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ISMB/ECCB 2013 Call for Special Sessions, Proceedings, Tech Track

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues, and Past ISMB and ECCB Conference Attendees,

Following this year's separate and highly successful ISMB in Long Beach, California, and ECCB in Basel, Switzerland, we are pleased to announce these calls for participation for next year's joint ISMB/ECCB 2013, taking place July 21-23 in Berlin, Germany.

Call for Special Session Proposals - deadline October 26, 2012

>> Full details of the call and a link to the submission form can be accessed here <<

The Special Sessions run throughout the ISMB/ECCB conference in parallel to all other tracks. Specifically, Special Sessions are sought on "hot topics" of emerging themes that most attendees are not currently approaching with desired proficiency. Proposals should be of topics not covered in previous Special Sessions at ISMB or ISMB/ECCB meetings, but that nonetheless importantly influence bioinformatics and computational biology. If you are interested in organizing a Special Session at ISMB/ECCB 2013, please link to the details of the call and submission form above, and be sure to submit your proposal by the October 26th deadline.

Call for Proceedings Track Papers - deadline January 7, 2013

>> Full details of the call and a link to the submission form can be accessed here <<

Submissions are also being solicited for the Proceedings Track. These are original research papers that, if selected, will be presented as talks and published in the conference proceedings in an open access, online-only section of a regular issue of Bioinformatics. Papers should be submitted in their final form; poor quality submissions or insufficiently prepared papers are very often rejected. ISMB Proceedings result in fully citable articles, indexed by Medline and ISI. We encourage you to submit an unpublished paper of your very best work for consideration by January 7th.

Call for Technology Track Presentations - deadline April 26, 2013

>> Full details of the call and a link to the submission form can be accessed here <<

The Technology Track provides an opportunity for organizations to showcase their software and/or hardware that is relevant to the bioinformatics-molecular biology community. To apply for a Technology Track presentation slot, organizations must complete an online form by April 26th. Accepted Tech Track applicants are required to make a payment based on the organization's status as a non- or for-profit enterprise. This payment is in addition to the conference registration fees required of all attendees, including presenters in each of the parallel tracks.

On behalf of the ISMB/ECCB 2013 Steering and Scientific Organizing Committees, we look forward to seeing you in Berlin next July!br>

Michal Linial, Special Sessions Chair

Nir Ben-Tal, Proceedings Track Chair

Rodrigo Lopez, Technology Track Chair

Last Call for Online Registration – RECOMB Satellite Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges

The 5th Annual RECOMB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges is just two weeks away! We are very excited that this year's meeting will offer a very strong program featuring:

  • 15 keynote talks

  • 53 additional oral presentations

  • more than 100 poster presentations

  • the results of the 7th annual Dialogue for Reverse Engineering Assessments and Methods (the DREAM Challenges)

  • announcement of the selected papers for the "Top Ten Papers in Regulatory Genomics” award for 2011

See the complete agenda here.

Online registration closes on Wednesday November 7.  It will still be possible to register on-site, but we recommend that you register now.

Click here to register.

When we decided in 2008 to combine the RECOMB Satellite Meeting on Systems Biology, the RECOMB Satellite Meeting on Regulatory Genomics, and the DREAM Project into one event, our goal was to facilitate conversation among researchers with expertise in both computational and experimental sciences about the latest approaches for dissecting regulatory networks and modeling biological processes. The response has been truly remarkable, and this year's program reflects the increasing maturity of the field.

We're looking forward to a very impressive set of presentations and hope that you will be able to join us.

Best wishes,

Andrea Califano, Manolis Kellis, Sylvia Plevritis, and Gustavo Stolovitzky
Conference Chairs

Rocky 2012 Registration Reminder

December 6 - 8 , 2012, Snowmass/Aspen, Colorado, USA

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

The 10th Annual Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference is now less than two months away. Over the last decade this conference series has grown into an international program with a spotlight on regional development in the computational biosciences. Invited and accepted presenters represent a broad spectrum of universities, industrial enterprises, government laboratories, and medical libraries from around the world. The meeting is a chance to get to know your colleagues near and far, seek collaborative opportunities, and find synergies that can drive our field forward.

EARLY REGISTRATION DATE IS APPROACHING: Be sure to take advantage of early registration rates while they last. If you are not a current member consider joining ISCB now for immediate additional savings on your conference registration to this and any other ISCB conference. Please note that accepted presenters must register at applicable conference attendee rates by November 6 in order to give a presentation at Rocky 2012.

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Early Registration Deadline: November 8, 2012

 ACCOMMODATIONS SELLING OUT: The conference has moved to the new Viceroy Snowmass Hotel this year. A special group rate has been negotiated for Rocky 2012 attendees: $105 single or $140 double occupancy, plus tax. As rooms are booking up fast be sure to book yours before these special rates are no longer accessible. You must enter the group code of Rocky2012 to secure rooms at the special rate (if linking to the online hotel booking form from the conference website, double check that the correct code auto fills - if it fills as ISCB2012 please manually correct it as that code is an error and may not result in presenting the deeply discounted group rate).

Access Full Hotel Details Here

Until November 8th the Rocky conference offers a special Academic Retreat package for groups attending from the same lab or school, including a free student registration. Forward this invitation to your colleagues and collaborators and come for a lab retreat in addition to attending for the great science and networking.

We look forward to your participation!


The Rocky 2012 Conference Organizing Team

GLBIO 2013 Call for Papers, Highlights, Flash Presentations and Posters

Dear ISCB Members, Colleagues, and Past GLBIO Attendees,

The Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference is ISCB's annual event focused on providing an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of research findings and methods within the North American Great Lakes region. The conference fosters long-term relationships, provides networking opportunities for researchers from within the region, and creates a collaborative environment for participants from around the world. The 2013 program has been retooled with new elements that will increase the opportunities to present research at many different stages of development. GLBIO will kick off with tutorials, and include a full program of keynotes, selected original research presentations, highlights of published works, flash presentations, and posters. Your participation is encouraged!


Original Research Papers (Proceedings) Deadline: Jan 14, 2013

Highlight Presentations (previously published papers) Deadline: Jan 14, 2013

Flash Presentations (abstracts) Deadline: Jan 14, 2013

Poster Presentations (abstracts) Deadline: March 22, 2013

GLBIO topic areas include: Algorithm Development & Machine Learning; Databases and Ontologies; Text Mining & Natural Language Processing; Bioimage Analysis; Biological Networks; Chemical Biology; Clinical Informatics & Epidemiology; Disease Models & Molecular Medicine; Evolutionary, Comparative, and Meta-Genomics, Gene Regulation & Transcriptomics; Mass Spectrometry & Proteomics; Personalized Genetics and Genomics: Exome, Genome, Transcriptome; RNA & Protein: Structure, Modification, Localizations, Interaction, Function.

This year's keynote presenters exemplify the diversity of the field within this region: Ivet Bahar of University of Pittsburgh; Ziv Bar-Joseph of Carnegie Mellon University (and recipient of the 2012 ISCB Overton Prize); Jing Li of Case Western Reserve University; and Isidore Rigoutsos of Thomas Jefferson University.

We hope you will consider submitting today. Please also help spread the word by sharing this with your colleagues and collaborators. We very much look forward to welcoming you to Pittsburgh next May!


Bruce Aronow, Elodie Ghedin, and Russell Schwartz

GLBIO 2013 Conference Chairs

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NIH Public Access Policy Member Poll

Dear ISCB members and colleagues,

In 2008 the U.S. Congress required the National Institutes of Health to implement a Public Access Policy that requires investigators funded by the NIH to submit, or have submitted for them, an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication to the National Library of Medicine's digital archive, PubMed Central, to be posted publicly within 12 months after the official date of publication. (See http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-3442.htm for the full notice and analysis of this NIH policy.)

Similarly, in England the Wellcome Trust implemented a like-minded policy for investigators funded with its resources, and in Germany the Max Planck Society committed to paying for all open access publications from any of its institutes.

A new bill, HR 801, was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, to prohibit any U.S. federal agency from mandating a public access policy as a condition of funding.

Supporters of open access are taking a strong position against HR 801, while organizations that stand to benefit from limiting or eliminating the current NIH policy are standing in favor of the bill.

Members of the senior leadership of ISCB support the current NIH Public Access Policy, and are therefore opposed to HR 801. However, before making any public statements on this issue in the name of ISCB, we are seeking your input. Even if you are not a U.S. citizen or live and work outside of the U.S., your input is important in helping guide ISCB's next steps on this topic.

Please click here to participate in the brief poll to help determine if ISCB shall make a public statement on this issue.

March 10, 2009
Press Release

Webb Miller and Trey Ideker to Receive Top International Bioinformatics Awards for 2009 from the International Society for Computational Biology

The International Society for Computational Biology has named Webb Miller of Pennsylvania State University, USA as winner of its Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award for 2009, and the 2009 Overton Prize, for scientists in early- to mid-career, will go to Trey Ideker of the University of California, San Diego, USA.

Webb Miller began his career at Penn State in the late 1960’s as a computer scientist. By the time he entered the emerging field of bioinformatics in 1987 he was already a full professor there. Initially, his research revolved around developing algorithms for aligning pairs of DNA or protein sequences; he worked on the algorithms that were used in the BLAST program for searching databases for similar sequences, which is still one of the most widely used bioinformatics tools worldwide. His interests then changed to methods for aligning long DNA sequences and extracting functional information from them. Miller has made important contributions to the analysis of many vertebrate genomes including those of the mouse, chicken and rhesus macaque. He collaborated with David Haussler – his immediate predecessor as ISCB Senior Scientist Accomplishment Award winner – in the development of sequence-alignment software for the UCSC Genome Browser, which now provides access to about fifty complete genome sequences. Haussler praised Miller on being named for the 2009 award by saying, “Webb has played an essential role in nearly every vertebrate genome sequence project: he developed the first program capable of accurate comparative alignment for entire vertebrate-sized genomes.” Miller’s recent research interests include the bioinformatics of species extinction, and in November 2008 he published a paper in Nature that described a draft sequence for the woolly mammoth genome. In 2004 he was appointed to a chair in biology alongside the chair appointment he already held in computer science.

Established in 2003, ISCB’s Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award recognizes members of the computational biology community who have made major contributions to the field through research, education, service, or a combination of the three. Miller will be joining a prestigious group of previous winners, which includes David Sankoff (University of Ottawa, Canada), David Lipman (US National Center for Biotechnology Information, USA), Janet Thornton (European Bioinformatics Institute, UK), Mike Waterman (University of Southern California, USA), Temple Smith (Boston University, USA) and David Haussler (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA).

Trey Ideker also started his career as an engineer and computer scientist. A burgeoning interest in molecular biology led him to join a graduate program in molecular biology run by Leroy Hood, founder of the Institute of Systems Biology in Seattle, Washington. There, he began to model and analyse networks of molecular interactions using genome-scale measurements, an emerging field in which he became a pioneer. He was still a Ph.D. student when, in 2001, he published a classic paper demonstrating how biological networks are mapped and tested using a systems biology approach that has attracted well over 800 citations to date. He then took a fellowship at the prestigious Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts before joining the faculty at UCSD in 2003, where he is now an associate professor. In recent years, Ideker has developed a number of influential bioinformatics methods and resources including Cytoscape, a widely used open source program for visualising molecular networks. In 2003, his group was the first to demonstrate that protein networks can be aligned and compared across species, just like genome sequences. Since then, he has extended network comparison to incorporate many different interaction types, and used network-based methods to map the DNA damage response, compare host and pathogen networks, and classify diseases. He has already received many honours and was recognised as one of the top 10 innovators of 2006 by MIT’s Technology Review. Aviv Regev, the 2008 ISCB Overton Prize winner, commends the selection of Ideker for the 2009 award. "Trey's work has epitomized the power of integrating innovative computational methods with cutting-edge genomics. His pioneering work has set a model for doing systems biology that has been followed by numerous groups and has impacts for understanding the evolution of biological systems and for treating disease".

The Overton Prize was established in 2001 in memory of G. Christian Overton, a major contributor to the field of bioinformatics and member of the ISCB Board of Directors who died suddenly the previous year. The prize is awarded for outstanding accomplishment to a scientist in the early- to mid-career who has already made a significant contribution to the field of computational biology. Previous recipients are Christopher Burge (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA), David Baker (University of Washington, USA), W. James Kent (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA), Uri Alon (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel), Ewan Birney (European Bioinformatics Institute, UK), Mathieu Blanchette (McGill University, Canada), Eran Segal (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel), Aviv Regev (The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, USA).

ISCB Award recipients are selected from among nominations received from the computational biology community. The awards committee thoroughly reviews the merits of all nominees and unanimously decides on a recommendation of each award winner to be approved by the ISCB president. Both awards will be presented at the Society’s prestigious Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB), being held jointly with the European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB) in Stockholm, Sweden, June 29–July 2.


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In Memory of Kamalakar-Rao Mettani

In February 2008, we were saddened to learn that we lost a valued member of our web development team, Kamalakar-Rao Mettani. Kamal was 31 years old and had just finished his Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree at the University of Applied Science Heidelberg, in the department of Computer Science.

His thesis presented a thorough study of the previous ISCB website and a detailed proposal to increase member benefits by allowing for greater web-based community interactions. Kamal received the university's distinguished honor of best master of science thesis in 2007.

Kamal and his thesis were key to the redevelopment of the ISCB web site, and for several months after receiving his degree, right up until the time of his sudden death, he personally worked with the ISCB staff and leadership to implement his plan. As you look through the new layout and functionality, please know that Kamal's energy and talents are part of every piece of code and design.

We are all proud to have worked with someone who was as bright, conscientious, and professional as Kamal, and know he will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

Therefore, as ISCB launches its new web presence, we dedicate this site to Kamalakar-Rao Mettani.

Most Sincerely,
The International Society for Computational Biology


Kamal receives his Master of Science Degree from Professor Gerd Moeckel
(SRH Heidelberg) and Dr. Reinhard Schneider (EMBL).

Kamal (pictured on the far right) joins his fellow graduates on stage.

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Excellence in Science Award 2009

“Recognizing the Research Accomplishments of Women Scientists”


December 1, 2007 - March 4, 2008

****** Electronic Submissions Only ******

The FASEB Excellence in Science Award is sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company to recognize outstanding achievement by women in biological science. All women who are members of one or more of the societies of FASEB are eligible for nomination. Nominations recognize a woman scientist whose career achievements have contributed significantly to further our understanding of a particular discipline by excellence in research.

Nominees are typically women who are relatively senior in their field and nationally known for their outstanding contributions in research, leadership, and mentorship. Recent winners include Mina Bissell, Frances Arnold, Elaine Fuchs, Marilyn Farquhar, Anita Roberts, and Janet Roussant.

The 2009 recipient will receive her award and present an Excellence in Science Lecture at the annual meeting of a FASEB Member Society. The award includes a $10,000 unrestricted research grant funded by Eli Lilly and Company, travel expenses, complimentary meeting registration, and a plaque in recognition of the award.

Nomination Procedures:

Nominators and their candidates must be members of a FASEB Society. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

All Nominations must be submitted on the FASEB Excellence in Science Award website. Access to the site is located at: www.faseb.org/excellenceinscience. Documents must be uploaded individually in PDF format. Submissions must include all of the following documents:

1. Nomination Letter, setting forth in detail:

  • The contribution(s) to the field that represents the nominee’s outstanding achievement in science;
  • Leadership and mentorship;
  • Evidence of national recognition;
  • Honors and awards; and
  • Synopsis of selected bibliography

2. Full Curriculum Vitae - including all publications

  • 5 Reprints – Exactly
  • 3 Letters of Support from Nominee’s peers– Minimum (maximum of 5)
  • 3 Trainee Recommendations - Exactly

For complete details go to: www.faseb.org/excellenceinscience


For questions, please contact:

Lin Stricker
Senior Executive Assistant
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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View Talks from the ISMB Conference in Toronto

The ISMB 2008 conference in Toronto was touted as a scientific success, with lots of pre-conference excitement as well as positive press and accolades following the event. Now all site visitors can view the keynote talk entitled "Microbial Communities in Health and Disease," presented by Claire Fraser-Ligget of the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. This talk provides a taste of the quality of presentations given at the conference that are now available for remote viewing online.

The conference organizers and Society leadership are proud to make dozens of the talks from the conference available to current members when logged in to their membership accounts. To view the full selection of talks login here, or if you are already logged in, select the 'My ISCB' tab at the top of this page and within the ISCB User Menu select 'ISMB 2008 Multimedia'.

Access to the full listing of presentations now available online is an exclusive ISCB membership benefit. If you are not a current member we invite you to join to begin taking advantage of this as well as the many other benefits ISCB members enjoy. Please select the 'Membership' tab at the top of this page to join as a new member or renew an expired membership.