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Update regarding ISMB/ECCB 2021:

The ISCB leadership, ECCB leadership, and ISMB/ECCB 2021 Steering Committee continue to monitor the global COVID-19 pandemic, always keeping the health and safety of our membership and community at the top of our minds. At this time, we remain optimistic that we will have the opportunity to gather together in Lyon, France in July 2021. We understand that many of you may still be concerned about traveling under travel restrictions. Thus we are offering to our community the ability to attend the ISMB/ECCB 2021 conference either in person or virtually. Continue reading...

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Call for Tutorial Proposals
Deadline: December 14, 2020

Submit your proposal and build knowledge and provide hands-on training in "cutting-edge" topics relevant to the bioinformatics field and the COSI communities.

Potential topic areas may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Analysis of long read-sequencing data
  • AI and Machine Learning for bioinformatics
  • GA4GH tools for data sharing
  • Single-cell RNA, DNA or protein analysis
  • Translational informatics: Opportunities for bioinformatics in the clinical realm
  • Assembly of genomes in metagenomics
  • How to make your software sustainable and reusable for open access or commercial usage
  • Biological Sciences for Bioinformaticians
  • Data Science in Genomics
  • Workflow tools
  • Data Visualization for Bioinformatics
  • Bioinformatics on Cloud Platforms
  • Best practices
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Submit Your Nomination - ISCB Awards
 

Awards Nominations Deadline - 02 December

Submit your nomination for one of these annual awards today.  

The program is nomination based and we strong encourage the submission of nominations that are diverse in nature.

The award winners will be announced in Spring 2021.


Nominate a scientist for one of the four distinguished awards below
 
The Overton Prize is awarded for outstanding accomplishment to a scientist in the early to mid-career stage (up to a decade post-degree), who has already made a significant contribution to the field of computational biology.
 
ISCB Overton Prize Award
 
 
The Senior Scientist Accomplishment Award recognizes a member of the computational biology community who is more than two decades post-degree and has made major contributions to the field of computational biology.
 
ISCB Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award
 
 
The Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award is in recognition of outstanding service contributions by any member toward the betterment of ISCB through exemplary leadership, education, service, or a combination of the three.
 
 
ISCB Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award
 
 
The ISCB Innovator Award is given to a leading scientist, 10-20 years post-degree, who consistently makes outstanding contributions to the field of computational biology and continues to forge new directions.
 
ISCB Innovator Award
 

Recognize a Colleague for Distinguished Science:
 

Nominations Deadline - 08 December

We consider two types of Fellow nominations:

(i) Academic nominees: These are nominees who have done the bulk of their work in academia, including government and research institutions. Such nominations must demonstrate primarily excellence in research, which includes the development of methods or resources that advance research. The nomination can be strengthened by pointing to service to the computational biology community, education and/or administration.

(ii) Industry nominees: These are nominees who have done the bulk of their work in industry. Such nominations must demonstrate primarily the impact of their industrial work on the field. The nomination can be strengthened by pointing to research, education, or service to the computational biology community, e.g. by providing research infrastructure.

The Fellows program is nomination based and we strong encourage the submission of nominations that are diverse in nature.

New Fellows are introduced at each year's ISMB conference.

 
Scroll through the list of previous ISCB Fellows:
 
ISCB DISTINGUISHED FELLOWS
 
 
NOMINATE A FELLOW
 
 

 

 

 

RSG with DREAM 2020, November 16-19, 2020

Register online to attend RSGDREAM 2020

Online Registration deadline:
November 12, 2020
 
Join your colleagues for the virtual RECOMB/ISCB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics with DREAM Challenges, one of the premier annual meetings in the fields of regulatory genomics, systems biology, and network visualization.

Don't miss the incredible keynote line-up coming to a virtual landscape near you!
 
Keynote Speakers:
Keynote Speakers:  RSG with DREAM 2020, November 16-19, 2020
This multidisciplinary conference brings together both computational and experimental researchers from across the world to discuss recent discoveries about genomic and molecular regulatory networks as well as innovative, integrative methods for developing a systems-level understanding of biological activity.

The conference's virtual program activities will begin on Monday, November 16, 2020 and conclude on Thursday, November 19, 2020
 
 
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 ISCBacademy Webinar Series
 
Mark your calendars for November 12, 2020!
 
Please use the link below to find more information or to register for:
 

November 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM EST, The Illusion of Inclusion — The “All of Us” Research Program and Indigenous Peoples’ DNA by Keolu Fox, hosted by ISCB

Raw data, including digital sequence information derived from human genomes, have in recent years emerged as a top global commodity. This shift is so new that experts are still evaluating what such information is worth in a global market. In 2018, the direct-to-consumer genetic-testing company 23andMe sold access to its database containing digital sequence information from approximately 5 million people to GlaxoSmithKline for $300 million. Earlier this year, 23andMe partnered with Almirall, a Spanish drug company that is using the information to develop a new antiinflammatory drug for autoimmune disorders. This move marks the first time that 23andMe has signed a deal to license a drug for development.

Eighty-eight percent of people included in large-scale studies of human genetic variation are of European ancestry, as are the majority of participants in clinical trials. Corporations such as Geisinger Health System, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, AncestryDNA, and 23andMe have already mined genomic databases for the strongest genotype–phenotype associations. For the field to advance, a new approach is needed. There are many potential ways to improve existing databases, including “deep phenotyping,” which involves collecting precise measurements from blood panels, questionnaires, cognitive surveys, and other tests administered to research participants. But this approach is costly and physiologically and mentally burdensome for participants. Another approach is to expand existing biobanks by adding genetic information from populations whose genomes have not yet been sequenced — information that may offer opportunities for discovering globally rare but locally common population-specific variants, which could be useful for identifying new potential drug targets.

Hosted by:

The International Society for Computational Biology

 
Register for an ISCB Webinar
 
 
 

 

 International Society for Computational Biology
 
Submit Your Nomination - ISCB Awards
 

Awards Nominations Deadline - 02 December

Submit your nomination for one of these annual awards today.  

The program is nomination based and we strong encourage the submission of nominations that are diverse in nature.

The award winners will be announced in Spring 2021.


Nominate a scientist for one of the four distinguished awards below
 
The Overton Prize is awarded for outstanding accomplishment to a scientist in the early to mid-career stage (up to a decade post-degree), who has already made a significant contribution to the field of computational biology.
 
ISCB Overton Prize Award
 
 
The Senior Scientist Accomplishment Award recognizes a member of the computational biology community who is more than two decades post-degree and has made major contributions to the field of computational biology.
 
ISCB Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award
 
 
The Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award is in recognition of outstanding service contributions by any member toward the betterment of ISCB through exemplary leadership, education, service, or a combination of the three.
 
 
ISCB Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award
 
 
The ISCB Innovator Award is given to a leading scientist, 10-20 years post-degree, who consistently makes outstanding contributions to the field of computational biology and continues to forge new directions.
 
ISCB Innovator Award
 

Recognize a Colleague for Distinguished Science:
 

Nominations Deadline - 08 December

We consider two types of Fellow nominations:

(i) Academic nominees: These are nominees who have done the bulk of their work in academia, including government and research institutions. Such nominations must demonstrate primarily excellence in research, which includes the development of methods or resources that advance research. The nomination can be strengthened by pointing to service to the computational biology community, education and/or administration.

(ii) Industry nominees: These are nominees who have done the bulk of their work in industry. Such nominations must demonstrate primarily the impact of their industrial work on the field. The nomination can be strengthened by pointing to research, education, or service to the computational biology community, e.g. by providing research infrastructure.

The Fellows program is nomination based and we strong encourage the submission of nominations that are diverse in nature.

New Fellows are introduced at each year's ISMB conference.

 
Scroll through the list of previous ISCB Fellows:
 
ISCB DISTINGUISHED FELLOWS
 
 
NOMINATE A FELLOW
 
 

 

 

 

ISCB-LA SoIBio BioNetMX Virtual Symposium,  October 28 - 29, 2020
 
ISCB-LA SoIBio BioNetMX Programme Now Available
 
ISCB-Latin America SoIBio BioNetMX Symposium on Bioinformatics 2020 has just released the symposium programme!
 
 
Symposium Programme Preview
 

The ISCB-LA SoIBio BioNetMX 2020 Symposium will feature six keynote speakers, 27 talks, a Women in Stem panel and over 50 posters. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the speakers and poster presenters throughout the event and during designated networking periods. Scientific content will be available starting Oct. 27 and will be streamed on a live broadcast schedule Oct 28-29 with live Q&A.

 
REGISTER TO ATTEND - Deadline October 19
 
 
Don't forget to reserve your spot at an ISCB LA Workshop

Space is limited and complimentary, workshops & tutorials will take place online on October 22nd to 27th.

Workshop: Train the Trainer/Entrenamiento de Instructores/Treine o Treinador
9:00AM - 1:00PM Mexican Central Time (CT) on October 22 & 23, 2020

Tutorial: Discovery and phylogenetic characterization of animal viruses from metagenomic samples
9:30AM - 1:30PM Mexican Central Time (CT) on October 24 & 25, 2020

Workshop: Machine Learning in Bioinformatics using Galaxy
9:00AM - 5:00PM Mexican Central Time (CT) on October 26, 2020

Workshop: Identification of disease-associated genetic variants from next-generation sequencing data
10:00AM - 2:00PM Mexican Central Time (CT) on October 26 & 27, 202

Workshop: Management and good practices in the assembly of bacterial, archaea and fungal genomes
9:00AM - 1:00PM Mexican Central Time (CT) on October 27, 2020

Workshop: Introduction to structural bioinformatics for evolutionary analysis
1:00PM - 5:00PM Mexican Central Time (CT) on October 27, 2020

Workshop: How to annotate protein-coding genes in genomic sequences
1:00PM - 5:00PM Mexican Central Time (CT) on October 27, 2020

 
WORKSHOPS AND TUTORIALS
 

 ISCBacademy Webinar Series
 
Mark your calendars for Tomorrow, October 8, 2020!
 
Please use the link below to find more information or to register for:
 

October 8, 2020 at 1:00PM EDT, Indigenous Voices in Computational Biology: An Introduction to Ethical Genomic Research with Indigenous People by Rene Begay, hosted by ISCB

Indigenous communities through the world have distinct languages, culture, political structures, and ways of knowing. For too long, these communities have been exploited for material goods, land, and more recent for biospecimens. It is important to note that Indigenous people are not anti-science but rather support science that includes their intrinsic perspectives and expertise. Indigenous scientists are emerging across the world bridging science, policy, technology, and Indigenous ways of knowing to determine how their communities can benefit from genomic and clinical health research. The Indigenous Voices in Computational Biology series from the ISCB Academy will highlight the work conducted by Indigenous researchers in the United States, New Zealand, and other countries. Topics will include genomic data sharing, ethical engagement with Indigenous peoples in paleogenomics, and how to responsibly conduct research on Indigenous ancestors (ancient DNA). As a result, Indigenous scientists have developed their own Native biobank and hosted an international Indigenous genomics conference to discuss ethical concerns within their communities and present community based genomic research that integrates Indigenous knowledge. This presentation will introduce the series overarching themes and provide the framework that encourages ethical engagement with Indigenous communities in genomic research.

Hosted by:

The International Society for Computational Biology

 
Register for an ISCB Webinar
 
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RSG with DREAM 2020, November 16-19, 2020
 
Submit Your Research to RSGDREAM 2020
 
Abstract Submission for Oral Presentation and Poster
Deadline: Monday, October 5, 2020
 

The RECOMB/ISCB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics invites abstracts for consideration for oral presentations or participation in a poster session. Abstracts may be either original unpublished work or original work that was published or accepted for publication in a high-impact journal between January 1, 2020 and November 1, 2020. Unpublished work will be considered for either an oral or poster presentation.

Some possible topics include:

  • Network visualization and analysis
  • Regulatory motifs and modules
  • Epigenomics and chromatin state
  • Non-coding RNAs
  • Regulatory networks
  • Co-transcriptional, post-transcriptional, and translational regulation
  • Signal transduction networks
  • Genetic, molecular, and phenotypic variation and human disease
  • Cellular signatures of biological responses and disease states
  • Mathematical modeling and simulation of biological systems
  • Methods for systematic validation of high-throughput biological predictions
  • Single-cell transcriptomics
  • Single-cell proteomics
  • Metabolomics
  • Microbiome
  • Machine learning methods for systems biology
  • Translational systems biology
 
Poster presentations will be more dynamic than ever!  Each poster will have an image and abstract of the poster as well as a 3-5 minute flash talk pre-loaded into the Poster Hall.  Additionally, there will be an asynchronous Q&A chat function as well as two live poster sessions where attendees can drop by your poster for a presentation.
 
Key Dates:

  • Author notifications will occur on or around Monday, October 19, 2020
 
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 ISCBacademy Webinar Series
 
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 30, 2020!
 
Please use the link below to find more information or to register for:
 

September 30, 2020 at 11:00AM EDT, RAxML-NG: a fast, scalable and user-friendly tool for maximum likelihood phylogenetic inferenceI by Alexey Kozlov and Alexandros Stamatakis, hosted by EvolCompGen COSI

Phylogenies are important for fundamental biological research, but also have numerous applications in biotechnology, agriculture and medicine. Finding the optimal tree under the popular maximum likelihood (ML) criterion is known to be NP-hard. Thus, highly optimized and scalable codes are needed to analyze constantly growing empirical datasets.

We present RAxML-NG, a from-scratch re-implementation of the established greedy tree search algorithm of RAxML/ExaML. RAxML-NG offers improved accuracy, flexibility, speed, scalability, and usability compared with RAxML/ExaML. On taxon-rich datasets, RAxML-NG typically finds higher-scoring trees than IQTree, an increasingly popular recent tool for ML-based phylogenetic inference (although IQ-Tree shows better stability). Finally, RAxML-NG introduces several new features, such as the detection of terraces in tree space and the recently introduced transfer bootstrap support metric.
The code is available under GNU GPL at https://github.com/amkozlov/raxml-ng. RAxML-NG web service (maintained by Vital-IT) is available at https://raxml-ng.vital-it.ch/.

Hosted by:

EvolCompGenSMBE

 
Register for an ISCB Webinar
 
Upcoming Webinars: 
 
 
 International Society for Computational Biology
 

ISCB Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Sponsors Special Webinar Series -
Indigenous Voice in Computational Biology

 
ISCB, through the organization of its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, is sponsoring a series of presentations of Native voices for its membership, the broader scientific community, and the general public to highlight Indigenous research and to help build capacity for computational biology in Indigenous communities.

Recently, Indigenous authors have published several high impact articles on topics related to genomic data sharing [1], engagement with Indigenous peoples in paleogenomics [2], and responsible research on ancient DNA [3] that are important to the computational biology community.

Indigenous communities have unique and significant perspectives with respect to knowledge generation (e.g. [4-6]) in many fields related to computational biology, including biomedical and agricultural research. Many biologists are looking to traditional ecological and Indigenous knowledge to inform approaches to climate change, mass extinction and ecosystem degradation. Indigenous epistemological approaches are also important in investigations of human health and well-being [7].

Please join us for this important opportunity to learn from each other on the second Thursday of each month at 1pm Eastern Time, starting October 8, 2020 (time subject to change occasionally). Confirmed speakers include:

OCT 8 Rene Begay, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Indigenous Health Disparities
NOV 12 Keolu Fox, University of California, San Diego, Inclusivity and Precision Medicine Initiatives
DEC 10 Krystal Tsosie, Native BioData Consortium, Bioethics of Indigenous Genomics
JAN 14
Matt Anderson, Ohio State University, Microbiome
FEB 11
Stephanie Russo Carroll, Native Nations Institute, Indigenous data sovereignty
MAR 11
Maui Hudson, University of Waikato, Biocultural Labeling and Maori Community Ethics

















1. Keolu Fox, “The Illusion of Inclusion — The ‘All of Us’ Research Program and Indigenous Peoples’ DNA” New England Journal of Medicine 2020; 383:411-413 https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMp1915987
2. Krystal S Tsosie, Rene L Begay, Keolu Fox, Nanibaa’ A Garrison, “Generations of genomes: advances in paleogenomics technology and engagement for Indigenous people of the Americas,” Current Opinion in Genetics & Development 2020; 62:91-96 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gde.2020.06.010
3. Jennifer K. Wagner, Chip Colwell, Katrina G. Claw, Anne C. Stone, Deborah A. Bolnick, John Hawks, Kyle B. Brothers, Nanibaa’ A. Garrison, “Fostering Responsible Research on Ancient DNA,” The American Journal of Human Genetics 2020; 107 (2): 183-195 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajhg.2020.06.017
4. Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (University of Otago Press 1999)
5. Brian Yazzie Burkhart, “What Coyote and Thales can Teach Us: An Outline of American Indian Epistemology.” American Indian Thought: Philosophical Essays, edited by Anne Waters (Blackwell, 2004), 15-26.
6. Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants (Milkweed Editions 2013)
7. Krystal S. Tsosie, Katrina G. Claw "Indigenizing Science and Reasserting Indigeneity in Research," Human Biology, 91(3), 137-140, (9 June 2020)