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ISCB Confers ISCB Fellows Distinction to Mikhail Gelfand

 
 
The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) bestows one of its highest scientific honors, ISCB Fellow, to Mikhail Gelfand, Ph.D., for his pioneering contributions to bioinformatics research on an international scale, most recently in the area of comparative genomics. 

Bioinformatics and computational biology involve computational analyses of large complex biological data sets e.g. genomes. These analyses play a crucial role in modern-day biology and medicine.
 
Dr. Gelfand is a Professor at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia and Laboratory Head at Institute for Information Transmission Problems, Moscow, Russia.  His research specializes in comparative genomics, systems biology, molecular evolution, transcriptomics, and metagenomics.  Dr. Gelfand is a leading pioneer in bioinformatics and computational biology.  His work on gene recognition in eukaryotic genomes, integrating the nucleotide frequency statistics of splicing site and coding/non-coding regions (Gelfand, NAR 1990), led to the first spliced alignment algorithm for gene prediction (Gelfand et al., PNAS 1996) and to predicting an unexpectedly high frequency of the alternative splicing in human genes (Mironov et al., Genome Res. 1999). Gelfand was the first to predict the existence of riboswitches, regulatory RNA structures that change conformation after binding by small molecules (Gelfand et al., Trends Genet. 1999). He also demonstrated that a bacterial ribosome may act as a zinc depot (Panina et al., PNAS 2003) and how TFs find their binding sites in the cell (Kolesov et al, PNAS 2007). Recently, he worked on analysis of genome rearrangements (Moldovan & Gelfand, Front. Microbiol. 2019) and showed that younger pathogens have an increased level of genome rearrangements (Bochkareva et al., PeerJ 2018).
 
Dr. Gelfand’s impact on the field goes beyond research.  He has made fundamental contributions to bioinformatics education in Russia. In 2002, he co-founded the Bioinformatics and Bioengineering Department at the Moscow State University (MSU) – arguably, the first bioinformatics department in the world. As a professor at MSU, he trained a group of Russian bioinformaticians who are now leading bioinformatics research in Russia and beyond. In 2003, Gelfand founded the biennial International Moscow Conference of Computational Molecular Biology, the main bioinformatics conference in Russia which he has been continuously chairing since its inception. Also, each year, he teaches high school students at the Summer School of Molecular and Theoretical Biology. 
 
Without argument, Dr. Mikhail Gelfand embodies the principles of the ISCB Fellow designation, demonstrating excellence in computational biology research and service to the computational biology community.  He is the first member of the Class of 2022 to receive this honor.  
 
About the ISCB Fellows Program:
 
ISCB introduced the ISCB Fellows Program in 2009 to honor members that have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics. During the inaugural year of the program, ISCB conferred the Fellow status on the seven winners-to-date of the ISCB Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award, and recognized these distinguished scientists during the ISMB/ECCB 2009 conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Since then, ISCB has sought nominations from its community of members, which are reviewed and voted upon by a selection committee. New Fellows are introduced at each year's ISMB conference.      
 
About ISCB:
 
Since its founding in 1997, the International Society for Computational Biology, Inc. (ISCB) has emerged as the leading professional society for participants in the field of computational biology and bioinformatics. Society membership reflects commitment toward the advancement of computational biology. The ISCB is an international non-profit organization whose members come from the global bioinformatics and computational biology communities. The ISCB serves its global membership by providing high-quality meetings, publications, and reports on methods and tools; by disseminating key information about bioinformatics resources and relevant news from related fields; and by actively facilitating training, education, employment, career development, and networking. We advocate and provide leadership for resources and policies in support of scientific endeavors and to benefit society at large.
 
 
 
 
 


ISCB Stands in Solidarity with the People of Ukraine

 
The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is shocked by the recent invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation military and condemns in the strongest possible terms this aggression towards a democratic state which posed no threat to the Russian Federation. This war has no reasonable basis. ISCB stands in solidarity with Ukraine and unequivocally supports UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call to end this senseless war.  He stated on Feb. 23, “I must say, President Putin: In the name of humanity bring your troops back to Russia. In the name of humanity, do not allow to start in Europe what could be the worst war since the beginning of the century, with consequences not only devastating for Ukraine, not only tragic for the Russian Federation, but for the entire world”. Our deepest sympathy goes out to our Ukrainian research colleagues, the Ukrainian people, our Russian research colleagues who have openly condemned the actions of the Russian Federation government and all those around the world who have been affected by this invasion.

ISCB is deeply committed to peace and condemns any form of violence, harassment, and bullying. We are also committed to peaceful co-operation, mutual understanding, and tolerance across borders. ISCB recognizes that the actions of the Russian Federation government are not only crimes against the Ukrainian people but also crimes against the Russian people.  We urge scientists and institutions to avoid cutting ties with Russian scientists — a move that would further increase the isolation of Russian science.

ISCB stands in solidarity with all who are working tirelessly to protect and safeguard democracy, human life and dignity. We continue to hope for reflection, restraint, and a swift end to the crisis.
 
 
 
ISCB Announces 2022 Award Recipients
Ron Shamir, Núria López-Bigas, Po-Ru Loh, Reinhard Schneider
 
The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist Award, Overton Prize, Innovator Award, and Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award.
 
Ron Shamir, Tel Aviv University, is the winner of the Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist Award. Núria López-Bigas, Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona, is the winner of the ISCB Innovator Award. Po-Ru Loh, Harvard Medical School/Broad Institute, is the Overton Prize winner. Reinhard Schneider, University of Luxembourg, has been selected as the winner of the Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award.
 
Martin Vingron, ISCB Fellows, ISCB Awards Committee Chair remarked, “As chair of the Awards Selection Committee it gives me great pleasure to convey my heart-felt congratulations to this year’s awardees. Our community, as represented by the committee, admires these individuals’ outstanding achievements in research, training, and outreach.” 
 
Dr. Shamir, Dr. Lopez-Bigas, and Dr. Loh will present distinguished keynote presentations at the upcoming ISMB 2022 in Madison, WI, USA, July 10 – 14.  Dr. Schneider will be recognized at the conference prior to a distinguished keynote presentation.  Mark your calendars and join us for ISMB 2022!
 
 
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Professor Ron Shamir, PhD
Blavatnik School of Computer Science
Tel Aviv University, Israel


Recipient of ISCB Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist Award 
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The Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist 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. Ron Shamir is being honored as the 2022 recipient of this award.••
 
Ron Shamir is a professor of Computer Science, and Founder and Head of the Safra Center for Bioinformatics at Tel Aviv University, Israel. Prof. Shamir’s group develops algorithms and tools for analysis of genomic and systems biology data.
 
Ron Shamir made numerous ground breaking contributions to modern bioinformatics. Coming from theoretical computer science, his early contribution to biological applications concerned the problem of physical mapping. This was one of the pressing questions in the context of the sequencing of the human genome. He carried over insights from the study of interval graphs to DNA sequences and developed one of the first programs for large scale physical mapping. This work was done at a time, when bioinformatics as a field was still in an early stage and Ron Shamir through these contributions helped define the field and its methodology.
 
Over the years, Ron Shamir contributed landmark papers to many fields in computational biology. With his group he developed highly influential clustering and biclustering algorithms, the CLIQUE and SAMBA algorithms. Further work on gene expression analysis and networks has later been built on top of this, yielding, among others, the EXPANDER program. The prevalence of modularity in molecular biology, leading to the search for clusters in graphs, has been widely recognized in the last two decades. The accumulation of large-scale interaction data, such as protein-protein interaction networks, requires novel computational techniques that enable dissection of the high-dimensional genomic data. Although many bioinformatics approaches have been developed for dissection of network and similarity data separately, algorithms for joint analysis of both types of information were pioneered by Shamir’s group. Prof. Shamir proposed one of the first approaches to discovery of functional modules by identifying connected networks in the interaction data that exhibit high internal similarity. By imposing network topology constraints on clusters of gene expression data, he was able to detect weaker signals that evaded all other methods. Employing the methods he developed, Ron Shamir has pursued numerous collaborations with long-standing biological partners of his, producing many noteworthy results, e.g. on DNA repair mechanisms and on chromatin modifying enzymes.
 
Ron Shamir is known by many as a founding father of Israeli bioinformatics - he is the key person responsible for positioning Israeli bioinformatics among the top bioinformatics research schools. Shamir also contributed significantly to education in bioinformatics. He developed and taught one of the first courses in computational biology. Many colleagues have meanwhile profited from this material, which has become a de facto standard in bioinformatics teaching. Furthermore, many of Shamir’s graduate students are now themselves professors or group leaders, e.g., at the Weizmann Institute. Ron Shamir has also been highly active in the international bioinformatics community, in particular on the steering committee of the RECOMB conference and its satellite meetings. In the spring semester 2016, he organized a special semester at the Simons Institute at UC Berkeley focussed on “Algorithmic Challenges in Genomics”, which attracted a large number of high-calibre researchers and many students. 

Dr. Shamir is a researcher of extraordinary talent and breadth, influencer in bioinformatics, and a servant to the community. It is with great pleasure for ISCB to award him with this prestigious award.
 
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Núria López-Bigas, PhD
Group Leader (ICREA Research Professor), Biomedical Genomics Group, Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona, Spain
 
Recipient of ISCB Innovator Award 
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The year 2016 marked the launch of the ISCB Innovator Award, which is given to a leading scientist who is within two decades of receiving the PhD degree, has consistently made outstanding contributions to the field, and continues to forge new directions. Núria López-Bigas is the 2022 recipient of the ISCB Innovator Award.
 
Nuria Lopez•-Bigas is a biologist with a PhD in molecular genetics of deafness. She transitioned into bioinformatics during her postdoc at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI). Since 2006, she leads a research group in Barcelona focused on the study of cancer from a genomics perspective.
 
Lopez-Bigas is a leading innovator in computational cancer biology. Her group has extensively characterized the mutational profiles of cancer cells as well as studying the underlying mutational processes that lead to cancer. Her thorough, careful, and innovative approaches have been instrumental in understanding the effects of chemotherapeutic on cancer and optimizing treatments. Lopez-Bigas’s research scope spans all the way from understanding the biochemical basis of mutation signatures, through to the clinical application where she is active in developing tools to support translational interpretation for clinical application.
 
Dr. Lopez-Bigas’s research analyses have detailed the different mutational processes affecting different cells and tissues, and the role of the DNA repair pathways in fixing DNA damage and mismatches. Her group has also examined how chromatin conformation, the presence of nucleosomes and DNA structure modify DNA damage and repair thereby shaping the rate at which mutations are accumulated in genomes.
 
Aside from research discoveries, Lopez-Bigas’s group has been at the forefront of developing software and data infrastructure for cancer research. She and her group have used their IntOGen pipeline to build a compendium of mutational cancer driver genes together with information about the mechanisms by which they contribute to tumorigenesis. They have also developed the Cancer Genome Interpreter tool which addresses the need to assess the biological and clinical importance of mutations detected in a tumor sample. 
 
ISCB is honored to confer the 2022 Innovator Award to Nuria Lopez-Bigas. 
 
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Po-Ru Loh, PhD
Assistant Professor, Division of Genetics and Center for Data Sciences, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Associate Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA, USA
 
Recipient of the ISCB Overton Prize 
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The Overton Prize recognizes the research, education, and service accomplishments of early to mid-career scientists who are emerging leaders in computational biology and bioinformatics. The Overton Prize was instituted in 2001 to honor the untimely loss of G. Christian Overton, a leading bioinformatics researcher and a founding member of the ISCB Board of Directors. Po-Ru Loh is being recognized as the 2022 recipient of the Overton Prize.
 
Dr. Po-Ru Loh, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, has pioneered the development of ultra-efficient algorithms in medical and population genetics, ushering in the era of biobank-scale genomics with two of the most widely-used statistical genetics tools in the past decade, Eagle2 and Bolt-LMM. His tools have powered the analysis of millions of genomes, revealing thousands of loci underlying human health and disease.

A hallmark of his work is that he has consistently devised sophisticated algorithms and statistics to solve the most pressing issues in computational genomics and provided highly-utilized software tools that implement these methods. He is well-known for his research contribution in the areas of haplotype phasing and imputation, linear mixed model methods for genome-wide association studies, medical and population genetics, genome mosaicism, and compressive genomics. 

Loh’s innovations, contributions and ongoing potential at bringing sophisticated statistical techniques to transform computational genetics labels him one of the top computational genomics researchers of his generation. It is with great pleasure ISCB bestow this Overton Prize to Po-Ru Loh. 
 
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Prof. Reinhard Schneider, PhD
Professor, Chief Scientist, Bioinformatics, Head of Bioinformatics Core Facility, Université du Luxembourg

Recipient of the ISCB Outstanding Contributions Award 
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The Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award recognizes an ISCB member for outstanding service contributions toward the betterment of ISCB through exemplary leadership, education, and service. The 2022 recipient of the Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award is Reinhard Schneider.
 
Reinhard Schneider is a Full Professor in Bioinformatics, and Head of Bioinformatics Core Facility and Head of ELIXIR Luxembourg Node at the University of Luxembourg. His research interests focus on the development of new bioinformatics algorithms in structure and function prediction of proteins. He is involved in various national and European projects in the areas of large data and knowledge management, high performance computing, data sustainability, disease mechanisms, and data integration across disciplines including medicine and patient data. 
 
Throughout his career, Schneider has served ISCB in numerous positions, including, Member of the Board of Directors (2005 – 2020), ISCB Treasurer (2009 - 2016), and Vice-President (2005 - 2009). He also served as Head of Finance and Business Development Committee, and Head of Governance Committee. He co-organized ISMB 1999 in Heidelberg and he also served as Scientific Organizing Committee Member, Highlights Track Area Chair, or Steering Committee Member  for many of the ISMB and ISMB/ECCB conferences in the years since. In addition to committee service for ISMB, he also was involved in co-organizing several international ISCB Affiliated meetings in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. These meetings included ISCB Africa (2010: Bamako, Mali; 2011: Cape Town, South Africa) in cooperation with the African Society for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (ASBCB), ISCB Latin America (2010: Montevideo, Uruguay; 2014: Belo Horizonte, Brazil), and ISCB Asia (2011: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 2012: Shen Zhen, China; 2013: Seoul, South Korea).
 
ISCB profited greatly from the management experience which Reinhard Schneider had gained  through his involvement in several startups. His gift for people management, working with lawyers and a wide range of finance people helped reshaping the Society. Together with a web developer, he redesigned the ISCB web-portal, that helped the members to easily navigate the necessary information and this web presence is well maintained till today. He introduced multi-year membership and other benefits to the members that attracted a lot of new members and boosted the memberships and revenues. In addition, during his time as treasurer, ISCB started to invest in funds that showed to give the Society greater financial security.
 
To further his contributions to the foundations of ISCB, Schneider was instrumental in the establishment of the ISCB Student Council (ISCB SC), a platform for students and trainees to become involved with ISCB. He played an important role of mentor/advocate for and support of the ISCBSC and also strongly supported ISCBSC’s Internship Initiative to help students from underprivileged countries by offering internships in his lab. 
 
Reinhard Schneider is being recognized for his significant foundational contributions to both ISCB and the broad bioinformatics communities.  ISCB is honored to confer the 2022 Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award to Reinhard. 
 
 
 
 
 

 

ISMB 2022

Call for Proceedings - Deadline: January 13, 2022

ISMB 2022:  Madison, Wisconsin, July 10-14, 2022

   
Call for Proceedings
Deadline: January 13, 2022

ISMB 2022 invites submissions of full papers (not abstracts) consisting of new, unpublished work, reporting theoretical, computational, and statistical advances in computational biology and its intersections with other fields.

Submissions are encouraged to report on advances in algorithm development and optimization, data structures, data visualization, artificial intelligence/machine learning, text mining, statistical inference, database and ontology development, image analysis, citizen and open science, etc. to analyze all types of biological data.
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PROCEEDINGS
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What will the ISMB 2022 conference look like? We have waited patiently, carefully crafted our return to ensure a safe conference, and now we are ready to welcome you back face to face in 2022! ISMB 2022 will offer both in-person and virtual attendance. We welcome you to join us in Madison, Wisconsin, July 10-14 or virtually in our state of the art virtual interface. Your comfort level, your choice. Continue reading...
 
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ISMB 2022:  Madison, Wisconsin, July 10-14, 2022
 
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Open Calls for Submissions:


Tutorials: Closes December 13, 2021
Proceedings: Closes January 13, 2022
 
 
Call for Tutorial Proposals
Deadline: December 13, 2021

The purpose of the Tutorials program is to build knowledge and provide hands-on training in "cutting-edge" topics relevant to the bioinformatics field and the COSI communities.
*Tutorials can be planned to be either in person in Madison or fully online
*Tutorials presented in-person will be held on July 10 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. Tutorials presented online will be held on a weekday prior to the conference start. 

Submit your proposal today!
 
TUTORIAL PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS
 
 
Call for Proceedings
Deadline: January 13, 2022

Submissions are encouraged to report on advances in algorithm development and optimization, data structures, data visualization, artificial intelligence/machine learning, text mining, statistical inference, database and ontology development, image analysis, citizen and open science, etc. to analyze all types of biological data.

Submit today!

 
PROCEEDINGS SUBMISSIONS
 
 
What will the ISMB 2022 conference look like? We have waited patiently, carefully crafted our return to ensure a safe conference, and now we are ready to welcome you back face to face in 2022! ISMB 2022 will offer both in-person and virtual attendance. We welcome you to join us in Madison, Wisconsin, July 10-14 or virtually in our state of the art virtual interface. Your comfort level, your choice. Continue reading...
 
ISMB 2022:  Madison, Wisconsin, July 10-14, 2022 ISMB 2022:  Madison, Wisconsin, July 10-14, 2022
 
A NOTE FROM LEADERSHIP
 

 

 

 International Society for Computational Biology

Final Call for Fellows Nominations

Fellows Nominations Deadline - 09 December 

The International Society for Computational Biology introduced the ISCB Fellows Program in 2009 to honor members that have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics. During the inaugural year of the program, ISCB conferred the Fellow status on the seven winners-to-date of the ISCB Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award, and recognized these distinguished scientists during the ISMB/ECCB 2009 conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Since then, ISCB has sought nominations from our community of members, which are reviewed and voted upon by a selection committee. New Fellows are introduced at each year's ISMB conference.

Only members can nominate.  If you are not a current member, please renew your membership today! Click here



 
ISMB 2022:  Madison, Wisconsin, July 10-14, 2022
 

Calls for Submissions:


Tutorials: Closes December 13, 2021
Proceedings: Closes January 13, 2022
 
 
Call for Tutorial Proposals
Deadline: December 13, 2021

The purpose of the Tutorials program is to build knowledge and provide hands-on training in "cutting-edge" topics relevant to the bioinformatics field and the COSI communities. Tutorials offer participants an opportunity to get an introduction to important established topics in bioinformatics, to learn about new areas of bioinformatics research, or to develop advanced skills in areas about which they are already knowledgeable.

Submit your proposal today!
 
TUTORIAL PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS
 
 
Call for Proceedings
Deadline: January 13, 2022

ISMB 2022 invites submissions of full papers (not abstracts) consisting of new, unpublished work, reporting theoretical, computational, and statistical advances in computational biology and its intersections with other fields.

Submit today!

 
PROCEEDINGS SUBMISSIONS
 
 
EXCITING KEYNOTE LINE-UP
 
What will the ISMB 2022 conference look like? We have waited patiently, carefully crafted our return to ensure a safe conference, and now we are ready to welcome you back face to face in 2022! ISMB 2022 will offer both in-person and virtual attendance. We welcome you to join us in Madison, Wisconsin, July 10-14 or virtually in our state of the art virtual interface. Your comfort level, your choice. Continue reading...
 
A NOTE FROM LEADERSHIP
 

 
 International Society for Computational Biology
 
Recognize Achievement - Nominate a Colleague for an ISCB Award
Awards Nominations Deadline - 06 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. Self-nominations accepted.
 
Recognize Achievement - Nominate a Colleague for an ISCB Award
 
* ISCB recognizes that career paths may take many forms and that the definition of “early/mid-career” is fluid. ISCB supports researchers taking time off for maternity/paternity, care for a family member, an event of personal disability or other factors. A nominee may qualify for the Overton Prize or Innovator Award even though their actual years since degree is above the set threshold. It is the responsibility of the nominator to indicate any time off taken when submitting the nomination form. ISCB may deduct the equivalent time for the maternity/paternity leave, care for a family member or personal disability from the set award thresholds using guidance established by the European Research Council (page 19, paragraph 5).

The award winners will be announced in Spring 2022.
 
ISCB Overton Prize Award
 
ISCB Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award
 
ISCB Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award
 
ISCB Innovator Award
 
 

 

 

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