[BiO BB] AFP early registration cutoff: only 10 days left!

Iddo Friedberg idoerg at burnham.org
Wed Jul 5 17:00:14 EDT 2006

(Please forward as appropriate)

Only 10 days left for early registration to the Second Automated 
Function Prediction Meeting. Do not miss the opportunity to attend this 
meeting on an pivotal emerging topic in bioinformatics. Early 
registration ends July 15, 2006.

Sequence and structure genomics have generated a wealth of data, but 
extracting meaningful information from genomic information is becoming 
an increasingly difficult challenge. Both the number and the diversity 
of discovered genes is increasing. This increase means that established 
annotation methods, such as homology transfer, are annotating less data. 
In addition, there is a need for annotation which is standardized so 
that it could be incorporated into function annotation on a large scale. 
Finally, there is a need to assess the quality of the function 
prediction software which is out there. We probably know the sequence of 
the target for next generation antibiotics or cancer treatment. We just 
do not realize that because the target is currently annotated as a 
"domain of unknown function". For these reasons and many more, automated 
protein function prediction is rapidly gaining interest among 
computational biologists in academia and industry. The second AFP 
meeting will be a three day event, August 30-September 1, 2006 on the 
campus of University of California, San Diego,California, USA.

AFP 2006 will feature:

* Eight keynote talks delivered by leading researchers in the field
* Nineteen Submitted talks
* Conference proceedings published as research papers in BMC
* A special discussion panel on gene and protein annotation
* A poster session

Keynote speakers:

* Russ B. Altman, Stanford University, USA
* Philip E. Bourne, University of California, San Diego, USA
* Steven E. Brenner, University of California, Berkeley, USA
* Terry Gaasterland, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, USA
* Adam Godzik, Burnham Institute for Medical Research and University of 
California, San Diego USA
* Christos Ouzounis European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK
* Anna Tramontano, University of Rome, "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy
* Shoshana Wodak, Hospital for Sick Children, and Departments of 
Biochemistry and Medical   Genetics, University of Toronto, Canada.

Register now:

Program, including extended talk abstracts:


For more information please see the meeting site:



Iddo Friedberg, in the name of the AFP 2006 organizing committee

Iddo Friedberg, Ph.D.
Burnham Institute for Medical Research
10901 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037 USA
Tel: +1 (858) 646 3100 x3516
Fax: +1 (858) 713 9949

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