from high-throughput experiments. Some projects are available to other non-scientific developers, mathematicians, or librarians.
The event is open to anyone selected for the hackathon and willing to travel to Chicago. Please note that this follows directly on the heels of the ISMB 2018 meeting.
Working groups of five to six individuals will be formed into five to eight teams. These teams will build pipelines and tools to analyze large datasets within a cloud infrastructure. Example subjects for such a hackathon include:
A machine learning tool for observing structural changes in time course light microscopy.
Novel virus discovery
Automated systematic review methodology.
Splitting BLAST databases on the cloud
Data mapping tool that assists users with mapping their data to CDEs
Disease clustering from literature based on limited training data (phenotypic information)
Variants from RNAseq (including single cell)
Graphical User Interface for Gene Expression calculated on the fly from raw data
Please go to http://ncbi-hackathons.github.io to propose projects, and to access the sign-up form when available (likely in mid-March)
URL: https://ncbi-hackathons.github.io

Contact Person: Ben Busby (ben.busby@nih.gov)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Announcing the Michelson Prizes for Human Immunology and Vaccine Research

Awarding two prizes of $150,000 for transformative ideas

The Michelson Prizes for Human Immunology and Vaccine Research will award $150,000 prizes to two young investigators under the age of 35 that are applying innovative research concepts and disruptive technologies to significantly advance the development of future vaccines and immunotherapies for major global diseases.

A rigorous and competitive global search will be undertaken to identify the most innovative projects by young scientists across a broad spectrum of scientific fields. To be considered, applicants need to show how they are going beyond conventional approaches in their field and clearly articulate how their contribution will make a lasting impact on human immunology and vaccine research. Early career scientists across a wide array of disciplines, including biomedical, bioengineering and computer science fields, are encouraged to apply.

Prizes will be awarded in June 2018 as part of a scientific conference on the Convergence of Human Immunology and Vaccine Research hosted at The Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience at the University of Southern California. Proposals will be reviewed and winners selected by a distinguished committee of internationally-recognized, independent scientists.

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation together with the Human Vaccines Project are establishing The Michelson Prizes for Human Immunology and Vaccine Research with the ultimate goal of broadening understanding of the immune system to give the scientific community new tools to prevent and control disease, potentially saving millions of lives around the world.

Pre-application deadline is Feb. 12, 2018.

Email MichelsonPrizes@HumanVaccinesProject.org with questions.
URL: http:// www.humanvaccinesproject.org/michelsonprizes

Contact Person: MichelsonPrizes@HumanVaccinesProject.org (MichelsonPrizes@HumanVaccinesProject.org)

Monday, November 13, 2017

CFP Statistical and Machine Learning Modeling in Computational Epigenetics

Call for papers Special Issue on Statistical and Machine Learning Modeling
in Computational Epigenetics@BioMed Research International

Epigenetics has recently emerged as one of the hottest fields in life
sciences for studying heritable change in phenotype, gene function, or gene
expression that are not directly encoded in the DNA itself. Up-to-date
studies have shown that epigenetic modulations are fundamental in many
developmental processes, from tissue and organ formation to allele-specific
gene expression. When these normal epigenetic patterns modify, pattern of
gene expression can be deregulated, and it has been proven that such
mechanisms are central in several disorders and diseases, among which are
psychiatric disorders, obesity, and etiology of a number of diseases such
as cancer, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer, just to name a few. Today, thanks
also to several large human epigenome projects, scientists have a better
understanding of the basic principles of epigenetic mechanisms as well as
their relevance to health disorders and disease. At the heart of this
fascinating research field are computational tools that, by analyzing
complex genomic information, play an essential role in discovering
evidences to define new assessable hypotheses. In particular, the
literature at a glance shows the effectiveness of a combination of
statistical and machine learning techniques in several epigenetic analyses.
This special issue aims to host original papers and reviews on recent
research advances and the state-of-the-art methods in the fields of
statistical and machine learning methodologies and algorithm design for the
study of epigenetic mechanisms. Especially welcome are also software
systems with a special emphasis on tools developed with the help of big
data distributed processing framework like Hadoop and Spark to properly
manage the huge amount of data coming from epigenome-scale experiments.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:Machine
Statistical learning theory
Fuzzy logic and systems
Neuro-fuzzy systems
Granular computing
Data mining
Probabilistic and statistical modelling
Algorithms designed for epigenomic big data
High-throughput data in the broad context of epigenomics
Analysis, modeling, and prediction of DNA methylation patterns
Analysis, modeling, and prediction of histone modifications in DNA sequences
Identification of abnormal DNA methylation within CpG islands in different
Analysis of epigenetic marks in stem cells
Analysis of miRNA changes in cancer and other diseases
Simultaneous analysis of methylome and transcriptome
Analysis of reciprocal regulation of noncoding RNA and methylation
Study of the epigenetic role in metabolomics
Analysis of microbiome role in epigenetic regulation of gene expression

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System
at https://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/computational.biology/acim/

Submission deadline:
Friday, 2 March 2018

Publication date:
July 2018
URL: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/BMRI/si/873738/cfp/

Contact Person: Antonino Staiano (antonino.staiano@uniparthenope.it)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Pathview Web server published in NAR

The Pathview Web server was recently published in Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) Web Server issue:

Pathview is an R/Bioconductor package for pathway based data integration and visualization. It maps and renders a wide variety of biological data on relevant pathway graphs.

Pathview web server extends the core functions of Pathview with:
-a simple intuitive graphical user interface
-fast and programmatic access through RESTful API
-complete pathway analysis workflow supporting multiple omics data and integrated analysis
-interactive and hyperlinked results graphs for better data interpretation
-up-to-date pathway data via regular database synchronization
-open access to all analyses and resources
-analysis history and data sharing via free registered user accounts
-complete online help and documentation
-multiple quick-start example analyses

Pathview Web server: https://pathview.uncc.edu/
Please try it out and let us know if you have any comments/suggestions. Thank you!

URL: https://pathview.uncc.edu/

Contact Person: Weijun Luo (luo_weijun@yahoo.com)

Friday, March 17, 2017

60+ Organizations Join March for Science, Network of Satellite Marches Nears 400 Globally

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, March 14) - The March for Science is pleased to announce 63 additional partnering organizations today. Less than two months after the march was first announced, the number of partners now approaches 100 organizations, which includes global institutions, and ranges from scientific societies to unions.

New major partners include the Alliance for Science, American Federation of Teachers, American Public Health Association, American Physical Society, California Academy of Sciences, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, The Field Museum, Genetics Society of America, Phi Beta Kappa, Society for Neuroscience, and United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers. Please see below for a full list of new partners and here for the complete list of all partners.

"This incredible show of support and interest in becoming partners reflects how important it is to recognize the critical role that science plays in all parts of society, and among different communities providing diverse services around the world," said Teon Brooks, Co-Director of Partnerships. "We look forward to collaborating with all of our partners and expanding our global network in the coming weeks ahead."

As a not-for-profit, volunteer-led effort, the March for Science relies on its network of enthusiastic and dedicated supporters to make the March happen. In celebration of Pi Day (3/14), March for Science supporters are encouraged to contribute $31.42 through the MFS donation page. Donor support is vital to the mission of the March for Science, and each contribution strengthens the movement's capacity to effectively advocate for the role of science in public life, and brings us closer to the funding total needed to execute the March in DC on April 22, 2017.

In addition to the growing number of partnering organizations, new marches are registered in cities around the world each day. Close to 400 marches and rallies in 37 countries are scheduled to take place on April 22. The March for Science represents an unprecedented gathering of people standing together to champion science that serves the common good, and the indispensable role it plays in our lives and communities.

Starting March 20th, the March for Science will release a series of videos centered around the common theme of "Science Serves". Jayde Lovell, Director of Film and Video for March for Science, spearheaded the development of this multimedia campaign. "Many people think of science as just lab coats and lectures. But science is deeply tied to our quality of life. Scientists test our air and water quality, monitor our children's health and make sure we have food on the table. When politicians push for deep budget cuts and try to censor researchers, they aren't just hurting the scientific community, they're hurting the communities and people science serves. These #ScienceServes videos will underscore what science does for our society and risks we face if scientists aren't allowed to serve the public interest."

Inquiries about volunteering, starting satellite marches and other topics can be directed to email addresses found on the organization's site.

List of each new partner with a press contact:

Academy Health
Alliance for Science - Sarah Evanega (allianceforsci@cornell.edu)
American Association of Geographers - Douglas Richardson (drichardson@aag.org)
American Association of Physical Anthropologists - Leslie Aiello (laiello@wennergren.org)
American Educational Research Association - Felice Levine (flevine@aera.net)
American Ethical Union - Bard Worden, Executive Director (bworden@aeu.org)
American Federation of Teachers - Alyssa Picard (apicard@aft.org)
American Geographical Society - John Kanarski (jkonarski@americangeo.org)
American Medical Student Association
American Psychological Association - Kim Mills (kmills@apa.org)
American Public Health Association - Susan Polan (susan.polan@apha.org)
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene - Rhonda Schultz (rschultz@astmh.org)
American Sociological Association - Nancy Kidd (nkidd@asanet.org)
Animal Behavior Society - Bill Searcy (wsearcy@miami.edu)
Association for Science Teacher Education - Gillian Roehrig (roehr013@umn.edu)
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education - Andrea Huggins (press@aashe.org)
Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors - Peter Vikesland (pvikes@vt.edu)
Association of Zoos and Aquariums - Rob Vernon (RVernon@aza.org)
Biophysical Society - Ellen Weiss (eweiss@biophysics.org)
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - Janice Sinclaire (jsinclaire@thebulletin.org)
California Academy of Sciences
Center for Science in the Public Interest - Jeff Cronin, (jcronin@cspinet.org)
Climate Museum - Miranda Massie (mmassie@cmlp.org)
Defenders of Wildlife - Jared Saylor (jsaylor@defenders.org)
Dock to Dish - Sean Barrett (docktodish@gmail.com)
Ecological Society of America - Katherine McCarter (KSM@esa.org)
European Association of Geochemistry - Marie-Aude Hulshoff (mahulshoff@eag.eu.com) Environmental Voter Project - Nathaniel Stinnett (nathaniel@environmentalvoter.org)
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology - Howard Garrison (HGarrison@faseb.org)
The Field Museum - Jaclyn Johnston, media@fieldmuseum.org
Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology - Tim Ingalsbee (fire@efn.org)
Future of Research (FoR) - Gary McDowell (info@futureofresearch.org)
Futurism - Mike Grillo (mike@futurism.com)
Genetics Society of America - Cristy Gelling (cgelling@thegsajournals.org)
Girls Who Code - Claire Cook (claire@girlswhocode.com)
The Geological Society of America - (cstratton@geosociety.org)
International Society for Computational Biology - Nadine Kampman Costello (ncostello@iscb.org)
Island Press - Matt Solomon (msolomon@islandpress.org)
Linguistic Society of America - Alyson Reed (areed@lsadc.org)
Metropolitan Washington Ear
Monterey Bay Aquarium - Kyle Van Houten (kvanhoutan@mbayaq.org)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers - Erica Zweifel (ezweifel@carleton.edu)
National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) - Ellen Levine (elevine@ncseglobal.org)
National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) - Carla McAuliffe (Carla_McAuliffe@terc.edu)
National Society of Black Physicists - (headquarters@nsbp.org)
New York Hall of Science
The Oceanography Society (TOS) - Jenny Ramarui (jenny@tos.org)
The Optical Society - Liz Rogan (erogan@osa.org)
The Paleontological Society - Mary Droser (Mary.droser@ucr.edu)
Phi Beta Kappa - Jen Horneman (jhorneman@pbk.org)
Public Lab - Shannon Dosemagen (shannon@publiclab.org)
Religious Naturalist Association - Ursula Goodenough (goodenough@wustl.edu)
Scientists, Inc., home of the taste of science Festival - Parmvir Bahia (contact@scientistsinc.org)
SciStarter - Darlene Cavalier (Darlene@SciStarter.com)
Sense About Science USA -- Carey Reed (carey@sensci.org)
Society for Historical Archaeology
Society for Neuroscience - (MarchforScience@sfn.org)
Society for Social Work and Research
Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues - Susan Dudley (sdudley@spssi.org)
Society for the Study of Evolution - (communications@evolutionsociety.org)
Steam 16 - Ron Livingston (livingstonrond@gmail.com)
United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers (UAW) - (brothenberg@uaw.net)
United University Professions (UUP) -- SUNY - Mike Lisi (mlisi@uupmail.org)
URL: https://www.marchforscience.com/press/2017/3/13/60-organizations-join-march-for-science-network-of-satellite-marches-nears-400-globally-launching-scienceserves-videos

Contact Person: Nadine Costello (Ncostello@iscb.org)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Visualising Biological Data (VIZBI 2017) - Conference

VIZBI 2017, the 8th international meeting on Visualizing Biological Data, will be held 14–16 June 2017 at the Charles Perkins Centre in Sydney, Australia, sponsored by The University of Sydney, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, and Destination New South Wales.

VIZBI 2017 features keynotes from Daniel Keim, Tamara Munzner, and Drew Berry, in addition to talks from 18 world-leading researchers showcasing visualizations transforming how life scientists view data, and driving key advances in molecular biology, systems biology, biomedical science, and ecology.

The conference brings together a diverse community, including bioinformaticians, data scientists, computer scientists, and experimentalists, as well as medical illustrators, graphic designers, and graphic artists. VIZBI 2017 will be part of Vivid Sydney - a spectacular festival of light, music, and ideas - strong synergies between these events give extra incentive to make the trip to Sydney.

For more details, visit https://vizbi.org/2017
URL: https://vizbi.org/2017

Contact Person: Dr. Sean O'Donoghue / Dr. James Procter (contact@vizbi.org)

Monday, November 14, 2016

CASP12: Critical Assessment of Techniques for Protein Structure Prediction

One more week to register for CASP12:

The CASP 12 meeting registration is at: http://www.cevs.ucdavis.edu/confreg/index.cfm?confid=851&webid=4026

Specifics of the travel arrangements can be found at:

Let us all meet in Gaeta in December!
CASP organizers

12th CASP Meeting
December 10-13th 2016, Gaeta (Italy)

Subject: State of the art of methods for predicting protein structure, assembly, and function from sequence.

Scientific context: Results of the 12th international CASP (Critical Assessment of Techniques for Protein Structure Prediction) experiment.

Confirmed invited speakers:
Russ Altman - Stanford University - USA
Alexandre Bonvin - Utrecht University - NL
Guido Capitani - Paul Scherrer Institut - CH
Matteo Dal Peraro - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne - CH
Edward H. Egelman - University of Virginia - USA
Francesco Gervasio - UCL - UK
Michael Levitt - Stanford University - USA

Organizers: John Moult (USA), Krzysztof Fidelis (USA), Andriy Kryshtafovych (USA), Torsten Schwede (CH) , Anna Tramontano (I),


The meeting will be held at Hotel Serapo (www. http://www.hotelserapo.com/en/), on the slopes of the Natural Park of Monte Orlando in a beautiful and panoramic corner overlooking Serapo Beach, very close to the city center and the old town of Gaeta.

The city itself, the so-called Ulysses Riviera, is embedded in a fascinating area, full of surprises, natural beauties, history, art and culture. It is conveniently located between Rome and Naples. It overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea. Its history as a resort dates back to Imperial Rome. Nearby sites include the first-century BC mausoleum of general Lucius Munatius Plancus. Its old town is mostly medieval, showcased by narrow alleys, the massive 13th-century castle and the 12th-century Cathedral of Assunta e SantErasmo.


Deadline for late registration: November 14th, 2016

Registration fees (***):
Separate room Shared room
Late registration US$ 1,125 / ~1000 Euro US$ 1,020 / ~900 Euro
Accompanying person (*) US$ 340 / ~300 Euro
Extra day before or after the meeting (**): US$ 90 / ~80 Euro per person

(*) Includes accommodation and full board for the period of the conference and Gala Dinner.
(**) Includes accommodation and full board.
(***) Depending on the resources available, some students might be entitled to receive a partial refund of the registration fee. Eligible registered applicants will be contacted after the early registration deadline. The amount of reimbursement will depend upon available financial resources.
URL: http://www.predictioncenter.org

Contact Person: anna tramontano (anna.tramontano@uniroma1.it)

New Scientific Structure at ISMB/ECCB 2017

The 25th Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology will be held jointly with the European Conference on Computational Biology from July 21 – 25, 2017, in Prague, Czech Republic, with Chairs Janet Thornton and Yves Moreau.

As always the conference will provide an intense multidisciplinary forum for disseminating the latest developments in bioinformatics/computational biology. In response to the increasing interest in the activities of the ISCB's Communities of Special Interest (COSIs) who have previously organized the Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings at ISMB, ISMB/ECCB 2017 will be organized with the active participation of the COSIs. ISMB/ECCB 2017 will be more streamlined and will have an outstanding scientifically effective program.

In previous years COSI/SIG meetings took place on the two days preceding ISMB. In 2017, the COSI/SIG meetings will be merged into the main meeting and aligned with the thematic structure around which ISMB-ECCB is organized. The new conference format will retain the key features that make ISMB a successful open conference, including the Proceedings paper talks, Highlights and Late breaking talks, outstanding Keynote lectures, technical talks and industry sessions. In addition, equal opportunities activities, a students' council day, tutorials and other activities will take place. The new structure is intended to bring a new energy and flow to the conference by centering it thematically around the vibrant ISCB COSI communities.

The new scientific program structure will reduce redundancy and make it easier, and less expensive overall, for attendees to follow the wide diversity of topics important to our field. Further, with the COSIs more central to the conference, networking within and between the scientific communities will be greatly enhanced. Each year, including 2017, conference program chairs will encourage the emergence of new scientific themes through special sessions for emerging communities.

ISMB-ECCB 2017 will have a simplified system for all the submissions including Proceedings talks and Presentations that include Highlights and Late breaking research, SIG submissions and a single registration for either two or four days which will allow participants to attend talks across multiple special interest areas.

ISMB-ECCB 2017 will enable intensified community involvement and bolster its reputation as the leading conference in the field, with the strongest scientific and technical program that showcases the best international developments in bioinformatics and computational biology.
URL: http://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2017

Contact Person: Diane Kovats (executive.office@iscb.org)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Inaugural Roux Family Center for Genomics and Computational Biology Symposium

The Roux Center inaugural symposium will gather experts in computational and multi-dimensional genetics and genomics. Talks by leading scientists including; Eric Schadt, Ph.D., Yijun Ruan, Ph.D., Joseph R. Ecker, Ph.D., Richard Young, Ph.D., and Gary Churchill, Ph.D., will cover nuclear genomic architecture, large scale genomic biology and the implications of high-throughput and cutting edge technologies in human health and disease. A reception celebrating the Roux Family Center for Genomics and Computational Biology will complete the day.
Register now for this free event and engage with leading researchers and scientists in this developing area of genetics and genomics. A full schedule and other details for this symposium can be found at www.jax.org/Rouxsymposium.

URL: http://www.jax.org/Rouxsymposium

Contact Person: Erin McDevitt (erin.mcdevitt@jax.org)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sony Faculty Innovation Grant in Computational Biology and Human-Computer Interaction

Trialect is soliciting applications for Sony Faculty Innovation Grants in Computational Biology and Human-Computer interactions (please also see other areas of interest for Sony). Sony, as part of one of the world's most innovative and recognizable brands, is committed to high quality university research and innovation in North America. This Research Grant Program provides funding for cutting-edge academic research and helps build a collaborative relationship between faculty and Sony researchers. As the deadline is fast approaching, we are reaching out to see if your team is interested to submit a proposal. The details can be perused at: Sony Faculty Innovation Award​
URL: https://app.trialect.com/4943/display

Contact Person: Trialect Support (Support@trialect.com)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science Online Lecture Series

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program (https://datascience.nih.gov/bd2k) is pleased to announce The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science, a series of online lectures given by experts from across the country covering a range of diverse topics in data science. This course is an introductory overview that assumes no prior knowledge or understanding of data science.

This lecture series is a joint effort between the BD2K Training Coordinating Center (BD2KTCC, http://www.bigdatau.org/), the BD2K Centers Coordination Center (BD2KCCC, https://bd2kccc.org/), and the NIH Office of the Associate Director of Data Science (ADDS, https://datascience.nih.gov/adds). For up-to-date information about the series and to view archived presentations, go to: http://www.bigdatau.org/data-science-seminars.

The series begins Friday, September 9th, and will run all year, once per week, on Fridays from 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET. For additional event information, contact Crystal Stewart (crystal.stewart@loni.usc.edu).

*** To join the meeting online:
*** To join by phone only: +1 (872) 240-3311; Access Code: 786-506-213
*** First GoToMeeting? Try a test session:


· 09/09/16 - INTRODUCTION to Big Data and the Data Lifecycle (Mark Musen, Stanford)
· 09/16/16 - SECTION 1: DATA MANAGEMENT OVERVIEW (Bill Hersh, Oregon Health Sciences)
· 09/23/16 - Finding and Accessing Datasets, Indexing, and Identifiers (Lucila Ohno-Machado, UCSD)
· 09/30/16 - Data Curation and Version Control (Pascale Gaudet, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics)
· 10/07/16 - Ontologies (Michel Dumontier, Stanford)
· 10/14/16 - Metadata Standards (Zachary Ives, Penn)
· 10/21/16 - Provenance (Suzanne Sansone, Oxford)
· 11/04/16 - Databases and Data Warehouses, Data: Structures, Types, Integrations (Chaitan Baru, NSF)
· 11/18/16 - Social Networking Data (TBD)
· 12/02/16 - Data Wrangling, Normalization, Preprocessing (Joseph Picone, Temple)
· 12/09/16 - Exploratory Data Analysis (Brian Caffo, Johns Hopkins)
· 12/16/16 - Natural Language Processing (Noemie Elhadad, Columbia)


· 01/13/17 - Workflows/Pipelines
· 01/20/17 - Programming and Software Engineering, API, Optimization
· 01/27/17 - Cloud, Parallel, Distributed Computing, and HPC
· 02/03/17 - Commons: Lessons Learned, Current State
· 02/17/17 - Smoothing, Unsupervised Learning/Clustering/Density Estimation
· 02/24/17 - Supervised Learning/Prediction/ML, Dimensionality Reduction
· 03/03/17 - Algorithms, Optimization
· 03/10/17 - Multiple Testing, False Discovery Rate
· 03/17/17 - Data Issues: Bias, Confounding, and Missing Data
· 03/24/17 - Causal Inference
· 03/31/17 - Data Visualization Tools and Communication
· 04/07/17 - Modeling Synthesis

· 04/14/17 - Open Science
· 04/21/17 - Data Sharing (including social obstacles)
· 04/28/17 - Ethical Issues
· 05/05/17 - Extra Considerations/Limitations for Clinical Data
· 05/12/17 - Reproducibility
· 05/19/17 - SUMMARY and NIH CONTEXT

Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Sonynka Ngosso (Sonynka.Ngosso@nih.gov) at 301-402-9816. Requests should be made at least 5 business days in advance of the event.
URL: https://datascience.nih.gov/bd2k)

Contact Person: Lisa Dunnebacke (lisa.dunnebacke@nih.gov)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Call fo Nominations: BIRD Awards 2016

To encourage budding bioinformaticists in India who have had made outstanding contributions in the area of Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics, we have initiated the Bioclues Innovation, Research and Development (BIRD) awards since 2011. The call for the 2016 is now open:

URL: http://www.bioclues.org

Contact Person: Prash Suravajhala (prash@bioclues.org)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

NIGMS PRAT Program Accepting Applications beginning September 3, 2016

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences' Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) program is accepting applications from September 3 through October 3, 2016. PRAT fellows conduct research in scientific areas within the Institute's mission while in an NIH intramural research program (IRP) lab. Fellows receive 3 years of stipend support and additional benefits such as health insurance, a travel allowance, and professional development training activities, including a monthly seminar series designed specifically for fellows. Before applying, applicants must identify a potential preceptor in the NIH IRP and develop a research proposal. Applications must be submitted via the Fi2 funding mechanism (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-16-130.html).

For more information about the PRAT program, see http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Training/Pages/PRAT.aspx or contact Jessica Faupel-Badger at badgerje@mail.nih.gov.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-16-130.html

Contact Person: Jessica Faupel-Badger (badgerje@mail.nih.gov)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Informatics Research Funding

2017 Informatics Fellowships and Grants: Application Deadline: September 1, 2016

The goal of the PhRMA Foundation Informatics program is to promote development and use of novel informatics in an integrative approach toward understanding normal processes of human biology and disease processes. Our Informatics awards support career development of scientists, at the pre doc, post doc, research starter and sabbatical level, engaged in research that significantly integrates state-of-the-art information technology developed with advanced biological, chemical, and pharmacological sciences in the following areas:
Molecular, Medical (human), Pharmaco, Polpulation
Functional, Structural, Toxico, Pharmaco, Comparative
Systems Biology
Pathways and Networks, Integrative biology, Modeling and simulation
Molecular Epidemiology
For detailed award information visit our website at www.phrmafoundation.org

URL: http://www.phrmafoundation.org

Contact Person: Charlotte Lillard (clillard@phrmafoundation.org)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Submission deadline for PSB 2017, August 1.

Very exciting sessions at PSB 2017 in Hawaii.  Submit your papers to any of the following topics:

(1) Computational approaches to understanding the evolution of molecular function

(2) Imaging genomics

(3) Methods to ensure the reproducibility of biomedical research

(4) Patterns in biomedical data - How do we find them?

(5) Precision medicine: from genotypes and molecular phenotypes towards improved health and therapies

(6) Single-cell analysis and modelling of cell population heterogeneity

URL: http://psb.stanford.edu/

Submissions close August 1, 2016

Contact Person: Predrag Radivojac (predrag@indiana.edu)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

ECCB 2016: Detailed programme schedule online

The detailed programme schedule for the ECCB 2016 main conference is now available online! Speakers who have been selected for a talk can find their allotted time slot.

Don't miss this opportunity to join over a thousand scientists, policy makers, and other stakeholders in a variety of disciplines, including bioinformatics, computational biology, biology, medicine, and systems biology at the fifteenth European Conference on Computational Biology!

Call for posters
22 July 2016 Extended submission deadline for posters

Call for travel fellowships
7 July 2016 Travel fellowship application closed
18 July 2016 Travel fellowship application notification
29 July 2016 Deadline early bird registration

Registration deadlines
29 July 2016 Early bird registration deadline
19 August 2016 Deadline online registration
URL: http://www.eccb2016.org

Contact Person: ECCB 2016 (eccb@congressbydesign.com)

Bright Minds Battling Dark Diseases

San Diego is home to world-class biomedical scientists focused on cutting-edge projects touted by president

URL: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/jun/25/bright-minds-cancer-microbiome-brain-mesa-torrey/

Contact Person: Nadine Costello (ncostello@iscb.org)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Elaborate Email and Phone Scam Using ISCB Members

Dear Members and Community,

ISCB recently learned of an elaborate email and phone scam. It appears that someone has created a fake email address in ISCB President Alfonso Valencia's name, which looks very close to Alfonso's real address, and has been sending emails to ISCB members. Within the email, they reference other ISCB members to make it appear real. In addition to the emails, they are also calling members posing as the member in need stated in the email.

Know this email is not real and is a very sophisticated scam. We have removed all emails which appeared online in our committee, advisory council, and past board of directors pages. Members will still be able to connect with other members using the ISCB Member Directory, which is a password protected directory for ISCB Members only. Please note that the directory may not contain all members as members have to opt-in to being part of the platform.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

For your reference, the email may look like the following -

Hello Dr.William.How are you?Our friend Dr.Jhong Bhak and ISCB
member from South Korea are on the way now to Seattle to attend her sister
funeral.As far as I know,they are on the way to United States and they
have some problem in the Philippine airport.Kindly call them at
011639064176763 or +639064176763 and please help them in any possible
way and I will call you as soon as possible.At this time,its midnight here
in Australia and I have a flight to catch later this morning back to
Spain... I will call you as soon I will arrive in my office.Thank
you very much in advance and God Bless.

In Prayers,
Dr. Alfonso Valencia
ISCB President
International Society for Computational Biology
Structural and Computational Biology Programme
Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO)
Madrid, Spain
URL: http://

Contact Person: Diane Kovats (dkovats@iscb.org)

BD Biosciences Grant for Infectious Diseases Research on Trialect

We have a posting on Trialect (https://app.trialect.com/) soliciting applications for BD Biosciences Grant for Infectious Diseases Research. Through the grant program, BD Biosciences works to support innovation in research and development, helping to define the next generation of scientific breakthroughs. Annually, 14 scientists are awarded. The application process is simple. The program is currently open to scientists and research labs in the US, in the Member States of the European Union and in Andorra, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and Vatican City State. We are reaching out to see if your fellows or junior investigators are interested. The details can be perused at: BD Bio Infectious Diseases Grant (https://app.trialect.com/4085/display)
URL: https://app.trialect.com/4085/display

Contact Person: Support (Support@trialect.com)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

TransMed 2016: Translational Medicine Informatics & Applications Meeting

ISMB 2016, (Orlando, USA), on July 8, 2016.

Knowledge-based translational medicine is a rapidly growing discipline in biomedical research and aims to expedite the discovery of new diagnostic tools and treatments by using a multi-disciplinary, highly collaborative, "bench-to-bedside" approach. Large amounts of multi-omics, imaging (medical and molecular) and clinical data can now be captured for given patient populations. In addition to the challenges of data curation and harmonisation, new computational methods are required to identify molecular signatures that suggest disease subtype. These signatures may be predictive of outcome or progression, and impact on disease management by suggesting personalised therapeutic strategies for patients. Such approaches will further the development of a new taxonomy of disease.

In the TransMed SIG meeting, we will explore the current status of computational biology approaches within the field of translational medicine.

Keynote Speakers Confirmed:

Prof. Russ Altman, Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, Medicine and Computer Science; Director, Biomedical Informatics Training Program, School of Medicine, Stanford University

Prof. Sean Mooney, Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, University of Washington; Chief Research Information Officer (CRIO) of UW Medicine

Prof. John Overington, Director of Bioinformatics at Stratified Medical, Visiting Professor at the Institute of Cardiovascular Science, University College London and the Farr Institute

Key dates:

Abstract submissions deadline: May 15, 2016

Poster and Presentation acceptance notifications: May 22, 2016

Final program available: May 31, 2016

TransMed 2016 SIG: July 8, 2016

URL: http://transmedit.org/Main_Page

Contact Person: TransMed (transmed-coord@googlegroups.com)

Announcing the May launch of the Respiratory Viral DREAM Challenge

Announcing the May launch of the Respiratory Viral DREAM Challenge

The First of the DREAM11 Challenges

Dear DREAM Community,

Mark your calendars! We are pleased to announce that the first Challenge of the DREAM11 season will be launching soon on May 15th.

The Respiratory Viral DREAM Challenge: Discovering dynamic molecular signatures in response to viral exposure will launch on May 15 and run through September 2016. To register go to http://www.http.com/www.synapse.org/ViralChallenge.

This Challenge will assess current capabilities to predict rate and severity of infection following exposure to respiratory viruses. Analysis will focus on gene expression array data collected by our partners at Duke University in a longitudinal manner from healthy volunteers exposed to respiratory viruses.

This is an exciting opportunity for DREAMers to develop methodologies for dynamic modeling based on time series data. Participants will be invited to discuss the results of this Challenge with clinical experts in a one-day workshop at the completion of the Challenge. Winners will also be invited to join in the development of a journal article describing these results and to present at the annual DREAM Conference taking place this November.

For more information and to register for this Challenge, please visit the challenge website at: http/www.synapse.org/ViralChallenge

URL: http/www.synapse.org/ViralChallenge

Contact Person: Gustavo Stolovitzky (gustavo@us.ibm.com)

Friday, May 6, 2016

Senate Appropriations Hearing

Dr. Collins and Institute Directors Drs. Christopher Austin, NCATS; Richard Hodes, NIA; Walter Koroshetz, NINDS; Douglas Lowy, NCI; and Nora Volkow, NIDA testified earlier this month before the Senate L-HHS subcommittee on NIH's FY17 budget request. Dr. Collins and members of the Subcommittee noted with emotion that this may be Dr. Collins' last appropriations hearing (see 2:11:20). For those who missed the live event, you can still view the webcast (http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/hearings/hearing-on-fy2017-national-institutes-of-health-budget-request) and read Dr. Collins' written testimony (https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/who-we-are/nih-director/testimony-fiscal-year-2017-budget-request-before-senate-committee)
URL: https://www.nih.gov/

Contact Person: NIH (NIHOutreachOffice@od.nih.gov)

April Visitors to NIH

April has seen several Congressional members visit NIH. Most recently, Representative Robert Dold and four colleagues, Representatives Susan Brooks, Katherine Clark, Joseph Kennedy, and David Valadao, met with NIH leadership and toured three labs, hearing updates about immunotherapy approaches in cancer treatments, therapies for diabetes and metabolic disorders, and surgical interventions for epilepsy patients. Earlier in the month, Representative Pete Sessions came out to attend a scientific meeting hosted by the National Eye Institute, Representative Barbara Comstock toured two labs, and Senator Barbara Mikulski met with NIH leadership and spoke at a town hall with NIH staff.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan visited last week. He met with Dr. Louis Staudt of NCI, toured the Children's Inn, and spoke with several patients. Mr. Hogan, a cancer survivor himself, shared how his experiences have given him a new appreciation for medical research and offered his support for NIH's work.
URL: https://www.nih.gov/

Contact Person: NIH (NIHOutreachOffice@od.nih.gov)

Share Your Ideas for the Cancer Moonshot

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has launched the Cancer Research Ideas (https://cancerresearchideas.cancer.gov/) online platform to collect community input to inform the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. We hope to hear from a broad cross-section of the community, including researchers, advocates, philanthropists, data scientists, and members of the public, about their ideas for speeding up scientific advances in cancer research and spurring progress in prevention, treatment, and care. Visit the website by July 1 to submit your ideas or comment on the submissions we've already received. And please help us spread the word to your colleagues and communities and encourage them to share their ideas as well.

Plans are underway for a Cancer Moonshot Summit later this year. The summit will be a forum for updates on the Initiative and dialogue.
URL: https://cancerresearchideas.cancer.gov/

Contact Person: NIH (NIHOutreachOffice@od.nih.gov)

Dr. Collins Appoints PMI, ECHO Directors

Earlier this month, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins announced the appointment of Eric Dishman as Director of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program. Mr. Dishman, who will be stepping down from his role as Vice President and Fellow at Intel's Health & Life Sciences Group to move to NIH in June, will lead NIH's effort to build the PMI landmark longitudinal research study of one million or more U.S. volunteers. He brings not just a wealth of knowledge as a social scientist, researcher, and business leader, but also personal experience as a patient and patient advocate. For more details, you can read Dr. Collins' statement about the appointment and Mr. Dishman's interview with ScienceInsider where he discusses his motivation, vision, and the challenges he foresees. https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/who-we-are/nih-director/statements/selection-eric-dishman-director-precision-medicine-initiative-cohort-program

Dr. Collins this month also appointed Matthew Gillman, M.D., as Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program Director. ECHO is a seven-year NIH initiative to use large, existing study cohorts to conduct research on high-impact pediatric health outcomes. Please see Dr. Collins' statement for more information. https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/who-we-are/nih-director/statements/selection-dr-matthew-gillman-echo-program-director
URL: https://www.nih.gov/

Contact Person: NIH (NIHOutreachOffice@od.nih.gov)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NIBLSE Undergraduate Bioinformatics Survey

Want to Improve Undergraduate Bioinformatics Education?

The Network for Integrating Bioinformatics into Life Sciences Education (NIBLSE) is an NSF Research Coordination Network for Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE) devoted to establishing bioinformatics as essential to the undergraduate life sciences curriculum. Please take (and share!) this brief survey we have developed (https://goo.gl/H2XkrU) about how bioinformatics should be included in the life sciences curriculum.

We invite you to read more about our activities and other ways to contribute and provide feedback at our project website (https://qubeshub.org/groups/niblse) or by contacting the PI at the address above.
URL: https://goo.gl/H2XkrU

Contact Person: Mark Pauley (mpauley@unomaha.edu)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Call for Submissions to Workshop on Computational Biology at ICML 2016

We invite submissions to the Workshop on Computational Biology to be held in conjunction with ICML 2016 conference in New York City, NY.

*Important Dates
Deadline for submissions : May 1, 2016
Notification of acceptance : May 10, 2016
Workshop date : June 24th 2016

All novel Computational Biology approaches are of interest to the workshop. We welcome original extended abstracts that present recently published work as well as preliminary ideas. Extended abstracts should not exceed 4 pages in length (plus 1 optional page for references) and should be in pdf format (one column, font size 12). The submission need not be anonymized. If the abstract concerns previously published work, please cite the original paper in the workshop submission.

All accepted contributions shall be presented at the poster session. Awards for Best Poster Presentations will be sponsored by Google.
In addition, a set of best submissions will also have the opportunity to present their work as Contributed Talks, and will receive Travel Awards sponsored by IBM Research.

Accepted abstracts will have the option of being published on the workshop website. For authors who do not wish their abstracts to be posted online or become citable, please mention this in the workshop submission.
Submissions should be made through the EasyChair system.

*Invited Speakers
Barbara Engelhardt, Princeton University
Jennifer Listgarten, Microsoft Research
Christina Leslie, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

All participants must register for Workshops at the ICML 2016 website .

For workshop-related queries please contact:

We are looking forward to your submissions!

Organizing Committee:
Dana Pe'er
Elham Azizi
Sandhya Prabhakaran
Olga Troyanskaya
Edoardo Airoldi
Volker Roth
URL: https://sites.google.com/site/compbioworkshopicml2016

Contact Person: Elham Azizi (icml2016compbio@gmail.com)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

2016 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute: Career Transitions Advancing Biomedical Research Workforce Diversity

2016 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute: Career Transitions Advancing Biomedical

Research Workforce Diversity June 2-3, 2016 Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Bethesda, MD

Who Should Attend: The program is primarily intended for postdoctoral fellows who are near completion of their postdoctoral training appointments. Advanced graduate students may also apply to attend!

Hotel Reservation Deadline Date: May 11, 2016

Travel Awards are Available: The FASEB Office of Sponsored Programs, Diversity and Grants Administration is currently accepting travel award applications to help support participation in this two-day career development program. Applications are approved on a rolling basis.

2016 PPI Registration/Travel Award Application Deadline: Registration/Travel Award Application receipt deadline: Friday, May 6, 2016, at 5PM EDT

Travel awards will be provided for all eligible applicants (those not already receiving federally-funded travel support and who also meet other criteria e.g., citizenship/residency status) who are approved and selected to participate in the Institute. The maximum amount for the travel award is $1,500. (US Citizens/Legal Permanent Resident Aliens trainees on R01, T32 grants are eligible to apply and receive travel award support for the 2016 PPI.)

NOTE: We are not allowed to provide travel awards for selected participants who reside within a 50-mile radius of the meeting venue in Bethesda, MD.

The 2016 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (T36-GM008637-20); therefore, travel awards are restricted to USA citizens or legal permanent residents of the USA, who also reside within the USA or USA territories.

For more information and registration/travel award application forms: twdprograms.org. Questions? Email PostdocWorkshop@faseb.org for answers!

Download mobile app/guide at https://guidebook.com/g/2016PPI.

Featured Presentations:
SciPhD "Preparing for Professional Careers"
Being competitive and successful as a professional scientist, regardless of whether in an industry or academic setting requires mastery of scientific, business and social skills. Running an effective laboratory operation is like running a small business, and can benefit from applying best practices that have been developed by industry. In "Preparing for Professional Careers" we will look at how your scientific/technical skills combined with your business skills and social skills together make up the three identities that define your brand. The same competencies that industry requires in order to be successful are equally important in developing and co- existing in a high-performing team in academic settings.

In the first 1.5-hour session we will look at the 24 competencies that industry has identified as critical in being competitive and successful, and how they relate to scientists own past experiences during their graduate and post-graduate education. We will also look at different kinds of jobs that are available both in academia and industry.

In the second 2-hour session we will discuss how to identify business and social competencies in job ads, and how to use that information to develop targeted resumes that emphasize all three identities (scientific, business, social) in the context of what the hiring institution is seeking. We will also discuss how to build an effective network, and how to leverage that network to identify and research jobs, and get your resume on the hiring manager's desk. Finally we will discuss how to prepare for interviews and effectively apply the business and social skills discussed in the first session to demonstrate why you are a good fit for the position.
Dr. Randall Ribaudo; CEO Human Workflows, LLC, Co-founder SciPhD.com

SciPhD "Essential Communications for Scientists – Tools for Building and Leveraging Your Network"
Establishing and maintaining professional relationships is essential in developing a successful career whether in Academia or Industry. Scientists are perceived as "experts" in both their professional and social settings in almost everything they do. Developing the ability to shift from that "expert" mode to a "learner" mode is a very powerful technique in establishing and strengthening relationships. The ability to adapt your communications mode allows you to stand out and be valued with anyone you meet; whether they are peer scientists, senior executives, the lay public, investors, human resources professionals or any others. Learn to communicate in a way that adds value and is relevant to their organizational role. In this workshop we will explore three communications techniques that specifically focus on adjusting the technical level of your communications, the perceived social context with which you communicate and how to do so in a way that makes you a value d and trusted contact.
Dr. Randall Ribaudo; CEO Human Workflows, LLC, Co-founder SciPhD.com
Mr. Larry Petcovic, MS; Co-founder SciPhD.com, Vice President for Communications

Career Preparation and Skills Development
• Translating Your Credentials on Paper (CV=> Résumé) and in Person
• Nailing the Job Talk and Interview Prep
• Negotiating the Job Offer
• Leveraging PPI: How to Follow Up on an Interesting PPI Presentation and Initiate Informational Interviews
Dr. Andrew Green; Associate Director, Career Center, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Monte Willis; Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory
Medicine University of North at Carolina Chapel Hill

Preparing for Careers in Academia
• Applying for Positions in the Civil Service and in Academia: Academic Research/Higher Education Positions
• Who will do Tomorrow's Research?
• Reality Ph.D.: It's Not Just Academia*
Dr. Jabbar Bennett; Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, Northwestern University
Dr. Hannah Valantine; Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, NIH

*Variety of Panelists representing recent PhD Postdocs employed in various sectors of the biomedical research workforce

Preparing for Careers in the Federal Government
• Applying for Positions in the Civil Service and in Academia: Civil Service (Federal Government) Positions
• "Uncle Sam" Wants You! What You Can Be With a Biomedical Ph.D. as a Civil Servant for the US Government

Mr. Brian Rabin; Chief, Corporate Recruitment and Internal Operations Unit at NIH
Dr. Alison Gammie; Director, Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, NIGMS/NIH
Dr. Linda Hyman; Division Director, Molecular and Cellular Bioscience, National Science Foundation

Reality Ph.D.: It's Not Just Academia: The series of panel discussions will highlight the diverse careers of postdoc peers/PhD scientists who have successfully transitioned out of their postdoctoral training appointments into independent careers in diverse areas of the biomedical research workforce.
*Science Policy/Science Writing/Communications * Industry *Nonprofit Organizations * Consulting and Entrepreneurship * Science Education/Teaching * Government Research * Government Administration * Academic Science/Research Track * Technology Transfer and Patent
URL: https://guidebook.com/g/2016PPI

Contact Person: info@faseb.org (info@faseb.org)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Lectureship available : Genome Medicine / Clinical Translation Bioinformatics Push in Sheffield

The UK 100 000 Genomes project is actually really making a difference to treatment and approaches to healthcare in UK. Genome Medicine is rapidly being recognised as a mainstream form of healthcare - but the NHS has a lot of catching up to do. Yorkshire is not what comes to mind when one thinks of cutting edge Genome Medicine and eHealth, but in fact, the UK Government has recently invested £20M into eHEalth in the region, and confirmed another £250M for genome medicine over the next 5 years.

The University of Sheffield Medical School is moving rapidly to embrace Genome Medicine. One of several posts it has created, is a lectureship in teaching and research into genome Medicine / Clinical Bioinformatics. Several posts are being developed and the University is actively looking for the next generation of leaders in this area that would like to become part of the transition to genome health care in UK.

Lectureship in Genome Medicine/Translational Bioinformatics

The UK is home to rapid development of the science of Genome Medicine, an emerging medical discipline that uses genomic information about an individual as part of clinical care, health outcomes and policy implications. The Genome England project is driving the sequencing of 100 000 samples, providing deep new insight into the genomes associated with disease.

The Genomic Medicine group within the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, invites applications for a position as a Lecturer in Bioinformatics/Genomic medicine.

The post builds on our rapidly growing strengths in biomedical genomic research. We work closely with Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Trust and The Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Trust. The University plays a key academic partner role in the Yorkshire and Humber Genome Medicine Centre that is recruiting NHS patients to the Genomics England initiative. We are preferred providers of the NHS England MSc in Genomic Medicine.

We seek a highly motivated lecturer who has the ability to perform research led teaching of Bioinformatics and Genomics relevant to Genome Medicine. The applicant will have broad experience in genetics and clinical bioinformatics and next generation sequencing analysis and will be familiar with the application of these technologies to selection and interpretation of clinically relevant variants. The lecturer will be Co-Director of our flagship MSc in Genome Medicine , and will benefit from a supportive community within the University and across the NHS Genome Medicine Centre for Yorkshire and the Humber. In addition there will be opportunities to develop and deliver curriculum in bioinformatics and genomics across the University, and together with the National Genome Medicine MSc programme   sponsored by HEE, NHS and Genome England, to develop online coursework with international visibility in Genome Medicine and Clinical Bioinformatics.
We are one of nine national centres providing co-ordinated training in Genome Medicine. The Master's in Genomic Medicine has been developed to provide a multi-disciplinary and multi-professional course in genomics that can be applied to clinical practice and medical research. Development of independently funded research is encouraged and there are also funded opportunities to oversee MSc students in association with the GeCIP s that drive post-sequencing analyses of the subjects in the UK 100 000 Genomes Project.

For informal enquiries regarding this job please contact Professor  Winston Hide (winhide @ sheffield.ac.uk  or Dr Janine Kirby at j.kirby @ sheffield.ac.uk

URL: http://bit.ly/1QxRzpE

Contact Person: Winston Hide (winhide@sheffield.ac.uk)

Friday, February 19, 2016

BioArt Winners on Display at NIH

The winning images of the 2015 BioArt contest are now on display at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Visitor's Center in the Hall of Nobel Laureates. The BioArt competition—sponsored by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)—features visually compelling research images and videos produced by members of FASEB constituent societies and other federally funded researchers. Through this annual contest, FASEB seeks to share the beauty and excitement of biological research with the public. The images highlight the diversity of bioscience research and demonstrate the importance of federal support.

This is the fourth year FASEB BioArt winning images have been displayed at NIH. More information about the NIH Visitor Center, including directions and hours of operation, can be found online.
URL: http://www.faseb.org/

Contact Person: Bethany Drehman (bdrehman@faseb.org)

House Passes Controversial NSF Grant Certification Bill

On February 10, the House of Representatives passed Scientific Research in the National Interest Act (H.R. 3293) by margin of 236-178 along a nearly party-line vote. The bill would place new, stricter requirements on the grant-making processes at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Specifically, the legislation mandates that the Foundation certify each grant to be "worthy of Federal funding" and fulfill other specific criteria in order to be awarded. The House passed legislation with similar requirements for NSF in May in the American COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806)

In response to the bill's passage, the White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy indicating the President's intention to veto the bill should it be presented to him. John Holdren, PhD, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, also issued a comment strongly criticizing the legislation for the potential harm it could inflict on the nation's scientific enterprise. Holdren offered an eloquent defense of NSF's existing merit review processes and the fundamental importance of basic research funded by NSF.

The Senate has yet to take up a version of the COMPETES bill or any similar legislation.
URL: http://www.faseb.org/

Contact Person: Benjamin Krinsky (bkrinsky@faseb.org)

BioPolicy Summit Explores Solutions to Reproducibility Concerns

On February 9, the Global Biological Standards Institute (GBSI) hosted its second BioPolicy Summit, Research Reproducibility: Innovative Solutions to Drive Quality. The summit convened experts in the scientific community to explore ways to resolve ongoing concerns about the reproducibility of basic biomedical research.

Keynote speaker Judith Kimble, PhD, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, began the event by describing recent reports that raised concerns about the reproducibility and translatability of research. Noting that the inability to reproduce a research finding could result from several factors, including poor experimental design, mislabeled reagents, or insufficient reporting of methods, Dr. Kimble stated that problems with reproducibility bear hidden costs in terms of delayed or lost scientific opportunities and declining public confidence in the research enterprise. Therefore, Dr. Kimble noted it is critical that all stakeholders in the biomedical research enterprise work together to implement solutions to improve the reproducibility, transparency, and translatability of basic biological discoveries.

The keynote presentation was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Richard Harris, science correspondent for NPR news. Panelists included Arturo Casadevall, MD, PhD (Johns Hopkins University), Amy Herr, PhD (University of California-Berkeley), Josh LaBaer, MD, PhD (Arizona State University), Brian Nosek, PhD (University of Virginia), and Timothy Simcoe, PhD (Boston University and National Bureau of Economic Research). Much of the discussion focused on ways to alleviate the negative effects of the current hyper-competitive research environment, in which the pressures to procure federal funding and publish research findings in "high impact" journals may result in the premature sharing of research results. Panelists agreed that many of the common issues identified as reducing the reproducibility of research can easily be addressed through more stringent training of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in experimental design, analytical methods, and critical revi ew. Similarly, they said the research community needs to place value on efforts intended to enhance reproducibility and transparency.

To encourage this latter point, GBSI introduced Reproducibility2020, an action plan intended to improve awareness of reagent authentication, enhance protocol and data sharing, and enrich the training of scientists.
URL: http://www.faseb.org/

Contact Person: Yvette Seger (yseger@faseb.org)

ASBMR Capitol Hill Day Assisted by FASEB Office of Public Affairs

Not even "Snowzilla" could stop leaders from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) from advocating on Capitol Hill for sustained and predictable increases to NIH funding on Wednesday, January 27. ASBMR President Douglas P. Kiel, MD, MPH lauded the Hill Day experience, saying, "Today was further evidence that a personal commitment to advocacy is crucial to attach a face to the important, life-saving research we do, so that our policy makers and the general public remember the significance of supporting scientists."

The success of this Hill Day was made possible by a collaborative effort between ASBMR and the FASEB Public Affairs Department to plan the event. Jennifer Zeitzer, Director of Legislative Relations at FASEB, worked with ASBMR staff to identify and schedule meetings with key members of Congress and to develop messages and materials. On the morning of the event, Yvette Seger, PhD, Science Policy Director at FASEB, provided training for the ASBMR leaders.

ASBMR leaders held a total of 25 meetings with elected officials representing nine states and eight congressional districts. They communicated the need to solve the health problems facing the American public through research and for access to testing that will save the lives of people with osteoporosis, thanks to the training provided by Seger and a motivational presentation by Research!America President and CEO, Mary Woolley.

Their message was clear: Sustainable and predictable increases to NIH funding for FY2017 and beyond are needed to ensure its authority as the world's preeminent medical research institution, and for NIH to remain our best hope for finding cures, improving treatments, and gaining a better understanding of the complex causes of diseases that affect millions of Americans.

During the Hill Day wrap-up, ASBMR leaders expressed their enthusiasm about the opportunity to advocate for biomedical research on Capitol Hill and their dedication to maintain communication with their representatives to follow up with additional information on current bone, mineral and musculoskeletal research. ASBMR's Executive Director, Ann L. Elderkin, PA, noted that "FASEB's assistance was invaluable to ASBMR to be able to carry a consistent message to Capitol Hill that FASEB and its member societies are also carrying, making the sum of these efforts to be far greater than what ASBMR could do on its own."

Lynn Mirigian, PhD, is the Clinical Practice and Science Policy Manager at ASBMR.

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) is the leading professional, scientific and medical society established to bring together clinical and experimental scientists involved in the study of bone and mineral metabolism. ASBMR encourages and promotes the study of this expanding field through annual scientific meetings, an official journal (Journal of Bone and Mineral Research®), the Primer on Metabolic Bone Diseases and Disorders of Mineral
URL: http://www.faseb.org/

Contact Person: Lynn Mirigian (asbmr@asbmr.org)