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ISCB Buzz: ISMB 2014 Recap, Conference Updates,
& Ten Simple Rules by Phil Bourne!

 

Conference Updates
Original Research Submission Deadline:
July 31!

Submit your research for presentation at the Latin America X-Meeting on Bioinformatics with BSB and SoiBio (ISCB-Latin America)!
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
October 28 - 30, 2014
Full-length Papers Submission Deadline:
July 25!

San Diego, California, USA
November 10 - 14, 2014
Poster Submission Deadline:
July 25!

Tokyo, Japan
December 15 - 17, 2014
ISMB 2014 Recap
ISCB Celebrates Outstanding Science and Innovation at ISMB 2014
ISMB 2014 came to a close on Tuesday, July 15, with a standing ovation for ISCB president, Burkhard Rost.  Over 1,300 scientists came to Boston to network, learn, and collaborate.  With another successful meeting on the books, ISCB looks forward to planning ISMB/ECCB 2015.  

- Read ISMB Conference Highlights -
Phil Bourne - Ten Simple Rules
Ten Simple Rules for Approaching a New Job
At some point in your professional career, you will be faced with a job interview. This may range from visiting a graduate school where you already have a placement should you want it, to interviewing for a very high-profile position in industry, government, or academia where there is significant competition for that job. Thinking both as a job applicant and a job interviewer about how I have approached job situations over the years before, during, and after the interview and how those situations have turned out, Phil Bourne can offer the following ten simple rules as you prepare.
 

 


 

ISCB Celebrates Outstanding Science and Innovation at ISMB 2014

ISMB 2014 came to a close on Tuesday, July 15,  with a standing ovation for ISCB president, Burkhard Rost.  Over 1,300 scientists came to Boston to network, learn, and collaborate.  With another successful meeting in the books, ISCB looks forward to planning ISMB/ECCB 2015.  

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS    

ISMB 2014, Day 1: July 13

#ISMB #KN1 Michal Linial opened the meeting with a keynote talk entitled “Good Things Come in Small Packages - Replicators and Innovators”

Linial spoke on her research group’s ‘treasure hunt for hidden functions’ driven by the guiding principles to listen to the ‘big data’ and be aware of outliers, although don’t forget the biology because the outliers may be the interesting elements.

She spent time talking about short peptides as unexplored mode of regulation, including a clan of short peptides, non-toxic TOLIPs (toxin-like proteins), which are found at at the origin of Metazoa and have been duplicated and modified throughout evolution.

#ISMB #KN2 Gene Myers gave his ISCB Senior Scientist Accomplisment Award talk  entitled “DNA Assembly: Past, Present, and Future” and chronicled the history of sequence assembly methods, starting with the “original shotgun sequencing project” on lambda phage by Fred Sanger.

He talked about the whole genome assembly approach (in a nutshell) he and his team used at Celera. All the unique sequences were identified with very low error rates and could be linked together using mate pairs to build scaffolds and assemble a complete genome.

He ended with his perspective of how demand for lower cost sequencing “after the genome” has hampered progress on the production of high quality de novo genome reconstructions.  He talked about his renewed interest in assembly using next gen long-read sequencers, which is chronicled regularly in the Dazzler Blog.

#ISMB #SS01 series of talks on human microbiome studies attracted great interest as well as the launch if the Communities of Special Interest (#COSI), which were discussed in #ISMB #SS02.

The jam-packed day was capped with a full house of football fans at the World Cup viewing area in the exhibit hall, complete with ISMB-themed espresso drinks.

ISMB 2014, Day 2: July 14

#ISMB #KN3 Isaac (Zak) Kohane gave a talk entitled “Biomedical Quants of the Word Unite! We Only Have Our Disease Burden to Lose!” during which he urged the computational biology community to get involved and do something useful to improve health outcomes. He spoke on the challenges facing e-health records, healthcare data, and getting bioinformatics in the clinic.

#ISMB #KN4 Overton Prize winner Dana Pe’er spoke on “A Multidimensional Single Cell Approach to Understand Cellular Behavior” otherwise known as "Dimensionality in Biological Data: the Power of Single Cells" in her keynote talk. She discussed how she studies biological networks in single cells using mass cytometry, which she considers a major game changer in the field. She showed how this approach could differentiate cancer cell populations from healthy populations in novel and robust ways.

ISCB held its annual open business meeting on day 2. Members of the Board spoke about the many flourishing aspects of the society, including its membership (~3000 members), meetings (8 ISCB-sponsored meetings), and other member-driven initiates. Phil Bourne, newly appointed Associate Director for Data Science at NIH and Past-President of ISCB, did a Q & A with this standing room-only audience about NIH’s new data science initiatives.

Another hot spot on Day 2 was the ISMB education workshop (#ISMB #WK06; WEB 2014), which included talks on running MOOCs, bioinformatics curricula, and gamification of bioinformatics.

ISMB 2014, Day 3: July 15

#ISMB #KN5 Robert Langer gave a keynote talk entitled “Biomaterials & Biotechnology: From the discovery of the first angiogenesis inhibitors to the development of controlled drug delivery systems and the foundation of tissue engineering.” He spoke about the many hurdles he faced while developing the first angiogenesis inhibitors and controlled release drugs, and he finished his talk highlighting his new work on “growing” livers, cartilage, and spinal implants.

#ISMB #KN6 Russ Altman delivered the ISCB Fellows keynote talk entitled “Informatics for Understanding Drug Response at All Scales.” He discussed his work on studying drug responses at multiple scales, including molecular, organism, and population responses. He concluded that informatics can be good for inferring and ranking side effects, characterizing gene-drug interactions through text mining, predicting gene expression based on a drug’s chemical structure, and using 3D protein structures to predict fragment binding.

The digital publishing workshop (#ISMB #WK06) generated a lot of interest and included talks about alternative models of peer review, FAIR data publishing (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable), and code review.

ISMB 2014 will be remembered for its fantastic and diverse keynote talks, vibrant SIGs and workshops, and the creative and stimulating atmosphere created by all its delegates. See you in Dublin next year!


ISMB 2014: Day One Recap!

www.iscb.org/ismb2014

#ISMB #KN1 Michal Linial opened the meeting with a keynote talk entitled “Good Things Come in Small Packages - Replicators and Innovators”
 
Linial spoke on her research group’s ‘treasure hunt for hidden functions’ driven by the guiding principles to listen to the ‘big data’ and be aware of outliers, although don’t forget the biology because the outliers may be the interesting elements.
 
She spent time talking about short peptides as unexplored mode of regulation, including a clan of short peptides, non-toxic TOLIPs (toxin-like proteins), which are found at at the origin of Metazoa and have been duplicated and modified throughout evolution.
 
#ISMB #KN2 Gene Myers gave his ISCB Senior Scientist Accomplishment Award talk  entitled “DNA Assembly: Past, Present, and Future” and chronicled the history of sequence assembly methods, starting with the “original shotgun sequencing project” on lambda phage by Fred Sanger.
 
He talked about the whole genome assembly approach (in a nutshell) he and his team used at Celera. All the unique sequences were identified with very low error rates and could be linked together using mate pairs to build scaffolds and assemble a complete genome.
 
He ended with his perspective of how demand for lower cost sequencing “after the genome” has hampered progress on the production of high quality de novo genome reconstructions.  He talked about his renewed interest in assembly using next gen long-read sequencers, which is chronicled regularly in the Dazzler Blog.
 
#ISMB #SS01 series of talks on human microbiome studies attracted great interest as well as the launch if the Communities of Special Interest (#COSI), which were discussed in #ISMB #SS02.
 
The jam-packed day was capped with a full house of football fans at the World Cup viewing area in the exhibit hall, complete with ISMB-themed espresso drinks.
 
The ISMB delegates are now gearing up for another science packed day!


ISCB-Latin America X-Meeting with BSB and SoiBio: Registration is Open!

 











Belo Horizonte, Brazil
October 28 - 30, 2014

Submit your research for presentation at the third International Society for Computational Biology Latin America X-Meeting on Bioinformatics with BSB and SoiBio (ISCB-Latin America) and join 450 other top-notch researchers and students from around the globe.

Don't miss your opportunity to become part of this unique and exciting conference! 

Submit your research by July 17!

Submission Topics:

  • Bioinformatics of Disease and Treatment
  • Computational aspects
  • Comparative Genomics
  • Education --The examination of how different models of learning and educational programming in bioinformatics (e.g. tutorials, workshops, courses and e-learning) can be used to impact the understanding and use of bioinformatics across different audiences.
  • Epigenetics
  • Functional Genomics
  • Genome Organization and Annotation
  • Genetic Variation Analysis
  • Metagenomics
  • Pathogen informatics
  • Population Genetics, Variation and Evolution
  • Protein Structure and Function Prediction and Analysis
  • Proteomics
  •  Sequence Analysis
  •  Systems Biology and Networks
Mark your Calendars and Join us
October 28 - 30, 2014
in Belo Horizonte, Brazil!

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Junior Principal Investigators Workshop at ISMB 2014

Sunday July 13, 10:30am - 12:25 pm, Lunch 12:30-2:00pm

Building on the success of the JPI meeting in 2013, the JPI workshop will bring together scientists who recently started or expect to start their own research group. It will serve the purpose of launching a community of junior PIs within the broader field of Computational Biology, providing the ideal platform for networking opportunities and the sharing of valuable experiences.

Present your research
During the workshop you will get the chance to present your research in a 2-3 minute elevator pitch using a single presentation slide. This will facilitate networking opportunities and help connect you with potential collaborators. If you want to present you must submit a presentation slide (see details below).

Hear from one of the best
An expert in the field (TBC) will deliver a keynote talk on how to successfully set up and lead your lab.

Discuss the challenges of being a Junior PI with your peers
There will be a series of round-table discussions at the JPI lunch (immediately following the workshop) at an offsite venue (TBC, tickets available soon). During this session we aim to learn from each other by discussing topics that are relevant to being a Junior PI. Examples: Grant writing, hiring and supervising, setting up collaborations, leading a team, and the role of social networks/media in maximizing research impact. Use the submission form to suggest topics relevant to you. Register your interest in attending the lunch during slide submission (details below).

Submission guidelines
Submission website: www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jpiismb2014.

Please include the following information in the abstract box on the submission website:

  • a short bio about you and your research to share with participants (maximum 200 words)
  • any topic recommendations for the round table discussions
  • whether you will attend the JPI lunch following the workshop to continue round table discussions (tickets sold separately)

More information

  • Workshop website: www.iscb.org/cms_addon/conferences/ismb2014/workshops.php
  • JPI COSI: http://cosi.iscb.org/wiki/JPI:Home
  • JPI linkedin group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/PIs-in-Computational-Biology-4990102
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 


Countdown to ISMB 2014!

 

 









The countdown has begun to the start of the world's largest bioinformatics and computational biology conference!

Online Registration Deadline:  June 27!


Six star-studded scientific keynotes to headline ISMB.  Join us in Boston for these great sessions and enjoy over 200 more!
 
Russ B. Altman, MD, PhD
Informatics for understanding drug response at all scales
2014 ISCB Fellows Keynote
 
Isaac (Zak) Kohane MD, PhD
Biomedical Quants of the World Unite! We only have our disease burden to lose

Dr. Robert Langer
Biomaterials and biotechnology: From the discovery of the first angiogenesis inhibitors to the development of controlled drug delivery systems and the foundation of tissue engineering
 
Michal Linial, PhD
Good Things Come in Small Packages – Replicators and Innovators

Eugene (Gene) Myers
DNA Assembly: Past, Present, and Future
2014 ISCB Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award

Dana Pe'er
A multidimensional single cell approach TO understand cellular behavior
2014 ISCB Overton Prize Award


Still need to register or book your hotel?  No worries!

Registration is still open & Many conference hotels still available.  
Go online to book your discounted room and register!
 

 

 

 


Upcoming Key Dates for ISCB Affiliated Conferences

ISCB Members and Colleagues,


Don't miss your chance to network, connect and collaborate with your colleagues at these ISCB affiliated conferences!

ISCB members enjoy discounts on all of our affiliated conference registration fees.

Renew your membership or join today, to instantly take advantage of this ISCB Member benefit!

4th Symposium on Biological Data Visualization (BioVis)
United States - MA - Boston
Jul 11 through Jul 12
The Symposium on Biological Data Visualization (BioVis) is the premier international and interdisciplinary event for all aspects of visualization in biology. The symposium brings together researchers from the visualization, bioinformatics, and biology communities with the purpose of educating, inspiring, and engaging visualization researchers in problems in biological data visualization as well as bioinformatics and biology researchers in state-of-the-art visualization research.
Online Registration Deadline: 2014-06-27
ISCB Member Discount: 50 US
 
HiTSeq 2014 High Throughput Sequencing Algorithms & Applications
United States - MA - Boston
Jul 11 through Jul 12
The Conference on High Throughput Sequencing Methods and Applications (HiTSeq 2014) is a Satellite of the ISMB 2014 conference and brings together biologists and computational scientists interested in exploring the challenges and opportunities in the analysis of high-throughput sequencing (HTS) technologies. HiTSeq 2014 is devoted to the latest advances in computational techniques for the analysis of high-throughput sequencing data including novel algorithms, analysis methods and applications in biology where high-throughput sequencing data has been transformative.
Early Registration Deadline: 2014-06-06
ISCB Member Discount: 50 USD
 
InCoB2014 - 13th International Conference on Bioinformatics
Australia - NSW - Sydney
Jul 31 through Aug 02
This year, APBioNet’s InCoB will be held earlier from 31st July to 2nd August 2014 to run back-to-back with the International Biophysics Congress 2014 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland (3-7 Aug). The main local host is Macquarie University, one of the leading research centres in Australia in the field of Bioinformatics. InCoB2014 will build on the established platform for experts and budding bioinformaticians to discuss and exchange ideas and thoughts on the development of bioinformatics in the Asia-Pacific region.
Early Registration Deadline: 2014-06-01
 
ECCB’14, the 13th European Conference on Computational Biology
France - Strasbourg
Sep 07 through Sep 10
ECCB’14 is the key European computational biology event in 2014 gathering scientists working at the intersection of a broad range of disciplines including computer science, mathematics, biology, and medicine. New challenges are emerging today in these fields with the recent advances in low-cost ultra-fast sequencing, bio-imaging and big-data approaches. Databases and software are evolving especially rapidly. Nonetheless, new algorithms are still required to improve computing with massive biological or biomedical data. Indeed, multi-scale integrative analyses are struggling to deal with the enormous complexity of biological systems modeling and the "data deluge" that results from next-generation sequencing technologies.
Event Registration: 2014-05-05 through 2014-08-29
ISCB Member Discount: 100 EUR
 
The XII Symposium on Bioinformatics / XII Jornadas de Bioinformatica
Spain - Sevilla - Sevilla
Sep 21 through Sep 24
Over the last decade, the Bioinformatics symposiums held in Spain, have received remarkable submissions from computational groups that have led to new biological discoveries. With the aim of encouraging the participation of younger bioinformaticians, this year’s symposium main theme is “Bioinformatics: The New Breed”. A great need in the scientific community is for young scientists who are aware of, and trained, to use methods, tools and approaches that combine large-scale datasets in ways that address important biological questions. One of the main objectives of this meeting is to address exactly this need.
Early Registration Deadline: 2014-07-01
ISCB Member Discount: 20 percent
 
9th Conference of the Hellenic Society for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics - HSCBB14
Greece - Attica - Athens
Oct 10 through Oct 12
The Conference, which is the major annual event of HSCBB, aims at being a forum for researchers in the relevant fields from Greece, Cyprus and other countries to present their work and creatively interact for the establishment of scientific networks and collaborations.
Early Registration Deadline: 2014-09-19
ISCB Member Discount: 50 percent
 
NETTAB 2014 From high-throughput structural bioinformatics to integrative systems biology
Italy - Torino
Oct 15 through Oct 17
The NETTAB 2014 Workshop will be a joint event with the Crystal (cl)Year meeting, in the International Year of Crystallography 2014, and it will be followed by the annual meeting of the Centre for Complex Systems in Molecular Biology and Medicine. The workshop may then represent a virtual bridge between these two events, showing how to manage and elaborate structural and high-throughput proteomics data so that it may be integrated with information from genomics and other life sciences disciplines with the aim of reaching a richer description and a deeper understanding of mechanisms and interactions in the involved system: the human being and its physiological and pathological states.
Early Registration Deadline: 2014-07-31
ISCB Member Discount: 10 percent
 
Benelux Bioinformatics Conference 2014
Luxembourg - Luxembourg-City
Dec 08 through Dec 09
The Luxembourg Centre for System Biomedicine (LCSB) and the Centre de Recherché Public de la Santé (CRP-Santé) are organizing the 9th edition of the Benelux Bioinformatics Conference (BBC 2014). The event entitled "Bioinformatics: Integrating data, teams and disciplines" will take place in Novotel-Kirchberg in Luxembourg, on December 8th-9th 2014.
Event Registration: 2014-06-01 through 2014-11-15
ISCB Member Discount: 140 EUR
 
Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB) 2015
United States - HI - Kohala Coast
Jan 04 through Jan 08
The Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB) 2015 is an international, multidisciplinary conference for the presentation and discussion of current research in the theory and application of computational methods in problems of biological significance. Papers and presentations are rigorously peer reviewed and are published in an archival proceedings volume. PSB 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of PSB. PSB 2015 will be held January 4-8, 2015 at the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island of Hawaii. Tutorials and workshops will be offered prior to the start of the conference.
Early Registration Deadline: 2014-10-31
ISCB Member Discount: 50 USD

 

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With more than 1,500 expected attendees, you don't want to be the one left wishing you were there!

Don't miss your chance to collaborate with scientists representing more than 45 countries from computer science, molecular biology, mathematics, statistics and related fields!
 
This year, ISMB 2014 offers 200+ talks spanning 14+ different topic areas, as well as 800 posters.
 
Browse through the detailed conference schedule.
 
Register now and join us in Boston for three full days of incredible science!


July 11 - 15, 2014
Boston, Massachusetts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ISMB 2014: Hot off the Press - Full ISMB Program!

Register Now for ISMB 2014 and Save $200!

 

 









Final hours left to take advantage of early registration discounts!!

Save $200 off regular prices
- ISCB Members Save $400


Fresh off the Press - Full ISMB Program!

Register today and save $200 for your all access pass to 200+ scientific sessions , 37 original paper presentations, 800 posters, and several social events.  Welcoming attendees from more than 45 countries, ISMB is the global conference to connect, collaborate and learn!

ISMB 2014 will offer a strong scientific program and the broadest scope of any international computational biology/ bioinformatics conference!

Mark your calendars for ISMB 2014!

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ISMB 2014 Program Highlights

 

 









There is still time to register!

Do you have an idea or topic for a meeting to discuss with your fellow colleagues?

ISMB 2014 offers a number of "spontaneous" open meetings to foster colleague interaction on topics of mutual interest in a relaxed atmosphere.

Submit a topic for a Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) meeting!

Don't miss your opportunity to hear incredible science presentations!  Check out the Highlights Track!

Highlights Track Presentations will be in the following areas:


ISMB 2014 is the premier international computation biology meeting worldwide, and is sure to be the year's most important computational biology event globally!

Mark your calendars for ISMB 2014 and join us in Boston!

July 11 - 15, 2014
Boston, Massachusetts