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Contact: Lance Davidow
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Harvard Stem Cell Institute
Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Rubin Lab
Sherman Fairchild G58
7 Divinity Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

Geographical area included: Metropolitan Boston, MA, USA

Leadership Structure: Steering Committee
Lance Davidow,
Norbert Kremer,
Matt Temple

Total Organization Members: 108

Goal/Mission: Bioinformatics and Computer usage in Molecular Biology
History:Founded in approximately 1990 by Mike Cherry, Will Gilbert and Dave Merberg as a support group of academic and biotech molecular biologists using and administering the Genetics Computer Group program suite on DEC Vax computers. Expanded into all phases of bioinformatics including genomics and proteomics and the associated instrumentation and computer hardware.

Monthly informal gatherings. Seminars, workshops and vendor demonstrations scheduled on an ad hoc basis. Serves as knowledge source and mutual support via email.

Last Updated February 11, 2019

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Contact: Russell Schwartz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Geographical area included: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, and Wisconsin

Leadership Structure: * Elodie Ghedin, University of Pittsburgh
* Ping Ma, University of Illinois
* Nicholas Provart, University of Toronto
* Lonnie Welch, Ohio University

Total Organization Members: 500

Goals: The Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium strives to enhance educational opportunities and research infrastructure throughout the region, to make the Great Lakes a world leader in bioinformatics and to facilitate new discoveries in data-intensive biological research.

Based on our experience with similar initiatives, we have defined specific goals. Future Goals for GLBC:

1. Development of Regional Research Center grant proposals to identify central strengths for research centers in the Great Lakes region and to create funded centers for bioinformatics research. This will include teaching, training, and central resources for bioinformatics analysis and development of new methods.

2. Creating a Great Lakes focused scholarship and training investment; seeking resources from biotech industry to create clear training and professional path development for student trainees for access to both academic and commercial opportunities in bioinformatics as we see the Great Lakes as a high-value, yet often overlooked target for recruitment, retention and expansion of bioinformatics job opportunities.

Brief history: Over the past decade, there have been 3 independent initiatives that have culminated in this proposal to form the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium. Starting in 2002, there was a Michigan based "Great Lakes Bioinformatics Retreat" that was sponsored and hosted by the Michigan Center for Biological Information (MCBI) a Michigan Life Science Corridor funded initiative led by Dr. Brian Athey. This program held yearly retreats, from 2002-2006, with keynote speakers, and student oral presentations; the locations were primarily in Michigan. There was a board of directors for a proposed Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium that first convened in August, 2004 and consisted of representatives from most of the great lakes bioinformatics programs which are outlined in this proposal. The Consortium did not reach critical mass, and may have been too Michigan-centric; however, there remains a strong interest in regional networking and collaboration and professional engagement.

A second initiative is the Midwest Symposium on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. MSCBB is an ongoing conference series, which held 1-day meetings in Illinois in 2007 and 2008, attracting over 300 attendees. The meetings included keynote speakers, invited talks, and student poster presentations. Merit based student poster awards were given during the meetings. Registration fees were waived, to encourage the participation of students. Future meetings are planned. The MSCBB Chair is Prof. Ping Ma of University of Illinois, and the conference committee consists of faculty from universities in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.

A third initiative was created in Ohio. Ohio researchers, educators and industry leaders collaboratively organized the annual Ohio Collaborative Conferences on Bioinformatics (OCCBIO), with its inaugural meeting in June 2006. In August 2007, the OCCBIO conference leadership formally united to form the Ohio Bioinformatics Consortium; OBC leveraged the existing statewide research community to enhance Ohio’s role in bioinformatics education and research. In May 2008 the consortium was awarded $9M from the University System of Ohio and 12 academic institutions. The funds provide scholarships for five years to hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students who study bioinformatics in universities across the state of Ohio.

The Annual Research Meeting (GLBIO) will be the initial focus of the GLBC. This meeting will serve as an annual meeting for tutorials, oral and poster presentations of new research. The meeting will also serve as an informal communication and networking forum for professional development of members (faculty and students). We believe that by bringing together the Great Lakes bioinformatics community on a regular basis, many new initiatives will be born.

Last Updated November 22, 2017

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Contact: Edward J. Perkins, Ph.D., President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Geographical area included: MidSouth region of the US. This includes the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

Leadership Structure: Board of Directors
Andy Perkins Ph.D., President
Board Member through 2015, Department of Computer Science, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

Chaoyang Zhang Ph.D., President-Elect
Board Member through 2016, The School of Computing, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

Ed J. Perkins, Ph.D., Past President
Board Member through 2014, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Vicksburg, MS

Dennis Burian Ph.D., Treasurer
Board Member Research Scientist, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, FAA, Oklahoma City, OK

Debra Knisley Ph.D., Secretary
Board Member through 2015, Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Jianlin (Jack) Cheng, Ph.D.,
Board Member through 2014, Department of Computer Science, University of Missouri, Columbia MO

Jonathan Wren, Ph.D., Editor MCBIOS Proceedings,
Board Member through 2016, Oklahoma Memorial Research Foundation, Oklahoma City OK

Rakesh Kaundal, Ph.D.,
Board Member through 2015 Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Cesar Compadre, Ph.D. ,
Board member through 2016 Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock AR

Roger Perkins
Board Member thru 2016 Program Director, Information Tech and Bioinformatics Contract, National Center for Toxicology Research, FDA. Director, Bioinformatics Division, Z-Tech Corporation, Jefferson, AR

Total Organization Members: 0

Goals: The mission of the MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society (MCBIOS) is to foster networking and collaboration, and promote the professional development of our members.

And as stated in the bylaws, we seek to advance the understanding of bioinformatics and computational biology, bring together scientists of various backgrounds and disciplines, facilitate the collaboration of researchers with similar or complementary backgrounds to solve biological, health, and/or medical problems, promote education, inform the general public on the results and implications of current research, and promote other activities that will contribute to the development of bioinformatics and computational biology. The Society will especially support, encourage, and mentor our Student Members.

Brief history: MCBIOS was formed in 2003 and holds a scientific conference annually, sponsored by one of the member state BIOS organizations.

2003 Little Rock, AR "Building Networks"
2004 Little Rock, AR "Bioinformatics: A Systems Approach"
2006 Baton Rouge LA "Bioinformatics: A Calculated Discovery"
2007 New Orleans LA "Computational Frontiers in Biomedicine"
2008 Oklahoma City OK "Systems Biology - Bridging the Omics"
2009 Starkville, MS "Transformational Bioinformatics: Delivering Value from Genomes"
2010 Jonesboro, AR "Bioinformatics: Systems, Biology, Informatics and Computation"
2011 College Station, TX "Computational Biology and Bioinformatics for a New Decade"
2012 Oxford, MS “Making Sense of the Omics Data Deluge”
2013 Columbia, MO “Discovery in a Sea of Data”
2014 Stillwater, OK "Connecting the Dots"

Upcoming Activities: The Twelfth Annual MCBIOS Conference will be held in Little Rock Arkansas, Spring of 2015.

Publications: The Proceedings of the MCBIOS Conferences are published annually in a special issue of BMC Bioinformatics.

Last Updated June 25, 2018

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Contact: Cedric Chauve (Department of Mathematics, SFU
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Mailing address:
c/o Stefanie Butland
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver BC
V5Z 4H4

Geographical area included: British Columbia Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island

Leadership Structure: Stefanie Butland / Francis Ouellette / Ryan Brinkman / Stephen Montgomery

Total Organization Members: 150

Goals: VanBUG (Vancouver Bioinformatics Users Group) is an association of researchers, other professionals and students in the B.C. Lower Mainland who have an interest in the field of bioinformatics.Through monthly presentations we present our work, ask questions,
share ideas, tips and tricks.
Brief history: VanBUG is an original idea from Ryan Brinkman and Stefanie Butland in 2001. This site is designed and maintained by Scott McMillan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) based on original ideas from Ryan, Stefanie and Francis Ouellette, and the added support of Stephen Montgomery.

Monthly meetings are scheduled and displayed at www.vanbug.org/meetings/ and have attracted such luminaries as Lincoln Stein, John Quackenbush, Sean Eddy and Nat Goodman.

Last Updated November 22, 2017

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