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The registration for our Rocky Mountain Bioinformaticss Conference is open.

The conference will be held between December 4-7th, 2008 in Aspen/Snowmass.

Go the registration here. 

2009 Journal Subscriptions Now Available
Date: Nov 25, 2008

2009 discounted Journal Subscriptions are now available to ISCB members. To order just log into your ISCB membership page and select "subscribe to journals" from the menu on the left side of the page. Or purchase the journals of your choice when you renew your membership. The journal subscriptions run for the calendar year.

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Participate in ISCB Blogs on Hot Topics for Bioinformaticians

Share your thoughts!

ISCB is committed to advancing our science to the benefit of our members and the broader bioinformatics community, who in turn are committed to the improvement of human health. As such, we are seeking community input on hot topics that impact the way we work, learn and network. Become an ISCB blogger on the following topics, and be sure to return often (or set up an RSS feed) to see if your fellow bloggers agree, disagree or have shed some light on a different angle that might be of benefit to you as you tackle these issues yourself.

ISCB Members Receive Special Discount to AMIA Summit on Translational Bioinformatics

For the 2009 Summit on Translational Bioinformatics.
ISCB members use Coupon code: ISCB2009 for member rates to the Summit. We encourage you to join or renew your membership today to take advantage of $100.00 in savings for the member rates. The Summit will feature the presentation of research showcasing the synergy between the medical informatics and bioinformatics communities. We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues who might be interested research-related issues and best practices in translational science and computational biology. 

An excerpt of the program is included below, with a searchable program containing detailed information on sessions, presenters, tutorials, and posters at: http://summit2009.amia.org. Conducted in close partnership between AMIA and ISCB, the 2009 Summit will be an indispensible gathering for translational bioinformatics research and development worldwide. With the completion of human and model organism genomes, and the increasing utilization of biomedical computational methods, translational bioinformatics is evolving rapidly into a complex multidisciplinary field encompassing nearly all areas of biological, biomedical and clinical research.

Register Today and Save! (Click this link, select the registration tab on the blue header bar and proceed with on-line registration or download the printable registration form). There are 3 easy ways to register: Mail: AMIA, 4915 St. Elmo Avenue, Suite 401, Bethesda, MD 20814 | Fax: 301-657-1291 | Web: http://summit2009.amia.org.

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Register for the Stanford 10x10 Course and Receive a Complimentary Tutorial at the Summit! (Details noted below)
Stanford University is holding the 3rd offering of its AMIA 10x10 course, titled “Methods for Bioinformatics:  Representations and Algorithms for Computational Molecular Biology,” led by course director Russ Altman. The course begins on March 31st, so register now and hold your space in this sought after course! If you sign-up for the course now you will receive one complimentary tutorial of your choice at the 2009 Summit. You must register and pay for the Stanford course in order to receive your free tutorial. If you decide to withdraw or drop out of the course at a later time, your fee for the course will be returned to you minus the tutorial fee and a $50 processing fee. Click here to register. If you'd like to update or change your e-mail address, go to "AMIA Personal Member Profile" on the left-hand column of the AMIA Members Only site at http://www.amia.org/mbrcenter/mbronly/ or click here.


ISCB Call for Leadership Nominations

Board Nominations Deadline: April 17, 2009                           President-Elect Nominations Deadline: July 16, 2009


The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is encouraging members and affiliates to submit nominations for the Society’s Board of Directors and President-elect. Nominations are submitted at www.iscb.org/nominate (you must login to your membership record to access the nomination form - if you are a member of an affiliated regional group and do not have an ISCB membership, please encourage a leader of your regional group to submit a nomination from your region). 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) right away.

  • In order to be eligible for candidacy as a Director a person must be or become an ISCB member in good standing no later than May 15, 2009.
  • All Director candidates must pledge to make every reasonable effort to attend the bi-monthly Board teleconference beginning with a training period in October 2009 and the annual in-person Board of Directors meeting (held at the ISMB conference) at their own expense through completion of the three year term that begins January 21, 2010.
  • In order to be eligible to be a President-elect candidate a person must have served on the ISCB Board of Directors for at least one year prior to January 2010, and be an ISCB member in good standing, or renew an ISCB lapsed membership no later than July 30, 2009.
  • All President-elect candidates must pledge to make every reasonable effort to attend the weekly Executive Committee teleconferences beginning with a training period in mid-October, 2009, the bi-monthly Board teleconferences beginning with a training period in December 2009, and the annual in-person Board of Directors meeting (held at the ISMB conference) at their own expense through completion of the one year President-elect term that begins January 21, 2010 and the two year President term that begins January 21, 2011.
  • The elected President-elect will also serve concurrently on the Board of Directors for a term that ends January 21, 2014.

Nominations for Board of Directors will be accepted through April 17, 2009. Election of Board members will take place during the annual ISCB Board of Directors meeting in June 2009.

Nominations for President-elect will be accepted through July 16, 2009. Election of the President-elect will take place via online voting by the membership in September, 2009.

Each nomination requires the name, affiliation, and e-mail address of the nominee, along with an assurance that the nominee meets the qualifications and is willing to stand for election for the position in question. The nomination must also include a few sentences of justification that makes the strongest case possible for the nominee.

Full information regarding the 2009 nominations/elections timeline, call for nominations, and Director and Officer responsibilities can be found at www.iscb.org/iscb-leadership-a-staff-/officers-and-board-directors/nomination-election-procedures.

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


Dietlind Gerloff
Chair, ISCB Nominations Committee


American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes New NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research

The February 20, 2009 issue of the FASEB Washington Update newsletter includes information on the following of note for ISCB members interested in applying for new NIH grant funding availability:

NIH is designating at least $200 million of the funds it received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “stimulus bill”) in FYs 2009 - 2010 for a new initiative called the NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research. The new program is expected to fund 200 or more grants, contingent upon the submission of a sufficient number of scientifically meritorious applications. This program will support research on 15 high priority topics within broad challenge areas that address specific scientific and health research challenges in biomedical and behavioral research that will benefit from significant 2-year jumpstart funds. Challenge Areas, defined by the NIH, focus on specific knowledge gaps, scientific opportunities, new technologies, data generation, or research methods that would benefit from an influx of funds to quickly advance the area in significant ways. The research in these areas should have a high impact in biomedical or behavioral science and/or public health. The NIH Challenge Grant information is now live on the NIH Web site at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/challenge_award/. Please note that the RFA includes the following important deadlines:

  • Release/Posted Date: March 4, 2009
  • Opening Date: March 27, 2009 (Earliest date an application may be submitted to Grants.gov)

  • Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): Not applicable

  • NOTE: On-time submission requires that applications be successfully submitted to Grants.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. local time (of the applicant institution/organization).

  • Application Due Date(s): April 27, 2009
  • Peer Review Date(s): June/July 2009

  • Council Review Date(s): August 2009

  • Earliest Anticipated Start Date(s): September 30, 2009

  • Additional Information To Be Available Date (Activation Date): Not Applicable

  • Expiration Date: April 28, 2009


ISMB/ECCB 2009 Conference Blogging

Calling all Bloggers!

This year ISCB is paving the way to create a link between the ISMB/ECCB scientific program, ISCB's web portal and our community's bloggers. To accomplish this we have collaborated with last year's core blogger team from ISMB in Toronto (see http://www.ploscompbiol.org/) and are planning the following:
A designated blog tech team will trigger the creation of a new blog on the FriendFeed (http://friendfeed.com/ismbeccb2009) platform shortly before the start of each talk in the conference schedule. The feed link will be posted into our online program schedule for all subscribers to easily find.

Anyone can then join that feed to participate in real-time blogging of the talk with colleagues that might be seated on the opposite side of the aisle, or the opposite side of the globe! You do not need to be attending ISMB/ECCB in Stockholm to blog along with the rest of them.

By embracing blogging as a valuable conference activity we hope to help speed the dissemination of the science presented in Stockholm.

If you are not already subscribed to FriendFeed and think you might want to participate in this activity, sign up in advance and get ready to jump right into the discussions without delay!

ISMB/ECCB 2009 Live Blog

During the ISMB/ECCB 2009 conference in Stockholm the ISCB, for the first time, facilitated a blogging forum and actively encouraged bloggers to comment on the conference and the scientific program. The blogs were visible on our main portal site, in the detailed program pages and on the hosting server at FriendFeed. The blogging community turned out to be very active and a large number of talks collected numerous comments with a peek of about 230 comments for Prof. Thomas Lengauer's keynote talk.

You can still access the blogs either on the conference website here or on the FriendFeed server here.

The ISCB is very happy that our experiment was taken up so positively and we would like to thank all the bloggers for their input, which was highly  appreciated and contributed significantly to the overall conference experience for bloggers and non-bloggers alike. We certainly plan to repeat this for ISMB 2010 in Boston and have collected some ideas on how to improve and extend the service for ISMB and other ISCB conferences.