PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 25, 2003--
With the completion of the Human Genome Project, the scientific
community is now faced with the even greater challenge of analyzing
the resulting data from this and other large-scale genome projects to
better understand the networks underlying biological function. Recent
world events have also brought new technical challenges to the life
sciences industry, such as the race to identify and contain deadly
pathogens and viruses that affect human health.
The role of informatics in addressing today's pressing biological
and medical issues will be the focus of the second International
Computational Systems Bioinformatics Conference (CSB2003) at Stanford
University August 11-14, 2003. The conference is sponsored by the IEEE
Computer Society with support from Hewlett-Packard Co. and the U.S.
Department of Energy.
"We are delighted with the caliber of speakers participating in
CSB2003 and are pleased to offer a very exciting and diverse range of
programs designed to stimulate ideas and knowledge sharing within the
academic and industry research community," said Vicky Markstein, IEEE
CS Bioinformatics Technical Chair. "This year's conference focuses on
timely issues and breakthrough research. Further, it offers
bioinformatics novices and experts alike a forum to learn about new
methods, share their work, and foster continued innovation in the
Highlights of the conference include:
- A bioethics panel discussion, which is open to the public
(August 12, 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium, Stanford
University), entitled "Dangerous Knowledge: Science, Secrecy
and Security in the Life Sciences." This panel will discuss
issues such as "What kinds of information about natural and
genetically engineered microbes are too dangerous to publish?
Who should decide what to publish? How should scientific
manuscripts and seminar presentations be evaluated to ensure
that scientific quality is maximized while potential threats
- A workshop on "Genomes to Life," presented by the Department
of Energy (DOE), and the first workshop on the program to be
held on the West Coast. The Genomes to Life program is
designed to build on the successes of the Human Genome Project
by using DNA sequences from microbes and higher organisms,
including humans, as starting points for systematically
tackling the greater questions about the essential processes
of living systems.
- Cutting-edge research, such as novel methods for computer
aided design of peptide-based vaccines, and an integrative
informatics approach to better understand patient disease
phenotype and apply this information at the point-of-care.
- High performance computing applications for grid optimization,
genomic annotation work flow development, and federation of
cell signaling databases and other data resources.
- Tutorials for computer scientists and biologists interested in
entering the bioinformatics field, such as: "An Introduction
to Comparative Genomics," and "Functional Analysis of Proteins
Keynote speakers from industry, government and academia include:
- Christian Burks, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer for Affinium
- Marvin E. Frazier, Ph.D., Director, Life Sciences Division,
Office of Biological and Environmental Research, U.S.
Department of Energy
- Richard Karp, Ph.D., University Professor, University of
California Berkeley Depts. of Bioengineering, Electrical
Engineering & Computer Science, and Mathematics
"Genomics launched biology into the greatest revolution in its
history," said Marvin Frazier, Ph.D., director, Life Sciences
Division, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, U.S.
Department of Energy. "At the center of that revolution is the
inseparable future that biologists and computational scientists share.
The Genomes to Life Symposium at the 2003 IEEE Bioinformatics
conference provides an excellent opportunity to accelerate those
"This year's IEEE Computer Society Bioinformatics Conference is
dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of living systems
through computation and application of computer and information
processing technology," said Stephen L. Diamond, president of the IEEE
Computer Society. "We are delighted to sponsor this cutting-edge
conference, which provides in-depth scientific exchange and networking
for leading researchers in the surging field of bioinformatics."
"HP is proud to be a platinum sponsor of this event for the second
year in a row," said Dick Lampman, HP senior vice president, research,
and director, HP Labs. "This is not only an area of increasing
interest to HP and its customers, it's an important field of research
for the benefit of society."
Interested parties can learn more and register for the conference
online at: http://conferences.computer.org/bioinformatics/index.html
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