Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences (C-SHALS) 


Q: What is C-SHALS?

A: C-SHALS is the Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences. It is a new premier conference presented by the International Society for Computational Biology focused on the pharmaceutical applications of Semantic Technologies. It will serve as a forum for the presentation and discussion of practical semantics-based approaches to Drug R&D, organized along specific topics and moderated to induce interactive discussions around sets of key questions. The conference is intended for anyone interested in understanding how best to apply intelligent information technologies in Pharmaceutical R&D.

Q: What is ISCB?

A: C-SHALS in an official conference of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). ISCB is dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of living systems through computation and organizes annual conferences such as ISMB and Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference. The ISCB communicates the significance of our science to the larger scientific community, governments, and the public at large. The ISCB serves a global membership by impacting government and scientific policies, providing high quality publications and meetings, and through distribution of valuable information about training, education, employment and relevant news from related fields. ISCB membership offers many benefits including reduced conference registration fees to several high impact events and reduced subscription prices for a selection of journals of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. In 2007 ISCB's membership exceeded 2500 for the first time in its ten year history. ISCB's worldwide membership exceeds 2600 computational biologists/bioinformaticists from nearly 50 countries, including over 900 graduate students and more than 300 post doctoral researchers.

Q: Where will C-SHALS be held?

A: C-SHALS 2008 will be held at the Marriott Boston Cambridge Hotel

Marriott Boston Cambridge Hotel
2 Cambridge Center (Broadway & Third Streets)
Cambridge, MA, 02142

Toll free:1-800-228-9290
Direct: 1+617-494-6600

Q: How do I make my hotel reservation?

A: You must book your room directly with the hotel. Details are available here: (

Q: Where is Boston?
A: Boston is on the Eastern coast of the United States in the State of Massachusetts.
Q: Where can I find a map of Boston?

A: The Great Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau has a great web site which includes travel information for visitors to the Boston area.

You can find a Boston map here:

Q: Boston's Logan International Airport
A: For details on Logan International Airport visit:
Q: How do I get from Logan International Aiport to
the conference hotel?
A:You can take a taxi from the airport. The approximate cost is $30.00. If you are driving to the hotel you can find directions at: