19th Annual International Conference on
Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology and
10th European Conference on Computational Biology

ISMB/ECCB-2011 - Awards


Ian Lawson Van Toch Memorial Award

JBI Award

RCSB RDB Poster Prize


Ian Lawson Van Toch Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Paper


The Outstanding Student Paper Award is given to the student who presents the most thought-provoking or original paper at the Conference, as judged by our panel of experts.

This award is given in memory of Ian Lawson Van Toch, a 23 year old Medical Biophysics graduate student at the University of Toronto who passed away in August 2007. Ian was fortunate to have already discovered his passion for computational biology and how it can - and will - lead to quantum breakthroughs in cancer research. This passion was sparked when Dr Igor Jurisica hired Ian to work in his lab at the Ontario Cancer Institute as a researcher during the summer of 2006. That introduction blossomed into a mentoring relationship that is so vital to helping young students launch their careers.

Our thanks go to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, IBM and Roche who have sponsored this award since 2008.

Past recipients of this special award include:

  • ISMB 2008: Lucas Ward, Columbia University, New York, United States
  • ISMB/ECCB 2009: Manfred Claassen, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • ISMB 2010: Keren Yizhak, Tel Aviv University, Israel


JBI Award for the Best Paper in Translational Bioinformatics

JBI (Journal of Biomedical Informatics) editorial board members in attendance at the ISMB meeting will serve as the selection committee for the JBI Award for Best Paper in Translational Bioinformatics. The finalists' papers will be identified by the selection committee in consultation with the Chair of the ISMB Scientific Program Committee, and will be announced at the end of the meeting.

The selection of the winning paper will be based on the written quality of the paper, the research described, and the oral presentation at the meeting. JBI is interested in encouraging, publishing, and rewarding papers in Translational Bioinformatics that correspond to the journal’s emphasis on innovative methodology and on the relevance of the work to human disease and its diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, or prevention. The editorial describes JBI's emphasis on this area of bioinformatics, which has been in effect since July 2009.

Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Volume 42, Issue 2, April 2009, Pages 199-200

Authors of the award winning paper will receive a certificate and a $250.00 cash award. Authors will also be invited to expand their paper for submission and possible publication in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.

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RCSB PDB Poster Prize

The RCSB PDB Poster Prize will be awarded for the best student poster presentation in the category of Structure and Function Prediction. The award will consist of a related educational book.

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