20th Annual International Conference on
Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology

ISMB 2012 - Awards


Ian Lawson Van Toch Memorial Award

RCSB PDB Poster Prize

PhRMA Foundation Awards

Award for Best Paper in Translational Bioinformatics – sponsored by the Journal of Biomedical Informatics


Ian Lawson Van Toch Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Paper


The Outstanding Student Paper Award is given to the student who presents the most thought-provoking or original paper at the Conference, as judged by our panel of experts.

This award is given in memory of Ian Lawson Van Toch, a 23 year old Medical Biophysics graduate student at the University of Toronto who passed away in August 2007. Ian was fortunate to have already discovered his passion for computational biology and how it can - and will - lead to quantum breakthroughs in cancer research. This passion was sparked when Dr Igor Jurisica hired Ian to work in his lab at the Ontario Cancer Institute as a researcher during the summer of 2006. That introduction blossomed into a mentoring relationship that is so vital to helping young students launch their careers.

Our thanks go to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, IBM and Roche who have sponsored this award since 2008.

Past recipients of this special award include:

  • ISMB 2008: Lucas Ward, Columbia University, New York, United States
  • ISMB/ECCB 2009: Manfred Claassen, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • ISMB 2010: Keren Yizhak, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • ISMB/ECCB 2011: Sara Berthoumieux, Inria, France
  • ISMB 2012: Deniz Yorukoglu , Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States


RCSB PDB Poster Prize

The RCSB PDB Poster Prize will be awarded for the best student poster presentation in the category of Structure and Function Prediction. The award will consist of a related educational book.

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PhRMA Foundation Awards


altThe PhRMA Foundation provides fellowships and grants to young scientists pursuing research careers in the discipline of Informatics. The goal of the Informatics Program is to promote the use of informatics in an integrative approach to understanding biological and disease processes. Informatics awards support career development for scientists engaged in cutting-edge research in information technology and experimental validation, thus advancing the integration of molecular and clinical approaches into problems of pharmacological concern. Award winners are not necessarily ISMB presenters, and these awards are presented with no strings attached.
This program was created in 2002 to support the new discipline of Informatics, and in 2010 $400,000 was awarded to eight scientists. For application details for the 2011 Informatics program, go to: http://www.phrmafoundation.org.
Award for Best Paper in Translational Bioinformatics – sponsored by the Journal of Biomedical Informatics

JBI (Journal of Biomedical Informatics) editorial board members in attendance at the ISMB meeting will serve as the selection committee for the Award for Best Paper in Translational Bioinformatics – sponsored by the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.. The finalists' papers will be identified by the selection committee in consultation with the Chair of the ISMB Scientific Program Committee, and will be announced at the end of the meeting.

The selection of the winning paper will be based on the written quality of the paper, the research described, and the oral presentation at the meeting. JBI is interested in encouraging, publishing, and rewarding papers in Translational Bioinformatics that correspond to the journal’s emphasis on innovative methodology and on the relevance of the work to human disease and its diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, or prevention. The editorial describes JBI's emphasis on this area of bioinformatics, which has been in effect since July 2009.

Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Volume 42, Issue 2, April 2009, Pages 199-200

Authors of the award winning paper will receive a certificate and a $250.00 cash award. Authors will also be invited to expand their paper for submission and possible publication in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.

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