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Travel Fellowships



We are raising funds to provide travel fellowships for African students to attend the ISCB Africa ASBCB 2019 Conference on Bioinformatics.

The Aim is to bring African students together to introduce them to a variety of research projects in computational biology, increase their awareness of the broad range of opportunities that exist in the field, and introduce them to some of the people leading this research internationally. The conference provides a great opportunity for students as it is preceded by bioinformatics workshops.


Funding and Eligibility

  • Funding will support the registration, travel and accommodation of students. It will not cover visa fees, meals or subsistence.
  • The applicant must be a current member of ISCB and/or ASBCB.
  • Applicants need to have submitted a poster or paper for this conference; only accepted student poster and paper submitters will be eligible for funding (acceptance notification will be sent on the same day as the award notification)

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Getting Here and Around



All International flights terminate at KOTOKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT in Accra, the Capital city of Ghana
From Accra to Kumasi transport by bus, it costs between USD 8.00 to USD10.00 with respect to mini buses, big and small Yutong Buses and VIP buses. One can also travel from Accra international airport to Kumasi by air, 45 minutes flight with domestic airline such as AWA orPassionair. Taxis fare from Kumasi Airport to KNUST Campus is about $6:00 - $8:00.

For persons within and around the Kumasi Metropolis, the first access point to KNUST is Tech. Junction, a major station just outside the main gate of the University. From any point in and around the metropolis, one can board any vehicle, be it private or commercial to Tech Junction.
Getting to and around KNUST campus, which is about 16 km2 is an easy task for all. There arefree bus services. On arrival at Tech. Junction, which is a main transport terminal just outside the main gate of this prestigious University, one can locate several avenues to board a car to get to the Campus. First is by transport through any of our gates to campus in a private vehicle. Private vehicles are allowed into main KNUST campus without any restrictions.
The organizers can also arrange KNUST mini bus to transport delegates from Accra to Kumasi or internal travels in Kumasi in groups of any number.


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Poster Presentation Submission



ISCB-Africa ASBCB Bioinformatics Conference welcomes original research and previously published research submissions for oral presentation consideration.

Abstract submissions are intended to convey a scientific result that is original work/previously published work, and are not advertisements for commercial software packages. Abstracts may cover any area of computational biology, but preferably within one of the topic areas listed below:

  • Data governance
  • Challenging traditional research ecosystems in Africa
  • Data for OneHealth
  • Open Science and Open Data
  • AI in genomics and precision medicine
  • Informatics for Biobanks
  • Pathogens genomics
  • Metagenomics
  • Population Genetics, Variation and Evolution
  • Plant genomics (omics)
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Drug design and discovery
  • General Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Bioinformatics Education


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Original Research Submission Guidelines

All abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words (to appear in the conference booklet) and should provide at the least the following information within them: background information, approach/methods, results and conclusions (actual headings within the abstract are not necessary). Authors may submit an additional paragraph of up to 250 words stating the relevance of the work for the purpose of convincing reviewers of the scientific content/validity; these additional 250 words will not be published and are for reviewing purposes only.

Original Paper Submissions for Oral Presentation Deadline is 15 October 2019.

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Previously Published Reaserch Submission Guidelines

Abstract submissions must be a maximum of 250 words (to appear in the conference booklet) and should provide an explanation of how the work of the submitted paper(s) is impacting the field. Submission must highlight work that has been published between June 2017 - August 2019.

Scientific Program Committee will also consider research that have been previously presented (within the timeframe of June 2017 - August 2019). Research must contain new significant finds. Author is to provide the conference name, program listing (if available) and conference URL. This information should be entered in the publication information field during the submission process.

Submissions should include the following:

  • For each presenter only one previously published research submission will be reviewed (the LAST will be taken by default). The same limitation applies for the last author (group). Publications can be grouped if it becomes clear how different publications will be combined in a talk. The maximal number of submissions per author/co-author is 5.
  • Name/affiliation/email of submitter (assumed to be the presenter; note that the presenter cannot be changed because the identity and ability to present of that person will be an essential selection criterion).
  • Names/affiliations/email of ALL coauthors (note: any name appearing on a published paper has to be added here). Note that all co-authors have to agree to the submission. It is the responsibility of the submitter to guarantee that all co-author email addresses are correct (email notifications of the submission will be sent to all co-authors).
  • 250-word limited abstract-like argument that explains the impact and importance of this work.
  • Sources of original publication(s) (Year, Journal, Vol., pages).
  • PDF with paper(s) (note: in case of the submission of 2 papers, both should be merged into one single PDF; all reviews will be based on the content of this PDF).
  • Only PDF submissions are acceptable. The submission system is currently unable to handle ASCII, Word, LaTeX, or anything other than standard PDF. It is the responsibility of the submitter to verify that the PDF is completely viewable/printable by all major operating systems (LINUX, MacOS, Windows).


Previously Published Research Submission Deadline is 15 October 2019.

Click here to submit!


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Oral Presentation Submissions



ISCB-Africa ASBCB Bioinformatics Conference welcomes original research and previously published research submissions for oral presentation consideration.

Abstract submissions are intended to convey a scientific result that is original work/previously published work, and are not advertisements for commercial software packages. Abstracts may cover any area of computational biology, but preferably within one of the topic areas listed below:

  • Agricultural Bioinformatics
  • AI in genomics and precision medicine
  • Bioinformatics Education
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Challenging traditional research ecosystems in Africa
  • Data governance
  • Data for OneHealth
  • Drug design and discovery
  • Informatics for Biobanks
  • Metagenomics
  • Open Science and Open Data
  • Pathogens genomics
  • Population Genetics, Variation and Evolution
  • General Bioinformatics and Computational Biology


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Original Research Submission Guidelines

All abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words (to appear in the conference booklet) and should provide at the least the following information within them: background information, approach/methods, results and conclusions (actual headings within the abstract are not necessary). Authors may submit an additional paragraph of up to 250 words stating the relevance of the work for the purpose of convincing reviewers of the scientific content/validity; these additional 250 words will not be published and are for reviewing purposes only.

Original Abstract Submissions for Oral Presentation Deadline is 13 September 2019.

Click here to submit!

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Previously Published Reaserch Submission Guidelines

Abstract submissions must be a maximum of 250 words (to appear in the conference booklet) and should provide an explanation of how the work of the submitted paper(s) is impacting the field. Submission must highlight work that has been published between June 2017 - August 2019.

Scientific Program Committee will also consider research that have been previously presented (within the timeframe of June 2017 - August 2019). Research must contain new significant finds. Author is to provide the conference name, program listing (if available) and conference URL. This information should be entered in the publication information field during the submission process.

Submissions should include the following:

  • For each presenter only one previously published research submission will be reviewed (the LAST will be taken by default). The same limitation applies for the last author (group). Publications can be grouped if it becomes clear how different publications will be combined in a talk. The maximal number of submissions per author/co-author is 5.
  • Name/affiliation/email of submitter (assumed to be the presenter; note that the presenter cannot be changed because the identity and ability to present of that person will be an essential selection criterion).
  • Names/affiliations/email of ALL coauthors (note: any name appearing on a published paper has to be added here). Note that all co-authors have to agree to the submission. It is the responsibility of the submitter to guarantee that all co-author email addresses are correct (email notifications of the submission will be sent to all co-authors).
  • 250-word limited abstract-like argument that explains the impact and importance of this work.
  • Sources of original publication(s) (Year, Journal, Vol., pages).
  • PDF with paper(s) (note: in case of the submission of 2 papers, both should be merged into one single PDF; all reviews will be based on the content of this PDF).
  • Only PDF submissions are acceptable. The submission system is currently unable to handle ASCII, Word, LaTeX, or anything other than standard PDF. It is the responsibility of the submitter to verify that the PDF is completely viewable/printable by all major operating systems (LINUX, MacOS, Windows).


Previously Published Research Submission Deadline is 13 September 2019.

Click here to submit!


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Special Sessions



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Keynote Speakers



Melissa A. Haendel, PhD
Associate Professor of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology School of Medicine

Oregon Health & Science University
Solomon Ofori-Acquah, PhD
Dean, School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences
University of Ghana
EMBO Keynote: Christine Orengo, PhD
Professor, Division of Biosciences
University College London
 Ciara Staunton, PhD
Senior Lecturer in Law
Middlesex Univserity London


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Melissa A. Haendel, PhD
Associate Professor of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology School of Medicine

Oregon Health & Science University

Melissa Haendel is the Director of the Center for Data to Health (CD2H) at Oregon Health & Science University, and the Director of Translational Data Science at Oregon State University. Her background is in both wet and dry lab translational science, with a focus over the past decade on the development of ontologies, semantic engineering technologies, and open science infrastructure programs. Dr. Haendel's vision is to weave together healthcare systems, basic science research, and patient generated data through development of data integration technologies and innovative data capture strategies. Dr. Haendel co-leads the Monarch Initiative, an international consortium dedicated to utilizing model organism genotype-phenotype data, deep phenotyping, and graph-based integration techniques to improve rare disease diagnosis. She also coleads the NCATS Data Translator, which aims to integrate hundreds of data resources for mechanism and drug discovery. The CD2H is tasked with coordinating informatics across 59 Clinical and Translational Science Award Institutes, and is focused on implementation of cloud and information architecture, clinical data model interoperability, and precision-medicine focused terminology development. Dr. Haendel is the co-lead for the GA4GH Clinical and Phenotypic workstream, where she supports cross-disciplinary international teams, development of standards for clinical genetics, and improving access to data across the world.

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Solomon Ofori-Acquah, PhD
Dean, School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences
University of Ghana

Professor Ofori-Acquah was appointed Dean of the School of Biomedical and Allied HealthSciences, University of Ghana in January 2017, and Associate Professor of Medicine andHuman Genetics, University of Pittsburgh, USA in 2013. He is Director of the West AfricanGenetic Medicine Centre (WAGMC), and Director of the Sickle Cell Disease Genomics Networkof Africa (SickleGenAfrica). Professor Ofori-Acquah was born in Cape Coast. He attendedAdisadel College from 1977-1984 where he was the Cadet Corps Sargent Major. He migrated toEngland in 1985 to pursue higher education; he obtained a Higher National Certificate inHematology and Blood Transfusion in 1989 and Part 1 Fellowship of the Institute of BiomedicalSciences in 1990, MSc in Bio-molecular Organization from Birkbeck College, University ofLondon in 1992, and PhD in Molecular Genetics, King’s College London, University of London in2000. He conducted postdoctoral studies on missense RNA therapy for sickle cell disease(SCD) at the University of South Alabama; he was Scholar of the Comprehensive Sickle CellCenter and Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at the University of SouthAlabama. He joined Emory University as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in 2007 and theUniversity of Pittsburgh in 2013 as Tenured Associate Professor of Medicine.

Professor Ofori-Acquah’s research is focused on pathogenesis, genomics and innovativetherapy in SCD. His seminal publication in the Journal of Clinical Investigation in 2013 definedheme as a danger molecule involved in sterile inflammation in SCD and established the firstmouse model of the Acute Chest Syndrome. His research has continuously been funded by theNIH and other funding agencies since 2004. He has authored over 60 research papers, reviewsand book chapters, and mentored over 30 Junior Scientists, Physicians and Students. He is anExpert NIH Reviewer with service on multiple committees focused on Respiratory Biology,Hematology and Genomics. He was Chair of the Laboratory Sub-Committee of the GhanaNational Technical Advisory Committee for Newborn Screening in 2011-2013, and a FoundingExecutive Member and Inaugural Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Ghana BiomedicalConvention. He was Vice-President and President of the Ghana Biomedical Convention in 2012and 2013 respectively, and in 2016 received an Appreciation Award as Founder of the GhanaBiomedical Convention. As Director of WAGMC, he is spearheading efforts to train the firstcohort of postgraduate genetic counsellors and medical genetics scientists in West Africareflecting his continued efforts to promote all aspects of biomedical science in the region.

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Ciara Staunton, PhD
Senior Lecturer in Law
Middlesex University London

Ciara Staunton is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Middlesex University and Acting LLB Program Leader. She is also a researcher at the Centre for Biomedicine, EURAC, Italy. Previously she has been a Visiting Scholar at the Hasting’s Centre (New York), a Visiting Fellow at the Genetics Department at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), and a Visiting Research at KEMRI-Wellcome Trust (Kenya).

Ciara's research interests are in the governance of new and emerging technologies, and she has a particular interest in the governance of stem cell research, genomic research and biobanking. She has been involved in policy development in Ireland, Africa and Bahrain in these domains. Her most recent research is looking at the governance of genomic data sharing in Africa, for which she is in receipt of a Wellcome Trust small research grant. 

Prior to her appointment at Middlesex University, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Stellenbosch University (South Africa). She was co-investigator on the NIH funded Community Engagement for H3Africa Biobanking Research: The Tygerberg Model grant and appointed to the H3Africa Ethics and Regulatory Issues Working Group and the H3Africa Community Engagement Working Group. During this time she also coordinated the Advancing Research Ethics in Southern Africa (ARESA) program. Her PhD was funded by the Irish Research Council and awarded by the National University of Ireland, Galway for the topic 'The Regulation of Stem Cell Research in Ireland'.

Prior to beginning her academic career, Ciara was a legal researcher at the Law Reform Commission of Ireland.


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