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We can all do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some simple yet highly effective tips for guarding against this virus and others like it, that you can apply at home, at work, and at the conference: 

  • Wash your hands often with water and soap for at least 20 seconds (including between fingers, both palms, thumbs, and fingertips).
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your elbow. (Discard tissues in closed containers.)
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  • Clean shared surfaces and items
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China Expresses Appreciation to Computational Biology Community

ISCB recently received a letter (click to view letter) from Xuegong Zhang, Ph.D., ISCB Fellow, expressing appreciation to the computational biology community for the quick analysis and research related to COVID-19 from the Chinese community.

Thomas Lengauer, Ph.D, ISCB Fellow, ISCB President, responded to the letter (click to view response) noting that a main goal of ISCB is to promote the necessity of open access research and data sharing. "The research that was performed in the early stages in regards to COVID-19 is a prime example of why data sharing is so important to our research community."

ISCB expresses its sympathy with all those communities affected by the virus. We strongly encourage our community to continue to take the proper preventive measures (tips can be found here.)

Access the ISCB COVID-19 Articles and Data Sharing Forum here.

 

 

ISCB-LA SoIBio BioNetMX 2020 | Oct 25 – 30, 2020 | Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico

Submit Research to ISCB-LA

You can be part of the 2020 ISCB-LA SoIBio BioNetMX Conference. The conference is now accepting submissions for workshop and tutorials, articles for oral presentation, and abstracts for oral and poster presentation.

 
 
Call for Workshops
Deadline: May 25, 2020

We invite scientists and professionals working in the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology to submit high-quality proposals for tutorials, workshops or mini-courses (tutorial program). These sessions can be both full day or half day sessions and will take place on the 25th or 26th of October 2020.

More details and submission criteria
 
WORKSHOP SUBMISSIONS
 
 
Call for Article Submissions
Deadline: May 1, 2020

The Interface Focus Journal has committed to creating a special issue for this conference with up to twelve peer-reviewed articles. Article submissions will close May 1st, giving enough opportunity for authors to prepare their manuscripts. Selected manuscripts will be slated for oral presentation at the conference. 

More details and submission criteria
 
ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS
 
 
Call for Abstract Submissions
Deadline: August 24, 2020

The conference invites abstracts for research that is topical to bioinformatics and computational biology for consideration for oral and/or poster presentation.

Talks and posters will be organized according to scientific topics, which are covered by the conference. Abstracts will be selected for oral or poster presentation on the corresponding session.

Details and submission criteria
 
ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS
 
 
 
 

 

 

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The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is acutely aware that global science is facing substantial challenges regarding equity and inclusion. Current science is still dominated by males and by what is shortly called "the West". In our Society, we are vigorously working to bring this skew into balance. We are actively pursuing balance in our governing bodies, most relevantly in our Board of Directors and slate of Officers. Furthermore, we have implemented processes towards achieving more balance in our suite of award winners, Fellows, and invited conference keynotes.  We are guiding our affiliated conferences on the importance of diversity balance within their own programs. We also encourage our members to support these endeavors by providing nominations of excellent scientists from all corners of science and of the world to all of ISCB’s programs.

At the same time, we are aware that improving equity and inclusion is a process that requires long-term dedication. Progress indicated by corresponding statistics will only be observed gradually. Moreover, while the criterion of balance is an important one it is not the only one in science.

We continually revisit our procedures for progress towards equity and inclusion and assess their efficacy. We do not think that automated procedures of assessment are appropriate for this purpose. Algorithms performing such categorization suffer from inherent limitations that distort the notion of balance we are striving for. Specifically, categorization of disjoint regional, ethnic or gender groups of scientists, while easing classification, also functions divisively.

We are committed to continuing and strengthening our efforts towards achieving equity and inclusion in our Society and invite the members of our Society and the scientific community to engage in a dialog with us on this issue.

 
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ISCB Announces 2020 Award Recipients
Judith Blake, Xiaole Shirley Liu, Jian Peng, Steven Salzberg


The International Society of Computational Biology (ISCB) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist Award, Overton Prize, Innovator Award, and Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award. "The ISCB awards program highlights scientists in our field who are beacons at the junior, mid-term and senior career stage and scientists who have shown extraordinary commitment to our Society and the field at large,” said ISCB President, Thomas Lengauer. “Our awards committee under the leadership of Ron Shamir has thoughtfully and in an established process selected this year's awardees and has come up with a very impressive slate. I congratulate all award winners for their achievements and the awards committee for doing a fabulous job."
 
Steven L. Salzberg, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is the winner of the Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist Award. Jian Peng, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the Overton Prize winner. Xiaole Shirley Liu, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard School of Public Health, is the winner of the ISCB Innovator Award. Judith Blake, Jackson Laboratories, has been selected as the winner of the Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award.


Steven L. Salzberg, PhD -  Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2020 Recipient of ISCB Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist Award Steven L. Salzberg, PhD
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biostatistics,
Director, Center for Computational Biology, McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
 
Recipient of ISCB Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist 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. Steven L. Salzberg is being honored as the 2020 winner of the ISCB Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist Award.­­
 
Steven L. Salzberg, is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University, where he also is the Director of the Center for Computational Biology. Dr. Salzberg received his Ph.D in Computer Science, Harvard University in 1989.
 
His group’s research focuses on the development of new computational methods for analysis of DNA from the latest sequencing technologies.  Over the years, he and his group have developed and applied software to many problems in gene finding, genome assembly, comparative genomics, evolutionary genomics, and sequencing technology itself, taking new challenges and developing multiple novel, high-impact computational methods, many of which are in extremely broad use.
 
Dr. Salzberg is one of the most accomplished computational biologists in the world today. Over the past 20 years he has created, over and over again, strikingly innovative computational methods that addressed critical needs in genome analysis. One of his trademarks has been the development of algorithms that are not only accurate but also incredibly efficient, often representing dramatic leaps forward in technology. He has also been a leader in building computational methods to make novel biological discoveries, in species ranging from viruses to bacteria to animals. All of Salzberg’s bioinformatics systems have been released as free, open-source software, and he won the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Science for his advocacy of open-source software and of open sharing of genome sequence data. 


 
Jian Peng, PhD,  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020 Recipient of the ISCB Overton Prize Jian Peng, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Medicine (by courtesy), Institute of Genomic Biology (affiliate)
Cancer Center at Illinois (affiliate), National Center of Supercomputing and Applications (affiliate), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 
Recipient of the ISCB Overton Prize

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. Jain Peng is being recognized as the 2020 winner of the Overton Prize.
 
Jian Peng is an Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since his undergraduate degree in China, Jian Peng has pioneered the application of deep learning techniques to computational biology, including protein structure prediction, biological network analysis, and drug discovery, by developing highly innovative methods to successfully address non-trivial challenges.
 
Jian Peng has spearheaded some of the most impressive contributions to our field such as the application of deep learning techniques to protein contact map prediction, his invention of a novel computational framework for simultaneous dimensionality reduction of multiple heterogeneous biological networks, enabling state-of-the-art function prediction and drug discovery and the development of TransposeNet, an approach that translates discoveries from model organisms to human, for which adequate approaches did not previously exist.
 
Dr. Peng has established himself as internationally-renowned researcher in structure-based, genome scale prediction. 

Xiaole Shirley Liu, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 2020 Recipient of ISCB Innovator AwardXiaole Shirley Liu, PhD
Professor, Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Co-director, Center for Functional Cancer Epigenetics, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
 
Recipient of ISCB Innovator Award

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. Xiaole Shirley Liu is the 2020 winner of the ISCB Innovator Award.
 
Xiaole Shirley Liu has been an innovative and prolific computational cancer biologist. Her research focuses on algorithm development and integrative modeling of high throughput data to understand the specificity and function of regulator genes in tumor development, progression, drug response and resistance. With many contributions to the field, she was a natural choice for this year’s award.  
 
In computational biology, her laboratory developed widely used algorithms and tools for transcription factor motif finding, ChIP-chip/seq, chromatin accessibility profiles, CRISPR screen analyses, and tumor immune characterization. Many of her algorithms helped the community adopt new genomics technologies.
 
In transcription and epigenetic gene regulation, Dr. Liu has been a pioneer in using chromatin dynamics to predict trans-factors and cis-elements involved in biological processes and diseases. As a member of the mod/ENCODE consortium she helped establish best practices in ChIP-chip/seq. She and colleagues generated the first high throughput nucleosome map in the human genome, and identified the chromatin signature of embryonic pluripotency. Her work significantly advanced the understanding of the roles of many genomic and proteomic elements in cancer.
 
In translational cancer research, Dr. Liu contributed to the discovery of drug response biomarkers, drug resistance mechanisms, and effective combination therapies. Through analyses of large-scale compound and genetic screens as well as tumor profiling cohorts, her group revealed the functions of steroid hormone therapies, epigenetic inhibitors, gamma secretase inhibitor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors, and immune checkpoint inhibitors in different cancers. 

Judith Blake, PhD, The Jackson Laboratory, 2020 Recipient of the ISCB Outstanding Contributions Award Judith Blake, PhD
Professor, The Jackson Laboratory
 
Recipient of the ISCB Outstanding Contributions Award

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 2020 recipient of the Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award is Judith Blake.
 
Judith Blake is a Professor at The Jackson Laboratory.   Blake is one of the leaders and founding principal investigators of the Gene Ontology (GO) Consortium, which provides controlled structured vocabularies for molecular biology and has had tremendous impact on both molecular and computational biology. These are fundamental building blocks in a wide variety of bioinformatics and computational applications. Her research is in the area of functional and comparative genome informatics. She develops systems to integrate genetic, genomic and phenotypic information, and has had significant influence on semantic systems use in biology and on bio-curation as a field.
 
Dr. Blake is a prominent and loyal member of the ISCB, who has served on its Board of Directors and as the ISCB representative to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. She chairs the ISCB Public Affairs and Policy committee,  while performing a variety of other roles on program and review committees.  
 
Dr. Blake is being recognized for her many years of significant contributions to both ISCB and the broad bioinformatics and bio-curation communities.

ISCB will present the Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist Award, Overton Prize, Innovator Award and Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award, at ISMB 2020 (www.iscb.org/ismb2020), which will take place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 12-16, 2020 where, in addition, Peng, Liu, and Salzberg will present keynote addresses during the conference.
 
Full bibliographical articles profiling the award recipients will be available in the ISMB 2020 focus issue of the ISCB newsletter later this year, as well as the ISCB Society Pages in OUP Bioinformatics, and F1000 Research ISCB Community Journal.

 

 

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19th European Conference on Computational Biology, 5 - 9 September 2020 - Sitges, Barcelona

Call for Workshops/SIGs & Tutorials
Submission deadline extended to February 10, 2020

Don't miss the opportunity to submit your proposal to discuss scientific and technical issues, exchange research ideas, and share practical experiences on a range of focused or emerging topics in Bioinformatics.

 
Workshops/SIGs - Submit Your Proposal
 
Tutorials - Submit Your Proposal
 


 

 

ISMB 2020
Final Call for Proceedings & Special Sessions

ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020, Montréal, Canada

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Did you forget to submit?  There is still time for two closing opportunities:

Deadline:
 
January 30, 2020

Submit full papers (not abstracts) consisting of new, non-published 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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Call for Special Session Proposals
- There's still time to submit!

Deadline:
January 30, 2020

ISMB 2020 features a Special Sessions track for emerging research areas that will run throughout the conference in parallel to other tracks (except the keynote presentations) --- Submit your proposal today!

Special Sessions have the purpose of introducing the ISCB community and conference delegates to relevant 'hot' topics that are not already covered in the COSI tracks. Sessions can be considered as mini-symposia on timely topics, or new emerging area presented by top experts.  Scroll through some attractive topic options here.


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ISCB Buzz: Latest News, Events & Announcements
Thank you for your service to ISCB

ISCB sincerely thanks the following individuals for their service as they end their leadership terms:
Reinhard Schneider, ISCB Board of Directors

Burkhard Rost, ISCB Board of Directors

Janet Kelso, ISCB Vice President
ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020, Montréal, Canada
 

Opportunities to submit to ISMB 2020:

Call for Proceedings!
Deadline: January 30, 2020
ISMB 2020 invites submissions of full papers (not abstracts) consisting of new, non-published work, reporting theoretical, computational, and statistical advances in computational biology and its intersections with other fields.

Call for Special Sessions Proposals!
Deadline: January 30, 2020
Submit your ISMB 2020 Special Sessions Proposal for emerging research areas! Special Sessions introduce the ISCB community and ISMB delegates to relevant 'hot' topics that are not already covered in the COSI tracks.

Call for Tech Talks!
Deadline: May 7, 2020
Take this opportunity to showcase your latest software and/or hardware relevant to the bioinformatics/molecular biology community.

ISCB Career Center
ISCB Career Center – the place to post a job, search for a job, or upload your CV. Job posting and CV upload is complimentary for members. Nonmember may also participate for a nominal fee.

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ECCB 2020: Call for Workshops/SIGs & Tutorials
Submission deadline: January 30th, 2020
Don't miss the opportunity to submit your proposal to discuss scientific and technical issues, exchange research ideas, and share practical experiences on a range of focused or emerging topics in Bioinformatics.

Visit https://eccb2020.info/ for more information.
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ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020, Montréal, Canada

 

Submit Research to ISMB 2020

ISMB brings together scientists from computer science, molecular biology, mathematics, statistics and related fields and provides an intense multidisciplinary forum for disseminating the latest developments in bioinformatics/computational biology.

Submit Your Research
 
Call for Special Session Proposals
Deadline: January 30, 2020

ISMB 2020
features a Special Sessions track for emerging research areas that will run throughout the conference in parallel to other tracks (except the keynote presentations) --- Submit your proposal today!
 
 
Call for Proceedings
Deadline: January 30, 2020

ISMB 2020 invites submissions of full papers (not abstracts) consisting of new, non-published work, reporting theoretical, computational, and statistical advances in computational biology and its intersections with other fields --- Submit today.
 
 
Call for Technology Tracks
Deadline: May 7, 2020

Take this opportunity to showcase your latest software and/or hardware relevant to the bioinformatics/molecular biology community. Showcase your technology at ISMB.
 
Exciting Keynote Line-up
 
Laxmi Parida - Master Inventor, Mathematical Sciences Council IBM Academy of Technology IBM T. J. Watson Research Center Laxmi Parida
Master Inventor, Mathematical Sciences Council
IBM Academy of Technology
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
Elaine Mardis - The Steve and Cindy Rasmussen Nationwide Foundation Endowed Chair in Genomic Medicine Co-Executive Director, The Ohio State University College of Medicine Elaine Mardis
The Steve and Cindy Rasmussen Nationwide Foundation Endowed Chair in Genomic Medicine
Co-Executive Director, The Steve and Cindy Rasmussen Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
 
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ISMB 2020
Call for Proceedings!

ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020, Montréal, Canada

  JANUARY 2020
  30
  PROCEEDINGS
  SPECIAL
SESSIONS
  DISTINGUISHED
KEYNOTES
  KEY DATES
  EXHIBITORS
& SPONSORS
  JOIN ISCB
  ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020, Montréal, Canada
  ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020, Montréal, Canada
  ISMB 2020 - July 12 - 16, 2020, Montréal, Canada



ISMB 2020 Call for Proceedings!

Deadline:
 
January 30, 2020

Submit full papers (not abstracts) consisting of new, non-published 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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Call for Special Session Proposals
- There's still time to submit!

Deadline:
January 30, 2020

ISMB 2020 features a Special Sessions track for emerging research areas that will run throughout the conference in parallel to other tracks (except the keynote presentations) --- Submit your proposal today!

Special Sessions have the purpose of introducing the ISCB community and conference delegates to relevant 'hot' topics that are not already covered in the COSI tracks. Sessions can be considered as mini-symposia on timely topics, or new emerging area presented by top experts.  Scroll through some attractive topic options here.


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