Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Symposium focus: Bioinformatics of networks

THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON NETWORKS IN BIOINFORMATICS

Bioinformatics of biological networks involves a range of
interconnected multidisciplinary research topics. Research
areas include the quantitative understanding of the dynamics
of regulatory and metabolic networks by using modeling and
simulation techniques, the reconstruction of biological
pathways from experimental data, identification of pathway
modules, the analysis and interpretation of experimental data
in the context of biological networks, the construction and use
of (public) pathway databases, network visualization and the
development and use of pathway markup languages such as
SBML and BioPax. Biological questions and new experimental
techniques as well as ongoing (bio)informatics and statistics
efforts will guide the development of the next generation of
bioinformatics software packages. The combination of
computational and genomics research will accelerate the
detailed understanding of biological networks, which will find
many applications in all application domains of life sciences.
Bridging the gap between disciplines
ISNB is specifically aimed at researchers working in life
sciences, which includes disciplines like molecular biology,
genomics, bioinformatics, biostatistics, informatics,
computational life sciences and mathematical biology. Since
more and more researchers are focusing on biological
networks from different perspectives there is large interest in a
dedicated symposium like the ISNB. ISNB provides a platform to
bring together these different researchers in this field to
exchange ideas and facilitate new national and international
collaborations. Experience from ISNB2004 and ISNB2005 learns
that there is a significant interest in this symposium. This
symposium will also contribute to merge ideas and research
from scientific programs in the field of bioinformatics,
computational life sciences (e.g. simulation and modeling)
and the experimental genomics work.

Scientific program and tutorial lectures
The Third International Symposium on Networks in Bioinformatics
(ISNB 2006) is likely to continue its success from previous years
by bringing together different disciplines to discuss ongoing
research in this exiting field of biological networks and
bioinformatics. In continuation of ISNB 2005 we aim to organize
a three day meeting during which we will again schedule a
mix of tutorial lectures and scientific presentations. The
scientific program includes research and poster presentations
from Dutch and international acknowledged researchers but
also from young researchers starting in the field. The tutorial
lectures provide an excellent opportunity to have well known
researchers in the field give an introduction to junior and senior
researchers and students who recently started working in
related projects. The setup of the symposium facilitates
sufficient possibilities to meet and talk to colleague
researchers, which will facilitate many new and exciting
collaborations and research projects.

ISNB and the Netherlands Bioinformatics Center (NBIC)
ISNB is part of ongoing initiatives of the Netherlands
Bioinformatics Center (NBIC) to strengthen and promote
bioinformatics research in the Netherlands. ISNB will feature
Dutch bioinformatics researchers who are successful in the field
of the bioinformatics of biological networks and who are
support by the Dutch BioRange research program that is
executed by NBIC.

ISNB as the leading "bioinformatics of biological networks symposium"
We specifically aim to give ISNB an internationally recognized
and leading position. ISNB is unique as there are no other
symposiums that are dedicated to the bioinformatics of
biological networks. As part of this aim we try to motivate
internationally leading researchers in this field to attend and
present at ISNB. We expect that continuation of ISNB
contributes to this goal and that the quality of this symposium
increases every year. Again we aim for 175 participants.

Life sciences companies
More and more companies are active in the field of
bioinformatics and computational life sciences. Several
companies even have a focus on the development of
pathway analysis software and databases for biologists and
bioinformaticians. In several cases their products provided
clear value. ISNB 2006 is again supported by several leading
companies in the field of life sciences. Several commercial
parties have been asked to present a scientific case to
demonstrate how their product helps in advancing our
understanding of biological networks.

For more program and registration details
http://isnb.amc.uva.nl/

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