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    Events: Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference
    Submitted by Suzi Smith; posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    December 7-9, 2017
    The Westin Hotel
    100Elbert Lane
    Snowmass Village, CO 81615

    The Rocky series began fourteen years ago as a regional conference, and has grown into an international program with a spotlight on regional development in the computational biosciences. The presenters of the Rocky conference are scientists representing a broad spectrum of universities, industrial enterprises, government laboratories, and medical libraries from around the world. The meeting is a chance to get to know your colleagues near and far, seek collaborative opportunities, and find synergies that can drive our field forward.


    Stephanie Hagstrom


    October 16-18, 2017
    Palermo, Italy


    The Workshop "Methods, tools & platforms for Personalized Medicine in the Big Data Era" is organised by NETTAB (International Workshop Series on Network Tools and Applications for Biology), and it will be held at the local research area of italian CNR (National Research Council) in Palermo.

    Confirmed Speakers:
    • Winston Hide, Professor of Computational Biology, University of Sheffield, UK.
    • Anita Grigoriadis, Lecturer in Cancer Bioinformatics, King's College, London, UK.
    Further Keynote speakers will be announced soon.


    The topics of the joint event include, beside the usual NETTAB workshops topics, an additional special event topic.

    Methods, tools & platforms for Personalized Medicine in the Big Data Era (Special Event Topic), including:
    • Data management: Biomedical Big Data Management, Standards for Clinical and Genetic Data, Data Privacy and Security, Omics Data Integration, Biobanks
    • Data analysis: Omics Data analysis, Genetic Mutation Analysis, Biomarkers Discovery, NGS Data Analysis, Patient Information Analytics
    • Tools and Services: Clinical Genomics Services, Models for Clinic and Genetic Data, Mobile tools and applications, Interoperability of Clinical and omic tools, Communication Technologies for Health-Care.
    • Platforms: Integrated Data Warehouses, Integration of Applications and Data Services, Clinical Decision Support Systems, Healthcare Systems
    NETTAB Workshop topics:
    Bioinformatics methods, standards, tools, applications and experiences deployed over Internet, including:
    • On-line databases, software tools, user interfaces
    • Data integration and data fusion platforms, integrated bio-search
    • Grid and clouds applications and platforms
    • APIs and Web Services, workflow management platforms
    • Semantic tools, biomedical ontologies
    • Semantic Web tools, Linked Open Data, SPARQL endpoints
    • Biological Wikis, social applications for life sciences
    • Tools for collaborative development of software, databases and documents
    • Mobile bioinformatics apps


    Submission deadlines:
    Abstracts for oral communications: May 26, 2017
    Abstracts for posters: TBA
    Abstracts for software demo: TBA
    Abstracts for late posters: TBA
    A post workshop Supplement publication is planned, see below.


    Submissions are welcome for oral communications, for posters and for software demos.
    All abstracts must be submitted as PDF files through EasyChair at[...]b2017
    The maximum length is 4 pages for oral communication abstracts and 2 pages for poster abstracts.
    Full instructions for authors are available at[...]hors/


    Accepted abstracts, both for oral communications and for posters, will be considered for the publication in the proceedings of the event, which will consist in a Collection in PeerJ Preprints.
    No Copyright form or permission is required for the publication of abstracts, since the proceedings wonÕt be an official publication.


    A post workshop Special Issue in an International Journal with IF will be published with best full papers from presentations, both oral and poster, given at the Workshop. A special Call for papers will be launched shortly after the workshop (planned time presently is early November 2017). A publication fee could be requested for publication of accepted papers because of Open Access policies adopted by many journals.


    The Workshop and all satellite events will be held at the local research area of the Italian National Research Council, via Ugo La Malfa 153, 90146, Palermo.


    Paolo Romano & Alfonso Urso & Alfonso Valencia (Workshop Chairs)


    Email: nettab.workshops[at]
    Twitter: @NETTABWorkshops
    Announce mailing list:[...]ounce


    November 7-9, 2017
    Jaipur, India

    We have a great line-up of speakers, with Profs. Temple Smith and Thomas Ponten giving the keynotes, and talks by well known bioinformatics leaders in India. We encourage your submissions in the form of video abstracts, poster stub talks, elevator pitches, ideation/coding challenges, oral presentations, etc.

    Jaipur is a joyous city, and we welcome you for the exciting season in November.

    Please watch for the early bird registration deadline. Discounts are available for ISCB/Bioclues members, with an additional group discount applicable.

    We look forward to seeing you in "Joy"pur!

    December 21-23, 2017
    Jaypee University of Information Technology (JUIT), Shimla, India


    The ICIIP (International Conference on Image Information Processing) conference has been a biennial Conference since 2011. ICIIP is the one of the premier, renowned, and biggest technical conference focused on all aspect of Image Processing, Computer Vision, and Information security. Like previous conferences, ICIIP 2017 will feature world class speakers, tutorial sessions. The theme of ICIIP 2017 is "Image Processing for Digital Life".

    ICIIP 2017 will feature both invited and contributed papers. The presented papers will be submitted to IEEE Xplore, which is indexed by major databases like SCOPUS, Web of Science, ACM etc... Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers with four to six pages, in double column IEEE Conference format.


    • Image Processing – Imaging Informatics for Healthcare, Document Image Processing, Image and Video Processing Architecture, Bio-Medical Imaging, etc.
    • Computer Vision – Computational and Statistical Methods, Motion and Video Analysis, Sensors, Imaging model and Simulation, Stereo Vision, Robotics, Robot Vision, etc.
    • Computer Graphics – Modeling, Rendering, Clipping, Imaging, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Games, Scientific Visualization etc.
    • Image security and forensics – Cryptanalysis, Information Technology Audit, Steganalysis, Data Remanence, Information Privacy, Usable Security, etc.


    Full paper Submission Deadline: August 31, 2017
    Acceptance Notification Deadline: October 15, 2017
    Conference registration Deadline: November 15, 2017


    Prospective authors are required to submit full-length papers of 6 pages using EDASconference management system formatted with IEEE standard template, at the following link:[...]23238

    Authors are required to go through with the various instructions available under conference policy and manuscript preparation and submission link at:[...]s.php


    For more information, please contact:
    ICIIP 2017 Secretariat
    Dr. P.K. Gupta
    Executive General Chair
    Prof. Dr. Vipin Tyagi
    Conference Co-Chair
    Phone +91-1792-239341
    Email: iciip2017[at]



    Asheville-based conservation nonprofit, The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF), is pleased to announce it has received $600,000 in grants from the Colcom Foundation, Allegheny Foundation, and an anonymous foundation. These funds, received through competitive processes, will support the restoration of the American chestnut tree.

    With these grants, TACF will develop methods to predict chestnut trees' resistance to pathogens that cause chestnut blight and Phytophthora root rot. This method, genomic selection, will accelerate selection of the most disease resistant trees from TACF's breeding program.



    For doctors trying to treat people who have symptoms that have no clear cause, gene-sequencing technologies might help in pointing them to a diagnosis. But the vast amount of data generated can make it hard to get to the answer quickly.

    Until a couple of years ago, doctors at US Naval Medical Research Unit-6 (NAMRU-6) in Lima had to send their sequence data to the United States for analysis, a process that could take weeks – much too long to make pressing decisions about treatment. "If all you could do was get the data that you then have to ship to the US, it's almost useless," says Mariana Leguia, who heads the centre's genomics and pathogen-discovery unit.
    Education: Workshop on Data Challenges in Systems Immunology
    Submitted by Robert Andrews; posted on Wednesday, March 01, 2017

    June 6, 2017
    Cardiff University, UK[...]09757

    A workshop on computational modelling and data analytics for Infection, Immunity & Inflammation hosted by Systems Immunity Research Institute (SIURI), British Society of Immunology (BSI) and the College of Biomedical Sciences. It is a full-day workshop (9:00-5:00).

    Talks & Speakers of the day:
    Dr. Francesca Ciccarelli (The Francis Crick Institute) Immune abnormalities in the onset of multiple bowel cancer
    Dr. Michael R. Barnes (Centre for Translational Bioinformatics, Queen Mary University of London) A common infrastructure for endotype discovery and stratification of biologic response in Immune-Inflammatory diseases
    Prof. Jon Timmis (Department of Electronics, University of York) An interdisciplinary adventure between engineering and immunology
    Prof. Martin C. J. Maiden (Department of Zoology, University of Oxford) Multilocus approaches to studying metabolic processes and immunological interactions of bacterial pathogens
    Prof. Tom Freeman (The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh) Systems level modeling of immune pathways
    Dr. Tzachi Hagai (The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Teichmann lab) The evolutionary architecture of cell-autonomous immunity
    Dr. Katrina Lythgoe (Department of Zoology, University of Oxford) Within-host metapopulation dynamics of HIV
    Prof. Andrew K. Sewell (Division of Infection and Immunity, Cardiff University) The systems view of T-cell immunity
    Dr. You Zhou (Division of Infection and Immunity, Cardiff University) Translating big data into pathogenesis and diagnosis of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease


    Registration is free via the link above.



    Maverick geneticist George Church, at Harvard University, has announced that he believes he is just two years away from creating a hybrid woolly mammoth embryo. The end goal is to develop a mammoth embryo into a fetus, and to take it to full term, he told New Scientist.

    However, resurrecting a pure woolly mammoth this way is still many years away. First, Church's team is adding key genetic traits – such as shaggy long hair, thick layers of fat and cold-adapted blood – to the genome of the Asian elephant.



    On Wednesday, the three-judge panel from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) hearing the interference case issued a judgement of no interference-in-fact, stopping UC's bid for intellectual property underpinning the most lucrative applications of genome editing.

    "Broad has persuaded us that the parties claim patentably distinct subject matter," the panel wrote in its decision. "[Broad's] claims, which are all limited to CRISPR/Cas9 systems in a eukaryotic environment, are not drawn to the same invention as UC's claims, which are all directed to CRISPR/Cas9 systems not restricted to any environment."



    Clinical trials for genome editing of the human germline – adding, removing, or replacing DNA base pairs in gametes or early embryos – could be permitted in the future, but only for serious conditions under stringent oversight, says a new report from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. The report outlines several criteria that should be met before allowing germline editing clinical trials to go forward. Genome editing has already entered clinical trials for non-heritable applications, but should be allowed only for treating or preventing diseases or disabilities at this time.
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