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Contact: Christian Shoenbach (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
10 Kent Ridge Drive
National University of Singapore,
Singapore 119242

Geographical area included: Asia Pacific

Leadership Structure: President: Christian Shoenbach, Kumamoto University, Japan
Vice President (Conferences): Paul Horton, AIST, Japan
Vice President (Research): Kenta Nakai, University of Tokyo, Japan
Vice President (Education): Ge Gao, Peking University, China
Vice President (Corporate): Sissades Tongsima, BIOTEC, Thailand
Treasurer: Khang Tsung Fei, University Malaya, Malaysia
Secretary: Hu Yong Li, A*Star, Singapore

Total Organization Members: 2000

Goals: About APBioNet: The Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet; www.apbionet.org) is a nonprofit, Non-governmental, international organization founded in 1998 that focuses on the promotion of bioinformatics in the Asia-Pacific region.

Goal of APBioNet: APBioNet is dedicated to the advancement of the field of bioinformatics, specifically the development of bioinformatics network infrastructure, the exchange of data and information, the development of training programs, workshops and symposia and the encouragement of collaborations in the field of bioinformatics with an Asia Pacific focus.

Advance the understanding and application of bioinformatics in research, education and services in the Asia-Pacific region.

APBioNet's mission, since its inception, has been to pioneer the growth and development of bioinformatics awareness, training, education, infrastructure, resources, and research among member countries and economies.

APBioNet is dedicated to:
• to the advancement of the field of bioinformatics and its development network infrastructurethe exchange of data and information
• the encouragement of collaborations in the field of bioinformatics
• the development of training programs, workshops and symposia

Activities: APBioNet has coordinated or co-organized more than 30 international and national meetings in cooperation with members in different economies. InCoB (International Conference on Bioinformatics), the flagship conference of APBioNet has been held in countries throughout the region: Bangkok (2002), Penang (2003), Auckland (2004), Busan (2005), Delhi (2006), HongKong/Hanoi (2007), Taipei (2008), Singapore (2009) and Tokyo (2010). With the endorsement and joint organisation between APBioNet and the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), the conference was designated as InCoB/ISCB-Asia Joint Conference 2011, and was the biggest bioinformatics and computational biology event of the year in Asia.
APBioNet also provides various services such as BioMirror project with APAN (Asia Pacific Advanced Network) as well as APBioBox (a suite of shrink-wrapped software) a project funded by IDRC Canada, and BioSlax in collaboration with the National University of Singapore. We are also active in ASEAN nations, particularly acting as liaison for the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Biotechnology. We are currently working on promoting more conference journal issues including those in BMC Bioinformatics, BMC Genomics and Bioinformation, as well as in partnership with other professional organisations in other impact-factored journals. APBioNet is also spearheading another interesting initiative, MIABi standards, the minimum information about a bioinformatics investigation. In addition, a new initiative, the BioDB100 of 100 MIABi-compliant databases was launched in InCoB 2010 Tokyo.

Last Updated November 22, 2017

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ISCB Affiliates


Contact: Dr Joshua Ho
Secretary of ABACBS

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
405 Liverpool Street
NSW 2010

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(61 2) 9295 8645

Geographical area included: Australia

Leadership Structure: ABACBS Executive Committee 2018:
President: Tony Papenfuss
Vice President: Aaron Darling
Treasurer: Annette McGrath
Secretary: Joshua Ho
Ordinary Member: Nicola Armstrong
Ordinary Member: Alicia Oshlach
Professional Bioinformatician Representative: Roxane Legaie
Postdoctoral/ECR Representative: Alan Rubin
Student Representative: Leah Roberts

Total Organization Members: 517

Goals: The Australian Bioinformatics And Computational Biology Society (ABACBS, pron.ˈabəkəs) is focused on the science and profession of bioinformatics and computational biology in Australia.

ABACBS aims to
1. strengthen the science and profession
2. encourage and support students
3. provide representation and advocacy
4. promote interaction and awareness

of bioinformatics and computational biology.

The vision of ABACBS is
1. for people to understand why bioinformatics and computational biology are important
2. for excellence in the science and profession of bioinformatics and computational biology
3. for good career opportunities in bioinformatics and computational biology.

ABACBS has emerged from broad consultation with the Australian bioinformatics and computational biology community, initiated by the Australian Bioinformatics Network in 2013. It was felt that there was a high level of support for a professional society representing Australian bioinformaticians and computational biologists. The Society was incorporated in November 2014, and the first executive committee was formed. The first national annual ABACBS conference was held in Sydney in 2015. ABACBS is a young society with an exciting future. We are keen to pursue opportunities for an annual conference as well as support special interest groups.

Activities: The annual ABACBS Conference (2015 Sydney, 2016 Brisbane, 2017 Adelaide). The 2015 and 2016 conference attracted about 200 participants each. Details can be found here (http://www.abacbs.org/conference2015 and http://www.abacbs.org/conference2016). It is expected that the 2017 conference will attract a similar turnout (http://www.abacbs.org/conference).

The annual COMBINE Symposium (2015 Sydney, 2016 Brisbane, 2017 Adelaide), a student-oriented symposium co-located with the main ABACBS conference. It attracts about 50-100 participants each (https://combine.org.au/symposium-2015/ and https://combine.org.au/symposium-2016/). It is expected that the 2017 conference will attract a similar turnout (https://combine.org.au/symposium-2017/).

The annual Sydney Bioinformatics Research Symposium (Sydney, 2015-2017). It generally attracts about 100-120 participants each year. More information can be found here: http://www.abacbs.org/sbrs_2016/.

Last Updated July 09, 2018

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ISCB Affiliates


Contact: Nagarajan Raju (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Outreach Chair and Prashanth Suravajhala, PhD, Founder
Mailing Address: Bioclues.org, Kukatpally, Hyderabad 500072
US Phone: +1-541-666-9547

Geographical area included: India

Leadership Structure: Bioclues Executive Team (BET):
Founders: Prashanth Suravajhala, PhD. and Pritish Varadwaj, PhD.
Advisors: GPS Raghava, PhD., Dr. Jayaraman Valadi, N Srinivasan, PhD., HA Nagarajaram, PhD., Krishna Mohan Medicheria, PhD., R Keshavachandran, PhD., Pratap VV Reddy, PhD and more.
President: GPS Raghava, PhD.
Vice President: Dr. Jayaraman Valadi
Outreach Chair: Nagarajan Raju, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer: N Srinivasan, PhD.
Entrepreneurship Chair: Mohankumar Megha

Mentoring Chair: Vishal Acharya, PhD

Research Chair: Sriparna Saha, PhD.
Women in Biology Chair: Manika Sehgal, PhD
Women in Biology Co-chair: Sujata Dhar and Dhatri Madduru
Treasurer: Saumyadip Sarkar

Total Organization Members: 3100

History: Was first founded by Prash Suravajhala and Pritish Varadwaj in 2005, virtual deployment began in mid 2006. BIOCLUES is acronymed for Bioinformatics Club for Experimenting Scientists. The organization was founded in 2005. It is a non-profit virtual organization for, by, and of the Indian Bioinformaticians. It is one of the fastest growing bioinformatics societies in India, currently serving over 3400 members from nearly 30 countries. We aim to bring together the Indian bioinformaticians, foster a strong working mentor–mentee relationship, provide access to bioinformatics resources, organize conferences and workshops besides imparting information about research, training, education, employment and current events and news from bioinformatics, genomics, and related fields. Bioclues adheres to Creative Commons License with the prime focus to help the Bioinformaticians in India to promote open access. In the year 2010, we have setup vision 2020 to ensure our thoughts are converted to actions by the said year.

The purpose of this Organization is to promote the interaction among students, scientific professionals and industrialists through budding fields like Systems biology and Computational Biology

• To create and disseminate consciousness of research in the field of Bioinformatics and systems biology through webinars
• Identify practicable knowledge drivers through a comprehensive look for computational biologists
• Impart a complete understanding of the principal bioinformatics algorithms and tools through interactive summaries, polls, discussions
• To provide an online project platform for mentoring graduate students, while bridging the interaction of students in the field of computational biology
• To cater the need of assimilating existing open source code and developing novel tools and webservers for research community
• To encourage women scientists take up bioinformatics
• To bridge the gap between academic and industry in terms of Bioinformatics and Bio IT
• (Immediate) Making 2020 Bioinformatics by the year 2020
• Reaching the unreached young scientists and researchers, encouraging them to lessen the scale of experimentation
• Making active Academicians and Entrepreneurs

The organization works on four avenues, viz. Mentoring, Outreach, Research and Entrepreneurship (MORE). We organize conferences, tutorials, trade and industrial shows, educative seminars, colloquiums, workshops so that the student-researchers are ignited in the upcoming facets of computational biology More at www.bioclues.org

Research focus area:
• Annotate and curate next generation sequencing (NGS) Datasets
• Genome Diversity and Coverage Distribution
• Pathway Analysis and Protein Interactions
• Functional Mapping with Gene Ontology
• Pipeline Development/Cloud interfaces

Last Updated November 22, 2017

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ISCB Affiliates


Contact: Name : Kengo Kinoshita (JSBi President)
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Geographical area included: Japan

Leadership Structure: President: Kengo Kinoshita (April 2017 - March 2018)(term: 1year)
Vice President: Wataru Iwasaki (April 2017 - March 2018)(term: 1 year)

Board of Directors (20 members, term: 2 years)

Term 2016/04/01 - 2018/03/31

Kiyoshi Asai
Masanori Arita
Wataru Iwasaki
Soichi Ogishima
Susumu Goto
Tetsuro Shibuya
Tsuyoshi Shirai
Kentaro Tomii
Mitsuteru Nakao
Yoshihiro Yamanishi

Term 2017/04/01 - 2019/03/31
Takeya Kasukawa
Koji Kadota
Takeshi Kawashima
Shoko Kawamoto
Hiroyuki Kurata
Masaaki Kotera
Wataru Fujibuchi
Ikuko Motoike
Atsuko Yamaguchi
Takuji Yamada

Total Organization Members: 500

Goals: History:
The Japanese Society of Bioinformatics (JSBi) was founded in 1999 for promoting researches and educational activities on bioinformatics as well as for promoting the relevant technologies and industries in Japan. JSBi tries to enhance international relationship as a member of AASBi and an affiliated regional group of ISCB (International Society for Computational Biology). The Society’s membership mainly consists of regular and student (individual) members and supporting (corporate) members.

The most important event of the Society is the General Meeting, which is held once a year and to which all the members are requested to participate. Until 2006, the General Meeting had been held as a part of an international meeting (GIW). Since GIW has become an official meeting of AASBi from 2007, the General Meeting will be held independently in Japan.

Two important activities of JSBi are the activity of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and that of (regional) Working Groups. Each SIG has its own chief-editor and steering committee. Usually, each SIG holds its own meeting, where JSBi members can attend freely, listen to invited talks, and sometimes present their own research results. The regional Working Groups have been set up for the benefit of JSBi members who live relatively far from Tokyo because many SIG meetings are held in Tokyo or its suburbs. Currently, there are six Working Groups in various areas of Japan and their existence will stimulate the local activities on bioinformatics.

Other activities include the proposal of a standard curriculum for bioinformatics education in universities and graduate schools and the editing of an encyclopedia of bioinformatics (in Japanese). The encyclopedia, written by hundreds of JSBi members and researchers in related areas, was published by Kyoritsu Shuppan. Co. Ltd. in 2006. Newsletters are delivered to JSBi members twice a year. Summer schools for students and young scientists are organized and financially supported annually by JSBi.

Activities: Activities planned and/or past:
JSBi Annual meeting.

• JSBi Newsletter (2 issues per year)
• Encyclopedia of Bioinformatics (published in 2006)

Educational Activities:
Bioinformatics Curriculum Committee:
- The proposal for Bioinformatics Education Curriculum made in 2002.
- The Bioinformatics Education Curriculum under revision since 2004.
Special Interest Groups and Regional Meetings

International Collaboration:
JSBi is a founding member of the Association of Asian Societies for Bioinformatics (AASBi).
JSBi supports GIW and other international bioinformatics meetings in the years they are held in Japan. Recent collaboring partners include ISCB for GIW/ISCB-Asia 2014 and APBioNET for GIW/InCoB 2015.

Last Updated October 10, 2017

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ISCB Affiliates


Contact: President: Keun Woo LEE, Ph.D., Professor
Division of Life Science
Gyeongsang National University (GNU)
501 Jinju-daero, Jinju, 52828 Republic of Korea
Tel +82-55-772-1360 / Fax +82-55-772-1359
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Vice President: Do Heon LEE, Ph.D., Professor
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
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General Secretary: Dae Hyun BAEK, Ph.D., Professor
Seoul National University (SNU)
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KSBi Office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel +82-2-740-8854 / Fax +82-2-747-8928

Geographical area included: Korea

Leadership Structure: President: LEE, Keun Woo 2017.1- (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., http://bio.gnu.ac.kr)

Total Organization Members: 400

• Promotion of bioinformatics research and development in Korea
• Sponsoring bioinformatics-related academic events such as symposia, workshops, discussion forums, etc in Korea
• Participation in basic and advanced bioinformatics education in Korea
• Supporting technological and industrial development in the area of bioinformatics in Korea

Brief history:
In Oct., 1998, a group of experts in the areas of life science and bioinformatics recognizing the importance of bioinformatics in the coming decades founded KSBI. Since then, experts from non-biology areas such as computer science, mathematics and so on joined it.

Activities: Activities planned and/or past: 1998. 10: KSBI Founded and the first president, Mun Hee Han, 1998. 11: Foundation memorial seminar, 1999. 2: DNA chip committee initiated, 1999. 10: Workshop, 2000. 2: Workshop, 2000. 11: The 1st International Symposium, 2000. 11: 2001. 2: 3: Newsletter service, 2001. 6: 1st Workshop, 2001. 8: The 2nd International Symposium, 2001. 10: BIOINFO2001 KSBI annual meeting, 2002. 2. 8: 2002 Winter workshop, 2002. 6. 27: 2002 2nd workshop, 2002. 11.15-16: BIOINFO2002, 2003. 2 : 2003 Winter workshop, 2003. 5. 3 : 2003 2nd workshop, 2003. 7: 2003 3rd workshop, 2003. 9: 2003 4th workshop 2003. 10. 31: BIOINFO2003, 2004. 11. 04: BIOINFO2004, 2005. 02.21: 2005 Winter workshop, 2005. 09. 22: BIOINFO2005, 2006. 09. 14: BIOINFO2006, 2007. 11. 15: BIOINFO2007, 2008. 11. 13: BIOINFO2008, 2009. 11. 04: BIOINFO2009, 2010. 12. 18: BIOINFO2010, 2011. 12. 05: BIOINFO2011 & GIW2011, 2012. 10. 13: BIOINFO2012, 2013. 11. 11: BIOINFO2013, 2014. 11. 12: BIOINFO2014, 2015. 06. 22: BIML2015, 2015. 10. 21: BIOINFO2015, 2016. 02. 15: BIML2016, 2016. 08. 17: BIOINFO2016, 2017. 02. 15: BIML2017.

Last Updated November 24, 2017

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