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ISMB/ECCB 2013 Student Council Symposium - Junior PI (new!) and Upcoming Submission Deadlines

Dear Colleague,

The ISMB/ECCB 2013 Conference is just a few months away and the opportunities to participate beyond attending, are closing soon.  The Student Council Symposium and a "New for 2013" opportunity - the Junior PI Satellite Meeting, are highlighted below.  Also, don't miss the upcoming deadlines for submitting abstracts of your research as appropriate.


ISCB Student Council Symposium - July 19, 2013

 

The Student Council Symposium is a forum for students, post docs, and young researchers in the fields of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Participants have the opportunity to present their work to an international audience, build a network within the computational biology community and develop important soft skills in an environment that fosters exchange of ideas and knowledge.

We encourage you to submit an abstract and to bring a poster for showcasing your work at the Symposium's poster session. As a central part of the Symposium, ten abstracts from among those submitted will be selected for an oral presentation. We accept abstracts covering both scientific studies as well as novel tools and applications in the field of computational biology and bioinformatics.

Submit your abstract today! Submission deadline is April 16.

Travel fellowships will be available for accepted abstracts, and awards will be given to best posters and presentations.

Junior PI meeting: a satellite of ISMB-ECCB 2013 - July 20, 2013

Transitioning from Post-doc to (junior) PI is a major step in the scientific career ladder bringing new challenges to the scientist. Key among these challenges is moving from a single project-based responsibility to being responsible for the projects of students, technicians, and postdocs. On top of this, the researcher is expected to be a successful grant writer, a human resources manager, an engaging speaker, etc.

In this meeting we aim to bring together scientists who have recently started or wish to start their own research group. This meeting will serve as a platform for building a community of junior PIs within the broader field of Computational Biology.

To participate you have to submit a short summary of your scientific research interests and future plans which will be distributed before the event to all participants to facilitate the interactions. They will also be peer-reviewed as part of the participant selection process. One of the most important goals of this meeting is to stimulate peer-to-peer interactions, which requires time and effort. We will thus require all participants to commit to the entire program duration.

The total number of delegates will be capped at 50, so don't wait to submit your abstract!    Submission deadline: April 19

Additional upcoming submission opportunities/deadlines for ISMB/ECCB 2013 include:


The ISMB/ECCB 2013 Conference will be held July 21-23 at the ICC Berlin, Germany.


ISMB/ECCB 2013 Registration opens April 1, 2013.

We look forward to seeing you in Berlin.
 
Sincerely,

Burkhard Rost, Anna Tramontano, Martin Vingron, Conference Co-chairs, ISMB/ECCB 2013

Last chance for CSHALS - Don't miss the excellent program for 2013!

CSHALS registration is still available - don't delay!

Register now at: >> CSHALS 2013 REGISTRATION <<

Don't miss the excellent program lined up for next week in Cambridge!

 

CSHALS 2013 is the premier event focused on the use of semantic technologies in the pharmaceutical industry, including hospitals/healthcare institutions and academic research labs.

The conference will be held February  27 - March 1, 2013 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA, USA.  CHSALS 2013 features two pre-conference tutorials, and over 20 presentations.  Leading keynote speakers include:

• Olivier Bodenreider, Cognitive Science Branch, National Library of Medicine, United States

• Stefan Decker, National University of Ireland, Galway, DERI, Ireland

• Lynette Hirschman, The MITRE Corporation, United States

• Edward H. Shortliffe, Arizona State University; Columbia University; and New York Academy of Medicine, United States

 

The full conference schedule is available here:  CSHALS 2013 Schedule.

The complete listing of poster presentations is available here:  CSHALS 2013 Presentations

Registration details, here: Register Now

 

We look forward to seeing you next week!

 

Sincerely,

The CSHALS 2013 Organizing Committee

ISCB Announces Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

David Eisenberg and Goncalo Abecasis Named 2013 ISCB Award Winners

The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Senior Scientist Accomplishment Award and Overton Prize Award. This year's winner of the Senior Scientist Accomplishment Award is David S. Eisenberg of the University of California, Los Angeles. The Overton Prize Award winner is Goncalo Abecasis of the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

The ISCB Senior Scientist Accomplishment Award recognizes preeminent members of the computational biology community who have made major contributions to the field of computational biology through research, education, and service. David Eisenberg exemplifies these qualifications. Eisenberg is professor of chemistry and biochemistry and biological chemistry at UCLA, as well as HHMI Investigator and director of the UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics. He studies protein interactions by X-ray crystallography, bioinformatics, and biochemistry, with an emphasis on amyloid-forming proteins. This recently recognized protein state offers opportunities to understand cells in health and disease, and in synthesizing new materials and in understanding processes as diverse as biofilms and corrosion.

Eisenberg has published over 300 papers, he has been cited nearly 50,000 times, and holds half a dozen patents. His numerous awards and accolades include the Harvey Prize in Human Health in 2008, the UCLA Seaborg Medal in 2004, the Stein and Moore Award of the Protein Society in 2000, and membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Institute of Medicine.

ISCB established the Overton Prize in memory of G. Christian Overton, a major contributor to the field of bioinformatics and founding member of the ISCB Board of Directors, who died unexpectedly in 2000. The Overton Prize is awarded annually to an emerging scientist, in the early to middle stage of their career, who is recognized for outstanding accomplishment and significant contribution to the field of computational biology through research, education, and/or service. ISCB is pleased to honor Goncalo Abecasis, Felix E. Moore Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan, with this award.

Abecasis has been instrumental in the development of computational and statistical approaches for the analysis of human variation and disease. His work focuses on the use of linkage disequilibrium derived from high-throughput data in order to map complex disease susceptibility genes. Methods developed by Abecasis enabled construction of the first chromosome-wide linkage disequilibrium map in humans, provided graphical tools for exploring haplotypes of interest, and provided software for variant calling which was used in the 1000 Genomes Project. Work in his lab is facilitating the identification of genes involved in diabetes, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and other age-related traits.

Abecasis has demonstrated an immense talent for identifying important challenges in modern, high-throughput biology, and has developed excellent computational and statistical methods to address these. He has produced many notable papers, with more than 150 well-quoted articles. Among his many awards and honors, Abecasis is the recipient of the University of Michigan School of Public Health Research Excellence Award in 2008 and was named a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences in 2005. He was presented with the Fulker Award in 2000 from the Behavior Genetics Association.

In naming Abecasis as the 2013 Overton Prize Award winner, ISCB recognizes not only the outstanding contributions of Abecasis, but also the importance of the field of statistical genetics and its important relationship to computational biology and bioinformatics.

ISCB will present the Senior Scientist Award and Overton Prize Award at its 21st Annual Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology Conference, which takes place with the 12th European Conference on Computational Biology (ISMB/ECCB 2013) in Berlin, Germany, July 19-23, 2013.  Eisenberg and Abecasis will present their work in keynote talks at ISMB/ECCB 2013.

Full bibliographical articles highlighting the award recipients will be available in the ISMB/ECCB 2013 focus issue of the ISCB newsletter later this year.

About ISCB

ISCB, the International Society for Computational Biology, is a global community of 3000+ scientists dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of living systems through computation. ISCB convenes the world's experts and future leaders in top conferences and publications that promote discovery and expand access to computational biology and bioinformatics. We deliver valuable information about training, education, employment, and relevant news. ISCB provides an influential voice on government and scientific policies that are important to our members and benefit the public.

www.iscb.org

 

ISCB Africa ASBCB 2013 (Morocco) - Last Chance for Online Registration!

The ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference on Bioinformatics is coming to Morocco, and on-line registration closes  

Wednesday, March 6th.  

Don't miss this exciting conference. Register NOW!


The conference will take place March 13-15, 2013 at the Novotel City Center Hotel in Casablanca, Morocco.  Pre-conference workshops will be offered March 11-12 at the Institut Pasteur in Morocco.

ISCB Africa ASBCB 2013 Conference on Bioinformatics will feature a broad Bioinformatics scope that includes a special focus on infectious diseases relevant to Africa.

Keynote Speakers are

  • Erik Bongcam-Rudloff
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
    Next Generation Biotechnologies and society: New Insights
  • Doumbia Seydou, University of Bamako, Mali.
    Bioinformatics for Public Health in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Jean-Michel Claverie
    University of Mediterranée School of Medicine
    Open questions About Giant Viruses
  • Muntaser Ibrahim
    University of Khartoum
    Genome Analysis Under Thrust of Diversity
  • Dr. Alfonso Valencia
    Universidad Complutense de Madrid
    Cancer Genome Analysis

To view the entire program, visit www.iscb.org/iscbafrica2013-program/agenda

We look forward to seeing you in Casablanca!

Sincerely,

Alia Benkahla,  Conference Chair

Fouzia Radouani,  Conference Co-chair

ISMB/ECCB 2013- Highlights Submission Deadline this Friday!

Dear Colleague,

The ISMB/ECCB 2013 Conference is just five months away and the opportunities to submit your best research work for presentation at the conference are closing soon.  

The deadline for submissions for the Highlights Track is this Friday, March 1st!

Additional upcoming submission opportunities/deadlines  include:


In addition to the above conference tracks several Special Interest Group and Satellite Meetings have open calls for participation, and we encourage you to visit the SIGs & Satellite Meetings page for links to the websites of each of these separate events.

The conference will be held July 21-23 at the ICC Berlin, Germany, and will feature two pre-conference days of science (July 19 & 20) which include Special Interest Group meetings (SIGs) , Satellite Meetings, and Student Council Symposium and new for 2013, a Jr. Principal Investigator meeting.

ISMB/ECCB 2013 Registration opens April 1, 2013.


We look forward to seeing you in Berlin.

Sincerely,

Burkhard Rost, Anna Tramontano, Martin Vingron, Conference Co-chairs, ISMB/ECCB 2013
 

The Next NGS Challenge 2013 - Last Call for Posters

 Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

The deadline for submitting Poster abstracts for The Next NGS Challenge, is

this Friday, March 1st!

Please consider submitting a poster (click here) and participating in this exciting conference.

Posters are intended to be a dynamic vehicle for communicating last or on-progress results. Poster sessions will be held from 17:00-19:00 h. on both Conference days and will be accompanied by light snacks and drinks to favor discussion and communication. Students are especially encouraged to present their work in this way.

The Next NGS Challenge Conference, a joint event of the EU COST Action SeqAhead, the EMBnet, the International Society of Computational Biology (ISCB) and the 7FP Project STATegra, is dedicated to the presentation of innovative computational approaches to the analysis of high-throughput sequencing data.  The Conference will consist of keynote lectures, oral presentations and lively poster sessions.

The conference will be held in Valencia, Spain, on May 14-16, 2013.

Registration is open, with an early registration discount available until March 15, 2013.

You can find further information at the Conference site: http://www.thenextngschallenge.org/.

 

We look forward to seeing you in Spain!

Ana Conesa, CIPF (Spain)

Chair,  The Next NGS Conference 2013

ISCB Africa ASBCB 2013 (Morocco) - Call for Papers and Posters Reopened!

Dear ISCB and ASBCB Members and Colleagues,

We have extended the time for submissions of papers and posters, for the upcoming ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference on Bioinformatics, being held in Morocco!  

Don't miss this opportunity to submit a paper or poster of your work! 

Submissions will be accepted through March 4th.

Paper/poster selection may be determined very close to the start of the conference, however, and financial support is not available.

Conference sessions will be organized within the topic areas listed below. Papers and posters may cover any area of computational biology, and any accepted papers covering an area other than those listed below will be woven into the agena at the most appropriate slots available:

  • Host/pathogen systems biology
  • Bioinformatics of human genetics
  • Molecular epidemiology and evolution
  • Functional, structural and comparative genomics
  • Database and resource development
  • Search and design of vaccines and drugs

The conference will take place March 13-15, 2013 at the Novotel City Center Hotel in Casablanca, Morocco.  Pre-conference workshops will be offered March 11-12 at the Institut Pasteur in Morocco.

Early registration rates will be available through March 1, 2013.

Register (click here) today to take advantage of these discounted rates.

ISCB Africa ASBCB 2013 Conference on Bioinformatics will feature a broad Bioinformatics scope that includes a special focus on infectious diseases relevant to Africa.

Keynote Speakers are

  • Erik Bongcam-Rudloff, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Next Generation Biotechnologies and society: New insights
  • Doumbia Seydou, University of Bamako, Mali., Bioinformatics for Public Health in Africa: Challenges and opportunities              
  • Jean-Michel Claverie, University of Mediterranée School of Medicine, Open questions about giant viruses 
  • Muntaser Ibrahim, University of Khartoum, Genome analysis under thrust of diversity
  • Alfonso Valencia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Cancer Genome Analysis

To view the entire program, visit http://www.iscb.org/iscbafrica2013-program/agenda

We look forward to seeing you in Casablanca!

 

Sincerely,

Alia Benkahla,  Conference Chair

Fouzia Radouani,  Conference Co-chair

ISMB/ECCB 2013 Upcoming Submission deadlines

The ISMB/ECCB 2013 is just five months away and the opportunities to submit your best research work for presentation at the conference will soon be coming to a close.  The conference will be held July 21-23 at the ICC Berlin, Germany, and will feature two pre-conference days of science (July 19 & 20) which include Special Interest Group meetings (SIGs) , Satellite Meetings, and Student Council Symposium and new for 2013, a Jr. Principal Investigator meeting.

Upcoming submission opportunities/deadlines for ISMB/ECCB 2013 include:

Highlights Track:  March 1

Late Breaking Research: March 15

Posters (including a new "Education" area) : March 22

Technology Track:  April 26

Art and Science Exhibition: May 13

 

In addition to the above conference tracks several Special Interest Group and Satellite Meetings have open calls for participation, and we encourage you to visit the SIGs & Satellite Meetings page for links to the websites of each of these separate events.

 

ISMB/ECCB 2013 Registration opens April 1, 2013.

 

We look forward to seeing you in Berlin.

 

Sincerely,

Burkhard Rost, Anna Tramontano, Martin Vingron, Conference Co-chairs, ISMB/ECCB 2013

ISCB Call for Leadership Nominations

The Nomination Period for officers is now open!

The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is encouraging members to submit nominations for the Society's Officer positions of President-elect and Vice President; Board of Directors; and the Student Council Leadership positions of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Representative to the ISCB Board. Nominations are submitted at www.iscb.org/nominate (you must login to your membership record to access the nomination form). In all cases, self-nominations will not be accepted.


If you know of excellent candidates that meet the eligibility requirements below, please be sure to submit your nomination(s). Details of the positions, procedures and timeline are available on the ISCB website at: http://www.iscb.org/leadership-nominations-and-elections.

In order to be eligible to be an Officer candidate, a person must be an ISCB member in good standing, must have served as a Director for at least one (1) year at any time during the history of the Society leading up to the start date of becoming an Officer (first term Board members, therefore, meet the eligibility requirements for election to an Officer position), and be willing to perform the duties as stated in the Executive Officer Responsibilities. He/she must pledge to make every reasonable effort to attend the weekly Executive Committee teleconferences, the bi-monthly Board of Director teleconferences, and, at their own expense, the face-to-face Annual Board Meeting held in conjunction with the ISMB conference.

In order to be eligible to be a Director candidate, a person must be an ISCB member in good standing, and must pledge to make every reasonable effort to attend the bi-monthly Board of Director teleconference meetings, and, at their own expense, the face-to-face Annual Board Meeting held in conjunction with the ISMB conference.

Nominations for Board of Directors will be accepted through April 12, 2013.

Nominations for Society Officers and Student Council Leaders will be accepted through June 9, 2013.

Election of the Officers and Student Council Leaders will take place via online voting by the membership in July 2013, including availability to a dedicated voting booth at the ISMB conference.

We are looking forward to an active participation by the ISCB membership in the nominations and election process, and we thank you in advance for your qualified nominations.

Respectfully,

Scott Markel and Anna Tramontano
Co-Chairs, ISCB Nominations Committee

 

ISCB ASCBCB 2013

ISCB Africa ASBCB 2013 Relocated to Morocco

Dear ISCB and ASBCB Members and Colleagues,

Thank you for your patience as we worked to relocate the ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference on Bioinformatics.  The Conference Steering Committee and ISCB Leadership is pleased to report that we have successfully relocated the conference.

The conference will take place March 13-15, 2013 (original dates) at the Novotel City Center Hotel in Casablanca, Morocco.  Pre-conference workshops will be offered March 11-12 at the Institut Pasteur in Morocco.


Early registration rates will be available through March 1, 2013.

Register (click here) today to take advantage of these discounted rates.

ISCB Africa ASBCB 2013 Conference on Bioinformatics will feature a broad Bioinformatics scope that includes a special focus on infectious diseases relevant to Africa.

Keynote Speakers are

  • Erik Bongcam-Rudloff, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Next Generation Biotechnologies and society: New insights
  • Doumbia Seydou, University of Bamako, Mali., Bioinformatics for Public Health in Africa: Challenges and opportunities              
  • Alice Carolyn McHardy, Saarland University, Saarbrucken, Germany, Computational methods for learning from (meta‐)genomes
  • Jean-Michel Claverie, University of Mediterranée School of Medicine, Open questions about giant viruses

  • Muntaser Ibrahim, University of Khartoum, Genome analysis under thrust of diversity

  • Alfonso Valencia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Cancer Genome Analysis


To view the entire program, visit www.iscb.org/iscbafrica2013-program/agenda

We look forward to seeing you in Casablanca!


Sincerely,

Alia Benkahla
ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference Chair

 Diane Kovats
Executive Director, ISCB