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Nominate today for ISCB Officer & Board of Director Positions!

The Nomination Period for ISCB Officers and Board of Directors is Open!

Call for ISCB Board of Directors Nominations Deadline: April 16, 2020
Call for ISCB Officer Nominations Deadline: May 31, 2020


The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is encouraging members to submit nominations for the Society’s leadership - Board of Directors and open Officer positions.  Nominations are submitted at www.iscb.org/nominate (you must login to your membership record to access the nomination form). In all cases, self-nominations will not be accepted.

The 2020 Officer positions to be elected are Secretary and Vice President.  If you know of excellent candidates that meet the eligibility requirements, please be sure to submit your nomination(s). Details of the positions, procedures, requirements, and timeline are available on the ISCB website at: https://www.iscb.org/leadership-nominations-and-elections.

We are looking forward to an active participation by the ISCB membership in the nomination and election process, and we thank you in advance for your qualified nominations.


     
     

Notice of ISCB Official Statements

ISCB would like to stress that personal statements made and opinions held by its members on the COVID-19 pandemic origins, course, and consequences are not official statements of ISCB.  Official ISCB statements may be found within the Society Announcements or Policies and Statements sections of the website - www.iscb.org.  ISCB considers the pandemic a still growing serious global threat to human health that is currently poorly understood. The Society encourages abiding by the continued strong preventive measures and recommends that people follow the advice given by their country's public official directives. ISCB encourages tolerance and believes that it is not helpful to hold any population or individuals accountable for the appearance or progression of the epidemic and urges members to refrain from making any statements in this regard. The Society urges facilitating intensive research on the virus and its associated disease, targeted at prevention and cure, by openly sharing the relevant samples, data, and results globally.

ISCB Buzz: Latest News, Events & Announcements
ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020, Montréal, Canada
 
March 18, 2020, ISCB leadership continues to closely monitor the spread of the COVID-19, assessing multiple possibilities for ISMB 2020 including postponement or holding a virtual conference.
 
 

Opportunities to submit to ISMB 2020:

Call for Abstracts!
Deadline: April 16, 2020
(closes at 11:59 p.m. April 16, Eastern Time Zone)
ISMB 2020 invites abstracts for research that are topical to bioinformatics and computational biology, which is in progress (unpublished, formally Late-Breaking Research) or has been published after January 1, 2019 (previously Highlights Track) for consideration for oral and/or poster presentation.

Call for Tech Talks!
Deadline: May 7, 2020
Take this opportunity to showcase your latest software and/or hardware relevant to the bioinformatics/molecular biology community.

ISCBacademy Webinar Series
Welcome to the ISCBacademy Webinar Series. In conjunction with the communities of special interest (COSIs), select presentations are invited to give a live-streamed talk about their research. Access to the webinar series is complimentary for ISCB members. Nonmembers can join for a fee.
Call for Contributions – CAMDA 2020 Deadline 25 May!
As a full conference track of ISMB 2020, CAMDA puts a spotlight on the successful analysis and integration of the massive data sets now prevalent in the life sciences. This year, the CAMDA scientific committee offers three analysis contests:


  • The Hi-Res Cancer Data Integration Challenge presents clinical and matched molecular profiles, with read level data for individual genomes. Explore non-standard genomes and splicing events for better prognosis!
  • The CMap Drug Safety Challenge presents clinical toxicity results, cellular and molecular responses to hundreds of drugs. Compare and integrate a range of cell line assays to predict the severity of the drug induced liver injury in humans!
  • The Metagenomic Geolocation Challenge presents thousands of city microbiome profiles in the context of climate data. Construct multi-source microbiome fingerprints and predict the ecological nice or exact geographical origin of mystery samples!
Leading scientists present their best methods and analyses. Extended papers are then published in the open access, fully indexed conference proceedings in a special issue of Biology Direct.
The Nominations for ISCB Officers & Board of Directors is Open!

ISCB Board of Directors Nominations Deadline: April 16, 2020
ISCB Officer Nominations Deadline: May 31, 2020

The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is encouraging members to submit nominations for the Society’s leadership - Board of Directors and open Officer positions. Nominations are submitted at www.iscb.org/nominate (you must login to your membership record to access the nomination form). In all cases, self-nominations will not be accepted.
2019 ISCB Wikipedia Competition - Accepting Submissions!
The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) and the Computational Biology taskforce of WikiProject Molecular Biology announce the 9th ISCB Wikipedia Competition: the competition aims to improve the coverage on Wikipedia of any aspect of computational biology. The competition is open to students and trainees at any level either as individuals or as groups.
China Expresses Appreciation to Computational Biology Community
ISCB recently received a letter (click to view letter) from Xuegong Zhang, Ph.D., ISCB Fellow, expressing appreciation to the computational biology community for the quick analysis and research related to COVID-19 from the Chinese community.

Thomas Lengauer, Ph.D, ISCB Fellow, ISCB President, responded to the letter (click to view response) noting that a main goal of ISCB is to promote the necessity of open access research and data sharing. "The research that was performed in the early stages in regards to COVID-19 is a prime example of why data sharing is so important to our research community."

ISCB expresses its sympathy with all those communities affected by the virus. We strongly encourage our community to continue to take the proper preventive measures (tips can be found here.). Access the ISCB COVID-19 Articles and Data Sharing Forum here.
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Don't Miss! Important Deadlines below!
 
ISCB-LA SoIBio BioNetMX 2020 | Oct 25 – 30, 2020 | Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexic Articles deadline: May 01, 2020

Workshops deadline: May 25, 2020

Abstracts deadline: August 24, 2020
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Highlights Deadline: March 26, 2020

Proceedings Deadline: March 26, 2020

Applications Deadline: March 26, 2020
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ISMB 2020
ISCB Press Release on COVID-19, March 18, 2020

ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020, Montréal, Canada

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  ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020, Montréal, Canada
  ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020, Montréal, Canada

 

ISCB leadership continues to closely monitor the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to assess the impact on our annual meeting ISMB 2020. Given the current situation we are assessing multiple possibilities including postponement or holding a virtual conference. We appreciate the patience of our community as we work to come to a decision. We will provide an update to the community on ISMB plans no later than April 9th.

We encourage participants to register. In the event we have to cancel the conference, we will refund all registration fees. If you are planning to book air travel, we recommend that you hold off on booking until a later date, book a refundable ticket, or book a ticket with insurance that covers the cancellation of the event. Most hotel reservations may be canceled up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

For those who have already been accepted or invited to present at ISMB 2020, ISCB is committed to providing you with a platform to present your research. For those considering to submit an abstract or poster, we encourage you to still submit. This will enable ISCB and our communities of special interest (COSI) track leaders to track interest and plan their programs.

ISCB knows how important it is to deliver timely information. Again, we ask for your patience to allow leadership the time to meet and discuss. We will provide an update to the community no later than April 9th.

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Don't Forget to Submit you Research & Become a part of this exciting conference!
Abstract Deadline:
April 16, 11:59 PM ET
CAMDA Extended Deadline:
May 25

The ISMB 2020 scientific program is comprised of abstract submissions and organized thematically in partnership with the ISCB Communities of Special Interest (COSIs). Plan to submit your unpublished or published research to one of the COSI tracks.

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 ISCBacademy Webinar Series
 

ISCBacademy Webinar Series - Revealing Principles of Subcellular RNA Localization by APEX-Seq

ISCB is proud to announce the ISCBacademy Webinar Series. In Partnership with the ISCB Communities of Special Interest (COSIs), these webinars will highlight new and exciting developments in bioinformatics and computational biology.  We would like to extend an invitation to our first webinar, Revealing Principles of Subcellular RNA Localization by APEX-Seq presented by Furqan Fazal, Stanford University, being co-hosted by the RNA Society and iRNA: Integrative RNA Biology COSI.

Join us March 24, 2020 at 11am EDT for this jointly hosted webinar. ISCBacademy is complimenatry for all ISCB members. In partnership with the RNA Society, we are also offering this content complimentary to RNA Society members. Not a Member? You can still join for a nominal fee OR become a member and get this webinar and upcoming ones free!

Click here to register and be sure to visit the ISCBacademy Webinar Series Calendar regularly to stay up to date on our next webinar.

 

 

The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)

The Nomination Period for ISCB Officers and Board of Directors is Open!

The Nomination Period for ISCB Officers and Board of Directors is Open!

Call for ISCB Board of Directors Nominations Deadline: April 16, 2020
Call for ISCB Officer Nominations Deadline: May 31, 2020


The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is encouraging members to submit nominations for the Society’s leadership - Board of Directors and open Officer positions.  Nominations are submitted at www.iscb.org/nominate (you must login to your membership record to access the nomination form). In all cases, self-nominations will not be accepted.

The 2020 Officer positions to be elected are Secretary and Vice President.  If you know of excellent candidates that meet the eligibility requirements, please be sure to submit your nomination(s). Details of the positions, procedures, requirements, and timeline are available on the ISCB website at: https://www.iscb.org/leadership-nominations-and-elections.

We are looking forward to an active participation by the ISCB membership in the nomination and election process, and we thank you in advance for your qualified nominations.


     
     

We can all do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some simple yet highly effective tips for guarding against this virus and others like it, that you can apply at home, at work, and at the conference: 

  • Wash your hands often with water and soap for at least 20 seconds (including between fingers, both palms, thumbs, and fingertips).
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your elbow. (Discard tissues in closed containers.)
  • Do not touch your face or ears.
  • Clean shared surfaces and items
  • If you are ill, stay home and limit contact with others.


 International Society for Computational Biology

China Expresses Appreciation to Computational Biology Community

ISCB recently received a letter (click to view letter) from Xuegong Zhang, Ph.D., ISCB Fellow, expressing appreciation to the computational biology community for the quick analysis and research related to COVID-19 from the Chinese community.

Thomas Lengauer, Ph.D, ISCB Fellow, ISCB President, responded to the letter (click to view response) noting that a main goal of ISCB is to promote the necessity of open access research and data sharing. "The research that was performed in the early stages in regards to COVID-19 is a prime example of why data sharing is so important to our research community."

ISCB expresses its sympathy with all those communities affected by the virus. We strongly encourage our community to continue to take the proper preventive measures (tips can be found here.)

Access the ISCB COVID-19 Articles and Data Sharing Forum here.

 

 

 International Society for Computational Biology

ISCB Congratulates and Introduces the 2020 Class of Fellows!

The ISCB Fellows program was created to honor members who have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics. Begun in 2009, 2020 marks the 11th anniversary of the program. In early December of each year, ISCB has sought Fellow’s nominations from our members, with eligibility restrictions based on selection criteria focused most heavily on the significance of scientific contributions.

We were pleased to receive many outstanding nominations this year, and the Fellows Selection Committee members carefully considered each one. Ultimately, twelve nominees were elected as this year's newest Fellows.

Serafim Batzoglou - 2020 ISCB FellowSerafim Batzoglou, Stanford University, DNAnexus, Illumina, Insitro, for foundational and innovative contributions to computational genomics in both academia and industry, through his visionary research, mentoring of young leaders and his own leadership and service to the community.



Judith Blake - 2020 ISCB FellowJudith Blake, The Jackson Laboratory, for her many contributions to bioinformatics over her distinguished career, most notably the Gene Ontology and the Mouse Genome Databases. These two resources are fundamental pieces of scientific infrastructure serving as foundational tools on which so much of genome-scale science is built.
Mark Borodovsky - 2020 ISCB FellowMark Borodovsky, Georgia Institute of Technology, for his influential research in developing algorithms of genome analysis as well as recognized leadership in education and community development.
Rita Casadio - 2020 ISCB FellowRita Casadio, University of Bologna, as one of the pioneers of machine learning based approaches for predicting protein structures, protein function and the impact of genetic variation. The methods from her group have been highly ranked in international competitions assessing prediction of protein structure (CASP), function (CAFA) and variant impact (CAGI).
Paul Flicek - 2020 ISCB FellowPaul Flicek, EMBL-EBI, as a leading figure in the field of genomics and for his tireless efforts advocating for open data and equal opportunities for women in science, including the Earth BioGenome Project in which he advocates workable data sharing practices.
Osamu Gotoh - 2020 ISCB FellowOsamu Gotoh, Kyoto University, a pioneer in computational biology and an exemplary professional researcher, specifically for his contribution to sequence alignment through the development of what is now known as the Smith-Waterman-Gotoh algorithm. 
Rafael Irizarryo - 2020 ISCB FellowRafael Irizarry, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute / Harvard T.S. Chan School of Public Health, for his pioneering work in expression analysis and development of statistical methods for expression analysis which are some of the most impactful in the entire field. He is one of the leaders of the open-source Bioconductor project since its beginning.
Laxmi Parida - 2020 ISCB FellowLaxmi Parida, IBM, for her breakthrough contributions to algorithms across diverse applications with impact to human health and society through IBM and clients. She was instrumental in the design of the core engine and accuracy of Watson for Genomics offering in precision oncology.
Katherine Pollard - 2020 ISCB FellowKatherine Pollard, Gladstone Institutes, University of California, a world leader in developing statistical models and open-source bioinformatics software for biological big data, with an emphasis on genomics. She has uncovered biomedical knowledge that would be missed without her rigorous computational approaches.
Ben Raphael - 2020 ISCB FellowBen Raphael, Princeton University, as a widely acknowledged leader in the area of computational and mathematical aspects of cancer genomics, with special emphasis on inferring tumor phylogenies.
Zhiping Weng - 2020 ISCB FellowZhiping Weng, University of Massachusetts Medical School, for her seminal contributions to computational biology and bioinformatics, specifically in structural biology (widely-used ZDOCK suite of protein-protein docking algorithms), regulatory genomics (pipelines for analyzing genomic and epigenomic data from ENCODE and PsychENCODE Consortia) and small-RNA biology (piRNAs).
Xuegong Zhang - 2020 ISCB FellowXuegong Zhang, Tsinghua University, for the development of computational methods for analyzing transcriptomic and RNA-seq data including the methods DEGseq, DEsingle, SCRL, scFly, and establishing an influential graduate program, educating a generation of students, and promoting the field of computational biology and bioinformatics in China.
ISCB will be honoring the 2020 Class of Fellows during ISMB 2020 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 12-16.

Congratulations, 2020 Class of ISCB Fellows!
 

 

ISCB-LA SoIBio BioNetMX 2020 | Oct 25 – 30, 2020 | Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico

Submit Research to ISCB-LA

You can be part of the 2020 ISCB-LA SoIBio BioNetMX Conference. The conference is now accepting submissions for workshop and tutorials, articles for oral presentation, and abstracts for oral and poster presentation.

 
 
Call for Workshops
Deadline: May 25, 2020

We invite scientists and professionals working in the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology to submit high-quality proposals for tutorials, workshops or mini-courses (tutorial program). These sessions can be both full day or half day sessions and will take place on the 25th or 26th of October 2020.

More details and submission criteria
 
WORKSHOP SUBMISSIONS
 
 
Call for Article Submissions
Deadline: May 1, 2020

The Interface Focus Journal has committed to creating a special issue for this conference with up to twelve peer-reviewed articles. Article submissions will close May 1st, giving enough opportunity for authors to prepare their manuscripts. Selected manuscripts will be slated for oral presentation at the conference. 

More details and submission criteria
 
ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS
 
 
Call for Abstract Submissions
Deadline: August 24, 2020

The conference invites abstracts for research that is topical to bioinformatics and computational biology for consideration for oral and/or poster presentation.

Talks and posters will be organized according to scientific topics, which are covered by the conference. Abstracts will be selected for oral or poster presentation on the corresponding session.

Details and submission criteria
 
ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS