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ISCB News and Announcements

  • ECCB 2020, August 31 – Sept 08, 2020, Virtual Conference
  • RSG with DREAM 2020, Nov 16 - 19, 2020, Virtual ISCB Event
  • ISMB/ECCB 2021, July 25 - 29, 2021, Lyon, France
  • ISCB-LA SoIBio BioNetMX 2020, Oct 28 – 29, 2020, Virtual Symposium
  • Applied Statistical Modelling and Health Informatics PG Cert, King’s College London
ISCB-LA SoIBio BioNetMX Virtual Symposium,  October 28 - 29, 2020
 

Submit to ISCB LA

You can be part of the ISCB-Latin America SoIBio BioNetMX Symposium on Bioinformatics 2020. Submit your research today.
 
Call for Workshop and Tutorial Submissions
Deadline: July 30, 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) to take place virtually as part of ISCB-Latin America SoIBio BioNetMX 2020.

The Workshop and Tutorial sessions aim to provide an opportunity to discuss current and emergent topics on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. These sessions can be both 8 hour sessions over the course of both days or 4 hour sessions on one day and will take place on the 26th or 27th of October 2020.

More details and submission criteria

WORKSHOP & TUTORIAL SUBMISSIONS
 
 

More Submission Opportunities:

Article Submission to ISCB-LA Deadline: August 1, 2020
Flash Talk and Poster Only Submission Deadline: August 20, 2020
Article Submission to Royal Society Deadline: August 30, 2020

More details and submission criteria

ARTICLE, FLASH TALK, & POSTER SUBMISSIONS
 

 

 ISCBacademy Webinar Series
 
Mark your calendars for July 21, 2020!
 
Please use the link below to find more information or to register for:
 

July 21, 2020 at 11:00AM EDT, Pooled CRISPR screens with imaging on microRaft arrays reveals stress granule-regulatory factors by Emily Wheeler, hosted by iRNA COSI and the RNA Society

Genetic screens using pooled CRISPR-based approaches are scalable and inexpensive, but restricted to standard readouts including survival, proliferation and sortable markers. However, many biologically relevant cell states involve cellular and subcellular changes that are only accessible by microscopic visualization, and are currently impossible to screen with pooled methods. Here we combine pooled CRISPR/Cas9 screening with microRaft array technology and high-content imaging to screen image-based phenotypes (CRaft-ID; CRISPR-based microRaft, followed by gRNA Identification). By isolating microRafts that contain genetic clones harboring individual guide RNAs, we identify RNA binding proteins (RBPs) that influence the formation of stress granules, punctate protein-RNA assemblies, that form during stress. To automate hit identification, we developed a machine-learning model trained on nuclear morphology to remove unhealthy cells or imaging artifacts. In doing so, we identified and validated previously uncharacterized RBPs that modulate stress granule abundance, highlighting the applicability of our approach to facilitate image-based pooled CRISPR screens. 

Register for an ISCB Webinar
 
 

 

ISMB 2020
 
Day 3, July 15, 2020 Highlights & Recap
ISMB 2020 - July 13 - 16, 2020
Registration Fellowship Award to ECCB2020
ISCB is please to offer registration fellowship award to the upcoming ECCB2020 virtual conference. The application is now open to ALL ISCB members. Visit https://eccb2020.info/attendance-waiver-fellowship/ to learn more.
 
Final Hours to Cast Your Ballot!
ISCB Election - Polls are Open!  Vote Now
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Day 4: Highlights & Recap

Well that's a virtual wrap! The final day of ISMB 2020 has come to a close and what a great ending it was! Thank you to all who joined us in this virtual realm to make ISMB 2020 such a success!

The final day of the conference opened with the introduction of ISCB's 2020 Class of Fellows. Congratulations to:
 
Serafim Batzoglou, DNAnexus

Judith Blake, The Jackson Laboratory

Mark Borodovsky, Georgia Institute of Technology

Rita Casadio, University of Bologna

Paul Flicek, EMBL-EBI

Osamu Gotoh, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Rafael Irizarryo, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute / Harvard T.S. Chan School of
Public Health

Laxmi Parida, IBM

Katherine Pollard, Gladstone Institutes

Ben Raphael, Princeton University

Zhiping Weng, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Xuegong Zhang, Tsinghua University



The morning's science began with the Conference Honorary Chair, David Sankoff introducing ISMB Distinguished Keynote Laxmi Parida, IBM, who gave an engaging presentation on Combinatorics, Statistics and Topology enabling Genomics resulting in a lively Q&A period.

Laxmi Parida, PhD,  IBM Jian Peng, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



The day continued with attendees hopping their way through the many fascinating and relevant special sessions, tracks and channel options.

Introduced by Ron Shamir, the ISCB Awards Committee Chair was the final Keynote of the conference, ISCB Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist Award Keynote, Steven L. Salzberg, Johns Hopkins University. His energetic and fascinating talk focused on Bioinformatics and genomics: a virtuous cycle driven by technology and ended after a dynamic and engaging Q&A period.

ISCB Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist Award Keynote, Steven L. Salzberg, Johns Hopkins University Laxmi Parida, PhD,  IBM

 

The final day of ISMB 2020 was brought to a close with the Conference Awards Presentations. Congratulations to all the award winners!
Congratulations to all the ISMB 2020 award winners!


COSI Session recaps

Check out the many highlights from some of the COSI Track sessions that occurred during ISMB 2020:

TransMed COSI
TransMed COSI of this year started with a very insightful keynote talk by Jason H. Moore discussing the 20 Challenges of AI in Medicine. Dr. Moore reviewed and summarised the challenges in (medical) data and machine learning methods and recommended the areas and directions of how these challenges could be tackled in the future. He emphasised that the purpose of discussion these challenges is to raise the awareness and to encourage more research in the area.

The proceedings talks as well as the talks selected from the abstracts covered different methodologies, especially machine learning and their applications in different translational medicine areas including different types of diseases (cancer, Covid-19), seasonal biological patterns, drug response, singling networks, genotype-phenotype associations, pathways and health and lifespan in humans.

Our COSI session closed with another great keynote talk by Atul Butte on "Precisely Practicing Medicine from 700 Trillion Points of Data". Prof Butte highlighted the many freely available data resources currently existing that are still not being exploited to their full potential, including chemical information, clinical trial results and electronic health records. He advocated for the development of methods to effectively mine such datasets to extract clinically meaningful information, and discussed multiple success stories where his initial exploration of the data was converted into multi-million dollar start-ups. The impressive electronic health record database built by his group at UCSF is demonstrating the potential of such resources in predicting disease onset, evolution and outcome. Prof Butte emphasised the importance of maximising the use of data and technologies beyond scientific publications, and the fact that entrepreneurial initiatives are crucial to drive research endeavours towards societal impact.

Though it was a virtual event, we had wonderful session with existing talks and nice discussion!

SysMod COSI
SysMod discussed various modeling techniques, including flux balance analysis, machine learning, and logical modeling, and their application to a multitude of biological systems. The three keynote talks focused on modeling cytokine responses, translation of observations from mouse to humans, and modeling approaches for drug discovery. Ph.D. students and postdocs gave several exciting discussions thriving to integrate more omics data to improve mechanistic understanding.

EvolCompGen COSI
The Evolution and Comparative Genomics (EvolCompGen) COSI track at ISMB2020 featured a stimulating mix of proceedings and contributed talks on wide variety of topics, befitting the central role of evolution in the biological sciences. The talks touched on timescales as short as those for viral epidemics and the progression of cancer to those as long as the complete history of life on Earth Computational topics included species tree estimation, phylogenetic tree comparison, modeling protein sequence evolution, and reconstructing genome rearrangements. If you would like to stay in touch with the EvolCompGen COSI, make sure to update your ISCB member profile by adding this COSI to your Interest Areas, and follow the COSI on twitter @EvolComp.

iRNA COSI
The iRNA COSI had a successful and lively meeting, with four invited keynotes, a live and animated panel discussion on long read RNA-seq, 18 talks from abstracts and 5 proceedings talks. Despite the difficulty in organizing such an event virtually, the iRNA COSI carried out a successful interactive poster session with presenters in breakout rooms and participants visiting rooms, leading to stimulating discussions with up to 6-7 people. The iRNA COSI covered wide topics of interest for RNA computational biologists such as transcriptomics (including a keynote presentation by Ana Conesa), noncoding RNA biology, RNA metabolism (with a keynote from Athma Pai), RNA alignments and structure prediction (with a keynote presentation from Jérôme Waldispühl) and RNA subcellular localization (with a keynote from Éric Lécuyer).

CAMDA COSI
Virtual CAMDA 2020 took off to a full house, with the almost 200 delegates likely grateful that they didn't have to cram into a real room, while reducing their carbon footprint by 100 tons of carbon dioxide. Opening the session, former NSF director Prof. Rita Colwell show-cased in her keynote on cholera the power of multi-level analyses ranging from microbial meta-genomics via public health to climate-scale effects, which was followed by a variety of contributions by CAMDA delegates dissecting the interactions of urban microbial meta-genomics and ecological climate niches. Daena Farber's Aedin Culhane started the second day of CAMDA with a much-anticipated keynote on cancer single-cell -omics data-integration and factor analyses, giving a practical tour de force of current algorithmic alternatives, which was followed by contributions of CAMDA delegates on challenging cancer data sets and drug safety predictions. While the traditional real-world CAMDA dinner was sorely missed this time, as every year, the last session closed with a ceremony where promising young scientists accepted the treasured CAMDA Awards, which was nicely put into context by Joaquin Dopazo marking the CAMDA 2000-2020 anniversary with a perspective of how the 'Critical Assessment of Massive Data Analysis' pioneered the crowd-sourcing of science, showing the way with open ended questions in scientific data analysis competitions, which naturally segued into Wenzhong Xiao leading a discussion of current challenges in Big Data analyses for CAMDA 2021 and beyond - join us and help shape the next competitions at www.camda.info!

Education COSI
The Workshop on Education in Bioinformatics (WEB) led off our education program Monday afternoon with a series of talks followed by group discussion and activities centered on the timely topic of moving education and training online. The Education COSI track on Tuesday then presented a broader full-day program on education in computational biology and bioinformatics with a selection of invited and contributed talks. The program included keynote talks by Bérénice Batut on building an infrastructure for comprehensive and current bioinformatics training and by Rafael Irizarry on online data science education, as well as a series of short talks on a educational experiences and strategies covering a diverse array of training environments, cohorts, and objectives.

MICROBIOME COSI
The well-attended MICROBIOME COSI track featured inspiring keynotes by Niranjan Nagarajan and Amy Willis, highlighting the value of long-read sequencing for strain-level genome recovery and approaches to reduce biases in microbial abundance estimates. Talks about the second round of benchmarking challenges organized by CAMI, the Initiative for the Critical Assessment of Metagenome Interpretation, highlighted current challenges for the field.

Bioinfo-core COSI
The bioinfo-core COSI held a virtual session exploring both present and perennial topics, including spatial transcriptomics, single cell analysis, bioinformatic capacity building, and mentoring and management of bioinformatics cores. In small breakout groups, participants were able to meet colleagues from diverse cores, functions and backgrounds and discuss these topics in greater depth. The discussions were presented to the room and we look forward to our upcoming café connect zoom meetup for further sharing and brainstorming. Please see our wiki for more details, slides and notes. (http://bioinfo-core.org/)

JPI COSI
The Junior PI COSI had two enjoyable meetups via Café Connect with our fellow new investigators. JPI discussions continue during the year as a channel within the @NewPISlack – a peer support network with over 2,000 other new principal investigators. We encourage all junior faculty and group leaders in the ISCB community to connect (https://newpislack.wordpress.com).

RegSys COSI
The two days of RegSys attracted a large number of participants, with an average of 130 attendees at any given time attending each of our six sessions. We enjoyed exciting keynote talks from Wyeth Wasserman, Sara Mostafavi, Dana Pe’er, Francesca Luca, Christina Leslie, and Quaid Morris, three proceedings papers, and eleven contributed talks. Our sessions in Day 1 focused on advances in the application of interpretable deep learning approaches to problems in regulatory genomics, new methods for understanding 3D chromatin organization, innovative approaches for comparing regulatory programs across species, and advances in inferring regulatory relationships from single cell data types. Keynotes and contributed talks demonstrated cutting-edge developments in the use of neural networks for interpreting and predicting transcription factor DNA-binding sites in high resolution across cell types and species. The keynotes in particular gave wonderful overviews of progress in regulatory genomics over the past decade, while simultaneously spurring thought and discussion about future directions in the field. Day 2 focused on linking regulatory genetic variants to human diseases and phenotypes, with several talks characterizing regulatory genomic signals that explain cancer phenotypes. Presentations illustrated the power of characterizing regulatory variants in large populations of individuals or single cells, demonstrating that new technologies are enabling the detection of regulatory variants that explain complex traits. Our keynote speakers gave inspiring talks showing how to leverage large collections of regulatory genomics data to generate better understanding of the regulatory programs driven by DNA- and RNA-binding proteins. We had a very enjoyable virtual program overall, with well-attended Café Connect sessions spurring stimulating discussions.

Text Mining COSI
At the Text Mining COSI, keynote speaker Dr. Cathy Wu discussed her research into knowledge discovery through integrating literature mining, data mining and semantic computing. Keynote speaker Dr. Russ Altman explored advancing understanding of drug actions through mining literature and social media to support drug respositioning and analyze adverse effects. A frequent theme for both session talks and posters was applying deep learning methods to biomedical literature and social media for text classification, entity recognition and relation extraction, with additional themes in best practices for preparing text datasets for text mining - or even a single article before publication. The COVID-19 panel included demonstrations and discussions of four systems automating aspects of evidence gathering, establishing mechanisms and exploring SARS-CoV-2 related literature and social media.

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Conference Attendee Resources - Post ISMB 2020:

Jobs Board
Still looking for that perfect candidate or position? All ISMB 2020 job postings will now be accessible via the ISCB Career Center plus so many more resources.

ISCB Membership
ENJOY ISMB? Why not enjoy all year long? Keep enjoying the science, networks made, career growth and become an ISCB member today!

Bioinformatics Bazaar

Don't forget to visit the Bioinformatics Bazaar, the conference attendee grab bag of crowd-sourced products, services, and tools.
 
OnDemand Talks - How to access
Below is a quick how to video to help you access all the on-demand content - we ask for your patience as we work to process today's content and place it into the system for on-demand access. Please remember: you will have access to this platform and all of the scientific content until the end of October. Thank you in advance for your understanding and PATIENCE.
 

ISMB2020 - On Demand Content Tutorial
How to access OnDemand content

 
 

Thank you for making Virtual ISMB 2020 such a success!
We look forward to welcoming you to Lyon next year!


ISMB ECCB 2021, Lyon, July 25 - 29, 2021

 19th European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB2020)
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ISMB 2020
Thursday, July 16
ISMB 2020 - July 13 - 16, 2020
 
ISCB Election - Polls are Open!  Vote Now
 

Today @ ISMB 2020

Let your curiosity take over, discover the latest research in the field and get ready to connect, collaborate, and engage!
 
 
Highlights & Reminders
 
07:45 AM Posters available for viewing
   
09:30 AM Introduction of ISCB 2020 Fellows
ISMB 2020 Distinguished Keynote: Laxmi Parida
   
10:40 AM COSI Track Presentations:
3DSIG, Bio-Ontologies, HiTSeq, RegSys, General Comp Bio Talks, CompMS, NetBio
   
10:40 AM Special Presentations:
COVID-19
Is Computational Biology contributing to the climate crisis?
   
12:50 PM Hackathon Presentations - Channel 1
   
02:00 PM ISCB Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist Award Keynote:
Steven L. Salzberg
   
03:20 PM Special Presentations:
SS06 Interpreting the Lipidome – Approaches to Embrace the Complexity
SS07 The Brain Initiative Cell Census Network
   
06:00 PM: Awards Presentations and Closing Remarks - Channel 1
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Special Issue
Bioinformatics Featuring ISMB 2020

Bioinformatics Featuring ISMB 2020

Cafe Connect

Connect with your COSI for networking opportunities. Click on your COSI image to access networking rooms. If you want to just grab a room with a friend, go to Cafe Connect Open Table.

Virtual Art Exhibit
Find the Beauty in Science and pursue the amazing submissions to the 2020 Art in Science Competition, including the top three winners announced at the ISCB Town Hall. Interested in finding the art in science? Submit next year!

Bioinformatics Bazaar
Don't forget to visit the Bioinformatics Bazaar, the conference attendee grab bag of crowd-sourced products, services, and tools.

Jobs Board
Looking for that perfect candidate? Looking for a job? Look no further than the ISMB 2020 Jobs Board.
 
Accessing Talks
To access any session of your choice, please go to "Watch Now" and select the Channel for that specific Track..
 

ISMB2020 - On Demand Content Tutorial
How to access OnDemand content

 
Patience is a virtue
We ask for your patience as we work to process the previous days content and place it into the system for on-demand access. It is no easy task to process more than 300 talks and we are working as quickly as possible to get this done. REMEMBER: you will have access to this platform and all of the scientific content until the end of October. Thank you in advance for your understanding and PATIENCE.
 
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Thank you to our sponsors!
 
Silver Sponsors
 
NIH Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) Harvard Medical School - The Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) in the Blavatnik Institute
 
Copper Sponsors
Janssen Immunology Great Lakes Bioinformatics (GLBIO) conference
   
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Conference Exhibitors
 

The International Society for Computational Biology

ISCB Student Council GOBLET, the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training
 
NIH Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS)
     
 
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Montréal food - FINAL DAY!

We know you are missing the regional cuisine of the Quebec province of Canada and Montreal. Join us in celebrating Montreal cuisine by showing us your own dish inspired by favorite dishes that will change daily.



Post your photos on social media using these hashtags #ISMB2020 and #ISMB2020virtualeats and tag @iscb and @meetmontreal for today's smokey challenge!

https://www.mtl.org/en/experience/where-eat-smoked-meat

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Exploring Montréal from Home

It’s sad that we cannot be gathered together in Montreal to experience the city, our science, and see our friends and colleagues. To help ease the pain, Tourisme Montréal has compiled a list of some of the best online activities, including virtual city tours, music, games and more which feature the city. ISMB will be going back to Montreal in 2024 but until then, enjoy these activities.
 

 
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ISMB 2020
 
Day 3, July 15, 2020 Highlights & Recap
ISMB 2020 - July 13 - 16, 2020
DAY 3: Highlights & Recap
 
Day three of the conference kicked into high gear with Conference Co-chair, Shoshana Wodak awarding the ISCB Overton Award to the third keynote of the conference, Jian Peng, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His engaging presentation focused on Machine learning for structural and functional genomics resulting in a lively Q&A period.
Jian Peng, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Jian Peng, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The day then dove right back into the many sessions, tracks and channel options.


Lunch & Learn
The Black Women in Computational Biology Network held today's Lunch and Learn where conference attendees learned about its founding, mission and were able to participate in a lively discussion.

Two New NIH ODSS Awards
RFA-OD-20-013 - RADx-UP Coordination and Data Collection Center (CDCC) (U24 Clinical Trial Optional)

  • description as per the FOA: "NIH is issuing this FOA in response to the declared public health emergency issued by the Secretary, HHS, for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This emergency cooperative agreement funding opportunity announcement (FOA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides an expedited funding mechanism as part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics-Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) initiative, a consortium of community-engaged research projects to understand factors that have led to disproportionate burden of the pandemic on the underserved and/or vulnerable populations so that interventions can be implemented to decrease these disparities. This FOA seeks to fund a single Coordination and Data Collection Center (CDCC) as an integral part of the consortium."
  • Letters of intent were due July 8 but as per Dr. Brennan some flexibility in NIH due dates will be acceptable due to COVID-19.
  • See also corrections in NOT-OD-20-140, including changes to total amounts awarded: "NIH intends to commit up to $80 Million over four years to fund one award."

The Artificial Intelligence for BiomedicaL Excellence (AIBLE) program - more details here.

  • This program will produce "Rubrics that allow evaluation of datasets (and plans to generate datasets) for ML-readiness, Tools to accelerate the creation of ML-ready data sets (intelligent annotators, metadata-filling instruments), Infrastructure to host, disseminate, and promote tools and datasets, and a group of ethically sourced, clean and available AI-ready datasets."
  • This is a broad initiative planned to last 7 years.

Virtual Art Exhibit
Find the Beauty in Science and pursue the amazing submissions to the 2020 Art in Science Competition, including the top three winners announced at the ISCB Town Hall.

Virtual Poster Hall

Be sure to peruse the Virtual Poster Hall. All posters were pre-recorded along with a PDF of the poster to view. If you have questions about specific posters, review the schedule for when presenters will be available for live Q&A here.

Bioinformatics Bazaar
Don't forget to visit the Bioinformatics Bazaar, the conference attendee grab bag of crowd-sourced products, services, and tools.

Jobs Board
Looking for that perfect candidate? Looking for a job? Look no further than the ISMB 2020 Jobs Board.
 
OnDemand Talks - How to access
Below is a quick how to video to help you access all the on-demand content.
 

ISMB2020 - On Demand Content Tutorial
How to access OnDemand content

 
 

Patience is a virtue
We ask for your patience as we work to process the previous days content and place it into the system for on-demand access. It is no easy task to process more than 300 talks and we are working as quickly as possible to get this done. REMEMBER: you will have access to this platform and all of the scientific content until the end of October. Thank you in advance for your understanding and PATIENCE.

Green ISCB: ISCB Groves
ISCB, in partnership with All Things Small and Green and Trees for Life, has set up its first grove of native trees, the ISCB 2020 grove, to offset carbon emissions caused by ISCB activities such as those emitted during the conferences, workshop or panel meetings that it organizes. With this grove, ISCB members are also offered a simple and convenient way to offset their own carbon emissions such as those incurred during traveling to ISCB conferences or workshops. We welcome you to join us as we work towards healing our environment.

ISCB Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Survey
To update your member profile and complete the ISCB EDI survey, please follow the following steps:

  1. Click on the My ISCB tab once you have signed into the ISCB website
  2. Click on "edit" then immediately "update your profile" button above your profile image
  3. Choose the Membership Record tab from the Edit Your Details section
  4. Scroll down and update the ethnicity section making sure to click the blue Update section when finished.


Cheat-Sheet Section


To access any session of your choice, please go to "Watch Now" and select the Channel for that specific Track. When in doubt, always refresh (F5)!

 
Cast Your Ballot - Polls close Thursday, July 16!
. ISCB Election - Polls are Open!  Vote Now
 
See you all tomorrow for the final day of ISMB 2020!

     

ISMB 2020
Wednesday, July 15
ISMB 2020 - July 13 - 16, 2020
 
ISCB Election - Polls are Open!  Vote Now
 

Today @ ISMB 2020

Let your curiosity take over, discover the latest research in the field and get ready to connect, collaborate, and engage!
 
 
Highlights & Reminders
 
07:45 AM Posters available for viewing
   
09:30 AM ISCB Overton Prize Award Keynote: Jian Peng
   
10:40 AM COSI Track Presentations:
3DSIG, Bio-Ontologies, HiTSeq, RegSys, BioVis, CompMS, Microbiome, NetBio, TransMed, VarI
   
01:15 PM Lunch & Learn:
The Black Women in Computational Biology Network
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Cafe Connect
Connect with your COSI for networking opportunities. Click on your COSI image to access networking rooms. If you want to just grab a room with a friend, go to Cafe Connect Open Table.

ioinformatics Bazaar
Don't forget to visit the Bioinformatics Bazaar, the conference attendee grab bag of crowd-sourced products, services, and tools.

Jobs Board
Looking for that perfect candidate? Looking for a job? Look no further than the ISMB 2020 Jobs Board.
 
OnDemand Talks - How to access
Below is a quick how to video to help you access all the on-demand content.
 

ISMB2020 - On Demand Content Tutorial
How to access OnDemand content

 
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Thank you to our sponsors!
 
Silver Sponsors
 
NIH Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) Harvard Medical School - The Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) in the Blavatnik Institute
 
Copper Sponsors
Janssen Immunology Great Lakes Bioinformatics (GLBIO) conference
   
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Conference Exhibitors
 

The International Society for Computational Biology

ISCB Student Council GOBLET, the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training
 
NIH Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS)
     
 
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Montréal food

We know you are missing the regional cuisine of the Quebec province of Canada and Montreal. Join us in celebrating Montreal cuisine by showing us your own dish inspired by favorite dishes that will change daily.



Post your photos on social media using these hashtags #ISMB2020 and #ISMB2020virtualeats and tag @iscb and @meetmontreal for today's Poutine challenge!

https://www.mtl.org/en/experience/la-poutine-week

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Exploring Montréal from Home

It’s sad that we cannot be gathered together in Montreal to experience the city, our science, and see our friends and colleagues. To help ease the pain, Tourisme Montréal has compiled a list of some of the best online activities, including virtual city tours, music, games and more which feature the city. ISMB will be going back to Montreal in 2024 but until then, enjoy these activities.
 

 
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ISMB 2020
 
Day 2, July 14, 2020 Highlights & Recap
ISMB 2020 - July 13 - 16, 2020
Day 2: Highlights & Recap
 
What a day! Thomas Lengauer kicked off the day after the morning welcome with the presentation of the ISCB Outstanding Contributions Award to Judith Blake, PhD, Professor, The Jackson Laboratory. Congratulations!


Highlights

The conference continued right into the science with the awarding of the ISCB innovator Award to the second keynote of the conference's Xiaole Shirley Liu, PhD, Professor, Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her dynamic presentation focused on Computational modeling of tumor immunity.
Xiaole Shirley Liu, PhD, Professor, Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Xiaole Shirley Liu, PhD, Professor, Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The day then dove right back into the many sessions, tracks and channel options.


NIH/ODSS Special Track
The NIH/OD Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) held a full day of cutting edge research presentations and plenty of intense and interactive discussions.

Lunch & Learn
F1000Research held the first Lunch and Learn of the conference focusing on Innovative Open Access publishing for software tools and beyond. The talk give an introduction to the F1000Research publishing platform, how the open publishing model works and how we’ve collaborated with various Bioinformatics communities to ensure the platform is somewhere easy and effective to publish articles on software.

Virtual Poster Hall
Be sure to peruse the Virtual Poster Hall. All posters were pre-recorded along with a PDF of the poster to view. If you have questions about specific posters, review the schedule for when presenters will be available for live Q&A here.

Bioinformatics Bazaar
Don't forget to visit the Bioinformatics Bazaar, the conference attendee grab bag of crowd-sourced products, services, and tools.

Jobs Board
Looking for that perfect candidate? Looking for a job? Look no further than the ISMB 2020 Jobs Board.
 
OnDemand Talks - How to access
Below is a quick how to video to help you access all the on-demand content.
 

ISMB2020 - On Demand Content Tutorial
How to access OnDemand content

 
 
Cheat-Sheet Section

To access any session of your choice, please go to "Watch Now" and select the Channel for that specific Track. When in doubt, always refresh (F5)!
 
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See you all tomorrow for another exciting and engaging day!

     

ISMB 2020
Tuesday, July 14
ISMB 2020 - July 13 - 16, 2020
 
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Today @ ISMB 2020

Let your curiosity take over, discover the latest research in the field and get ready to connect, collaborate, and engage!

Accessing Talks
To access any session of your choice, please go to "Watch Now" and select the Channel for that specific Track.

Cafe Connect
Connect with your COSI for networking opportunities. Click on your COSI image to access networking rooms. If you want to just grab a room with a friend, go to Cafe Connect Open Table.
 
 
Highlights & Reminders
 
07:45 AM Posters available for viewing
   
09:30 AM ISMB Distinguished Keynote: Xiaole Shirley Liu
   
10:40 AM COSI Track Presentations:
CAMDA, Function / CAFA, iRNA, MLCSB, Education, EvolCompGen, SysMod
   
10:40 AM Special Track:
NIH/OD Office of Data Science Strategy
   
10:40 AM Special Sessions
SST03: Bioinformatics of Corals
   
01:15 PM Lunch & Learn:
F1000 Research – Innovative Open Access publishing for software tools & beyond
   
02:00 PM Special Sessions
SST04: SCANGEN: Single-cell cancer genomics
SST05: HuBMAP: Integrating genomics, imaging and mass-spectrometry to construct single-cell human tissue maps
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Thank you to our sponsors!
 
Silver Sponsors
 
NIH Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) Harvard Medical School - The Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) in the Blavatnik Institute
 
Copper Sponsors
Janssen Immunology Great Lakes Bioinformatics (GLBIO) conference
   
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Conference Exhibitors
 

The International Society for Computational Biology

ISCB Student Council GOBLET, the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training
 
NIH Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS)
     
 
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Montréal food

We know you are missing the regional cuisine of the Quebec province of Canada and Montreal. Join us in celebrating Montreal cuisine by showing us your own dish inspired by favorite dishes that will change daily.



Post your photos on social media using these hashtags #ISMB2020 and #ISMB2020virtualeats and tag @iscb and @meetmontreal for each day’s challenge!

https://www.mtl.org/en/experience/sugaring-around-montreal
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Exploring Montréal from Home

It’s sad that we cannot be gathered together in Montreal to experience the city, our science, and see our friends and colleagues. To help ease the pain, Tourisme Montréal has compiled a list of some of the best online activities, including virtual city tours, music, games and more which feature the city. ISMB will be going back to Montreal in 2024 but until then, enjoy these activities.
 

 
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ISMB 2020
 
Day 1, July 13, 2020 Highlights & Recap
ISMB 2020 - July 13 - 16, 2020
Day 1: Highlights & Recap
 
We are off to a good start! A huge thank you to everyone for joining ISMB 2020 from all over the world. Today was a full day of innovation, stellar science and amazing opportunities.

Tech Improvement

And of course, a stellar day could not be complete without a few hiccups so thank you for hanging in there with us as we worked through the technical issued that occurred. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND PATIENCE! Below please take note of our "cheat sheet section" with some helpful hints to navigate the smaller technical problems that arose today and hopefully provide a smoother tomorrow.

Highlights

ISMB 2020 opened with a bang. The conference opening keynote was Elaine Mardis who gave an engaging and enthusiastic keynote address on Computational Analysis in Pediatric Cancer Precision Medicine.

The day then dove right into the new and exciting world of a virtual conference with a vast array of sessions, tracks and channels.

ISCB Town Hall

ISMB marked the largest attended ISCB Town Hall in its history with over 250 attendees joining to hear about the state of ISCB which is strong even in the face of these unprecedented times.
 
Congratulations to all the ISCB Award & Competition Winners:
 
ISCB Student Software Award Winner
Florian Schmidt

TEPIC

ISCB Student Software Prospective Future Impact Award Winner
Robert Ietswaart
GeneWalk

ISCB Art in Science
Dr. Zdenko Herceg, Art of Epigenetics
Mr. Joshua Bugbee, Impact
Dr. Marwan Abdellah, Brain Vasculature

2020 Wikipedia Winners
Diego Mariano, Structural Bioinformatics
Tiago Lubiana, OBO Foucndry & List of OBO Foundry Ontologies
Darko Durovski, Transcriptomics
 
 
Green ISCB: ISCB Groves

ISCB, in partnership with All Things Small and Green and Trees for Life, has set up its first grove of native trees, the ISCB 2020 grove, to offset carbon emissions caused by ISCB activities such as those emitted during the conferences, workshop or panel meetings that it organizes. With this grove, ISCB members are also offered a simple and convenient way to offset their own carbon emissions such as those incurred during traveling to ISCB conferences or workshops. We welcome you to join us as we work towards healing our environment.
 
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan Announced

ISCB Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee develops ISCB first strategic plan related equity, diversity and Inclusion. The elements of the plan are:

1. Increasing social accountability for change in the Society
2. Obtaining data and developing measures to assess progress
3. Voluntary training: The “ISCB Awareness toolkit”
4. Recruitment initiative
5. Mentoring

More information will be posted to a special section of the ISCB website soon.
 
ISCB Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Survey

To update your member profile and complete the ISCB EDI survey, please follow the following steps:

1. Click on the My ISCB tab once you have signed into the ISCB website
2. Click on "edit" then immediately "update your profile" button above your profile image
3. Choose the Membership Record tab from the Edit Your Details section
4. Scroll down and update the ethnicity section making sure to click the blue Update section when finished.
 
Cheat-Sheet Section

To access any session of your choice, please go to "Watch Now" and select the Channel for that specific Track. When in doubt, always refresh (F5)!

Miss a session? Not to worry!
Session will be available for on demand viewing as well.
 
Cast Your Ballot!
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See you all tomorrow for another exciting, engaging and technically smooth day!

     

ISMB 2020 - July 13 - 16, 2020
 
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Welcome to ISMB 2020!

Let your curiosity take over, discover the latest research in the field and get ready to connect, collaborate, and engage!

Log in to the conference platform and build your attendee profile at:
https://iscb-ismb20.myconferencenow.com/login/ and navigate ISMB 2020 like a pro!
 
Monday, July 13: Highlights & Reminders
 
07:45 AM Posters available for viewing
   
09:30 AM ISMB Distinguished Keynote: Elaine Mardis
   
10:40 AM COSI Track Presentations:
CAMDA, Function / CAFA, iRNA, MLCSB, SysMod, Text Mining, BioInfo Core
   
10:40 AM Technology Track Presentations:
The GenePattern Notebook Environment
Expression Atlas: A platform for integrating and displaying expression data from tissues to single cells
HiSCiAp: User-friendly, scalable tools and workflows for single-cell analysis
   
10:40 AM Special Sessions
SST01: Systems Immunology: Computational approaches for understanding human immune system and immune-related diseases
   
01:00 PM ISCB Town Hall
   
02:00 PM WEB 2020
   
02:00 PM Special Sessions
SST02: Bioinformatics outside the lab: How to mobilize online citizen scientists to accelerate research
SST01 continues
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Thank you to our sponsors!
 
Silver Sponsors
 
 
Copper Sponsors
   
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Montréal food

We know you are missing the regional cuisine of the Quebec province of Canada and Montreal. Join us in celebrating Montreal cuisine by showing us your own dish inspired by favorite dishes that will change daily.



Post your photos on social media using these hashtags #ISMB2020 and #ISMB2020virtualeats and tag @iscb and @meetmontreal for each day’s challenge!

https://www.mtl.org/en/experience/the-famous-montreal-bagel

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Exploring Montréal from Home

It’s sad that we cannot be gathered together in Montreal to experience the city, our science, and see our friends and colleagues. To help ease the pain, Tourisme Montréal has compiled a list of some of the best online activities, including virtual city tours, music, games and more which feature the city. ISMB will be going back to Montreal in 2024 but until then, enjoy these activities.
 

 

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