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CFP: Computational and Combinatorial Methods in Biochemistry

Marcel Turcotte M.Turcotte at icrf.icnet.uk
Wed Dec 8 14:50:18 EST 1999

                                      Call for Papers and Announcement
                          Conference of Optical Science and Technology

       Computational and Combinatorial Methods in Biochemistry

Part of SPIE's International Symposium on EBiOS 2000
Program on: Multimodal Biomolecular Diagnostics & Engineering
4 to 8 July 2000 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Chair: Marcel Turcotte, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London
Co-chair: Gerhard Ritter, University of Florida, Gainesville

With the functional genomics era  just ahead, what influence has it on
computational and  combinatorial methods?  An  unprecedented amount of
sequence data  has been accumulated and  new sources of  data are made
available.  For  example, the European  Bioinformatics Institute wants
to  establish  a  public  repository  for  DNA  microarray-based  gene
expression  data.   The   availability  of  complete  genome  sequence
together with techniques  to monitor levels of expression  of all gene
products are changing  the way we look at  molecular biology problems.
>From  the traditional point  of view  where individual  components are
identified,  the possible  interactions studied  and  understanding of
complex life systems  emerges from the ground up.   The novel approach
favours a global view of biology.

     The shear amount of accumulated data and the ever increasing rate
of  production  require  scalable  algorithms  to  efficiently  store,
retrieve  and  compare  sequence  data.   The  clustering  of  protein
sequences  into   families  is  an  essential   prerequisite  for  the
development of the  new field of structural genomics.   New sources of
data, for example  expression patterns, single nucleotide polymorphism
and protein  interactions on genomic  scales, challenge us  to develop
new data  structures and algorithms.  What influence  has the top-down
approach  on the current  algorithms of  molecular biology.   Often it
means  to  combine  and   analyse  multiple  sources  of  data.   This
conference  will  provide  a  forum  to  discuss  the  development  of
computational and  combinatorial tools suitable for  the new paradigm.
Contributions are solicitated in areas including but not limited to:

     o  string algorithms
     o  pattern recognition in genomic sequences and expression
     o  data mining, combining multiple sources of data
     o  coding and data compression
     o  physical maps and assembly
     o  comparative genome studies and evolutionary analyses
     o  structural framework for evolutionary studies
     o  modeling biochemical networks
     o  combinatorial arrays.



  Abstract Due Date:    15 January 2000 (** new **)
  Manuscript Due Date:   5 June 2000
  Symposium:           4-8 July 2000

  See http://www.spie.org/europto/meetings/ebo00/abstract.html


Programme Chair: Hans Lehrach, Max Planck Institut fuer Molekulare
Genetik, Berlin, Germany

* Computational and Combinatorial Methods in Biochemistry (ebo16)

  Conference Chair: Marcel Turcotte, Imperial Cancer Research Fund,
London, United

  Conference Co-Chair: Gerhard Ritter, University of Florida,
Gainesville, USA

* Protein Crystallography (ebo17)

  Conference Chair: Katherine A. Kantardjieff, 
  W.M. Keck Foundation Center for Molecular Structure at California
  State University Fullerton, and Biology and Biotechnology Research
  Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA

* Tools for DNA Diagnostics (ebo18)

  Conference Chair: Hans Lehrach, Max Planck Institut fuer Molekulare
  Berlin, Germany

  Conference Co-Chair: Holger Eickhoff, Max Planck Institut fuer
  Genetik, Berlin, Germany

* Critical Reviews of Technology: Mathematical and Statistical Tools for
  the Study of Complex Phenotypes 

  Marcel Turcotte, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London



                              EBiOS 2000
               EOS/SPIE European Biomedical Optics Week
                              EBiOS 2000
                           Sponsored by ELA

          The Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
                            4-8 July 2000


General Chair from Medicine: 

  Tom Boon, University Hospital, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  Katarina Svanberg, Lund, University Hospital, Sweden

Deputy General Chair from Science: 

  Guy Delacretaz, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Regional Co-Chairs: 

  Patrick Brouwer, Kennemer Gasthuis, Haarlem and Laser Center,
  Paul Baas, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Hospital, Amsterdam, 
  Hugo van Staveren, Rotterdam
  Christiaan van Swol, University Hospital Utrecht

Co-operating Organisations:

  NMLA - Netherlands Laser Medical Association
  ELA  - European Laser Association
  ESEM - European Society for Engineering and Medicine
  ESLD - European Society for Laser Dermatology


   SPIE is a non-profit professional society dedicated to advancing
    research, engineering, and applications in optics, photonics,
                      imaging, and electronics

      SPIE -- The International Society for Optical Engineering
                       URL http://www.spie.org/


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