PSB 2005

Mark your calendars now! The Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB) 2005 will be held at the Fairmont Orchid, Big Island of Hawaii on January 4-8, 2005. Registration opens August 9, 2004, and is limited to the first 375 paid registrants.

PSB is a forum for the presentation of work in databases, algorithms, interfaces, visualization, modeling, and other computational methods, as applied to biological problems, with emphasis on applications in data-rich areas of molecular biology. The paper submission deadline has already passed, but researchers wishing to present their research without official publication are encouraged to submit a one page abstract between August 9 and November 1, 2004 to present their work in the poster sessions

The PSB has been designed to be responsive to the need for critical mass in sub-disciplines within biocomputing. For that reason, it is the only meeting whose sessions are defined dynamically each year in response to specific proposals. In this way, PSB provides an early opportunity for serious examination of emerging methods and approaches in this rapidly changing field. PSB sessions are organized by leaders in these emerging areas and targeted to provide a forum for publication and discussion of research in biocomputing's "hot topics."

To provide focus for the very broad area of biological computing, PSB is organized into a series of specific sessions. Each session will involve both formal research presentations and open discussion groups. The 2005 PSB sessions are:

• Inferring SNP Function Using Evolutionary, Structural and Computational Methods - Cochairs: Carlos Bustamante, Shamil Sunyaev and Matt Dimmic

• Biogeometry: Applications of Computational Geometry to Molecular Structure - Cochairs: Alexander Tropsha and Herbert Edelsbrunner

• Inferring Function from Structural Genomics Targets - Cochairs: Philip Bourne, Patsy Babbit and Sean Mooney

• Computational Approaches for Pharmacogenomics - Cochairs: Marylyn D Ritchie, Michelle W Carrillo, and Russell Wilke

• Joint Learning from Multiple Types of Genomic Data - Cochairs: Eran Segal and Alex Hartemink

• Biomedical Ontologies - Cochairs: Olivier Bodenreider, Joyce Mitchell and Alexa McCray
For more information, please see the conference website at or contact Tiffany Jung, PSB Conference Coordinator, at