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    Research: Bio-IT World: NCI Launches GDC
    Submitted by J.W. Bizzaro; posted on Thursday, June 16, 2016



    The push to cure cancer has, to paraphrase Neil Armstrong, taken one giant leap forward with the launch of the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Genomic Data Commons (GDC), which was officially unveiled June 6 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.

    Part of the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, the data sharing platform will support precision medicine efforts by enabling the access, standardization, analysis, and submission of cancer genomic data.

    February 21-23, 2017
    Porto, Portugal


    The purpose of the International Conference on Bio-Devices is to bring together researchers and practitioners from electronics, mechanical engineering, physics and related areas who are interested in developing, studying and using innovative materials, devices and systems inspired by biological systems and/or addressing biomedical requirements. Monitoring and diagnostics devices, sensors and instrumentation systems, biorobotics and prosthetics, micro-nanotechnologies including microfluidics systems and biomaterials are some of the technologies addressed at this conference. The fabrication and evaluation of biodevices, including wearable and implantable devices is also addressed.

    BIODEVICES is part of BIOSTEC, the 10th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies.
    Resources: IPC: Isoelectric Point Calculator
    Submitted by Lukasz Pawel Kozlowski; posted on Sunday, June 12, 2016

    The estimation of the isoelectric point (pI) based on the amino acid sequence is useful for many biochemistry and proteomics techniques such as 2D-PAGE, IEF or mass spectrometry.

    Isoelectric Point Calculator allows for prediction of pI using different algorithms (17 algorithms implemented including two new ones).

    IPC outperform previous algorithms by at least 14.9% for proteins and 0.9% for peptides (on average, 22.1% and 59.6%, respectively), which corresponds to an average error of the pI estimation equal to 0.87 and 0.25 pH units for proteins and peptides, respectively.


    The IPC can be accessed freely at as a web service or standalone program.




    The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health has come up with a policy on training and infrastructure needs related to data storage, management and security pertaining to genomic and clinical data.


    Early data-sharing efforts have led to improved variant interpretation and development of treatments for rare diseases and some cancer types. However, such benefits will only be available to the general population if researchers and clinicians can access and make comparisons across data from millions of individuals.

    Despite much progress, genomic and clinical data are still generally collected and studied in silos: by disease, by institution, and by country. Regulatory data-privacy requirements do not seamlessly lend themselves to the secure sharing of data within and across institutions and countries. Current practices in research and medicine hinder the sharing of data in ways that tangibly recognize an individual's contributions. Tools and analytical methods are nonstandardized and incompatible, and the data are often stored in incompatible file formats. If we stay this course, the likely outcome will be an assortment of balkanized systems akin to those developed for U.S. electronic health records, which, although designed to advance human health by sharing clinical data across institutions, have by all measures fallen short of that goal because of a lack of interoperability.

    February 21-23, 2017
    Porto, Portugal


    The purpose of BIOSTEC is to bring together researchers and practitioners, including engineers, biologists, health professionals and informatics/computer scientists, interested in both theoretical advances and applications of information systems, artificial intelligence, signal processing, electronics and other engineering tools in knowledge areas related to biology and medicine. BIOSTEC is composed of five co-located conferences, each specialized in a different knowledge area:

    10th International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices – BIODEVICES 2017 (
    4th International Conference on Bioimaging – BIOIMAGING 2017 (
    8th International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms – BIOINFORMATICS 2017 (
    10th International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing – BIOSIGNALS 2017 (
    10th International Conference on Health Informatics – HEALTHINF 2017 (


    Regular Papers:
    Paper Submission: September 29, 2016
    Authors Notification: November 23, 2016
    Camera Ready and Registration: December 9, 2016

    Position Papers:
    Paper Submission: November 8, 2016
    Authors Notification: December 14, 2016
    Camera Ready and Registration: December 27, 2016

    Workshop Proposal: November 3, 2016
    Paper Submission: November 17, 2016
    Authors Notification: December 6, 2016
    Camera Ready and Registration: December 21, 2016

    Doctoral Consortium:
    Paper Submission: December 29, 2016
    Authors Notification: January 11, 2017
    Camera Ready and Registration: January 23, 2017

    Special Sessions:
    Special Session Proposal: November 21, 2016
    Paper Submission: December 6, 2016
    Authors Notification: December 21, 2016
    Camera Ready and Registration: December 29, 2016

    Tutorials, Demos and Panels Proposals: December 27, 2016


    Jan 16-18, 2017
    Shenzhen, China

    The Fifteenth Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Conference (APBC2017) will be held in Shenzhen, China. The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers, academics, and industrial practitioners.


    APBC2017 invites high quality original full papers on any topic related to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. The submitted papers must have not been published or under the consideration for publication in any other journal or conference with formal proceedings.

    Papers are solicited on, but not limited to, the following topics:
    • Sequence analysis, especially high-throughput sequencing applications
    • Biostatistics
    • Genomics, Epigenetics, Metagenomics, Transcriptomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics
    • RNA structure and function
    • Comparative genomics, Population genetics
    • Evolution and phylogeny
    • Protein structure analysis
    • Systems biology, Synthetic biology, Quantitative biology
    Accepted paper:
    All accepted papers will have to be presented by one of the authors at the conference. Accepted papers will be invited to be published in the journals BMC Genomics, BMC Bioinformatics, BMC Systems Biology, IEEE/ACM TCBB, CBC following the journals' publication policy.

    Submission site:[...]c2017

    Best paper awards:
    One best paper award and one best student paper award will be given.


    Full Paper submission: July 30, 2016
    Author notification: August 30, 2016
    Final version due on: October 1, 2016
    Full paper author registration deadline: October 20, 2016
    Conference start and end dates: January 16-18, 2017


    December 8-10, 2016
    Houston, Texas, USA

    You are invited to submit papers with unpublished original work describing recent advances on all aspects of Bioinformatics, Systems Biology and Intelligent Computing, including but not restricted to the following topics:

    • Genomics and genetics, including integrative & functional genomics, and genome evolution
    • Next generation sequencing data analysis, applications, and software tools
    • Big data science including cloud-based storage, analysis, modeling, and visualization
    • Precision medicine and translational bioinformatics
    • Drug discovery, design, and repurposing
    • Proteomics, and protein structure prediction, molecular simulation and evolution
    • Image analysis and processing
    • Single cell sequencing data analysis
    Intelligent Computing:
    • Machine learning, data mining, pattern recognition, and knowledge discovery
    • Natural language processing, literature mining, semantic ontology, and health informatics
    • Neural computing, kernel methods, feature selection/extraction
    • Evolutionary computing, swarm intelligence/optimization, ensemble methods
    • Manifold learning theory, artificial life and artificial immune systems
    Systems Biology:
    • Modeling and simulation of biological processes, pathways, and networks
    • Mathematical and quantitative models of cellular and multi-cellular systems
    • Multi-dimensional omics data integration
    • Synthetic biological systems
    • Metalobolomics, microbiome, and lipidomics
    • Self-organization in living systems (cells, organisms, swarms, ecosystems, etc.)
    • Applications of systems biology approaches to biomedical studies


    Deadline for paper submission: August 1, 2016
    Notification to authors of papers: September 15, 2016
    Notification to authors of highlight paper: October 1, 2016
    Deadline for abstract submission: September 24, 2016
    Notification to authors of abstracts: October 1, 2016
    Conference early registration: October 1, 2016
    Conference early registration deadline: October 31, 2016
    ICIBM conference: December 8-10, 2016


    Prospective authors are invited to submit unpublished work to ICIBM 2016. All papers and abstracts will be submitted through EasyChair Conference System. Detailed information is available through:[...]20160

    All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed. The accepted papers of registered authors will be published in special issues of several journals, including BMC Systems Biology, BMC Genomics, BMC Bioinformatics (pending final approval) and International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design. Authors need to prepare manuscripts in the format of the corresponding journal that they prefer.


    Up to 20 travel awards are available to students/postdocs; awards will be granted through an NSF grant (pending).

    November 4-6, 2016
    China National Genebank, Jinsha Road, Dapeng District, Shenzhen, China

    The ICG-11 website provides the preliminary program and other relevant information. Registration now open.

    Over the past decade, with the participation and contribution of our partners and companions, the ICG has grown into one of the most influential annual meetings in the 'omics' era/area, and becomes a forum facilitating international collaboration and global partnership.

    The ICG-11 will bring more innovation and inspiration to the community, rallying for scientific leaders and rising stars, as well as industry veterans, entrepreneurs, young makers and geeks from all over the world.

    The theme of the ICG-11 is "Omics for All – Global Partnership". Following the spirit of the Human Genome Project ("HGP Spirit"), i.e. "Needed by All, Owned by All, Done by All, Shared by All", the ICG-11 aims at building the international collaboration and global community in omics, focusing on topics related to "precision" – oriented medicine and healthcare, agriculture and poverty alleviation, green ecology and bioeconomy, big data and biobanking, advanced intelligent manufacturing, and many more.


    Abstract Deadline: August 31, 2016
    Registration Deadline: November 4, 2016


    Email: icg[at]
    Phone number: +8675536307214



    All scientific articles in Europe must be freely accessible as of 2020. EU member states want to achieve optimal reuse of research data.

    Under the presidency of Netherlands State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science Sander Dekker, the EU ministers responsible for research and innovation decided unanimously to take these significant steps.

    June 20-24, 2016
    Madras Veterinary College, Chennai-600 007[...]m.pdf (PDF)

    This program is designed to gain a better understanding of NGS data analysis and its applications in drug discovery and personalized medicine.

    For more details, please contact:
    Professor and Head & Project Coordinator
    Bioinformatics Centre & ARIS Cell
    Madras Veterinary College
    Chennai-600 007
    Tamil Nadu, India,
    email.: pksamy2000[at], hodbitmvc[at]
    Ph.: 91-044-25360106 / 9444233349
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