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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Last call for papers: Advances in Computational Methods for Genetic Diseases

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Special Issue - Advances in Computational Methods for Genetic Diseases - Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, Hindawi


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IMPORTANT DATES
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Manuscript Due Friday, 19 September 2014
First Round of Reviews Friday, 12 December 2014
Publication Date Friday, 6 February 2015

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CALL FOR PAPERS
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Genetic diseases are widely studied for the relevant impact on the human health. In the last years, a large amount of experimental data has been available. The identification of new strategies for elaborating such experimental data is becoming more and more necessary since the large amount of information can sometimes represent a real obstacle for the effective identification of relevant findings. The aim of the special issue is to review the recent advances about the research on computational methods concerning with genetic diseases. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

Computational and mathematical methods for the following:
- Evaluating the pathogenicity of novel genetic variants
- The evaluation of protein folding and/or protein-protein interactions in presence of genetic variants
- Analysis of experimental data from next generation sequencing
- Searching for variant/mutation databases for massive data analysis
- Analysis of \\\"omics\\\" data
- Analysis of complex diseases, namely, multifactorial and polygenic, for example, diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia
- Variant analysis from Genome Wide Association studies
- Analysis of common genetic variants (i.e., SNPs, HLA genotypes, microsatellites)
- Analysis of quantitative trait loci
- The integration of genetic and non genetic factors for prediction of disease predisposition
- The identification of potential gene regulatory elements (i.e., binding of transcription factors, and miRNAs)
- Analysis of gene expression data
- Analysis of biological models of genetic diseases

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal\\\'s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/cmmm/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/cmmm/genet/



URL: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/cmmm/si/828505/cfp/

Contact Person: Antonino Staiano (antonino.staiano@uniparthenope.it)
URL: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/cmmm/si/828505/cfp/

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

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Biomathematics: the great frontier of the 21st century?

Some argue that by 2100 biology and mathematics will have changed each other dramatically.

Once upon a time, biology meant zoology and botany, the study of animals and plants. The invention of the microscope shifted the emphasis to the level of cells, and more recently the focus has been at the molecular level. Traditionally, the life sciences were attractive for young people who were passionate about science but who disliked mathematics or felt they were not good at it. But mathematics now plays a vital role in biology, and students need mathematical skills.

Biological systems are hugely complex, but simple mathematical models can isolate and elucidate key elements and processes and predict crucial aspects of behaviour. Many problems in biology have been solved using mathematics already developed in other areas – network analysis, group theory, differential equations, probability, chaos theory and combinatorics – but completely new mathematical techniques may be required to solve some tough problems in the life sciences.

The shape of a protein is an essential factor in determining its functions. For example, haemoglobin has a complex folded shape that enables it to "pick up" an oxygen molecule and "drop it" where it is needed. The folding and tangling of protein molecules is being modelled using the branch of topology called knot theory.

COMPLEX BEHAVIOUR
Network analysis shows us that a large network of simple components – whether transistors or neurons – can exhibit astonishingly complex behaviour. The human brain has 100 billion nerve cells, linked together by a biological wiring system of axons and dendrites. The number of interconnections is vast, something like a thousand million million. This is "big data" with a vengeance.

One simple element can do little. Link a large number together and you can get fantastically complex behaviour. For the brain, this includes thinking. Many questions in neuroscience remain to be answered, such as "how does memory work?" How is information from the senses interpreted and stored? Bio-informatics deals with the enormous data sets produced in biological research.

Systems biology is a rapidly developing interdisciplinary field of biological research. It focuses on complex interactions using a holistic approach aimed at discovering and understanding emergent properties of organisms. Such properties are difficult or impossible to understand using a reductionistic approach – breaking them down into basic constituents. Systems biology makes extensive use of mathematical and computational models.

BODY NETWORKS
The communication networks in the human body involve millions of interlinked cells. Occasionally, these networks break down, causing diseases such as cancer. Systems Biology Ireland, at UCD, is designing new therapeutic approaches based on a systems-level, mechanistic understanding of cellular networks. Researchers at Systems Biology apply mathematics and computer science to enormous data sets arising from biological techniques. Their research aims to find out what genes do, how they work together, what goes wrong in diseases, and how to cure them.

Just as astronomy gave rise to spectacular developments in mathematical analysis in the 18th century, biology may have a profound effect on mathematics in the future. Some commentators see biomathematics as the great frontier of the 21st century, and argue that by 2100 biology and mathematics will have changed each other dramatically, just as mathematics and physics did in earlier centuries.

Peter Lynch is professor of meteorology at University College Dublin. He blogs at thatsmaths.com
URL: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/biomathematics-the-great-frontier-of-the-21st-century-1.1898160

Contact Person: Peter Lynch (peter.lynch@ucd.ie)

Why biosciences and engineering are on a collision course

USC goes all in on convergent bioscience, bringing scientific curiosity and engineers' know-how to solve medical problems.

The world has become an enormously complex place. In 1790, the U.S. Patent Office opened its doors, and it took 103 years for the office to issue its first half-million patents. Now it issues far more than that in a single year.

And this acceleration toward complexity isn't just about patents — it's also about the science that drives them. That's especially pronounced in biomedicine. A century ago, a physician was everything in a town. He (or she) would deliver babies, dispense medication to the ill and even tend to a dog's broken leg. Today, doctors are so specialized they can be experts on a disease like cancer, for example, in only certain parts of the body, such as the bones, in a specific segment of the population, like children. They may do research too.

That specialized knowledge has led to big advances, but there's a flip side: These highly specialized scientists risk becoming so isolated that they might miss suggestions from others that could turn dead ends into new, promising research directions. It turns out that as our explorations peel away an ever-more intricate world, the connections between experts with wide-ranging perspectives become more vital. At USC, a movement is underway to bring together bioscientists and engineers to make the next generation of great leaps. It's called convergence, and it melds three fields: life science, physical sciences and engineering.

FIELDS APART
Society needs convergent research to move innovation forward and fix difficult challenges, but greater coordination is needed, according to a 2014 report from the National Research Council. It's going to take a culture shift for universities.

To understand how we got here, it helps to look to the past. The world of biology used to be rather flat, says Susan Forsburg, professor of biological sciences at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Biologists mostly studied how living organisms looked and behaved, and didn't have a clear way to "get under the hood" to examine the molecular mechanisms that explained those behaviors. But during World War II, physicists got involved and shook up the field. They became interested in the mechanics of DNA.

In 1953, physicist Francis Crick teamed up with James Watson to crack the structure of DNA. Driven by new ideas, scientists then figured out how DNA works, changing biology forever and giving rise to an entirely new field: molecular biology.

"Biology quickly went from observational science to something that used quantitative molecular approaches," Forsburg explains. The understanding of disease shifted dramatically as well. To cure someone of a disease, it became necessary to take that illness apart, cell by cell and gene by gene.

More recently, a genomics revolution has swept the sciences since the first map of the human genome was published in 2001. Sequencing an organism's entire genome and pinpointing sequence differences has offered insights into the foundation of many diseases and suggested potential solutions.

"The Human Genome Project gave us a parts list for understanding living systems, and what we want to do now is understand what the instruction manual looks like," says Steve Kay, dean of USC Dornsife.

ENTER THE ENGINEER
Engineers have started bringing their own knowledge and skills to biological research as well. Take nanotechnology, which spurred new tools and understanding of the world on a tiny scale. Researchers have already created teeny particles that deliver drugs to targets inside the body. They're even exploring using nanosponges to stop internal bleeding.

The stage is now set for the next wave of change, melding engineers, molecular biologists and geneticists. Researchers call this wave convergence, and it relies on specialists working side by side. "The way you approach a problem is a team atmosphere, and the tools are new, so it can't be effective through virtual connections between people," Kay says. "Convergence needs a venue to be effective—a venue for really smart scientists and engineers to approach problems that are relevant to medicine."

USC in 2103 recruited biologist and interdisciplinary bridge-builder Scott Fraser from Caltech to help bring these experts together as director of science initiatives within the USC Office of the Provost. He's uniting physicists and engineers, computational biologists and chemists, and that's just for starters. Already, he and fellow faculty have begun bringing in the latest scientific equipment — including one of the world's most powerful experimental microscopes — that they'll all share, whether they come from biology, engineering or another field.

The new faculty, new equipment and new cooperation are evidence that the age of scientific silos is over. Forsburg, for one, relishes it, and she's quick to cite another example of convergence from her discipline of biological sciences.

"If you look at the acronym MCB at USC, here that stands for 'molecular and computational biology,'" she says. "Our math-oriented colleagues help us make sense of those big data sets. We're always looking for anything that mixes the pot and makes great synergy possible."

THE CHALLENGES
It hasn't always been easy to cross-pollinate different arenas of science. Mark Thompson, a chemist and materials scientist at USC Dornsife and USC Viterbi School of Engineering, says that when he started his career in 1987, scientists strived to be the sole authors on research papers. Forget collaborating with peers in your department, much less with researchers in other fields across campus. "Fortunately, we've moved away from that model," he says.

With researchers today more open to working together, big ideas from one scientific field can quickly translate into others, says Michael Quick, executive vice provost and professor of biological sciences. "I think we're about to see an increase in the number of practical solutions to problems coming at a faster rate," he says.

Part of the challenge is time and communication, Quick says. Physicians might have ideas that could help scientists, but they're busy with patients. And scientists and engineers aren't aware of the essential problems physicians need to solve.

But Yannis C. Yortsos, dean of USC Viterbi, says that the explosive pace of science and engineering has radically transformed all fields, including medicine. More than ever before, experts are working together to condense the time between scientific discovery, technology development and its application. "In the past, it took a long time for something to become useful," Yortsos says. "Today, the distance between the discovery of a phenomenon and its leveraging for useful purposes has shrunk dramatically. This is particularly important for interdisciplinary work, where people work and innovate closely together."

Take the artificial retina, for example. The implanted device helps restore vision. Led by University Professor Mark Humayun, a team of engineers, ophthalmologists, computer scientists and biologists from USC, other universities and industry have come together to invent, test and perfect the device.

The researchers had to bridge cellular biology — necessary for understanding how to stimulate retinal cells without permanent damage — with microelectronics, which led to the miniaturized, low-power integrated chip that converts signals and stimulates the cells. The hardware had to work seamlessly with software processing and tuning algorithms, and the whole package had to operate inside the eye. Then the team had to figure out how to surgically integrate the device inside the body, making sure that its 1,000 electrodes were placed in the exact spot in the eye only 6 millimeters across.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the device in 2013, and physicians are now implanting it into patients.

THE FUTURE AWAITS
Finding clean and sustainable energy. Fighting disease. Feeding a growing world population. Which of these problems might convergence begin to solve? Perhaps all of them, and more.

Thompson already lives out the movement every day. With his USC Dornsife and USC Viterbi colleagues, he's used chemistry and engineering to create a way to light up smartphone screens four times more efficiently than ever — a technology now used by Samsung. He's also working on lightweight, portable solar energy cells. Yet he's just as excited about the potential for convergence to boost human health.

"We're almost at the point where we can sequence someone's genes and identify the best drug based on the person's genetic makeup," Thompson says. "So, as we understand the human body better, it's going to lead to revolutionary things."

Convergence will usher in a new generation of investigators who are uniquely prepared to work together and tackle challenges. "The students, both graduate and undergrads, they're not going to think of themselves as a chemist or a biologist," Kay says. "They're going to think of themselves as a problem-solver."

This story originally appeared in the summer 2014 issue of USC Trojan Family Magazine.
URL: http://www.news.usc.edu/67061/why-biosciences-and-engineering-are-on-a-collision-course/

Contact Person: Katharine Gammon (kategammon@gmail.com)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Call for Nominations--2015 Alan T. Waterman Award

2015 Alan T. Waterman Award

~ The National Science Foundation's Highest Honor ~

Call for Nominations http://www.nsf.gov/od/waterman/nsf_watermanaward_2015callfornominations_140806.pdf

Deadline: October 24, 2014

The National Science Foundation is pleased to accept nominations for the 2015 Alan T. Waterman Award. Each year, the Foundation bestows the Waterman Award to recognize the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. The award consists of a $1,000,000 prize, a medal, a certificate, and a trip for two to Washington, DC, to receive the award. For details about the Waterman Award's history, the nomination procedure and the selection criteria please visit http://www.nsf.gov/od/waterman/waterman.jsp.

Nominees are accepted from any field of science or engineering. Nominations must be submitted electronically using NSF's FastLane system at https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards/index.jsp.

Please direct all inquiries about the award and the nomination procedures to Mayra Montrose (mmontros@nsf.gov).
URL: http://www.nsf.gov/od/waterman/waterman.jsp.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Global Collaboration Creates First Publicly Available Illumina HiSeq X Ten DNA Sequence Dataset

Australia's Garvan Institute, DNAnexus, and AllSeq sponsor sharing of sample dataset to educate the scientific community about the potential for world's most powerful DNA sequencing platform

August 07, 2014 01:21 PM Eastern Daylight Time
SYDNEY & MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. & LA JOLLA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE )--The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, DNAnexus, and AllSeq, today announced that they are sponsoring free access to the world's first publicly available datasets generated using the Illumina HiSeq X Ten DNA sequencing platform. The goal for this project is to provide researchers with sample data that will allow them to gain a deeper understanding of what this technological advancement might mean for their work today and in the future.

"The tremendous advances in both volume and cost of whole genome sequencing using the Illumina HiSeq X Ten platform provides an exciting and practical avenue that moves us closer to the clinical translation of genomics"

The Garvan Institute's Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics in Sydney, Australia, was one of the first three organizations in the world to acquire the Illumina HiSeq X Ten sequencing system. In an effort to enable the scientific community to assess data quality from an independent laboratory, they have made reference datasets available for a world first HiSeq X Ten data sharing project.

DNAnexus, an enterprise solution for genome informatics and data management, has sponsored the data storage and downloading support. The company also ran analyses to produce quality metrics to help the scientific community understand the results. AllSeq, which created the Sequencing Marketplace for matching DNA researchers and their needs with next generation sequencing service providers, arranged this data sharing endeavor as a part of its effort to educate scientists about different sequencing technologies and what they are suitable for.

"The tremendous advances in both volume and cost of whole genome sequencing using the Illumina HiSeq X Ten platform provides an exciting and practical avenue that moves us closer to the clinical translation of genomics," said Associate Professor Marcel Dinger, Head of Clinical Genomics and Genome Informatics at the Garvan Institute. "Advancing genomic medicine remains an international and highly collaborative effort and the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics is pleased to be working with DNAnexus and AllSeq to make sample data available to clinicians and researchers so that they can gain a deeper understanding of how this powerful technology may impact their work."

To develop the sample datasets, Garvan scientists used the Coriell Cell Repository NA12878 reference sample, which has been extensively analyzed by the Genome in a Bottle Consortium. Two different, high quality datasets are provided (NA12878D and NA12878J), each of which was sequenced on a single lane of an Illumina HiSeq X patterned flow cell, achieving over 120 Gb of yield, with greater than 87 percent bases with quality greater than Q30 in just 2.8 days. Each dataset meets the minimum coverage and quality guaranteed by Illumina and is indicative of the potential for the Illumina HiSeq X Ten sequencing system.

As the study and application of genomic data expands and proliferates, its true promise hinges on the genomics community's collective ability to manage all these data —securely, collaboratively, and efficiently. At full capacity, the Illumina HiSeq X Ten platform generates one genome every 25 minutes. According to internal data, transferring the two test genomes used in this project from the Garvan Institute in Australia into the DNAnexus system took less than 50 minutes, demonstrating that the DNAnexus platform in conjunction with Amazon's AWS Cloud can keep up with the pace of genomics. The runs were then analyzed and instantly shared with Garvan's scientific team for review. Within hours, these data were made available to the global research community to view and download.

"The DNAnexus platform was designed to be a complete solution for genomics analysis and data management, helping to accelerate basic science and clinical breakthroughs by bringing diverse teams together around ever-growing genomic datasets. The HiSeq X Ten presents a further challenge and opportunity for genomics in the production and management of genomic data, and Garvan has shown that the cloud can rise to this challenge," said Richard Daly, CEO of DNAnexus. "With the rise of consortia in the genomics community, the inevitability of the cloud and its ability to leverage scientific collaboration is near term. We are pleased to be working with the Garvan Institute and AllSeq to host the world's first HiSeq X Ten data sharing project so the scientific community can take a closer look at results from the '$1000 genome'."

The original FASTQ files, as well as analysis results (BAM and VCF files) and quality metrics, were calculated using the tools FastQC and Picard, (e.g., MarkDuplicates, CollectInsertSizeMetrics, and CollectWgsMetrics), are available at http://allseq.com/x-ten-test-data .

Those with DNAnexus accounts can also access these data via the DNAnexus platform, where users are able to copy any of the files to their own DNAnexus projects for further downstream analysis. For more information, https://dnanexus.com .

About the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and its Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is one of Australia\\\'s largest medical research institutions with more than 600 scientists, students and support staff. Garvan's main research areas are: Cancer, Diabetes & Metabolism, Immunology and Inflammation, Osteoporosis and Bone Biology, and Neuroscience. Garvan's mission is to make significant contributions to medical science that will change the directions of science and medicine and have major impacts on human health. The outcome of Garvan's discoveries is the development of better methods of diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately, prevention of disease. In 2012, Garvan established Australia's first purpose-built facility for undertaking clinical-grade genome sequencing and large-scale research projects. With the support from the Kinghorn Foundation, Garvan acquired an Illumina HiSeq X Ten Sequencing System in January, 2014. The Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics (KCCG) researchers undertake collaborat ive projects and genome-based studies to improve genome interpretation, with the ultimate aim of advancing the use of genomic information in patient care. KCCG is seeking accreditation that would ultimately allow clinicians to sequence genomes for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. For more information please visit: http://www.garvan.org.au/

About DNAnexus

DNAnexus is powering the genomics revolution with an enterprise-level solution that combines cloud computing with advanced bioinformatics. The DNAnexus team is made up of experts in software, computational biology, and genetics who are on a mission to establish DNAnexus at the center of a growing ecosystem of scientific and clinical research, and diagnostic efforts in personalized medicine. For more information please visit: https://dnanexus.com .

About AllSeq

AllSeq has created the world\\\'s first true Sequencing Marketplace, which helps researchers fulfill their sequencing needs by matching them with the appropriate pool of sequencing providers. They provide free online tools for describing sequencing projects in an easy and systematic way, ensuring estimates are easy to compare and allowing researchers to pick the best provider (based on price, technology, turnaround time, etc). AllSeq also maintains the NGS Knowledge Bank, a neutral source of information on sequencing technologies, platforms and applications. For more information, please visit http://allseq.com .
URL: http://allseq.com/x-ten-test-data

Contact Person: Shawn C Baker (info@allseq.com)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)'s third annual BioArt competition

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is pleased to announce its third annual BioArt competition. Each day, scientific investigators product thousands of images and videos as part of their research, but very few are ever seen outside the laboratory. We are looking for visually compelling, high resolution submissions from federally-funded researchers and/or FASEB constituent society members. Images and videos can be submitted through August 30, 2014. For more information or to enter, please visit: www.faseb.org/bioart.

Please help us spread the word about this competition! Contact us at bioart@faseb.org if you would like a pdf flyer to share with others.
URL: http://www.faseb.org/About-FASEB/Scientific-Contests/BioArt.aspx

Contact Person: Joseph R. Haywood, PhD (bioart@faseb.org)

Friday, July 25, 2014

NPR Highlights Work of Robert Edwards, ISCB Member, Globe-Trotting Virus Hides Inside People's Gut Bacteria

Scientists at San Diego State University have discovered what may be the most common and abundant virus in the human gut. And yet, the tiny critter, called crAssphage (oh yes, there's a story behind that name), has eluded researchers' radar for decades.

The new virus doesn't make us sick, but it may be involved in controlling weight through its effect on Bacteroides. "We suspect this virus is very important in regulating the number of these bacteria [the Bacteroides] in the intestine," says computational biologist Robert Edwards, ISCB Member, who led the study.


URL: http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/07/24/334089538/globe-trotting-virus-hides-in-people-s-gut-bacteria?utm_source=npr_email_a_friend&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20140724&utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_term=

Contact Person: ISCB Executive Office (executive.office@iscb.org)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Frontiers in Phylogenetics Symposium

The Washington DC Area Phylogenetics Consortium is pleased to announce the fourth annual Frontiers in Phylogenetics Symposium!

TITLE: "Genome-Scale Phylogenetics: Analysing the Data"

LOCATION: Warner Brothers Theatre, National Museum of
American History, Washington, DC

TIME & DATE: 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday September 15, 2014

REGISTRATION IS FREE BUT REQUIRED. Visit link below to register https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10p7xgDeAFOaVUHhxmQ6-fwf7E9N5lDJYfYf_PokQwmk/viewform?usp=send_form


WELCOME
John Kress - Acting Undersecretary for Science, Smithsonian Institution


SPEAKERS
Bastien Boussau, Laboratory of Biometry and Evolutionary Biology, University Claude Bernard, Lyon, France

Ingo Ebersberger, Department for Applied Bioinformatics, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

Lacey Knowles, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Kevin Kocot, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Luay Nakhleh, Department of Computer Science, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA

David Swofford, Department of Biology, Duke University, and National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Durham, NC, USA

Derrick Zwickl, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
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The Frontiers in Phylogenetics Symposium is sponsored by the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution and the Washington Area Phylogenetics Consortium. http://entomology.umd.edu/mitterlab/thewashingtonareaphylogeneticsconsortium

An updated announcement with talk titles and symposium schedule will follow soon.

Contact Person: Brian Coyle (coyleb@si.edu)

Bioinformatics Round Table Vienna meets ÖGMBT

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 09:50 a.m.
Vienna, Austria

The ÖGMBT, Austrian Society of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology integrates molecular biology, biotechnology, and related disciplines starting from fundamental research towards applied science. Members of the ÖGMBT come from academic as well as industry organisations.

Connecting researcher and students, bridging gaps and enabling participants to share experiences and best practice is also today our goal, in the 'Special Edition' Bioinformatics Round Table Discussion meets ÖGMBT.

Keynote speaker: Amos Bairoch, University of Geneva, "New and Recurring Challenges in Biocuration"

Bioinformatics experts: Amos Bairoch, Bernhard Knapp, Christian Siehs, Christoph Bock, Andreas Kremer, Paul Perco, Andreas Heinzel, Klemens Vierlinger, and more ...

During our special session you will be able to meet and talk to biologists and bioinformatics experts which will provide an mutual exchange of views, understanding and scientific challenges. Among others we will be covering topics like sequencing and analysis, structural bioinformatics, computational systems biology, networks and functional analysis, biological knowledge discovery and data management.

Program of the 6th ÖGMBT Annual Meeting: http://xn--gmbt-4qa.at/jahrestagung/programm
Registration: http://xn--gmbt-4qa.at/jahrestagung/online-registration

URL: http://www.biosoftware.at/
Contact Person: T. H. Thuan Christine Huynh Buu  (thuan.huynhbuu@gmail.com)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Reconstructing an Animal's Development Cell by Cell

Advances in imaging technology are transforming how scientists see the cellular universe, showing the form and movement of once grainy and blurred structures in stunning detail. But extracting the torrent of information contained in those images often surpasses the limits of existing computational and data analysis techniques, leaving scientists less than satisfied.

Now, researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus have developed a way around that problem. They have created a new computational method to rapidly track the three-dimensional movements of cells in such data-rich images. Using the technique, the Janelia scientists can essentially automate much of the time-consuming process of reconstructing an animal's developmental building plan cell by cell.
URL: http://www.hhmi.org/news/reconstructing-animal-development-cell-cell?utm_source=HHMI+News&utm_campaign=51771a3ed4-Keller_Computational_Reconstruction&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8f2808e1d6-51771a3ed4-69554249

Contact Person: HHMI News (webmaster@hhmi.org)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Workshop on Informatics Based Approaches for Circular Dichroism Data (Strasbourg 6th Sept)

Please note a forthcoming Workshop which is a satellite of the ECCB14 meeting being held in Strasbourg in September. It is on Informatics Based Approaches for Circular Dichroism Data to be held on 6th September.

The aims are to promote interest within the computational biology community in working to create methods of obtaining an increased amount of protein structural information from Circular Dichroism (CD) spectroscopy data. We believe that with CD data becoming more available as a result of the creation of the Protein Circular Dichroism Data Bank (PCDDB) that the time is now excellent for computational biologists to use their skills to enrich the amount of information that can be gained from this spectroscopic technique. The Workshop is designed to introduce the current state of the art in this area from the top specialists in this field.

For further details please visit the web page noted above.

URL: http://webspace.qmul.ac.uk/rwjanes/workshop.htm

Contact Person: Dr. ROBERT W, JANES (w06pcddb@gmail.com)

CFP Remainder: Advances in Computational Methods for Genetic Diseases

Genetic diseases are widely studied for the relevant impact on the human health. In the last years, a large amount of experimental data has been available. The identification of new strategies for elaborating such experimental data is becoming more and more necessary since the large amount of information can sometimes represent a real obstacle for the effective identification of relevant findings. The aim of the special issue is to review the recent advances about the research on computational methods concerning with genetic diseases. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

Computational and mathematical methods for the following:
Evaluating the pathogenicity of novel genetic variants
The evaluation of protein folding and/or protein-protein interactions in presence of genetic variants
Analysis of experimental data from next generation sequencing
Searching for variant/mutation databases for massive data analysis
Analysis of "omics" data
Analysis of complex diseases, namely, multifactorial and polygenic, for example, diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia
Variant analysis from Genome Wide Association studies
Analysis of common genetic variants (i.e., SNPs, HLA genotypes, microsatellites)
Analysis of quantitative trait loci
The integration of genetic and nongenetic factors for prediction of disease predisposition
The identification of potential gene regulatory elements (i.e., binding of transcription factors, and miRNAs)
Analysis of gene expression data
Analysis of biological models of genetic diseases

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/cmmm/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/cmmm/genet/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript Due Friday, 19 September 2014
First Round of Reviews Friday, 12 December 2014
Publication Date Friday, 6 February 2015

URL: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/cmmm/si/828505/cfp/

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

Friday, June 27, 2014

A New Online Computational Biology Curriculum

A recent proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other web-based educational resources has greatly increased the potential for effective self-study in many fields. This article introduces a catalog of several hundred free video courses of potential interest to those wishing to expand their knowledge of bioinformatics and computational biology. The courses are organized into eleven subject areas modeled on university departments and are accompanied by commentary and career advice.
URL: http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003662

Contact Person: David B. Searls (David.B.Searls@gmail.com)

Ten Simple Rules for Approaching a New Job

At some point in your professional career, you will be faced with a job interview. This may range from visiting a graduate school where you already have a placement should you want it, to interviewing for a very high-profile position in industry, government, or academia where there is significant competition for that job. Thinking both as a job applicant and a job interviewer about how I have approached job situations over the years before, during, and after the interview and how those situations have turned out, Phil Bourne can offer the following ten simple rules as you prepare.

http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003660
URL: http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003660

Contact Person: PLOS Comp Bio (ploscompbiol@plos.org)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

An Explosion Of Bioinformatics Careers

Big data is everywhere, and its influence and practical omnipresence across multiple industries will just continue to grow. For life scientists with expertise and an interest in bioinformatics, computer science, statistics, and related skill sets, the job outlook couldn't be rosier. Big pharma, biotech, and software companies are clamoring to hire professionals with experience in bioinformatics and the identification, compilation, analysis, and visualization of huge amounts of biological and health care information. With the rapid development of new tools to make sense of life science research and outcomes, spurred by innovative research in bioinformatics itself, scientists who are entranced by data can pursue more career options than ever before. By Alaina G. Levine

For additional information go to http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2014_06_13/science.opms.r1400143
URL: http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2014_06_13/science.opms.r1400143

Contact Person: Alaina G. Levine (alaina@alainalevine.com)

MARC Travel Awards Announced for ISCB, 22nd ISMB Meeting

Bethesda, MD – FASEB MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) Program has announced the travel award recipients for the International Society for Computational Biology's 22nd International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology from July 11-15, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. These awards are meant to promote the entry of students, post doctorates and scientists from underrepresented groups into the mainstream of the basic science community and to encourage the participation of young scientists at the 22nd International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology. This year MARC conferred 4 awards totaling $7,400.

The FASEB MARC Program is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health. A primary goal of the MARC Program is to increase the number and competitiveness of underrepresented groups engaged in biomedical and behavioral research.

The following participants have been selected to receive a FASEB MARC Travel Award:

POSTER/ORAL PRESENTER (FASEB MARC PROGRAM)

Alvin Farrel, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Ololade Fatunmbi, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Lucia Peixoto, University of Pennsylvania
Harold Pimentel, University of California, Berkeley

FASEB is composed of 26 societies with more than 120,000 members, making it the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States. Our mission is to advance health and welfare by promoting progress and education in biological and biomedical sciences through service to our member societies and collaborative advocacy.

- See more at: http://www.faseb.org/Policy-and-Government-Affairs/News-Room/Article-Detail-View/tabid/1014/ArticleId/988/MARC-Travel-Awards-Announced-for-ISCB-22nd-ISMB-Meeting.aspx#sthash.RDDUsOkk.dpuf
URL: http://www.fASEB.org

Contact Person: Jacquelyn Roberts (jroberts@faseb.org)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NIH Roadmap/Common Fund at 10 Years

A mechanism for funding biomedical research at NIH that transcends Institute and Center boundaries is bearing fruit.
URL: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2014/06/18/science.1255860.full

Contact Person: Francis S. Collins (francis.collins@nih.gov)

Monday, May 26, 2014

Submit Manuscripts for publication in JBFSR

Journal of Biological and Food Science Research (JBFSR) with ISSN: 2277-0828 is currently accepting manuscripts for publication. JBFSR is an open access, multidisciplinary, international, blind peer-review journal which publishes high-quality solicited and unsolicited
research and review articles in English, in all areas of microbiology, biology, food science, botany, life science, biochemistry, optometry, zoology, industrial biology, industrial microbiology, Computational Biology, clinical microbiology, laboratory science, cell and animal biology, genetics and molecular biology, medical sciences, dentistry, medical diagnosis and laboratory, etc.

JBFSR is a rapid response journal that publishes an issue monthly. One of our objectives is to inform contributors (authors) of the decision on their manuscript(s) within a MONTH of submission. Following acceptance, a paper would be published in the next available issue.
JBFSR provides immediate open access to published articles without any barrier.

Publishing your article with JBFSR means that the article will be available to millions of researchers in the field of Biological and Food Science Research because our large and diverse readership base comprises of millions of researchers. Majority of the journal's readers are academic lecturers, students, policy makers in the beverage industry, food and canning industry, and policy makers in government. Our journal support free downloading of published articles by scholars for use as materials for lecture, by government officials
for policy making, and corporate researchers to favour corporate organizations world-wide. Also, JBFSR is a registered member of several local and international organizations making it possible for the far and wide distribution of published articles. We ask you to support this initiative by publishing your paper(s) in this journal.

Authors should send their manuscript(s) as MS Word attachment to our editorial office through the following email address: submit.jbfsr@onlineresearchjournals.org or jbfsr.onlineresearch@yahoo.com. Instructions for authors and other details are available on our website www.onlineresearchjournals.org/JBFSR. You may wish to visit http://onlineresearchjournals.org/JBFSR/archive.htm for articles already published in this journal.

URL: http://www.onlineresearchjournals.org/JBFSR

Contact Person: Charity Onyia (submit.jbfsr@onlineresearchjournals.org)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

RVC Bioinformatics Day 2014

Bioinformatics is a vital component of any research involving high-throughput data analysis. Its computational, statistical and modelling approaches can be applied to a wide range of research and are used to answer any number of vastly different questions. This workshop looks at how bioinformatics and the tools it generates have been used to investigate host-pathogen interactions. From genome to nucleotide level, the workshop will be looking at the biological insights gained by applying bioinformatics to lab-based research. As such, it is suitable to those from multiple disciplines without previous bioinformatics experience.

Speakers will include:

Mick Watson (The Roslin Institute)
Professor Richard Emes (University of Nottingham)
Dr Damer Blake (Royal Veterinary College)
Professor Michael Sternberg (Imperial College London)


The day will close with the opportunity to network with others in the field sharing the same immunological or computational interests.

Registration to this event is free although admission will be by ticket only.

To register, please go to:
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/applications-of-bioinformatics-approaches-in-host-pathogen-biology-tickets-11479195583

We look forward to seeing you there!

URL: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/applications-of-bioinformatics-approaches-in-host-pathogen-biology-tickets-11479195583

Contact Person: Victoria Offord (vofford@rvc.ac.uk)

Friday, May 2, 2014

ECCB 2014 : 13th European Conference in Computational Biology

The ECCB\\\'14 organizing committee has selected for you 16 workshops, 10 tutorials and 2 satellite meetings that will take place on saturday 6 or sunday 7, september 2014, right before the main conference. Discover each event presentation and check the specific calls for workshop participation at:

- Workshops: http://www.eccb14.org/program/workshops
- Tutorials: http://www.eccb14.org/program/tutorials
- Satellites: http://www.eccb14.org/program/satellite-meetings

We also remind you that 3 calls are running until June 2nd, 2014:

- Posters : http://www.eccb14.org/guidelines/posters
- Industrial and Demo Track Presentations: http://www.eccb14.org/guidelines/demos
- Highlight Papers: http://www.eccb14.org/guidelines/highlight-papers

Please help us spread the word for the strongest possible participation by sharing this mail with your colleagues and collaborators.

We look forward to welcoming you in Strasbourg in September 7-10, 2014
URL: http://www.eccb14.org

Contact Person: Marie-Dominique Devignes and Yves Moreau, Chair and Co-Chair of ECCB'14 (info.eccb14-request@inria.fr)

CFP for Computational Structural Bioinformatics (CSBW 2014)

This year, the Computational Structural Bioinformatics Workshop will be held in conjunction with ACM-BCB 2014. The rapid accumulation of  macromolecular structures presents a unique set of challenges and  opportunities in the analysis, comparison, modeling, and prediction of  macromolecular structures and interactions. This workshop aims to bring  together researchers with expertise in bioinformatics, computational  biology, structural biology, data mining, optimization and high performance computing to discuss new results, techniques, and research problems in computational structural bioinformatics.

CSBW invites high quality original papers and posters on developments in computational problems relating to molecular structure. Authors of accepted papers will be provided approximately 15-20 minutes to provide an oral summary of their work, with time for questions. Please refer to the website below for details on format and submission. At least one author of an accepted paper is required to register for the workshop to present the paper. Registration to CSBW is complementary with  registration to ACM-BCB 2014.

Workshop webpage: http://www.cs.odu.edu/~lchen/CSBW.htm
ACM-BCB webpage: http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/ACM-BCB2014/

Important dates:
July 17, 2014: Paper submission deadline
July 31, 2014: Notification of paper acceptance
August 7, 2013: Camera-ready paper submission deadline
September 20-23, 2014: workshop/ACM-BCB conference

Submitted manuscripts should not exceed 10 pages in ACM template on 8.5 x 11 inch paper (see ACM template). All the manuscripts should be submitted at:  https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=csbw2014

All accepted papers will appear in proceedings published by ACM  digital libraries. Selected papers may be offered to submit an extended version to a special journal issue, subject to final  agreement currently explored with the Amino Acids journal (IF 3.914). Journals used in previous years included the International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics (2007), BMC Structural Biology (2009, 2012) and the Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (2011).

CSBW also seeks poster abstracts on developments or significant works in  progress towards computational problems relating to molecular structure. Posters sessions will expand scientific dialogue at the workshop and train students in scientific communication. Authors of accepted posters will have unhurried opportunities to communicate their results in poster sessions taking place during the day.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Structure representations
- Structure prediction and refinement
- Structure comparison and alignment
- Molecular interaction, docking, and simulation
- Coarse-grained modeling
- Mining structural data
- Structural genomics
- Applications of high performance computing to structural problems
- Applications of graph theory and optimization to structural problems
- Structure-based drug design
- Biomolecular graphics

Steering Committee:
Roland L. Dunbrack, Jr., Fox Chase Cancer Center, Institute for Cancer
Research
Vasant Honavar, Dept. of Computer Science, Iowa State University
Robert Jernigan, Iowa State University
Lydia Kavraki, Dept. of Computer Science, Rice University
Anna Panchenko (NIH/NLM/NCBI)
Desh Ranjan, Dept. of Computer Science, Old Dominion University
Zhijun Wu, Iowa State University
Yaoqi Zhou, School of Informatics, Indiana University -- Purdue
University Indianapolis
Ruth Nussinov, Computational Structural Biology Group, National Cancer Institute, Frederick MD.


Workshop Chairs:
Jing He, Department of Computer Science, Old Dominion University
Amarda Shehu, Department of Computer Science, George Mason University
Nurit Haspel, Department of Computer Science, University of
Massachusetts, Boston
Brian Chen, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Lehigh
University

Contact: For questions regarding the workshop, please email jhe@cs.odu.edu

URL: http://www.cs.odu.edu/~lchen/CSBW.htm

Contact Person: Amarda Shehu  (amarda@gmu.edu)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Harvard to launch new drive in Next Gen sequence analysis Training

Harvard School of Public Health Center for Health Bioinformatics - a hub for training and consulting in bioinformatics at Harvard - is launching a new training program together with Harvard Medical School to empower a new generation of biomedical scientists in Next Gen Sequence analysis and omics experimental design.

This is a new thrust because it seeks to train a cadre of scientists over a period of several months to do NGS biology - and make them independent and computationally capable.

The program will be led by a training team of superb NGS specialists who get it in terms of what is needed to drive best practice research using NGS.

The door is open to applicants who want to joint his team and are interested in a career in training NGS. See the link above....
URL: http://hsphbio.ghost.io/hiring-trainers-in-bioinformatics/

Contact Person: Oliver Hofmann (ohofmann@hsph.harvard.edu)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

FASEB RELEASES ITS NEWEST PUBLICATION IN THE HORIZONS IN BIOSCIENCE SERIES

Bethesda, MD – The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is pleased to announce the release of the latest publication in the Horizons in Bioscienceseries, "Epigenetics: Looking Beyond Our DNA." This article describes the emerging field of epigenetics and its contributions toward treating and preventing disease.

Our physical appearance and susceptibility to disease were once thought to be hard-wired within our DNA, but now scientists are starting to decipher how biological and environmental factors influence health and disease. Epigenetics is a rapidly advancing area of investigation in which changes in gene expression as a result of DNA modifications rather than from changes in the underlying DNA sequence are studied. With support from the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies, the study of epigenetics has led to the development of therapies for cancer and to a better understanding of disease susceptibility.

The Horizons in Bioscience series is a collection of short, illustrated articles, published by FASEB, that describe scientific discoveries on the brink of clinical application. Hardcopies of the articles are available at no cost for educational or advocacy purposes and can be requested by visiting the Breakthroughs in Bioscience website at www.faseb.org/breakthroughs or by contacting FASEB's Office of Public Affairs at 301-634-7650.

FASEB is composed of 26 societies with more than 120,000 members, making it the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States. Our mission is to advance health and welfare by promoting progress and education in biological and biomedical sciences through service to our member societies and collaborative advocacy.
URL: http://www.FASEB.org

Contact Person: Lawrence Green (lgreen@faseb.org)

Friday, April 18, 2014

EMBO Global Exchange Lecture Course on High-throughput Next Generation Sequencing Applied to Infectious Diseases

Announcement and Call for Applications
EMBO Global Exchange Lecture Course on High-throughput Next Generation Sequencing Applied to Infectious Diseases.
September 15-25, 2014
Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunis ; Tunisia

Announcement and call for application to the EMBO Global Lecture Course (with support from the International Network of Institut Pasteur (RIIP) on "High-throughput Next Generation Sequencing Applied to Infectious Diseases" (http://events.embo.org/14-ht-ngs/ ) which is going to take place in the Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunisia, September 15-25, 2014.

As more and more massive omics data are generated, efficient platforms are continuously thriving to offer advanced data analysis tools/methods. This Course is aimed at motivated post-graduate biologists, bioinformaticians and computer scientists of an intermediate level working on high-throughput data to gain skills and learn dedicated methods for their data analyses. This course is open to international participants.

Up to 20 full time places will be available for the course. Acceptance will be subjected to an evaluation process.
Participation fees are 150€ and 1000€ for Academic and Industry applicants respectively (Fees include full accommodation during the whole course).

This Course will be balanced between lectures and tutorial sessions for NGS data analyses. A series of lectures on recent hot topics related to NGS data analyses and parasitic genomes are included in the program. Tutorial sessions, performed in a Linux environment, will consist of hands-on exercises or live demonstrations on computers.

Topics include:
1. RNASeq/DNASeq data handling
2. Mapping tools for reads alignment and visualisation
3. Differential expression analysis
4. Statistical analysis using R/bioconductor
5. Biological data visualization tool(s)

Key dates
Course: September 15-25, 2014
Application deadline: Mai 30, 2014
Notification of acceptance: June 9, 2014
Confirmation deadline: June 15, 2014
Payment deadline: August 15, 2014

For further details and registration, see the Course website
URL: http://events.embo.org/14-ht-ngs/
Organizers: Fatma Z Guerfali (IPT), Fredj Tekaya (IP), Amel Ghouila (IPT) and Dhafer Laouini (IPT).
Contact Person: Fatma Z Guerfali (ngsipt2014@gmail.com)
URL: http://events.embo.org/14-ht-ngs/

Contact Person: Fatma Z Guerfali (ngsipt2014@gmail.com)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Call for Papers

Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine - Hindawi

Special Issue on Advances in Computational Methods for Genetic Diseases

Genetic diseases are widely studied for the relevant impact on the human health. In the last years, a large amount of experimental data has been available. The identification of new strategies for elaborating such experimental data is becoming more and more necessary since the large amount of information can sometimes represent a real obstacle for the effective identification of relevant findings. The aim of the special issue is to review the recent advances about the research on computational methods concerning with genetic diseases. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

Computational and mathematical methods for the following:
- Evaluating the pathogenicity of novel genetic variants
- The evaluation of protein folding and/or protein-protein interactions in presence of genetic variants
- Analysis of experimental data from next generation sequencing
- Searching for variant/mutation databases for massive data analysis
- Analysis of \\\"omics\\\" data
- Analysis of complex diseases, namely, multifactorial and polygenic, for example, diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia
- Variant analysis from Genome Wide Association studies
- Analysis of common genetic variants (i.e., SNPs, HLA genotypes, microsatellites)
- Analysis of quantitative trait loci
- The integration of genetic and nongenetic factors for prediction of disease predisposition
- The identification of potential gene regulatory elements (i.e., binding of transcription factors, and miRNAs)
- Analysis of gene expression data
- Analysis of biological models of genetic diseases

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal\\\'s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/cmmm/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/cmmm/genet/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript Due Friday, 19 September 2014
First Round of Reviews Friday, 12 December 2014
Publication Date Friday, 6 February 2015

Lead Guest Editor

Francesco Camastra, Department of Science and Technology, University of Naples Parthenope, Centro Direzionale Isola C4, 80143 Napoli, Italy
Guest Editors

Roberto Amato, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7BN, UK

Maria D. Taranto, Department of Molecular Medicine and Medical Biotechnologies, University of Naples Federico II, Via Sergio Pansini 5, 80131 Napoli, Italy

Antonino Staiano, Department of Science and Technology, University of Naples, Parthenope, Centro Direzionale Isola C4, 80143 Napoli, Italy
URL: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/cmmm/si/828505/cfp/

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

Thursday, April 3, 2014

German Conference on Bioinformatics (GCB) Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The German Conference on Bioinformatics (GCB) is an annual, international conference devoted to all areas of bioinformatics, with a tradition reaching back in the 1990ies. Recent meetings attracted an international audience of 250 - 300 participants. In 2014, the GCB is hosted by the bioinformatics groups of Bielefeld University. It is organized by the German Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (DECHEMA), and supported by the Special Interest Group on Informatics in Biology of the German Society of Computer Science (GI) and the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM).

GCB 2014 invites the submission of papers on all aspects of bioinformatics. Areas of interest include

- Genomics and Meta-Genomics
- Bioimage Informatics
- Poly-omics Analysis
- Regulatory Networks and Pathways
- Structural Modeling
- Biodata Visualization
- Personalized Medicine
- Translational Medicine
- Big Data Management and Interpretation
- Bioinformatics in the Cloud

The conference language will be English. GCB invites contributions of the following types.

Regular papers should have 8-10 pages and will be published in the conference proceedings (GI-Edition Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI)). Paper submissions will be peer-reviewed by the program committee and judged by quality, originality and relevance. Submissions may cover any area of bioinformatics.

Highlight papers should report on recent work, preferably published during the present or past year. Topics include biological findings with bioinformatics methods, new computational methods or new software tools. Highlight papers should be submitted as an abstract of at most 4 pages (including references). Submissions will be judged by the importance and novelty of the findings and relevance to the conference audience. Highlight abstracts will be made available via the conference website.

Posters should present recent scientific work in any area of bioinformatics. Poster abstracts should not exceed 300 words including references.

Submission with easy chair (via the conference website www.gcb2014.de) is open from the beginning of May until May 30, 2014.

The conference program will be augmented by additional satellite workshops. Please check our call for workshop proposals.


Key dates

Conference: September 29 - October 1
Workshops: September 28

Submission deadline: Mai 30
(regular and highlight papers)

Notification of acceptance: June 30

Poster abstract submission: July 14

Final version due: July 21

Early registration deadline: August 28


For further details, see the conference website: www.gcb2014.de
URL: Http://www.gcb2014.de

Contact Person: Ron Wittler (roland.wittler@uni-bielefeld.de)

Call for Workshops GCB 2014

Call for Workshops


The GCB 2014 Program Committee invite proposals for Satellite Workshops.
The workshops will be held on September 28 at the Bielefeld University.

The workshop organizers will be responsible for advertising the workshop, forming the program committees, reviewing and selecting the papers, and guaranteeing a high quality worthy of the prestige and range of the Conference. Workshop papers will not be published in the GCB conference proceedings but may be published on other formats chosen by the workshop organizers.

Workshops should cover at least a single session (4-6 regular papers). The workshop organizers should ensure registration and presence of authors of accepted papers.


Workshop Topics

Each workshop subject will focus on new research challenges and initiatives in Bioinformatics. The workshops should provide an informal and vibrant forum for researchers and industry practitioners to share their research results and practical development experiences in these two fields. Workshop topics may be highly specialized, e.g., graph techniques for biomedical networks.

Prospective workshop organizers are encouraged to contact the GCB program chairs and submit a workshop proposal until May 30, 2014. Please submit your proposal electronically to contact@gcb2014.de with the subject line \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"GCB workshop proposal : yourworkshoptitle\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\". You may also see the conference website for details.

How to submit a workshop proposal

Submissions must include

- an up to a one-page description of the topic and its relevance and
value to the GCB community.
- a brief description of the submitters qualification/experience in organizing a workshop
- a draft time schedule for the workshop (CFP, deadlines, etc.).
- a list of potential members of the workshop\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s program committee.
- an estimation of the number of attendees
- a draft list of potential authors / presenters

Titles of presentations in each workshop will be posted in the online conference program. Organizers of workshops are encouraged to prepare abstracts or additional written material that will be presented online at the beginning of the meeting.

Submitters of successful workshop proposals will be notified of their provisional acceptance by June 7, 2014.


Financial constraints

Workshop organizers and speakers must pay their expenses, including GCB registration, to participate at the meeting. The GCB organizers will help in the administrative aspects of assigning the rooms, announcements and adding the detailed schedule to the conference program. Note that the GCB cannot financially support the speakers or the workshop organizers.



For details, see also the conference website: www.gcb2014.de
URL: http://www.gcb2014.de

Contact Person: Ron Wittle (roland.wittler@uni-bielefeld.de)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

4th Annual FISABIO Summer School on Genomics

FISABIO Summer School is addressed to graduate students, professionals and practitioners of biomedical research, public health and other biological and health sciences. This 4th FISABIO Summer School edition will focous on the area of genomics and health, with strong hands-on training sessions on genomics analyses.
URL: http://www.csisp.gva.es/en/summer-school

Contact Person: Beatriz Chacartegui (formacion_fisabio@gva.es)

(Tokyo) Computational Biology Research Center Renewed

On April 1st 2014, the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) announced that the Computational Biology Research Center (CBRC) has been renewed with a 7-year research plan. CBRC is a research center dedicated to computational biology with over 40 researchers and, including visiting faculty, represents a community of approximately 80 computational biology researchers. According to center director Paul Horton, the renewed CBRC will continue to pursue research and training in broad areas of computational biology, but to meet the needs for analyzing the deluge of genomic data generated by NGS adoption in medical and other fields, the renewed CBRC will emphasize new initiatives in translational bioinformatics, privacy preserving computation, and algorithms to support the rational design of genome sequences for biotechnology applications.
URL: http://www.cbrc.jp/index.eng.html

Contact Person: Paul Horton (horton-p@aist.go.jp)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

FASEB Releases Best Practices Guide on Mitigating the Risk from Animal Rights Extremism

Bethesda, MD – The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) released a best practices guide designed to aid individuals and organizations in reducing the threat posed by animal rights extremists. The Threat of Extremism to Medical Research: Best Practices to Mitigate Risk through Preparation and Communication captures the recommendations from a FASEB summit that convened key stakeholders from the international animal research community. Guidance in the document is focused on 1) mitigation of the extremist threat through preparation and 2) communication and outreach to educate the public about the benefits of animal research. The report also includes international resources to allow researchers and organizations around the world to tailor their extremism preparedness and outreach polices.

"This report not only provides a useful set of recommendations for individuals and research institutions to protect themselves from animal rights extremism, but it also brings attention to the international scope of the movement," said P. Michael Conn, PhD, Co-Chair of the Summit Steering Committee and Senior Vice President and Associate Provost at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Kevin Kregel, PhD, Co-Chair of the Summit Steering Committee and Professor and Chair of the Department of Health and Human Physiology at the University of Iowa, continued, "Extremists can target any research institution or individual, and this document will help them prepare for that possibility."

The best practices report is available for download here. A website with additional resources is available here.

FASEB is composed of 26 societies with more than 115,000 members, making it the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States. Our mission is to advance health and welfare by promoting progress and education in biological and biomedical sciences through service to our member societies and collaborative advocacy.



URL: http://www.faseb.org

Contact Person: Lawrence Green (lgreen@faseb.org)

Monday, March 3, 2014

FASEB Releases Its FY 2015 Funding Report

Bethesda, MD - The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has released its annual research funding recommendations to Congress, Federal Funding for Biomedical & Related Life Sciences Research FY 2015. "We are at a critical juncture. Congress needs to take strong action to reverse the erosion of our research infrastructure" said FASEB President Margaret K. Offermann, MD, PhD.

Specific recommendations for the five agencies included in the report are:

· National Institutes of Health (NIH)

As a first step toward a multi-year program of sustainable growth, FASEB recommends a minimum of $32.0 billion for NIH in FY 2015.

· National Science Foundation (NSF)

FASEB recommends a minimum of $7.6 billion for the NSF in FY 2015 for its research and education programs covering a wide range of science, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.

· Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE SC)

To promote sustainability of the critical DOE research programs and maintain the unique system of national laboratories, FASEB recommends a minimum of $5.4 billion for the DOE SC in FY 2015.

· Veterans Affairs Medical and Prosthetic Research Program (VA)

FASEB recommends funding the VA Medical and Prosthetic Research Program at a minimum of $621 million in FY 2015 to address the unsolved health care problems of the growing veteran population.

· United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

FASEB recommends a minimum of $335 million for the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) in FY 2015 as part of a sustained commitment to investment in agricultural research.

Nearly 50 scientists from 21 states and Puerto Rico will hand deliver the FASEB FY 2015 Federal Funding report to more than 80 congressional offices during the Federation's annual Capitol Hill Day on March 5th. They will also discuss the unprecedented research opportunities that could be explored with additional funding for NIH and NSF.

URL: http://www.faseb.org

Contact Person: Lawrence Green (lgreen@faseb.org)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Call for Nominations: New SPC Subcommittee on Research Enterprise Evaluation

To: FASEB Board and SPC Members

CC: Society Executive Officers and Public Affairs Staff

In January, the SPC voted to establish a new ad hoc subcommittee that will focus on topics related to the evaluation of research and the research enterprise. The Research Enterprise Evaluation Subcommittee will incorporate some of the activities previously covered by the Peer Review Subcommittee, but will also explore topics related to measuring the outcomes from U.S. federal investment in biological and biomedical research and the emerging topic of reproducibility of research results. The subcommittee charge is attached to this email.

We are currently recruiting representatives to serve on this new subcommittee. If you are interested in serving or would like to nominate a colleague, please email me at yseger@faseb.org by April 15. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.


Regards,

Yvette

URL: http://www.faseb.org

Contact Person: Yvette R. Seger, Ph.D. (yseger@faseb.org)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

ISCB director Manuel Corpas guest edits the F1000Research BioJS collection

Last week F1000Research (http://f1000research.com) published the BioJS collection (http://f1000research.com/article-collections/BioJS) which comprises of 12 open source biological visualisation components, one BioJS community article and an overarching editorial. The collection showcases JavaScript software components contributed by developers from all over the world and marks a significant step towards improving the way scientists can visualise biological data. The BioJS community, initiated at EMBL-EBI and coordinated by TGAC, has so far created 39 different software components in a very short time. Its new collection, like the community itself, provides a valuable resource for disseminating knowledge swiftly.

Manuel Corpas, Guest Editor of the F1000Research BioJS collection and Project Leader for Plant and Animal Genomes at TGAC, said: "There are many websites out there that try to give people new ways to visualise biological data that might originate with providers like EMBL-EBI or the NCBI. For users, for the scientists, it's important that the software behind those visualisations is held to an agreed standard. It ensures a level of quality, and more importantly, it makes it much, much easier to compare things and draw interesting parallels."

To find out more about the collection and the BioJS community then please read this interview with Manny: http://blog.f1000research.com/2014/02/18/biojs-visualising-biological-data-an-interview-with-manuel-corpas/.

There are many ways you can join this community: you could join the BioJS GitHub portal (https://github.com/biojs/biojs), follow the BioJS Twitter account @BiojsLibrary for updates on training events and also access the Google Group mail list of developers that it is open for anyone to join and/or read: biojs@googlegroups.com.

URL:

Contact Person: Michael Markie (michael.markie@f1000.com)

2014 National Medals Call for Nominations


2014 National Medal of Science
~ The Nation's highest honor for American scientists and engineers ~
Call for Nominations (Deadline: April 1, 2014)

The National Medal of Science, established in 1959, is the Nation's highest honor for American scientists and engineers. The Medal is given to individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding cumulative contributions to knowledge in the chemical, physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or behavioral or social sciences, in combination with exemplary service to the Nation. It is administered by the National Science Foundation and, to date, has been awarded to over 450 individuals.

Nominations must be submitted by April 1, 2014. A complete submission consists of a nomination form and three letters of support. These items must be received via the National Science Foundation's FastLane system at https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards. If you have any questions, please contact the program manager at nms@nsf.gov or 703-292-8040. For more information, please visit http://www.nsf.gov/od/nms/medal.jsp.
URL: http://www.nsf.gov/od/nms/nsf_2014nationalmedalofscience_callfornominations_140128.pdf

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

DNA Digest Data Sharing Competitions

As part of encouraging best practices in data sharing. DNA Digest has launched the data sharing competitions.

Our first is the twitter competition which will soon be followed by the Short Essay competition.

For now tweet @ us your tools, databases or challenges in sharing genetic data to win £50.

All info on: http://dnadigest.org/twitter-competition/

We look forward to your entry!
URL: http://dnadigest.org/twitter-competition/

Contact Person: Suraj Rai (s.rai@dnadigest.org)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Competition for innovative, interdisciplinary summer program curricula

The Summer Science Program (SSP) is seeking innovative, college-level curricula to expand its successful residential program for highly motivated and gifted high school students. Authors of two selected curricula will each be awarded the $2,000 SSP Curriculum Prize and additional funding to test and launch their curricula. Funding is provided by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

This competition is a unique opportunity for an educational innovator to build upon SSP\\\'s 55-year-long successful track record. \\\"We are open to ideas from anyone and any field of science,\\\" said Dr. Susan Jerian, an SSP alumna and current president. \\\"What matters is that these students get to do college-level, hands-on experimental science themselves. We are looking for projects that are much more challenging and exciting than the typical high school science lab. Our goal is for students to complete the SSP program with a visceral understanding of what being a scientist really feels like.\\\"

The prestigious Summer Science Program is a 39-day residential program that attracts hundreds of applicants from around the globe. Its mission is to provide highly motivated and academically gifted high school students (rising seniors) with an intensive immersion in interdisciplinary, collaborative research. The program accelerates participants\\\' intellectual and social development and raises their aspirations for college and career. Alumni go on to enroll at top universities with many becoming STEM leaders, teachers and innovators with significant impact on their chosen professions. A testimony to the program\\\'s effectiveness is the fact that it is managed and largely funded by its alumni. Few opportunities have been demonstrated to provide such a transformational experience for gifted students.

We welcome requests for clarification and other questions at newcurriculum@summerscience.org. We anticipate holding informational webinars for potential curriculum authors.
URL: http://www.summerscience.org/contactus/new_curr.php

Contact Person: Elana Fertig (newcurriculum@summerscience.org)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Call for Participation for 4th Symposium on Biological Data Visualization

Call for Participation
4th Symposium on Biological Data Visualization @ ISMB (July 11-12, 2014)
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We invite you to contribute to one of the premier international and interdisciplinary events for presenting peer-reviewed scientific work in the field of Biological Data Visualization (BioVis 2014).
For the first time, this year the symposium will be held as a special interest group meeting at ISMB in Boston, MA, USA.

webpage:
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http://biovis.net


short facts :
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What are the deadlines 2014?

Papers: March 1 (full manuscript!)
Posters: May 24
Data Contest: May 1
Redesign Contest: May 1

(all deadlines are 5:00pm PDT)

What are options to participate?
1) Papers:
submit high quality research; oral presentation at the symposium; all accepted manuscripts will be available through the IEEE Digital Library and will be considered for publication in BMC Bioinformatics

2) Posters:
work in progress and preliminary results; submissions consists of a 250 abstract and an image; previously published work from other venues; visualization challenges

3) Data Contest:
create a visualization (tool) that helps to identify and understand which rs-fMRI networks, from a large provided dataset, are replicates derived from the same individuals; submit a 2-page extended abstract

4) Redesign Contest:
submit a redesigned figure utilizing effective encodings and clear visual communication to display an improved version of a well-known biological data visualization

please refer for details to: http://biovis.net/year/2014/info/cfp

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The rapidly expanding field of biology creates enormous challenges for computational visualization techniques for enabling researchers to gain insight from their large and highly complex data sets.

The Symposium on Biological Data Visualization (BioVis) is the premier international and interdisciplinary event for all aspects of visualization in biology. The symposium brings together researchers from the visualization, bioinformatics, and biology communities with the purpose of educating, inspiring, and engaging visualization researchers in problems in biological data visualization as well as bioinformatics and biology researchers in state-of-the-art visualization research.

We are looking for contributions on all aspects of visualization in biology, from molecular to cell, tissue, organism and population biology. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

• Genome and sequence data, including genomic variation data
• Multivariate omics data (transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, etc.)
• Phylogenetic data
• Biological networks and pathways
• Biological Ontologies
• Structures (e.g., protein or RNA structures)
• Visualization of biological image data, such as microscopy data
• Integration of image and omics data for systems biology
• Modeling, simulation, and visualization of biological systems
• Visualization in neurobiology and developmental biology
• Systems and software frameworks for biological visualization
• Integration of visualization in biological workflows or collaborative processes
• Visualization and visual analytics of integrated biological data sets
• Usability of visualization by biologists
• Creation and visualization of biological atlases and metadata
• Processes for interdisciplinary collaboration between biology and visualization.


Find more information on http://biovis.net

URL: http://biovis.net

Contact Person: Hendrik Strobelt (hendrik.strobelt@uni-konstanz.de)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The ICGC-TCGA-DREAM Somatic Mutation Calling Challenge


Sign up now for the DREAM8.5 Challenges: https://www.synapse.org/#!Challenges:DREAM8.5
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Important Updates For The ICGC-TCGA-DREAM Somatic Mutation Calling Challenge

Dear DREAM Colleague,

We write to share a few exciting reminders and updates on the ICGC-TCGA-DREAM Somatic Mutation Calling (SMC) Challenge:

Challenge overview: In the SMC Challenge, registered participants will identify the best pipelines for detecting mutations in the high-throughput sequencing reads of cancer genomes (https://www.synapse.org/#!Synapse:syn312572). The Challenge opened for participation on November 7, 2013: contestants will have until July 2014 to optimize their predictive models. Both experimental and in silico data sets are currently available for downloading by registered participants.

At the time of this writing, 120 teams have already signed up to participate! You can join the Challenge here: https://www.synapse.org/#!Synapse:syn312572

To get all your questions about the Challenge answered, please register for the January 29 SMC Challenge Webinar:

Clink the link below to reserve a seat for the webinar ("Mostly Everything You Need To Know About the ICGC-TCGA-DREAM Somatic Mutation Calling Challenge") taking place on Jan 29, 2014 9:00 AM PST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5813241477194794498

The following details of the SMC Challenge will be covered at this webinar:

1. Background and motivation for the Challenge
2. Demo of Challenge web services
3. Demo of available compute resources for the Challenge
4. Answering your questions in real-time.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

February 1 is the model submission deadline for Synthetic.Challenge.set1.v2: To see the real-time leaderboard for this Challenge follow the link: (https://www.synapse.org/#!Synapse:syn312572/wiki/61509). The leaderboard includes the scores for both Structural Variant (SV) and Single Nucleotide Variant (SNV) calls. Make sure your model is submitted and scored in time for the February 1st deadline!

In addition, we are excited to share an important development that we believe will open the door for a whole new set of participants who do not have access to large compute clusters at their own institutions:
Google is offering Google Cloud Platform credits of $2,000 to approved DREAM contest participants, including free access to contest data in Google Cloud Storage. These credits can be used for Compute Engine VMs and other Cloud Platform services.

Access to Challenge data is provided via a Google Cloud Storage bucket, so all computation and submissions can be performed on the Google Cloud Platform. A detailed Getting Started Guide and a custom image are provided for participants who wish to use this option.

To get the credits, sign up for an account at https://cloud.google.com/, create a cloud project, set up billing for that project by providing a credit card, and then send an email to dream-smc-credits@googlegroups.com with the following information:the Cloud project number of:

1. the project to which you'd like the credits applied
2. the Gmail addresses of each contestant on the team
3. the institution(s) of the team members

After using the initial credits to successfully analyze data on Google Cloud Platform, contest participants may apply for additional credits.
The contest organizers thank Google for their generous contribution.

Sincerely,
The SMC Challenge Organizers
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Contact Person: Josh Stuart (Jstuart@ucsc.edu)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

DEADLINE APPROACHING FAST!!! APPLY TODAY! 2014 MBI Undergraduate Summer Research Program

DEADLINE APPROACHING FAST!!! APPLY TODAY!
2014 MBI Undergraduate Summer Research Program
(June 2 - August 15, 2014)
This program introduces students to exciting new areas of mathematical biology and involves them in collaborative research with their peers and faculty mentors. For full consideration, completed applications must be received by Monday, January 27, 2014. The program consists of three parts:

Two-week Introduction (June 2-13, 2014): Tutorials, computer labs, and team efforts designed to introduce students to a variety of topics in mathematical biology. Applications for the TWO-WEEK INTRODUCTION ONLY will be due in April.

Eight week REU Program (June 16 - August 8, 2014): An individualized research experience as part of a research team at a participating institution. There are 14 projects to choose from.

Capstone Conference (August 11-15, 2014): A student centered conference featuring talks and posters by student researchers in math biology, keynotes by prominent math biologists, and a graduate studies recruitment fair. Applications for CAPSTONE CONFERENCE ONLY will be due in June.


To apply visit http://www.mbi.osu.edu/eduprograms/undergrad2014.html


Mathematical Biosciences Institute
The Ohio State University, Jennings Hall 3rd Floor, 1735 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210 • 614-292-3648
URL: http://www.mbi.osu.edu/eduprograms/undergrad2014.html

Contact Person: Dennis Pearl (pearl.1@osu.edu)

Friday, January 3, 2014

VIZBI 2014 registration closes on 31st January

A quick reminder that registration for VIZBI 2014 closes 31 January 2014. ISCB Members receive a 15% discount.

VIZBI 2014 is the 2nd EMBO Conference on 'Visualizing Biological Data', and the 5th international meeting on this topic, which will be held March 5-7 at the EMBL, Heidelberg (Germany).

VIZBI 2014 features 21 invited talks from high-profile speakers that review the state-of-the-art and challenges in visualizing a diverse range of biological data. As with previous years, participants can present a poster and lightning talk describing their work, and have the option of remote participation via streaming video and chat.

Prior to the meeting (March 4), there will also be 13 half-day tutorials covering a broad range of visualization tools & methods.

If you are interested in promoting your organization or professional society during VIZBI 2014, a range of sponsorship options are also available.

We hope you can join us for what promising to be another exciting VIZBI event!

URL: http://vizbi.org/2014/

Contact Person: Adela Valceanu (valceanu@embl.de)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

OMICtools: An informative directory for HTS and array analysis

Dear All,

Current software and database resources for high-throughput sequencing (HTS) and microarray informatics are extremely fragmented. OMICtools (http://omictools.com) is a manually curated central directory that provides an overview of more than 1800 web-accessible tools related to HTS and microarrays.

Regards,

Arnaud

URL: http://omictools.com

Contact Person: Arnaud Desfeux (arnaud.desfeux@gmail.com)

ISCB Congratulates Philip Bourne on Recent NIH Appointment

The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) congratulates past president and Fellow, Philip E. Bourne, Ph.D., on being selected as the first permanent Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Bourne will start his new role at NIH in early 2014.

Dr. Bourne received his training as a physical chemist and his Ph.D. in chemistry from The Flinders University in South Australia, taking him to his current position at the University of California, San Diego, where he is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Industry Alliances and a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In addition, he currently holds the positions of Associate Director of the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB) Protein Data Bank and Adjunct Professor at the Sanford Burnham Institute.
"The creation of the ADDS position represents the commitment of NIH Director Francis S. Collins to a trans-NIH investment in advancing computational efforts and support in this age of biomedical research as an information science," said Jill P. Mesirov, Associate Director and Chief Informatics Officer at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and member of the ISCB Board of Directors, who served on the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director's Data and Informatics Working Group. "Phil Bourne has long been involved in community efforts around this same goal. We all look forward to working with him and lending him our support as he takes on this critical role."
Dr. Bourne brings to NIH a professional focus on relevant biological and educational outcomes derived from computation and scholarly communication entailing algorithms, text mining, machine learning, metalanguages, biological databases, and visualization applied to problems in systems pharmacology, evolution, cell signaling, apoptosis, immunology and scientific dissemination.

As a founding board member of ISCB and president from 2002 – 2004, Dr. Bourne's vision and leadership has helped establish the Society which has greatly contributed to advancing the worldwide awareness and understanding of the science of computational biology. Dr. Bourne was named to the prestigious group of ISCB Fellows in 2011. Dr. Bourne is the co-founder and founding Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal PLOS Computational Biology. He has published over 300 papers and 5 books, selling over 150,000 copies. Dr. Bourne's professional focus has lended itself to a commitment to furthering the free dissemination of science through new models of publishing and better integration and subsequent dissemination of data and results which as far as possible should be freely available to all.

"ISCB is honored to have Phil's participation over the years," said Burkhard Rost, ISCB President. "We look forward to his future contributions to our fields as the Associate Director for Data Science at NIH."

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 3,000 scientists dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of living systems through computation. We convene the world's experts and future leaders in top conferences, we host the Intelligent Systems in Molecular Biology (ISMB) Conference, and we partner with publications that promote discovery and expand access to computational biology and bioinformatics. We deliver valuable information about training, education, employment, and relevant news. ISCB 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

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

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Virtual Workshop on Bioinforma​tics from Bioclues (January 6-11, 2014)

The virtual workshop is aimed at research staff and those in the research community who fall under broader disciplines of Biotechnology.  Bioinformatics and systems biology will be catered to the inte....
URL: http://www.bioclues.org/joomla3/index.php/2-bioclues/11-courses-and-workshops
Contact Person: Prash Suravajhala  (news@bioclues.org)

The virtual workshop is aimed at research staff and those in the research community who fall under broader disciplines of Biotechnology.  Bioinformatics and systems biology will be catered to the interest of researchers. Hands-on sessions, a group discussion and a mini project at the end of the workshop will be done in the form of a group assignment. At the end of the workshop, the scientists are also invited to submit abstracts for presentation on the areas of their interest as talks in concurrent sessions, or as posters. Ample time will be set aside for discussion during the presentation of participants. The topics are then discussed with them for any collaboration for future virtual projects in Bioclues.org and also from the various collaborators of Bioclues across different countries.  This is a 20 hour taught programme interceded by 20 hours of home work plus mini project.

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Networking points:

* Where is the NGS heading towards  bioinformatics research?

* Have we 'coded'  the genome?

* Ten simple steps to do bioinformatics research

* Whither programming?

* How's Modern Biology applied today?

* Does Bioinformatics really help us save time for wet-lab experiments?

More at events page of www.Bioclues.org