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Beware ISMB 2018 Conference Hotel Room Scam

For those of you interested in attending the ISMB 2018 conference in Chicago, please be aware of a potential scam being perpetrated by the company below:


The number they are calling from is 888-511-7396 and they are representing themselves as the Hyatt Regency Chicago offering discounted room rates. They will pressure into making your room reservation and then charge you immediately for their services.

This company is not to be used. They are not endorsed by or affiliated with the conference.

onPeak is the only official hotel provider associated for the conference. Hotel reservations can be secured online or by calling them directly - more information can be found at https://www.iscb.org/ismb2018-accommodation. onPeak will not call you to solicit reservations.

Be aware that other hotel resellers may contact you offering accommodations for your trip beyond the group noted above, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with the ISMB 2018. Entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly consequences. Contact ISCB immediately if you are contacted (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Save the Date: Chicago Genomics and Data Science Hackathon

From 11-13 July 2018, the NCBI will help out with a Data Science hackathon on the Northwestern School of Medicine Campus in Downtown Chicago! The hackathon will focus on genomics as well as general Data Science analyses including text, image and sequence processing. This event is for researchers, including students and postdocs, who have already engaged in the use of large datasets or in the development of pipelines for analyses from high-throughput experiments. Some projects are available to other non-scientific developers, mathematicians, or librarians.

The event is open to anyone selected for the hackathon and willing to travel to Chicago. Please note that this follows directly on the heels of the ISMB 2018 meeting.

Working groups of five to six individuals will be formed into five to eight teams. These teams will build pipelines and tools to analyze large datasets within a cloud infrastructure. Example subjects for such a hackathon include:

  • A machine learning tool for observing structural changes in time course light microscopy.
  • Novel virus discovery
  • Automated systematic review methodology.
  • Splitting BLAST databases on the cloud
  • Data mapping tool that assists users with mapping their data to CDEs
  • Disease clustering from literature based on limited training data (phenotypic information)
  • Variants from RNAseq (including single cell)
  • Graphical User Interface for Gene Expression calculated on the fly from raw data

Please go to http://ncbi-hackathons.github.io to propose projects, and to access the sign-up form when available (likely in mid-March)

Keynotes Announced

ISCB Award Keynotes will be announced in early 2018!

Martha L. Bulyk

Division of Genetics, Department of Medicine;
Department of Pathology;
Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Boston, United States

Steven Salzberg

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biostatistics Director;
Center for Computational Biology McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine;
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, United States