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    Events: Helen Berman to receive the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Award at Bio-IT World
    Submitted by J.W. Bizzaro; posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2014


    April 29-May 1, 2014 (ceremony on the 30th)
    Bio-IT World Conference & Expo, World Trade Center, Boston, MA, USA

    Prof. Helen Berman of Rutgers University has been selected as the laureate of the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences!

    In the words of her nominators: Helen Berman ( was a champion for open access to scientific information at a time when the concept of data sharing was in its infancy. For nearly five-decades she has been committed to ensuring that the Protein Data Bank (PDB) archive has been a resource created by the community and for the community. As head of the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB), Helen became the Director of the PDB in 1998 and developed the RCSB PDB into a vital and key resource for biology and education ( In 2003, she formed the Worldwide PDB with groups in the UK and Japan to ensure that a single PDB archive continues to be freely and publicly available to the global community ( Her passion for making structural data accessible and understandable by a broad community has driven the development of other bioinformatics resources, ontologies, and community-driven validation standards. These include the Electron Microscopy Data Bank (, a global deposition and retrieval network for cryoEM map, model and associated metadata; the Nucleic Acid Database (, a resource for information about nucleic acid structure; and the Structural Biology Knowledgebase (, a comprehensive resource that integrates the results of structural biology and genomics efforts with other publicly available biological information to facilitate further research.

    Free Hall Passes to Bio-IT World Expo:

    Keynote and exhibit hall passes are now available for the 2014 Bio-IT World Expo, taking place April 29 - May 1 in Boston, MA. With record attendance expected, the 2014 event will bring together more than 2,500 global attendees from the life sciences, pharmaceutical, clinical, healthcare, and IT industries to share the latest developments in data sharing, analysis and management for life sciences and drug development.

    The complimentary pass provides access to:

    Plenary Keynote Presentations:
    A diverse group of bio-IT visionaries will provide current and future trends in the industry. Opening the event, Harvard School of Public Health's Dr. John Quackenbush will discuss "Creating an Information Ecosystem for Personalized Genomic Medicine." On the following days, visitors will have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Stephen Friend of Sage Bionetworks, Dr. Yaniv Erlich of Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Dr. Isaac Samuel Kohane of HMS Center for Biomedical Informatics, and Heather Dewey-Hagborg, known as the contemporary DNA Portrait Artist.

    An Expansive Exhibit Hall of Novel Technologies & Networking:
    The 2014 expo brings more than 140 exhibitors, vendor theater presentations and rows of novel research posters on the industry's hot topics of bioinformatics, big data solutions, cloud computing, data analysis and visualization, systems pharmacology, IT in clinical trials and pharma R&D, and data security. Visitors also have access to three industry award programs: Bioinformatics Organization's Benjamin Franklin Award, Bio-IT World's Best of Show and Best Practices, and the annual Bio-IT World Networking Reception.

    Complimentary hall passes are available until Friday, April 18 and can be reserved at

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