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Friday, November 30, 2012

PLOS Comp Bio Launches Software Collection

The PLOS Computational Biology Software collection launches today, 11/29/12 at 2pm PT, gathering together 7 Software articles and poised to publish more. These papers highlight and describe outstanding open source software of exceptional importance that has been proven to provide new biological insights. These papers are free to reuse, redistribute and modify. Another goal of the collection is to bring recognition to the developers of software. As Andreas Prlić and Hilmar Lapp state in the collection's Editorial, "software and those who develop it are generally underrated by the academic system. This is our effort to bring more recognition to them".

PLOS Computational Biology is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal featuring works of exceptional significance that further our understanding of living systems at all scales through the application of computational methods. It is an official journal of the International Society for Computational Biology.

URL: http://www.ploscollections.org/software

Contact Person: Mei Yan Leung (mleung@plos.org)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

20% off books in Computational and Systems Biology from Cambridge!

Click on the link below to get 20% off best-selling, new and forthcoming titles featured in our new catalogue! Just enter ISCB12 at the checkout!
URL: http://issuu.com/cambridge.org.uk/docs/computational_and_systems_biology_catalogue_2012-2

Contact Person: Cambridge University Press (information@cambridge.org)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

U.S Dept. of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program for MSIs - Up to $50,000 in Follow-on Funding

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is offering faculty and students at Minority Serving Institutions an opportunity to participate in a ten-week summer research team experience at university-based DHS Centers of Excellence as part of its DHS Summer Research Program for Minority Serving Institutions. At the end of the summer, faculty participants are encouraged to apply for up to $50,000 in follow-on funding to continue the research collaboration at their home academic institutions during the following academic year.

More information, including eligibility guidelines and applications forms, can be found at http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/faculty/index.html

Faculty from all science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines are encouraged to apply, including faculty in agricultural sciences, biological/life sciences, computer and information sciences, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, psychology, and social sciences.

While preference is shown to early career faculty, past participants have included both early and later career faculty. The program provides early career faculty with research and funding opportunities that can be advantageous when applying for tenure. The program also provides later career faculty with opportunities to apply their well-developed skill sets to homeland security research problems of vital interest to the nation.

Past faculty and student participants have enjoyed the summer research experience, conducted meaningful research, and made new professional connections, many of which have led to fruitful and ongoing research collaborations and additional funding opportunities. Below please find profiles of some of our former participants.

Please note the upcoming faculty application deadline of January 7, 2013. The faculty application solicits information about faculty research interests and is designed to take little time to complete.

Completed faculty applications and CVs are forwarded to DHS Centers of interest to the faculty to determine if there is a good fit between faculty research interests and those of the Center. If a good fit can be found, the faculty receives assistance from the Center in developing a research proposal. The faculty then selects one or two students to apply the program as part of the summer research team. Team applications are reviewed by DHS and the Centers, with award winners announced beginning in early March.

Please call or email Program Manager Patti Obenour with any questions about the application process, the summer research experience, the follow-on funding opportunity at the end of the summer, and/or any other aspect of the program. Patti can be reached at (865) 574-1447, DHSed@orau.org or patti.obenour@orau.org.
URL: http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/faculty/index.html

Contact Person: Patti Obenour (patti.obenour@orau.org)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New Translational Medicine and Therapeutics Grants and Fellowships

The PhRMA Foundation is now offering Post Doctoral Fellowships and Research Starter Grants to support scientists in the field of Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (TMT). The purpose of the new PhRMA Foundation program is to promote the development and use of experimental and computational methods in an integrative approach towards clinical needs in diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
The application deadline is February 1, 2013 and funding will begin July 1, 2013. For detailed program information visit the website www.phrmafoundation.org.
URL: http://www.phrmafoundation.org/

Contact Person: Eileen Cannon (ecannon@phrmafoundation.org)

Friday, November 9, 2012

computational biology programs at the Simons Institute in Berkeley

The newly created Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley has recently posted the following announcements:

1. Details of programs for academic year 2013-14: http://simons.berkeley.edu
[See in particular the program on \\\"Evolutionary Biology and the Theory of Computing\\\" in Spring 2014: http://simons.berkeley.edu/program_evolution2014.html]

2. Research Fellow positions (application deadline Jan 15, 2013): http://simons.berkeley.edu/fellows.html
[Opportunities for outstanding junior scientists to spend one or two semesters at the Institute in academic year 2013-14, in connection with one of its programs.]

3. Call for program proposals (deadline Dec 15, 2012): http://simons.berkeley.edu/submit_proposal.html
[An invitation for groups of researchers to submit proposals for programs - typically one semester in length - to run at the Institute during Fall 2014, Spring 2015 or Fall 2015.]

Please follow the links above for details.
URL: http://simons.berkeley.edu

Contact Person: Alistair Sinclair (sinclair@eecs.berkeley.edu)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Novel database PACT-F unifies the knowledge of 100 years of drug research

Novel database unifies the knowledge of 100 years of drug research

More than 5000 scientific publications on clinical trials in humans and preclinical animal trials concerning the bioavailability of drugs have been evaluated.

Emden, Germany (November. 7, 2012) – PharmaInformatic, a German biotech-company has developed a comprehensive knowledge base on bioavailability, which enables the targeted development of new drugs.

Several factors affect the oral bioavailability of drugs. For the first time, these can now be analysed in detail, thanks to a new resource. The new resource, called PACT-F (Preclinical And Clinical Trials Knowledge Base on Bioavailability) unifies the results and experiences of the last hundred years of drug research.

The development of the knowledge base began in 2005. Since then the detailed results and conditions of more than 5000 scientific publications concerning the bioavailability of drugs have been evaluated and integrated into the database.
Each of the 8296 records contains the chemical structure of the investigated drug and up to 17 additional fields, which describe in detail the experimental conditions of the trials (gender, age, health status and number of subjects, genetic differences, the species examined, route of administration, additional medication, method of measurement, drug formulation and further descriptions of the studies).

The knowledge base is a fundamental tool to develop computer models, which can predict the oral bioavailability of new drugs in humans, before clinical trials have to be conducted. This increases the prospects of new drugs and enhances the safety of clinical trials in humans.

Dr Wolfgang Boomgaarden, founder and CEO of PharmaInformatic, says, \\\'Our research is a huge step forward in the area of drug development and will improve the efficiency of clinical trials in humans. Fundamental new findings and conclusions can be derived from the knowledge base which will impact future drug discovery and development.\\\'

Oral bioavailability is one of the most important properties of a drug. If a new drug candidate has low or no oral bioavailability, further drug development will be stopped, because the candidate cannot be absorbed in the body.

Dr. Wolfgang Boomgaarden
Email: presse@pharmainformatic.com, Tel: +49 (0)4921-99 33 60
PharmaInformatic Boomgaarden, Friesenstr. 36, 26721 Emden, Germany


Further detailed information:

Press release as pdf:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PharmaInformati

URL: http://www.pharmainformatic.com/html/pact-f.html

Contact Person: Wolfgang Boomgaarden (presse@pharmainformatic.com)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Petition to protect EU science budget

Dear colleagues,

The discussions at the next summit of the European Union heads of state or government, which is scheduled for 22 and 23 November, will be decisive in determining the EU research budget for the next seven years. Several Member States are demanding severe cuts on the total EU budget and research will have to compete with other policy priorities.

This is a time when we, the scientific community, should act together and make our case to protect research funding, including that of the European Research Council (ERC), from cuts. Decisions will be prepared in discussions among politicians at the national level. All of us must look for opportunities to affect these decisions and send a strong signal to the heads of state or government.

An open letter signed by European Nobel laureates has been published in top European newspapers this week. The impact of this letter will be increased if it is followed by a mobilization of the national scientific communities. To keep the momentum going, an online petition has been launched:


I would like to ask you to sign it and to encourage all your colleagues to do likewise. Note that in the past, less than 30 000 scientists signed the largest petition for a European scientific cause compared to the hundreds of thousands of signatures on petitions from other groups of society. We must do better than that.

This action is coordinated by the Initiative for Science in Europe (ise@i-se.org; www.initiative-science-europe.org), of which EMBO is a member. Please contact Wolfgang Eppenschwandtner, Executive Coordinator of the ISE if you have any questions or suggestions.

URL: http://www.no-cuts-on-research.eu

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