Leading Professional Society for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Connecting, Training, Empowering, Worldwide

ISCB News and Announcements

 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)