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Friday, July 31, 2009

How much computer science and math does a biologist need to know?

There are two interesting papers in Science (Vol. 325, 31 July 2009) which argue that biologists need to know more about computational tools:

Computing Has Changed Biology--Biology Education Must Catch Up by Pevzner and Shamir"

and

Mathematical Biology Education: Beyond Calculus by Robeva and Laubenbacher

both articles are discussed here:

Should biologists study computer science? by By John Timmer

Thursday, July 30, 2009

RECOMB partners with PLoS Comp Bio and JCB + more

RECOMB is partnering with PLoS Computational Biology and Journal of Computational Biology; selections of accepted papers will be invited for submission of full journal versions to special issues. These papers will also appear in the proceedings.

RECOMB is adding a highlights track which will feature PI presentations of exciting developments that have already appeared in journals within the past year. This will be modeled after the successful ISMB highlights track.

RECOMB is adding special sessions on emerging areas including Genomics in Medicine and Regulatory RNAs.

Selected posters will be invited for short presentations.
URL: http://kdbio.inesc-id.pt/recomb2010/home_002.html

Contact Person: Bonnie Berger (bab@mit.edu)

NIPS 2009 Call For Mini-Symposia

CALL FOR MINI-SYMPOSIUM PROPOSALS

Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) -- Natural and Synthetic
NIPS*2009 Mini-symposia
December 10, 2009
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver, BC, CANADA

http://nips.cc/

Following the regular program of the Neural Information Processing Systems
2009 conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada, up to four mini-symposia will be
held in parallel during the afternoon of December 10, 2009, in the Hyatt
Regency, Vancouver, BC, Canada. We invite researchers interested in
chairing a mini-symposium to submit proposals.

The goal of the mini-symposia is to present topical material on a single
theme, well suited to the main conference audience. Controversial issues,
emerging topics, open problems, and comparisons of competing approaches
are not only encouraged but preferred as symposium topics. Representation
of alternative viewpoints are also particularly encouraged. Possible
topics for symposia include, but are not limited to:

Active Learning, Attention, Audition, Bayesian Networks, Bayesian
Statistics, Benchmarking, Biophysics, Brain-Machine Interfaces, Brain
Imaging, Cognitive Neuroscience, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics,
Computational Complexity, Control and Reinforcement Learning, Data Mining,
Game Theory, Graphical Models, Hippocampus and Memory, Human-Computer
Interfaces, Independent Component Analysis, Information Theory, Kernel
Methods, Large Scale Implementations and Software, Learning Theory,
Mean-Field Methods, Mechanism Design, Music, Network Dynamics, Neural
Coding, Neural Plasticity, Neuromorphic Systems, Nonparametric Models,
On-Line Learning, Optimization, Randomized Algorithms, Robotics, Rule
Extraction, Self-Organization, Signal Processing, Spike Timing, Speech,
Statistical Inference, Unsupervised Learning and Information Extraction,
Time Series, Vision and Scene Understanding.

Each of the four mini-symposia will run for three hours in the afternoon
of December 10 after the end of the main conference. Organizers may
consider proposing a mini-symposium in conjunction with a one- or two-day
workshop proposed to be held subsequently in Whistler. In such a case
proposers should take into account the more polished nature of the
symposium, and, as the attendees might differ, should ensure that each
stands alone programmatically.

Detailed descriptions of previous symposia and workshops can be found at
http://nips.cc/Conferences/2008/. We encourage neuroscience-related
proposals, and are especially interested in those bridging areas of
neuroscience and machine learning. Selected mini-symposia may be invited
to submit proceedings for publication in the post-NIPS workshops
monographs series published by the MIT Press.

More details and instructions for submission of proposals may be found
online at http://nips.cc/Conferences/2009/CallForMiniSymposia. Proposals
must be received by August 28, 2009.

Richard Zemel (University of Toronto)
Dale Schuurmans (University of Alberta)
Yoshua Bengio (University of Montreal)
NIPS*2009 Symposia Co-Chairs

PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY AUGUST 28, 2009
URL: http://nips.cc/Conferences/2009/CallForMiniSymposia

Contact Person: Richard Zemel (nips.workshop@gmail.com)

New Protein Structure Programs from NIGMS

Centers for Membrane Protein Structure Determination (U54) RFA-GM-10-006: "Purpose. This FOA solicits applications to establish Centers for Membrane Protein Structure Determination that will become a vital component in fulfilling the expanded goals of the NIGMS PSI:Biology network for high-throughput-enabled structural biology.  Awardee principal investigators will become part of the PSI:Biology Network Steering Committee and will work jointly with other investigators and NIH staff to manage the overall PSI:Biology initiative."




Consortia for High-Throughput-Enabled Structural Biology Partnerships (U01) RFA-GM-10-007
"Purpose. This FOA solicits proposals to establish partnerships between researchers interested in a biological problem of significant scope and researchers providing high-throughput structure determination capabilities through the NIGMS PSI:Biology network. Applicants to this FOA should propose work to solve a substantial biological problem for which the determination of many protein structures is necessary. The proteins should be amenable to high-throughput structure determination and/or should provide suitable targets to motivate new technology development. Awardee principal investigators will become part of the PSI:Biology Network Steering Committee and will work jointly with other investigators and NIH staff to manage the overall PSI:Biology initiative."

(Via http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

EvoBIO'10 - First Call for Papers

EvoBIO'10 - First Call for Papers:

EvoBIO 2010 The 8th annual European Conference on Evolutionary Computation, Machine Learning and Data Mining in Bioinformatics.

(Via EvoStar )

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Free NIH Education Booklet on Computational Biology

Find out how biomedical engineers, mathematicians, physicists, and biologists use computers to answer important health-related questions in a free science education booklet called Computing Life.

The booklet features short articles, colorful graphics, and fun sidebars that highlight the different roles of computers and related advances in medical research. It also introduces science students to potential new career opportunities.

Here's a sampling of what you'll find in the free booklet:
• Overviews of biomedical research areas relying on computing and math
• Short, clear descriptions of current research projects
• Profiles of people conducting the work
• Callout boxes with trivia and activities
• Links to animations and other resources.

Plus, visit the Web site (http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/computinglife) every month to find new research advances, interviews, interactive games, and multimedia or to order a free copy of the printed booklet.

Computing Life is part of a growing collection of free science education materials available from NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences. These printed and online resources focus on medically relevant life sciences. You can preview, download, and order them via the "More Publications" link at the top of the Computing Life home page. Printed materials are available individually or in classroom sets.

For questions or feedback, contact Computing Life editor Emily Carlson at carlsone@nigms.nih.gov.

URL: http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/computinglife

Contact Person: Emily Carlson (carlsone@nigms.nih.gov)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Science Is in the Details - Sam Harris on Francis Collins

Science Is in the Details


By SAM HARRIS, Published: New York Times, July 26, 2009

"PRESIDENT OBAMA has nominated Francis Collins to be the next director of the National Institutes of Health. It would seem a brilliant choice. Dr. Collins’s credentials are impeccable: he is a physical chemist, a medical geneticist and the former head of the Human Genome Project. He is also, by his own account, living proof that there is no conflict between science and religion. In 2006, he published “The Language of God,” in which he claimed to demonstrate “a consistent and profoundly satisfying harmony” between 21st-century science and evangelical Christianity".....more

(Via http://www.nytimes.com.)

Bacterial computers can crack mathematical problems

Bacterial computers can crack mathematical problems

"Computers are evolving – literally. While the tech world argues netbooks vs notebooks, synthetic biologists are leaving traditional computers behind altogether. A team of US scientists have engineered bacteria that could solve complex mathematical problems faster than anything made from silicon.

The research, published today in the Journal of Biological Engineering, proves that bacteria can be used to solve a puzzle known as the Hamiltonian Path Problem. ....."

(Via www.guardian.co.uk.)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The EMBO Write Move Competition

The EMBO Write Move Competition:

Making the Write Move
EMBO invites entries for the 2009 EMBO Write Move Competition, an initiative of EMBO Life Sciences Mobility...

(Via EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal).

Friday, July 24, 2009

One of the First People to Synthesize an Enzyme Dies

One of the First People to Synthesize an Enzyme Dies:

Ralph Hirschmann dies at the age of 87.

(Via The Daily Scan from GenomeWeb).

CfPPP: MLSB-09, SEP 5-6 2009, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Call for Participation and Poster Presentations

MLSB 09: 3rd International Workshop on Machine Learning in Systems Biology; 5-6 September 2009, Ljubljana, Slovenia http://mlsb09.ijs.si/

3 AUG: Poster abstract submission deadline
17 AUG: Early registration deadline

We kindly invite you to participate and/or present a poster at MLSB-09, the 3rd International Workshop on Machine Learning in Systems Biology. The workshop aims to contribute to the cross-fertilization between the research in machine learning methods and their applications to systems biology. The program of the workshop will include 6 invited talks by renowned researchers and 12 oral presentations of reviewed contributions (see http://mlsb09.ijs.si/program.html for details). It will also include a poster session: Abstracts for poster presentations can be submitted by 3 AUG 2009.The Workshop is organized as "core - event" of PASCAL2, Network of Excellence in Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning (http://www.pascal-network.org/) The workshop will take place 5-6 September 2009 at the Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia. It will immediately precede ECML PKDD 2009, taking place 7-11 September 2009 in Bled, Slovenia (Bled is 30 miles from Ljublj ana, transport will be organized).Saso Dzeroski, Pierre Geurts and Juho Rousu MLSB-09 Chairs (on behalf of the MLSB-09 organizers)
URL: http://mlsb09.ijs.si/

Contact Person: Juho Rousu (juho.rousu@cs.helsinki.fi)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

NCBI News - July 2009

NCBI News - July 2009:

The July 2009 issue of the NCBI News is now available online. The featured resource article this month is entitled, "The BioSystems Database of Biological Pathways." Please see the new issue on the NCBI Bookshelf: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bookshelf/br.fcgi?book=newsncbi&part=JGMOfA182.bid.1

(Via NCBI Announcements).

New Way to Determine Protein Structures Revealed

New Way to Determine Protein Structures Revealed:

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a fast and efficient way to determine the structure of proteins, shortening a process that often takes years into a matter of days.

(Via OBBeC.com: Latest Headlines).

2010 NAS Award in Molecular Biology

2010 NAS Award in Molecular Biology
Date: Jul 20, 2009
The National Academy of Sciences is currently accepting nominations for the 2010 NAS Award in Molecular Biology.

The award is presented to recognize recent notable discovery in molecular biology by a young scientist who is a citizen of the United States. Presented with a prize of $25,000, some recent recipients include Stephen P. Bell, Angelika Amon, and Xiaodong Wang.

The deadline for nomination is September 15, 2009.
URL: http://www.nasonline.org/site/PageServer?pagename=AWARDS_molbio

Contact Person: Jon Speshock (kspeshock@nas.edu)

Collaborative Drug Discovery Partnership To Advance Cancer Drug Development

Collaborative Drug Discovery Partnership To Advance Cancer Drug Development:

SRI International, an independent nonprofit research and development organization, has announced that SRI's Center for Cancer Research was selected by the National Cancer Institute for a leading role in the newly-formed "Chemical Biology Consortium" , a collaborative drug discovery partnership focused on advancing new cancer therapeutics active ...

(Via Topix ).

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

U.S. SENATORS MENENDEZ, LAUTENBERG ANNOUNCE $700,000 TO SUPPORT RUTGERS STUDENTS CONTINUING ADVANCED EDUCATION | Politicker NJ

U.S. SENATORS MENENDEZ, LAUTENBERG ANNOUNCE $700,000 TO SUPPORT RUTGERS STUDENTS CONTINUING ADVANCED EDUCATION

By SENATOR ROBERT MENENDEZ
WASHINGTON -

U. S. Senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg announced today announced $696,832 in federal funding for the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need or GAANN Program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. This will help 19 graduate students in financial need over three years continue their education in pursuit of advanced degrees. The grants are being awarded in the areas of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics, and Pharmaceutical Engineering. ......"

(Via http://www.politickernj.com.)

Colombia receives tech boost in new deal - SciDev.Net

Colombia receives tech boost in new deal


Lisbeth Fog
20 July 2009 | EN

The collaboration will improve technology access in the country
Flickr/amanky
[BOGOTA] Microsoft's research arm has signed an agreement with the Colombian government to boost the use of information technologies in science research in the hope of triggering new scientific activity.

Under the agreement, signed this month (1 July) by Microsoft Research and the Colombian Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (Colciencias), Colombian research centres will receive cheap licensing for Microsoft software and graduate students will be offered internships at any of the six Microsoft Research centres worldwide.

Microsoft Research will also get involved in the establishment of a bioinformatics research centre in Colombia, an initiative started by the government to classify information about the country's biodiversity with a view to becoming a global centre........



(Via http://www.scidev.net.)



Proposal Preparation in FP7 - 7-9 October 2009

Proposal Preparation in FP7 - 7-9 October 2009:

Deadlines for FP7 are coming and going all the time. Don't miss an opportunity to make your proposal competitive and innovative. Join us for three days at our Proposal Preparation in FP7 course and enhance your chances of FP7 success!

(Via Europa Media Trainings).

FP7 - Financial & Project Management 15-16 October 2009

FP7 - Financial & Project Management 15-16 October 2009:

A 2-day intensive training course designed to provide project managers, administrators and financial personnel with the skills needed to successfully implement FP7 projects; personal interaction between participants and Europe's leading project managers provides efficiency that other programmes are unable to match.

(Via Europa Media Trainings).

Financial Reporting & Audits of EC Projects - 23 October 2009

Financial Reporting & Audits of EC Projects - 23 October 2009:

(Via Europa Media Trainings).

Untold Stories of FP7 III

Untold Stories of FP7 III:

Your most important FP7 event in 2009!
Learn the secrets of FP7...

What is the Commission looking for? How can your organisation make the most of FP7 opportunities? What can you do to make your proposal more innovative? Where is FP7 going to take you in the coming years?

(Via Europa Media Trainings).

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Elsevier Announces the “Article of the Future

"Elsevier Announces the “Article of the Future”



New article prototype introduces non-linear structure, enhanced graphical navigation, and integrated multimedia


Amsterdam, 20 July 2009 – Elsevier, the leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announces the ‘Article of the Future’ project, an ongoing collaboration with the scientific community to redefine how a scientific article is presented online. The project takes full advantage of online capabilities, allowing readers individualized entry points and routes through content, while exploiting the latest advances in visualization techniques.

The Article of the Future launches its first prototypes this week, revealing a new approach to presenting scientific research online. The key feature of the prototypes is a hierarchical presentation of text and figures so that readers can elect to drill down through the layers based on their current task in the scientific workflow and their level of expertise and interest. This organizational structure is a significant departure from the linear-based organization of a traditional print-based article in incorporating the core text and supplemental material within a single unified structure.

A second key feature of the prototypes is bulleted article highlights and a graphical abstract. This allows readers to quickly gain an understanding of the paper’s main ‘take home’ message and serves as a navigation mechanism to directly access specific sub-sections of the results and figures. The graphical abstract is intended to encourage browsing, promote interdisciplinary scholarship and help readers identify more quickly which papers are most relevant to their research interests.

Emilie Marcus, Editor in Chief, Cell Press commented, “The genesis of the ‘Article of the Future’ project came from a challenge to redesign from scratch how to most effectively structure and present the content of a traditional scientific article in an online environment. The rapid pace of technological advancements means this will undoubtedly be an evolving design, but we are happy to be able to address some key reader and author pain points such as the integration of supplemental data with these initial prototypes. We are tremendously excited that authors contributing to Cell Press journals will have the opportunity to pioneer this new concept and make a significant contribution to its development.”

The prototypes have been developed by the editorial, production and IT teams at Cell Press in collaboration with Elsevier’s User Centered Design group using content from two previously published Cell articles. They can be viewed at http://beta.cell.com where Elsevier and Cell Press are inviting feedback from the scientific community on the concepts and implementations. Successful ideas from this project will ultimately be rolled-out across Elsevier’s portfolio of 2,000 journals available on ScienceDirect.

“Together with the 2009 Elsevier Grand Challenge, the ‘Article of the Future’ project forms part of Elsevier’s commitment to collaborating with our scientific community on Content Innovation. Sharing these prototypes and inviting feedback is the next step,” remarked IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, Vice President of Content Innovation for Elsevier Science & Technology Journal Publishing, “We are confident that these tools will enhance the presentation of scientific results and improve the interpretation and speed of results analysis. They are central to driving innovation in scientific publishing and represent our investment in the future of research, enabling scientists all over the world to access, interpret, and create better science more efficiently.”

# # #

Notes to Editors:
The Article of the Future prototype can be viewed at http://beta.cell.com where Elsevier is inviting scientific community feedback on the concept.

The Elsevier Grand Challenge is a contest created to improve the way scientific information is communicated and used. The contest invites members of the scientific community to describe and prototype a tool to improve the interpretation and identification of meaning in (online) journals and text databases relating to the life sciences.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, Elsevier’s 7,000 employees in over 70 offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as ScienceDirect, MD Consult, Scopus, bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Elsevier is a global business headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

About Cell Press
Cell Press, an imprint of Elsevier, is committed to improving scientific communication through the publication of exciting research and reviews. Each of our titles is viewed as a must-read by the scientific community it serves. Cell Press primary research journals include the flagship journal Cell, as well as Neuron, Immunity, Molecular Cell, Developmental Cell, Cancer Cell, Current Biology, Structure, Chemistry & Biology, Cell Metabolism, Cell Host & Microbe, Cell Stem Cell, and, new to Cell Press, Biophysical Journal, and The American Journal of Human Genetics. Cell Press also publishes the Trends family of reviews journals, including Trends in Cell Biology, Trends in Neurosciences, and Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

Media Contact:
Ylann Schemm
Elsevier
+31 62 398 2359
+1 212 633 3640
y.schemm@elsevier.com"



(Via http://www.elsevier.com.)

EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal - South African scientists access European research via EMBC agreement

EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal - South African scientists access European research via EMBC agreement


South African scientists will gain access to the latest thinking in molecular biology research through an agreement announced today by the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). The Government of the Republic of South Africa signed a cooperation agreement with the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC), the intergovernmental funding body for EMBO, allowing scientists from South Africa to participate in EMBO programmes and activities. The agreement also provides for some EMBO activities to occur in South Africa.

EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal posts targeted information for reciprocal career development and funding opportunities between South Africa and Europe.

(Via http://mobility.embo.org .)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Researchers Create Database of CNVs in Healthy Individuals

Researchers Create Database of CNVs in Healthy Individuals:

A team of scientists from CHOP and UPenn have developed a database of copy number variants found in healthy individuals, based on their study of thousands of children and parents.

(Via GenomeWeb Daily News).

At ISMB, a Focus on Bottlenecks for Systems Approach to Biology, Bioinformaticians Becoming 'Embedded Systems'

At ISMB, a Focus on Bottlenecks for Systems Approach to Biology, Bioinformaticians Becoming 'Embedded Systems':

Bioinformatics researchers at ISMB said the field is facing increasing demands from large-scale experiments including a rising need for integrative tools and services, and better cooperation between experimentalists and bioinformaticians.

(Via BioInform from GenomeWeb News).

Schistosome Parasite Genome Cracked

Schistosome Parasite Genome Cracked:

Hinxton, Cambridge, UK (OBBeC) - Researchers have published the complete genome sequence of the Schistosoma mansoni, a parasitic worm – commonly known as a blood fluke – that causes devastating disease. The World Health Organization ranks schistosomiasis as a neglected disease of the poor, affecting 210 million people in 76 countries, and each year causing 280,000 deaths in sub-Saharan Africa alone.

(Via OBBeC.com: Latest Headlines).

Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg Form Partnership

Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg Form Partnership:

Phoenix, AZ (OBBeC) - According to a report from Translational Genomics Research Institute (Tgen), a partnership between Luxembourg and the Institute has begun with the arrival of a new CEO and the advent of a new building for the Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg (IBBL).

(Via OBBeC.com: Business and Industry).

The EMBO Write Move Competition

The EMBO Write Move Competition:

Making the Write Move
EMBO invites entries for the 2009 EMBO Write Move Competition, an initiative of EMBO Life Sciences Mobility...

(Via EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal).

International: Human Frontier Science Program - Postdoctoral fellowships

International: Human Frontier Science Program - Postdoctoral fellowships:

The Human Frontier Science Program ( http://www.hfsp.org/about/AboutProg.php) offers fellowships for basic research training in the life sciences across national and...

(Via EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal).

International: EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs (EIPODs) Fellowships

International: EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs (EIPODs) Fellowships:

International: EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs (EIPODs) Fellowships (http://www.embl.org/eipod)In the 2009 selection round, EMBL and Marie Curie Actions COFUND will fund a...

(Via EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal).

First International Symposium on Structural Systems Biology, Sept 24-25, Hamburg

First International Symposium on Structural Systems Biology, Sept 24-25, Hamburg:

The symposium ( http://www.conventus.de/cssb2009/) will
feature the rapidly emerging field of systems biology with a strong emphasis on methods to analyse...

(Via EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal).

International: Bayer Schering Pharma AG, Call for proposals: From Targets to Novel Drugs

International: Bayer Schering Pharma AG, Call for proposals: From Targets to Novel Drugs:

This initiative (https://www.grants4targets.com/scripts/pages/en/index.php) intends to support collaborative research projects on attractive, novel molecular targets in the fields of
Oncology, Cardiology, Gynecology,...

(Via EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal).

Brasil, Africa, Germany: Scholarships for Masters and PhD Candidates from Africa, Brazil and Germany

Brasil, Africa, Germany: Scholarships for Masters and PhD Candidates from Africa, Brazil and Germany:

Call for Proposals for the Pilot Project: (http://scholarship-positions.com/scholarships-for-masters-and-phd-candidates-from-africa-brazil-and-germany/2009/05/07/#ixzz0FNVNG5XF&B) Future Trilateral Cooperation within the scope of cooperation in higher education between...

(Via EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal).

Healthcare and Emerging Rich Web Technologies – The WEB 2.0/Semantic Web Challenge and Opportunity

Healthcare and Emerging Rich Web Technologies – The WEB 2.0/Semantic Web Challenge and Opportunity:

Over the years, healthcare organizations have had to respond to many different changes – from advances in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to the emergence of concepts such as managed care and telemedicine. Healthcare is fast becoming one of the most competitive and value added industries worldwide with many technology driven developments in diagnosis, treatment, care provision, patient monitoring and healthcare infrastructure.

(Via OBBeC.com: Special Reports).

Systems Biology: An Integrative Approach to Drug Discovery

Systems Biology: An Integrative Approach to Drug Discovery:

The way biological systems were perceived was changed almost five decades ago by Watson and Crick with their identification of the DNA double helix. Since then, enormous advances have been made in molecular biology in the understanding of biological processes such as disease, evolution, heredity and development on a molecular basis.

(Via OBBeC.com: Special Reports).

GovBenefits.gov - Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Research and Research Training

GovBenefits.gov - Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Research and Research Training: ""


Program Description
The Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology supports research and research training in areas that join biology with the computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, and physics. Toward this end, the center develops and manages programs in computational biology, such as the generation of mathematical models of biological networks, the development of modeling and simulation tools, the conduct of basic theoretical studies related to network organization and dynamic processes, and the development of methods for the analysis and dissemination of computational models. The center also defines the Institute's needs for database development and applications, and it collaborates with other NIH components and Federal agencies in developing policies in this area. Other center activities include the support of multidisciplinary collaborations and of workshops, courses, and specialized meetings.

(Via http://www.govbenefits.gov.)



NIAID to Fund Studies for Neglected Diseases Dx, Rx

NIAID to Fund Studies for Neglected Diseases Dx, Rx:

The funds will go to study technologies for use in diagnosing, preventing, and treating tuberculosis, malaria, and other neglected diseases.

(Via GenomeWeb Daily News).

International: Human Frontier Science Program - Postdoctoral fellowships

International: Human Frontier Science Program - Postdoctoral fellowships:

The Human Frontier Science Program ( http://www.hfsp.org/about/AboutProg.php) offers fellowships for basic research training in the life sciences across national and...

(Via EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal (1)).

The EMBO Write Move Competition

The EMBO Write Move Competition:

Making the Write Move
EMBO invites entries for the 2009 EMBO Write Move Competition, an initiative of EMBO Life Sciences Mobility...

(Via EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal (1)).

International: EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs (EIPODs) Fellowships

International: EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs (EIPODs) Fellowships:

International: EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs (EIPODs) Fellowships (http://www.embl.org/eipod)In the 2009 selection round, EMBL and Marie Curie Actions COFUND will fund a...

(Via EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal (1)).

First International Symposium on Structural Systems Biology, Sept 24-25, Hamburg

First International Symposium on Structural Systems Biology, Sept 24-25, Hamburg:

The symposium ( http://www.conventus.de/cssb2009/) will
feature the rapidly emerging field of systems biology with a strong emphasis on methods to analyse...

(Via EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal (1)).

International: Bayer Schering Pharma AG, Call for proposals: From Targets to Novel Drugs

International: Bayer Schering Pharma AG, Call for proposals: From Targets to Novel Drugs:

This initiative (https://www.grants4targets.com/scripts/pages/en/index.php) intends to support collaborative research projects on attractive, novel molecular targets in the fields of
Oncology, Cardiology, Gynecology,...

(Via EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal (1)).

India/UK: Early Career Fellowships for researchers in India

India/UK: Early Career Fellowships for researchers in India:

Fellowships (http://www.wellcomedbt.org) are available for outstanding medically qualified or science graduates across the full spectrum of biomedical research, from fundamental...

(Via EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal (1)).

Brasil, Africa, Germany: Scholarships for Masters and PhD Candidates from Africa, Brazil and Germany

Brasil, Africa, Germany: Scholarships for Masters and PhD Candidates from Africa, Brazil and Germany:

Call for Proposals for the Pilot Project: (http://scholarship-positions.com/scholarships-for-masters-and-phd-candidates-from-africa-brazil-and-germany/2009/05/07/#ixzz0FNVNG5XF&B) Future Trilateral Cooperation within the scope of cooperation in higher education between...

(Via EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal (1)).