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Saturday, September 22, 2012


An interesting post from Ewan Birney on the ENCODE project.

5 September  2012 - Today sees the embargo lift on the second phase of the ENCODE project and the simultaneous publication of 30 coordinated, open-access papers in Nature, Genome Research andGenome Biology as well as publications in Science, Cell, JBC and others. The Nature publication has a number of firsts: cross-publication topic threads, a dedicated iPad/eBook App and web site and a virtual machine.

This ENCODE event represents five years of dedicated work from over 400 scientists, one of whom is myself, Ewan Birney. I was the lead analysis coordinator for ENCODE for the past five years (and before that had effectively the same role in the pilot project) and for the past 11 months have spent a lot of time working up to this moment. There were countless details to see to for the scientific publications and, later, to explain it all in editorials, commentary, general press features and other exotic things.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bioclues Innovation, Research and Development (BIRD) Award for Outstanding Contributions in the area of Bioinformatics for the year 2012

Nominations are invited for the second BIRD annual award for outstanding contributions in the area of Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics. This award is meant not just for academicians but also for scientists who have shown exemplary excellence in the field of Bioinformatics. While scientists who have been working for not-for-profit organizations will be given importance, the ones who are working for commercial organizations are no less exception if the research they have carried out has been widely honored and have made longstanding contributions.The inaugural awards kicked off in 2011 with couple of awards given to Dr. Pugalenthi Ganesan and Sarwar Azam.

More details at http://www.bioclues.org
URL: http://www.bioclues.org

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bioinformatics Forum for SMEs (Small-Medium sized companies), Barcelona 8-9, Spain, October 2012

SME Bioinformatics Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 8-9 October 2012

The workshop will introduce bioinformatics tools and data resources and will present opportunities for SMEs to use and integrate these resources in order to derive business benefit from the existing and developing infrastructure. There will be a combination of presentations and hands-on tutorials from EMBL-EBI staff and from several of the Spanish organisations and research institutes within INB. The meeting is subsidised by the sponsoring organisations and provides an excellent learning and networking opportunity for SMEs with an interest in publicly available resources in bioinformatics and cheminformatics.

The full list of topics covered are:

Genomic resources: the Ensembl genome browser and the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA)
Proteomics resources: UniProt and InterPro
Chemical resources: the ChEMBL database, ChEBI and MetaboLights
Functional genomics: ArrayExpress and the Gene Expression Atlas
Molecular interactions: the Protein Data Bank (PDB) and ligand information Integration services and EBI Search
EBI Web services

For a detailed agenda and registration information visit:

This meeting is co-sponsored by:

EMBL-EBI (www.ebi.ac.uk/industry/SME)
BioCat (www.biocat.cat)
INB (www.inab.org)
GRIB (grib.imim.es)
Psimex (www.psimex.org)

URL: http://www.ebi.ac.uk/industry/SME/121008_SME.html

Contact Person: Dominic Clark, Industry Programme Manager, EMBL-EBI (clark@ebi.ac.uk)

Friday, September 14, 2012

RECOMB2013 Call for Papers

RECOMB2013 Call for Papers:

The 17th International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB 2013) will be held in Beijing, China on April 7-10, 2013. The RECOMB conference series was founded in 1997 to provide a scientific forum for advances in computational biology and applications in molecular biology and medicine. The conference aims at bridging the computational, mathematical, statistical, and biological sciences, and bringing together researchers, professionals, students and industrial practitioners from all over the world for interaction and exchange of new developments in all areas of bioinformatics and computational biology. The conference will feature keynote talks by leading scientists in life sciences in the world, presentations of peer-reviewed high-quality research papers, and poster sessions on latest research progress.

Key dates (Extended Abstract)
Submission opens: September 3, 2012
Submission deadline October 7, 2012
Acceptance notification December 9, 2012
Final version due January 9, 2013

For more details about the conference, please visit

URL: http://bioinfo.au.tsinghua.edu.cn/recomb2013/

Contact Person: Fengzhu Sun (fsun@usc.edu)

Monday, September 3, 2012

BioVis 2012 early registration deadline approaching

BioVis 2012 (http://www.biovis.net) promises two full days of exciting talks on cutting-edge research in biological data visualization. The program includes sessions on systems biology and omics data, neurobiology, cellular data and molecular pathways as well as a poster and demo session. A keynote by Christof Koch (Caltech & Allen Brain Institute) and challenges talks by Inna Dubchak (LNBL) and Valerie Daggett (University of Washington) will be among the highlights of the symposium. BioVis 2012 will take place in Seattle, WA on October 14th and 15th as part of the IEEE VisWeek conference.

The early registration deadline is September 7th.
URL: http://www.biovis.net

Contact Person: Nils Gehlenborg (nils@hms.harvard.edu)