NEWS ARTICLES — coverage of CSB2005

"Diverse Sciences Propel Bioinformatics"
eWeek - by Jessica D. Tenenbaum, August 20, 2004

"Committee Aims to Develop Bioinformatics Standards"
eWeek - by M.L. Baker, August 20, 2004


Vicky Markstein
IEEE Computer Society - Bioinformatics General Chair

Members Vote Overwhelmingly for Bioinformatics Conference to Return to Stanford University
The collaboration between biology and computers, known as bioinformatics, is creating one of the greatest revolutions in the history of science.

Stanford, California -- July 15, 2004 – The Third Annual Computational Systems Bioinformatics (CSB) 2004 conference, sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society with support from HP, BioMed Central and a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, will be held August 16-19, 2004 at Stanford University. A 70% majority of members overwhelmingly agree that this conference captures the sector’s technological advances, thus it is apropos that the conference remains in Silicon Valley. More than 600 top scientists from 35 countries come to exchange current research insights from 40 peered reviewed papers and 150 posters from genomics, proteomics, medical informatics and many more specialty areas.

“Bioinformatics is one of the most important technological areas of our time – we are working to gain control over disease, aging, environmental degradation, preservation of species, and the general notion of wellness,” said Abraham Lempel, director of Computational BioScience Research for HP Labs. “CSB 2004 is an opportunity for all the leading minds and participating organizations to come together and pool our thoughts, theories and developments to keep us moving onto further discoveries, and HP is proud to participate in and sponsor such an important event in the field.”

Keynote speakers such as Dr. Gene Myers, who was recently awarded the International Max Plank Research Prize for cutting edge research, sees the CSB 2004 conference as an important conference for developing a network to foster collaboration between academia and industry as well as an opportunity for researchers to identify potential collaborative opportunities. "The CSB conference brings the IEEE’s huge computer science membership to the table to learn about pressing real world biology problems,” said Dr. Gene Myers, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and former VP of Informatics at Celera Genomics. “My own experience moving between academia and industry has strengthened my conviction that an emphasis on collaboration and technology transfer between these two communities can accelerate the pace of discoveries that will improve health and the human condition.”

For complete program details and registration visit

Advance registration fees ($400 for IEEE members, $500 non-members, $120 students) are in effect through July 19, 2004.

Who should attend:
Biologists, computer scientists, engineers and anyone interested in computational techniques applied to biological problems, medicine, drug discovery, agriculture, industrial manufacturing and environmental management.

There is a strong link between the development of bioinformatics, life sciences and drug discovery and the economic future of the US. In particular, those regions that harness the strengths of universities together with the private sector to create Life Sciences centers of excellence will prosper the most in this new era of biology. CSB is contributing to the educational component of this new area of bioinformatics with an exceptional program of keynote and invited speakers, podium and poster presentations and tutorials.

Special Events this year include a Bioinformatics Standards panel discussion open to the public and a special interest group on High Performance Computing. Please visit the CSB2004 web site [] for further information, registration links and detailed program information.

About the Computational Systems Bioinformatics (CSB) conference
Founded in 2000, CSB set out to provide a forum for premier biologists and computer scientists the world over to exchange ideas and form collaborative avenues of discussion between these historically divergent disciplines. A central theme for the CSB conference is affordability, seeking low cost registration fees through corporate and government support, especially for students who will carry the bioinformatics banner into the future. Information about CSB is available at

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