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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Abstract Deadline Approaching for Wellcome Trust/ CSHL Genome Informatics conference

The abstract deadline is approaching for the fifth CSHL/Wellcome Trust Scientific Conference on Genome Informatics, which will focus on large-scale genome informatics.

Abstract submission is strongly encouraged as several talks for each session will be selected from abstracts. Abstracts must be submitted by 12 July. Full details can be found on our website.

Scientific organisers
Inanc Birol (BC Cancer Agency, Canada)
Jennifer Harrow (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK)
James Taylor (Emory University, USA)

Scientific sessions
Population and Personal Genomics
Transcriptomics, Alternative Splicing and Gene Predictions
Epigenomics and Non-Coding Genome
Databases, Data Mining, Visualization and Curation
Sequencing Pipelines and Assembly
Comparative and Evolutionary Genomics

Keynote speakers
Pavel Pevzner (University of California, San Diego, USA)
Chris Ponting (Oxford University, UK)

Invited speakers
Mathieu Blanchette (McGill University, USA)
Martha Bulyk (Harvard University, UK)
Inna Dubchak (Genomics Division, DOE Joint Genome Institute, USA)
Anne Ferguson-Smith (University of Cambridge, UK)
Kelly Frazer (University of California, San Diego, USA)
William McCombie (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA)
Elaine Ostrander (National Institutes of Health, USA)
Benedict Paten (University of California, San Diego, USA)
Janna Saarela (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Andrew Smith (University of Southern California, USA)
Andrew Su (Scripps Research Institute, USA)
Thomas Wu (Genentech, Inc., USA)

For more information: https://registration.hinxton.wellcome.ac.uk/display_info.asp?id=296
URL: http://registration.hinxton.wellcome.ac.uk/display_info.asp?id=296

Contact Person: Treasa Creavin (treasa.creavin@hinxton.wellcome.ac.uk)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Report Addresses Challenges in Implementing New Diagnostic Tests Where They Are Needed Most

Easy-to-use, inexpensive tests to diagnose infectious diseases are urgently needed in resource-limited countries. A new report based on an American Academy of Microbiology colloquium, "Bringing the Lab to the Patient: Developing Point-of-Care Diagnostics for Resource Limited Settings," describes the challenges inherent in bringing new medical devices and technologies to the areas of the world where they are needed most.

A PDF of the free report can be found online at: http://bit.ly/Lgk8Zf

URL: http://bit.ly/Lgk8Zf

Contact Person: Leah Gibbons (lgibbons@asmusa.org)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Call for Papers: PSB 2013 Epigenomics Session

Dear Colleague,

We would like to cordially invite you to submit a full-length paper to the Epigenomics Session at the eighteenth Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB). This session will focus on computational methods for the analysis and interpretation of various types of epigenomic data. The main conference will be held January 3-7, 2013 at the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Key dates

Paper submission deadline: July 31, 2012 midnight PDT
Notification of acceptance/rejection: September 10, 2012
Camera-ready final paper deadline: October 1, 2012 midnight PDT

Invited speakers

Michael Snyder, Ascherman Professor and Chair of Genetics and the Director of the Center of Genomics and Personalized Medicine at Stanford University, USA.
Frank Pugh, Willaman Chair in Molecular Biology in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University, USA.

Scientists have known for a long time that the sequence of nucleotides that comprise the genome is not sufficient to explain the heritability of traits from one generation to the next, nor is that sequence sufficient to drive the myriad functions of a living cell. Recently, however, catalyzed by the rapid acquisition of a wide variety of genome-scale data sets from projects such as ENCODE, modENCODE, and the Epigenomics Roadmap, scientists have begun to recognize just how much information is encoded beyond the primary DNA sequence. Accordingly, many of the central questions facing biology today concern the interpretation and integration of epigenomic data with our existing knowledge of the molecular pathways within the cell, including DNA, RNA, proteins, and metabolites.

Computational methods for interpreting epigenomic data such as:
Histone modifications,
DNA methylation,
Nucleosome positioning,
Chromatin structure and accessibility,
DNA-DNA interactions
Computational models of chromatin structure on a genome-wide scale.
Methods for integrating heterogeneous epigenomic data.
Methods for relating genome structure and function.
Application of existing methods to novel epigenomic datasets.
Detailed analysis of well-studied loci with broader methodological or biological insights.

Organizing committee

Alexander J. Hartemink, Alexander F. Hehmeyer Associate Professor of Computer Science, Statistical Science, and Biology at Duke University
Manolis Kellis, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
William Stafford Noble, Professor, Department of Genome Sciences and Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
Zhiping Weng, Professor, Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology and Department of Molecular Pharmacology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Ferhat Ay, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington

Submission guidelines
The scientific core of the conference consists of rigorously peer-reviewed full-length papers reporting on original work. Accepted papers will be published in an archival proceedings volume (fully indexed in PubMed), and a number of the papers will be selected for presentation during the conference.
Please see the PSB paper format template and instructions at http://psb.stanford.edu/psb-online/psb-submit.

Further information is provided at the conference website:

URL: http://noble.gs.washington.edu/proj/epigenomics2013/

Contact Person: Ferhat Ay (ferhatay@uw.edu)

Monday, June 18, 2012

ISCB Congratulates Janet Thornton on being made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) announced late last week that EBI Director Janet Thornton was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Professor Dame Thornton is a past winner of the ISCB Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award, and in 2009 was made an ISCB Fellow.

Please join ISCB in congratulating her on this great honor in being recognized for the significant contributions she has made to our field of computational biology and bioinformatics.
URL: http://bit.ly/KeUoYj

Contact Person: BJ Morrison McKay (bj@iscb.org)