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ISMB 2012 Registration Now Open


Online registration for the 20th Anniversary ISMB conference taking place July 15-17, 2012, in Long Beach, California is closing soon. This is the last chance to receive any registration discounts before onsite registration price increases take affect. The link below will take you to a page full of details, including a direct link to the online registration form itself.

ISMB 2012 Online Registration - Deadline June 29th

Note that the conference closes at 6:00pm on July 17th after the ISCB Senior Scientist Award Keynote Lecture by Gunnar von Heijne. Be sure to plan your travel to attend his talk and the closing ceremonies and awards. We are sure you will be glad you did.

The full Conference Schedule is online to help you plan your days to attend the topics or talks that interest you most. The General Info page includes links to helpful information such as tourist info and the availability of child/dependent care to ensure your conference experience is successful and enjoyable. As Long Beach is surrounded by southern California's major attractions, this is a prime opportunity to bring the whole family and take a holiday after ISMB.

For now you can help us spread the word by tweeting about your participation using #ismb. During the conference we will be encouraging tweets using coded hashtags for tweeters and followers alike. Each presentation has a code (already viewable on the conference schedule noted above) that will be promoted at each talk to engage our tweeting community.

The countdown to Long Beach is on. We look forward to welcoming you to ISMB soon!


ISMB 2012 Conference Co-Chairs:
Terry Gaasterland, University of California, San Diego, United States
Richard Lathrop, University of California, Irvine, United States
Burkhard Rost, Technical University Munich, Germany

ISCB Affiliated Conferences Announcements & Updates

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

ISCB members are not lacking in opportunities to further their knowledge and refine their skills through meetings. In addition to official ISCB conferences, many others related to the many specialized topics of our field abound, and it may be hard to know which could provide the best return on your investment. Each of the following ISCB affiliated conferences were reviewed by ISCB's conferences committee to ensure a quality plan by reputable organizers. We encourage your attendance at any that may be of interest. Each offers unique learning opportunities for you and your colleagues to further advance the understanding of our science and the communities we serve. ISCB members are offered a special discounts just for being a member.

Brazilian Symposium on Bioinformatics 2012, Aug 15-17, Campo Grande, Brazil

  • Organized by the comp bio special interest group of the Brazilian Computer Society
  • http://bsb2012.facom.ufms.br
  • Short Paper submission deadline: June 25th

RECOMB Satellite Conferences on Bioinformatics Education and on Open Problems in Algorithmic Biology,
Aug 26 (BE) and Aug 27-29 (AB), 2012, St. Petersburg, Russia

ECCB'12 (European Conf on Comp Bio), Sep 9-12, Basel, Switzerland

  • Hosted by the SIB-Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and in conjunction with the SIB annual meeting
  • http://www.eccb12.org/home
  • Highlights papers submission deadline: July 1st
  • Early registration deadline: August 1st

InCoB 2012 (Int'l Conf on Comp Bio), Oct 3-5, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Hosted by the Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network
  • http://incob2012.org
  • APBioNet travel grant application deadline: April 1st
  • Early bird registration deadline: August 31st

Bio-IT World Europe Conference & Expo - Oct 9-11, Vienna, Austria

  • Hosted by Cambridge Healthtech Institute
  • www.bio-itworldexpoeurope.com
  • Early registration deadline: July 20th
  • Poster submission deadline: September 7th

BioVis: 2nd IEEE Symposium on Biological Data Visualization -
October 14-15, Seattle, United States

  • www.biovis.net
  • Contest entry submission due: July 27th
  • Poster submission deadline: July 11th (extended from June 27th)

RECOMB Satellite Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges
- November, 12-16, San Francisco, United States

PhD Symposium in Computational Biology & Innovation - December, Ireland

PSB 2013 - January 3-7, Big Island of Hawaii, United States

  • http://psb.stanford.edu
  • Paper submission deadline: July 31th
  • Travel award application opens August 1st with deadline of October 8th
  • Poster abstract submission open August 1st with deadline of November 28th

RECOMB 2013 - April 7-10, Beijing, China

2nd Call for Proposals to Organize ISCB-Asia 2013

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

As a reminder, ISCB is seeking proposals from individuals or groups interested in hosting the next open ISCB-Asia conference, slated for the third quarter of 2013, to co-organize this meeting with ISCB anywhere in the Asia region. The proposal deadline is the 1st of August, 2012. If you are not personally interested but know of someone else who could do an excellent job of organizing this event, please feel free to forward this mail. An overview of ISCB, its expansion into regionally-based international meetings, and the details of the proposal requirements are all specified below.

ISCB-Asia 2013 Meeting

The aim of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is to serve the worldwide computational biology community by addressing scientific policies, providing access to high quality publications, organising meetings, and serving as a portal to information about training, education, employment and news from related fields. ISCB currently has over 3000 members from more than 70 countries around the world. Among its many activities ISCB hosts annual meetings, including ISMB, the world's longest running and largest international bioinformatics conference (held jointly with ECCB every other year in Europe), as well as a series of smaller, newer meetings. ISCB also has affiliations in place with several other significant meetings in the field, such as PSB and RECOMB.

In an extension to its meeting activities, ISCB is participating in the organization of regional meetings in locations where ISMB has not been held. In 2009 and 2011 joint ISCB-Africa meetings were held in collaboration with the African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ASBCB), and the 2013 meeting is now being planned for Tunis, Tunisia; in 2010 and 2012 ISCB-Latin America was held in Uruguay and Chile, respectively; the first ISCB-Asia was held jointly with InCoB 2011 in Malaysia, and the 2012 meeting is now being planned for China (Shenzhen). With the aim of continuing these successful regional meetings, ISCB is now soliciting applications for the co-organization of our next meeting in Asia for 2013.

A requirement that ISCB-Asia become permanently affiliated to an existing meeting or society is not intended. Having co-organised the ISCB-Asia meeting with the Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network in 2011 and with BGI in 2012, ISCB now looks to continue expanding its network of affiliations by seeking proposals from other existing societies or conferences in the Asia region, or by working with a group that has a similar interest in organising a new bioinformatics community meeting in Asia.

Preliminary proposals should provide (all of this information is also available as a PDF download):

  • Names and short CVs of local organising committee members and their proposed roles
  • Evidence of previous experience in organising mid- to large-sized meetings
  • Planned meeting dates and location
  • Budget proposal including basic costs (venue rental, speaker travel, etc.) and preliminary commitments for financial support from sponsors.
  • Estimated meeting size
  • Focus of scientific program (required if a focus on a specialist research topic is planned)
  • Plans for publishing or online dissemination of the proceedings
  • Evidence of co-operation among multiple groups within the Asian region

ISCB will:

  • Participate through elected ISCB scientific representatives on the organising committee
  • Endorse and advertise the meeting through its extensive mailing lists
  • Suggest keynote speakers
  • Potentially provide funds to seed the meeting (funds repayable to ISCB from conference proceeds)
  • Provide budget guidance
  • Potentially provide travel funds to support student participation

Criteria for evaluation

Proposals that emphasize and encourage attendance from a diverse range of regional groups and attendees will have an advantage
The meeting should be in a place where there is expected to be a sizeable local community from which attendance can be expected, as well as reasonable international access to a nearby airport
Budget is within the range which can be covered by reasonably estimated registration fees alone, in the event that sponsor funding does not materialize
Preference will be given to organising committees with diverse representation
Proposers should have experience with organising meetings

Proposals should be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1 August 2012.

Thank you,
Paul Horton, Chair, ISCB Conferences Committee
Janet Kelso, Co-Chair, ISCB Conferences Committee


The International Society for Computational Biology names seven members as the ISCB Fellows Class of 2012

LA JOLLA, CA – The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) has elected seven of its members as Fellows of the ISCB.  The ISCB Fellows program honors members that have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics. The ISCB Fellows Class of 2012 comprises:

  • Bonnie Berger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Peter Karp, SRI International
  • Jill Mesirov, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
  • Pavel Pevzner, University of California, San Diego
  • Ron Shamir, Tel-Aviv University
  • Martin Vingron, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics
  • Gunnar von Heijne, Stockholm University

These individuals will be recognized for their contributions to computational biology and bioinformatics at the ISCB members meeting on July 15, 2012 during the Society's 20th Anniversary annual international conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) in Long Beach, California. The new Fellows will receive a certificate and a pin as a symbol of their distinguished accomplishments.

The outcome of this year's election is presented with tremendous pride. "ISCB Fellows represent the absolute pillars of our community," stated Burkhard Rost, president of the ISCB. Each of these very accomplished researchers has made exceptional contributions to the ISCB's mission to advance the scientific understanding of living systems through computation. Rost continued, "I can imagine that the ISCB Fellows will become an active group of the Society, serving as a pool of experts that can help drive the scientific excellence of our field."

About ISCB

The International Society for Computational Biology is a not-for-profit scholarly society dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of living systems through computation. Based in La Jolla, California, at the San Diego Supercomputer Center on the campus of the University of California, San Diego, the ISCB has a global membership of nearly 3,000 researchers from 70 countries. For more information, visit www.iscb.org.

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ISCB Executive Officer


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Please VOTE in the ISCB Officers and Student Council Elections

Dear ISCB Member,

You can shape ISCB's future today! Vote now in the ISCB Officers and Student Council Leaders election. The positions being voted this year are:

  • ISCB Vice President, ISCB Treasurer, and ISCB Secretary
  • Student Council Rep to the ISCB Board of Directors, Student Council Chair, Student Council Vice-Chair, Student Council Secretary, and Student Council Treasurer

Please go to www.iscb.org/elections now to read the candidate statements and cast your ballot. (Logging in to your membership account is required to verify your membership status, as only members can vote in the Society elections, but your ballot is 100% anonymous.)

Voting will close on July 25th and the new leaders will be announced as soon as possible following ratification of the results by the ISCB Board of Directors and the Student Council Leaders in August.

Thank you for your participation!

The ISCB Nominations & Elections Committee

CALL FOR PAPERS – RECOMB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges

Dear Colleague,

It is our pleasure to announce the 5th annual RECOMB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges, one of the premier annual meetings for computational and experimental scientists in the fields of regulatory genomics and systems biology. This year the meeting has become an official conference of the International Society for Computational Biology, and will be held at the Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay November 12-15, 2012. As in the past, this year's meeting combines the following conferences:

  • 9th Annual RECOMB Satellite on Regulatory Genomics
  • 8th Annual RECOMB Satellite on Systems Biology
  • 7th Annual DREAM Reverse Engineering Challenges

We are now accepting submissions of full-length papers to be featured and published in conjunction with the conference. Authors of selected papers will be invited to present their work at the meeting. In addition, we have arranged partnerships with the journals Genome Research and the Journal of Computational Biology to publish high-quality papers. Our program committee will review all submitted papers in collaboration with the journal editors.

We invite you to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Please use the EasyChair system to submit your manuscript at http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=recombsbrgdream2012. Instructions on manuscript submission, as well as information about the program committee who will review papers is also available on the conference website at http://recomb-2012.c2b2.columbia.edu.

***The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 7. ***

This conference is designed to present the latest findings about regulatory and systems genomics, foster discussion about current research directions, and establish new collaborations that will advance the development of a systems-level understanding of gene regulation. Some possible topics include:

  • Modeling and recognition of regulatory motifs and modules
  • Chromatin state establishment, maintenance, and role in development
  • Post-transcriptional regulation and small regulatory RNAs
  • Regulatory networks, metabolic networks, proteomic networks
  • Cellular signatures of biological responses and disease states
  • Phosphorylation, metabolic fluxes, systematic phenotyping
  • Mathematical modeling and simulation of biological systems
  • Methods for systematic validation of high-throughput biological predictions
  • Approaches for aggregation of results arising from different methodologies

We will also be opening conference registration and a call for abstracts very soon.

We hope that you will consider submitting a paper, and look forward to an exciting meeting in November.

Best regards,

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

Conference Chairs

20 Years ISMB - 15 Years ISCB (ISCB Newsletter - Summer 2012)

Dear Members and Colleagues,

We are pleased to submit to you our annual ISMB Focus Issue newsletter, which includes features on some of the most important ISCB activities and initiatives of this past year.

You are invited to access the full newsletter online at www.iscb.org/images/stories/newsletter/newsletter15-1/index.html

Or, you may prefer to download the PDF newsletter at www.iscb.org/images/stories/newsletter/newsletter15-1/ISCB-newsletter-15-1.pdf

As a preview, the Table of Contents for this newsletter includes the following articles:

  • A Letter to ISCB Members & Colleagues (from President Burkhard Rost and Executive Officer BJ Morrison McKay)
  • Officer and Student Council Elections (please note the elections closing date has changed since this was written: now July 25th)
  • Spotlight on ECCB12
  • Meet the ISCB Fellows Class of 2012
  • Student Council Symposium Highlights
  • Overton Prize: Ziv Bar-Joseph
  • 2012 ISCB Sr. Scientist Award: Gunnar von Heijne
  • Announcing ISMB/ECCB 2013 Berlin
  • News from ISCB Student Council
  • FASEB Updates
  • Introducing Stacy Slagor
  • PLoS Computational Biology Overview
  • A Report of the Curriculum Task Force
  • Bioinformatics Journal Update
  • NIGMS Celebrates 50 Years
  • ISCB Continues to Advocate for Open Access
  • GLBIO 2012 Highlights
  • Call for Proposals to Organize ISCB-Asia 2013
  • ISCB Community Conferences & x-Meetings
  • Upcoming Conferences & Events

Happy reading to you!


BJ Morrison McKay, ISCB Executive Officer