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Volume 8, Issue 1

President’s Column

2005 Membership Registration
Don’t Delay!

ISMB 2005
Bound To Be the Best Yet

SIG Meetings
Kick-Off ISMB 2005

ISCB Thanks Sun
for Continued Support


Calling All Leaders!

PLoS Computational Biology
Exciting Open Access Journal Launch

Student Council
Announcements & Updates

Travel Fellowships Offered
Deadlines Approaching Fast

Public Affairs

Immigration Workshop
April 16, 2005 in San Diego

RECOMB 2005 Highlights

ECCB 2005

SCCB Computational Biology
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

News from the Field

Events & Opportunities


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International Society for Computational Biology.
All rights reserved.

Events and Opportunities of Interest

ISCB Annual Conferences
ISMB 2005
United States - MI – Detroit
Dates: Jun 25, 2005 through Jun 29, 2005
ISMB 2005 (Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology) is the world’s largest and oldest Bioinformatics Conference. The conference will provide a forum for disseminating the latest developments in bioinformatics. This multidisciplinary conference brings together scientists from molecular biology, medicine, computer science, mathematics and statistics. The scope of ISMB encompasses the development and application of advanced computational methods for biological problems at the levels of sequences, cells, organs, and organisms.

ISCB Member Discount: up to $100 USD (Registration now open)
Event URL: http://www.iscb.org/ismb2005
ISMB 2006
Brazil - Ceara – Fortaleza
Dates: Aug 06, 2006 through Aug 10, 2006

The Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology will be held in South America for the first time in 14 years of the conference in 2006. Watch the website for more details as they become available.

ISCB Member Discount: will be announced when registration fees are determined next year.

Event URL: http://www.iscb.org/ismb2006

ISCB Co-Sponsored Conferences
United States - MA – Cambridge
Hosted by: Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard/Boston University
Dates: May 14, 2005 through May 18, 2005
RECOMB is a well established international conference in a dynamic field of science bridging computer science and biology. The meeting consists of keynotes from the best scientists in the field and the latest research findings presented as both oral papers and posters. The conference program includes between 30 and 40 contributed papers, that are selected by an international program committee with around 30 experts during a rigorous review. The conference series aims at attracting research contributions in all areas of computational molecular biology

ISCB Member Discount: $40 USD (Registration now open)
Event URL: http://www.broad.mit.edu/recomb2005/

European Conference on Computational Biology
Spain – Madrid
Hosted by: by INB
Dates: Sep 28, 2005 through Oct 01, 2005

From September 28th to October 1st 2005, the ECCB 05 and the Jbi 05 take place in Madrid Spain. The “Bioinformatics National Institute” (INB) will host the Conference.

An appraisal opened to the participation in which the professionals of the bioinformatics sector can interchange ideas and experiences. The ECCB conference will be a very good opportunity to fulfill these goals, and we hope to count with the endorsement of our European colleges for the consolidation of our activities in Bioinformatics.

ISCB Member Discount: 30% (Use your ISCB registered email address as your Member ID – Registration now open)
Event URL: http://www.eccb05.org

Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2006
United States - HI - Maui
Dates: Jan 03, 2005 through Jan 07, 2006
PSB has been designed to be responsive to the need for critical mass in sub-disciplines within biocomputing. For that reason, the sessions are defined dynamically each year in response to specific proposals, organized by leaders in the emerging areas, and targeted to provide a forum for publication and discussion of research in biocomputing's "hot topics." In this way, PSB provides an early forum for serious examination of emerging methods and approaches in this rapidly changing field.

ISCB Member Discount: TBA (Registration will open in August, 2005)
Event URL: http://psb.stanford.edu/

ISCB Affiliated Conferences
Structure-Based Drug Design & Virtual Screening
United States - MA – Boston
Hosted by: Cambridge Healthtech Institute
Dates: Mar 28, 2005 through Apr 01, 2005
Structure-Based Drug Design and Virtual Screening bring together high-throughput crystallography and NMR, computational advances in docking algorithms and virtual screening, and traditional techniques of high-throughput screening and combinatorial chemistry to increase the efficiency and speed of the drug discovery and development process. Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s fifth annual Structure-Based Drug Design conference continues to deliver the latest developments in de novo, NMR-based, and crystallography-based drug design, while the second annual Virtual Screening conference brings new innovation and recent results in computational methods for smarter drug discovery and development. Attend both meetings to gain insight into smarter drug design and development from methods, case studies and technologies presented by pharmaceutical, academic and biotechnology experts.

ISCB Member Discount: 10 Percent (Registration now open)
Event URL: http://www.healthtech.com/2005/sbd/index.asp
Bio-IT World Conference & Expo
United States - MA – Boston
Dates: May 17, 2005 through May 19, 2005

The 2005 Bio-IT World Conference aims to be an indispensable event, bringing together life science, IT, and healthcare professionals to discuss and evaluate the latest scientific, technological and IT breakthroughs in the post-genome sequence era. Delegates from major pharmaceutical, biotechnology, government and academic organizations will have the opportunity to learn about the latest tools, services and training that fuel bio-IT, enabling advances in genomics, proteomics, drug discovery, through to clinical trials and evidence-based medicine. For the 4th consecutive year, Bio-IT World will deliver a truly international gathering of industry leaders, IT professionals and biomedical researchers

ISCB Member Discount: 25 Percent
(Use Priority Code C0701 – Registration now open)

Event URL: http://www.bio-itworldexpo.com

The World Pharmaceutical Congress
United States - PA – Philadelphia
Hosted by: Cambridge Healthtech Institute
Dates: May 24, 2005 through May 26, 2005
This is the premier pharmaceutical R&D event of the year, for pharmaceutical researchers & executive by pharmaceutical researchers and executives. Make plans to be a part of and experience:
Over 500 Leaders in Pharmaceutical Research World Wide
• An Exhibit Hall Bursting With Energy! 78% of Attendees Making Purchasing Decisions
• Thought-Provoking Keynote Presentations From Three Senior Level Pharmaceutical Company Executives
• Walking Away with Excellent Sales Leads

ISCB Member Discount: 10 Percent (Registration now open)
Restrictions: Note: When registering, please enter or reference code ISCBDIS in the keycode box of the registration form to receive ISCB discount.
Event URL: http://www.worldpharmacongress.com/
Beyond Genome 2005
United States - CA - San Francisco
Hosted by: Cambridge Healthtech Institute
Dates: Jun 13, 2005 through Jun 16, 2005
Annual Bioinformatics and Genome Research, 3rd Annual RNA Interference, 9th Annual Proteomics, 7th Annual Systems Biology, and Innaugural Genomics Variation: Enabling Personalized Medicine
Beyond Genome Features: Over 1000 participants; Over 35 Exhibits; Multiple Keynote Addresses; Technology Workshops; Luncheon Workshops; Roundtable Discussion Groups; Interactive Tutorials

ISCB Member Discount: 10 Percent (Registration now open)
Restrictions: Discount available only for ISCB members that reference the separate pricing category on the registration form or website.
Event URL: http://www.beyondgenome.com
13th Annual Nucleic Acid-Based Technologies: Applications Amplified
United States - MD – Baltimore
Hosted by: Cambridge Healthtech Institute
Dates: Jun 27, 2005 through Jun 28, 2005

High-throughput nucleic-acid based technologies are revolutionizing modern biology - none more so than PCR – the most sensitive technique to amplify and detect low abundance mRNA and minute amounts of DNA. While PCR is the backbone of molecular biology it has not achieved the same throughput as more recent technologies such as microarrays, biochips, and parallel whole genome sequencing. New technical developments that improve the performance of nucleic acid amplification and detection, as well as practical examples of how these techniques are used, is the emphasis of this meeting.

ISCB Member Discount: 10 Percent (Registration now open)
Restrictions: Discount available only for ISCB members that reference the separate pricing category on the registration form or website.
Event URL: http://www.healthtech.com/2005/pcr/index.asp

Other Conferences & Events of Interest
Special ISCB Member Discount Offered for:

International Contract Research Organization (CRO) & Partnering Summit for Small/Medium Pharma Companies

China – Beijing
Hosted by: China Center for Pharmaceutical International Exchange
Dates: May 17, 2005 through May 20, 2005
Event Registration: Feb 15, 2005 - May 15, 2005
Early Registration Deadline: Mar 25, 2005
This event is the leading conference for this emerging segment in China. With support from the Chinese government and enthusiastic participation from industry insiders, this summit will offer significant networking and partnering opportunities for international CROs, pharmaceutical companies, investors, and other resource providers alike.

As all international participants will have opportunities to meet with Chinese industry insiders, we anticipate many partnerships and joint projects will form as a result.

ISCB Member Discount: 15 Percent (Registration now open)
Restrictions: Contact Michael Cho (michael@chinacroconference.com) to secure your member discount.

Event URL: http://www.chinacroconference.com

Bioinformatics and Genome Data Analysis

Tunisia - 3038 - Sfax
Hosted by: Centre of Biotechnology of Sfax, Tunisia
Dates: Mar 23, 2005 through Apr 02, 2005
Event URL:
EvoBIO 2005
Switzerland - Lausanne
Hosted by: EvoGP/EvoCOP/EvoWorkshops 2005
Dates: Mar 30, 2005 through Apr 01, 2005
Event URL:

International Workshop on Biomedical Data Engineering
Japan - Tokyo
Hosted by: Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), The Database Society of Japan (DBSJ), Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ), The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE), 21st Century COE Research Project
Dates: Apr 03, 2005 through Apr 04, 2005
Event URL:

Computational Methods in System Biology 2005
United Kingdom – Edinburgh
Hosted by: University of Edinburgh
Dates: Apr 03, 2005 through Apr 05, 2005
Event URL:

4th International Workshop On High Performance Computational Biology (HiCOMB)
United States - CO - Denver
Hosted by: IEEE
Dates: Apr 04, 2005 through Apr 04, 2005
Event URL:
Benelux Bioinformatics Conference
Belgium – Ghent
Hosted by: Bioinformatics & Evolutionary Genomics, Ugent / VIB
Dates: Apr 14, 2005 through Apr 15, 2005
Event URL:

2005 Symposium - Computational Challenges in Systems Biology
United States - WA – Seattle
Hosted by: Institute for Systems Biology
Dates: Apr 24, 2005 through Apr 25, 2005
Event URL:
Ingenuity Pathways Analysis: A New Way to Compare & Understand Biological Studies
United States - MA – Cambridge
Hosted by: Ingenuity Systems
Dates: Apr 27, 2005 through Apr 27, 2005
Event URL:

Biocomplexity Workshop VII: Unraveling the Function and Kinetics of Biochemical Networks: From Experiments to Systems Biology
United States - IN – Bloomington
Hosted by: Indiana University School of Informatics and Biocomplexity Institute
Dates: May 09, 2005 through May 11, 2005
Event URL:
Knowledge Discovery and Data Management in Biomedical Science (KDDMBS) In conjunction with PAKDD-05
Vietnam - Hanoi - Melia Hanoi Hotel
Hosted by: Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Dates: May 18, 2005 through May 18, 2005
Event URL:
2005 International Workshop on Bioinformatics Research and Applications
United States - Georgia - Atlanta
Hosted by: Emory University
Dates: May 22, 2005 through May 25, 2005
Event URL:
Estonia – Tartu
Hosted by: University of Tartu
Dates: Jun 09, 2005 through Jun 12, 2005
Event URL:

International Workshop on Natural & Artificial Immune Systems
- NAIS 2005

Italy - Vietri Sul Mare – Salerno
Hosted by: IIASS
Dates: Jun 09, 2005 through Jun 10, 2005
Event URL:
KRBIO’05 Knowledge Representation in Bioinformatics
Finland – Espoo
Hosted by: Helsinki University of Technology
Dates: Jun 15, 2005 through Jun 17, 2005
Event URL:
Short Course on Genome Sequence Analysis
United States - ME - Bar Harbor
Hosted by: The Jackson Laboratory
Dates: Jun 15, 2005 through Jun 22, 2005
Event URL:

Mathematics of Evolution and Phylogeny
France – Paris
Hosted by: Institut Henri Poincare
Dates: Jun 17, 2005 through Jun 21, 2005
Event URL:

BKDB2005 - Bioinformatics: Knowledge Discovery in Biology
Portugal – Lisbon
Hosted by: FCUL & IGC
Dates: Jun 17, 2005 through Jun 17, 2005
Event URL:

IEEE Workshop on Computer Vision Methods for Bioinformatics
United States - CA - San Diego
Hosted by: IEEE
Dates: Jun 25, 2005 through Jun 25, 2005
Event URL:

Workshop on Biological Applications of Genetic and Evolutionary Computing (BioGEC 2005)
United States - Washington DC
Hosted by: Genetic and Evolutionary Computing Conference (GECCO)
Dates: Jun 25, 2005 through Jun 26, 2005
Event URL:

The DIMACS Bio-Math Connect Institute 2005
United States - NJ – Piscataway
Hosted by: DIMACS / Rutgers University
Dates: Jul 17, 2005 through Jul 29, 2005
Event URL:

Data Integration for the Life Sciences 2005
United States - CA - San Diego
Hosted by: SDSC, UCSD and the CBCB, University of Maryland
Dates: Jul 20, 2005 through Jul 22, 2005
Event URL:

MAS*BIOMED - First International Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems for Medicine, Computational Biology, and Bioinformatics
Netherlands – Utrecht
Hosted by: To be held at the Fourth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Dates: Jul 25, 2005 through Jul 26, 2005
Event URL:

Systems Biology Workshop at ECAL 2005
United Kingdom – Canterbury
Hosted by: European Conference on Artificial Life, University of Kent, UK
Dates: Sep 05, 2005 through Sep 05, 2005
Event URL: http://www.cmp.uea.ac.uk/sysbio_ecal/

Third Annual RECOMB Satellite Meeting on Comparative Genomics
Dublin, Ireland
Hosted by: Trinity College Dublin
Dates: September 18 through 20, 2005
Event URL: http://www.gen.tcd.ie/recomb_cg/

5th Workshop on Algorithms in Bioinformatics
Spain – Eivissa
Hosted by: Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona
Dates: Oct 03, 2005 through Oct 06, 2005
Event URL:

Short Course on Complex Trait Analysis
United States - ME - Bar Harbor
Hosted by: The Jackson Laboratory
Dates: Oct 05, 2005 through Oct 11, 2005
Event URL:

Workshop on Statistics in Genomics and Proteomics
Portugal - Monte Estoril-Lisbon
Hosted by: Center of Statistics, University of Lisbon
Dates: Oct 05, 2005 through Oct 08, 2005
Event URL:

8th Conference on Computational Genomics
United States - MA – Cambridge
Hosted by: The Jackson Laboratory
Dates: Nov 09, 2005 through Nov 12, 2005
Event URL:

2005 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
United States - CA - San Diego
Hosted by: The IEEE and the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society
Dates: Nov 14, 2005 through Nov 15, 2005
Event URL: