[Microbiology] Call for Abstracts/Papers, Third Summit on Systems Biology

Zhongming Zhao via microbio%40net.bio.net (by zzhao from vcu.edu)
Mon Apr 27 12:27:38 EST 2009

This email and the attached documents are intended to serve as an 
invitation for you and your colleagues to actively participate in a 
conference, the third Summit on Systems Biology, which will be held June 
16-19, 2009 in Richmond, Virginia. This will be the third in a planned 
continuing series of Summits on System Biology, with different themes 
each year. In 2007, our theme was 'Basic, Clinical and Translational 
Research' with a focus on heart disease and cancer. We received broad 
support for the 2007 conference and the response from attendees was 
excellent. This year our focus is Microbial Systems Biology and we 
invite you to participate. details are provided below. Submit your 
abstract online and join us!!

*Abstract submission deadline: May 7, 2009*

*SUMMIT ON SYSTEMS BIOLOGY 2009: The Microbial World and Beyond June 
16-19, 2009*

The Third Annual Summit on Systems Biology will be held on June 16-19, 
2009, in historic Richmond, Virginia located two hours south of 
Washington, DC. The Summit is comprised of five scientific sessions and 
two workshops to bring together computational and experimental 
scientists in the area of microbial systems. The third summit will 
discuss research directions and latest findings in the "omics" domain, 
as well as promote collaborations in microbial systems biology and 
related disciplines. Dr. Leroy Hood, Director of the Institute for 
Systems Biology, and Dr. Stuart Kauffman, of the University of Calgary, 
and a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Award, and Albert-László 
Barabási, Director, Center for Complex Network Research, Northeastern 
University, all pioneers in Systems Biology, are members of the Summit 
Steering Committee.

*The five scientific sessions are: *

            . Microbial Engineering
            . Metagenomics and Microbial Ecology
            . Host-Pathogen Interaction
            . Human Microbiome
            . Technological Advances in Systems Biology

*The two workshops are:*

            . Tree of Life and Microbial Systems Biology
            . Gene Networks and Diseases

*Program Design*
The three day program is divided into five (5) main sessions and two (2) 
workshops. The workshops will be held on the day preceding the formal 
opening of the conference. Web will also host two poster sessions, one 
for students and one for more senior researchers. There will be a */New 
Technology Workshop /*as a pre-conference event, in concert with the 
student poster session on Tuesday evening, June 16. Instrument 
manufacturers will provide presentations and virtual demonstrations on 
the latest technology and applications.

*Technical Symposia*

*Session I: Microbial Engineering *
The first session provides a broad overview of synthetic biology, 
systems biology and biological engineering and their applications to 
health, clean and renewable energy, and the environment. Specific topics 
include synthetic gene networks and the biosynthetic capacity of 
microbial systems. This session brings together a diverse group of 
participants from a variety of disciplines.

*Session II: Metagenomics and Microbial Ecology*
The second session of the summit highlights the latest developments in 
our understanding of the emergence and evolution of pathogenic and 
non-pathogenic microbes with a particular emphasis on insights gained 
through genomic analyses of microbial communities.

*Session III: Host-Pathogen Interactions*
The third session focuses on how innovative approaches and 
high-throughput techniques are used to study the complex interactions 
between bacterial pathogens and their eukaryotic hosts. Participants 
studying a range of pathogens using various host systems come together 
to discuss integrated systems approaches.

*Session IV: Human Microbiome*
The fourth session provides the opportunity to discuss the latest 
advances in sequencing the human microbiome. The session underlines the 
importance of the metabolic function of microbiota and the role of 
symbiosis in health and disease.

*Session V: Technological Advances in Systems Biology *
The final session focuses on how emerging technologies are driving 
advances in metagenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics 
at the microbial community level. The session features cutting-edge 
research on quantitative mass spectrometry and the latest advances in 
DNA sequencing.

*Interactive Workshops*

*New Technology Workshop *This event will involve presentations on the 
latest technology and applications by instrument manufacturers and 
active researchers on the opening evening of the conference, and will be 
held concurrently with the student poster session and reception.

*Workshop I: Gene networks and disease *The past decade has witnessed an 
exponential growth of biological data including genomic sequences, gene 
annotations, expression and regulation, and protein-protein 
interactions. We will include discussions on the relationship between 
oral pathogens and cardiovascular disease, with special interest in the 
virulence of Streptococcus sanguinis. This workshop focuses on the 
reconstruction and analysis of gene networks and pathways of human 
pathogens and their application to disease.

*Workshop II: Assembling the Microbial Tree of Life *During the 21^st 
century, the advances on microbial systems biology will be closely tied 
to phylogenomics approaches to unravel the evolutionary relationships of 
the microbial world. By involving an interdisciplinary group of 
scientists and students from outside the tree of life community, 
including mathematicians, statisticians, clinicians, computer 
scientists, chemists, physicists, and engineers, the workshop will 
foster the development of new questions and lines of research 
contributing to the generation of a robust microbial phylogenetic framework.

*Venue and Accommodations:*
The Omni Richmond Hotel
100 South 12th Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 344-7000, Fax: (804) 648-6704 Toll Free 1-888-444-OMNI

The Omni Richmond Hotel, a luxury hotel, offers Southern hospitality in 
a contemporary setting. Overlooking the scenic James River in the heart 
of Richmond's financial and historical districts, the Omni Richmond is 
located in lively, historic Shockoe Slip.

_http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/Richmond.aspx_ */Government rate 
for Summit attendees for early registration./*

For conference information and registration, go to: 

Program contact: Zhongming Zhao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Psychiatric 
Email: _zzhao from vcu.edu_ <mailto:zzhao from vcu.edu>
Gregory A. Buck, Ph.D.Chair, Steering Committee
Director, Center for the Study of Biological Complexity, Virginia 
Commonwealth University.
By phone: 804-827-0026 or email _sysbiosummit from vcu.edu_ 
<mailto:sysbiosummit from vcu.edu>

Zhongming Zhao, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor of Bioinformatics
Depts. Psychiatry and Human Genetics and Center for the Study of Biological Complexity
Virginia Commonwealth University 
PO Box 980126, Richmond VA 23298-0126
Phone: (804) 828-8129  Fax: (804) 828-1471

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