[BiO BB] Second call for participation: Automated Function Prediction 2006

Iddo Friedberg idoerg at burnham.org
Thu Mar 30 02:11:52 EST 2006

(Please forward as appropriate, thanks).

Call for Participation: Talks, Papers and Posters
The Second Automated Function Prediction Meeting
August 30 -- September 1 2006, University of California San Diego

Abstract submission deadline: April 26, 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 first Automated 
Function Prediction (AFP) meeting was held alongside ISMB 2005, and 
gathered together some 100 attendees for a full day of talks, poster 
sessions, and a discussion panel. The second meeting will be a three day 
event, August 30-September 1st , 2006 at the campus of University of 
California, San Diego, California, USA.

AFP 2006 will feature:

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


* 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.

Talks and posters are sought in, but not limited to, the following topics:

    * Function prediction using sequence based methods. This would
      include "classic" methods such as detection of functional motifs
      and inferring function from sequence similarity.
    * Function from genomic information: prediction by genomic location;
      locus comparison with other organisms; function gain and loss.
    * Function prediction in metagenomics
    * Phylogeny based methods
    * Function from molecular interactions
    * Function from structure
    * Function prediction using combined methods
    * "Meta-talks" discussing the limitations and horizons of
      computational function prediction.
    * Assessing function prediction programs

Authors of abstracts selected for talks would also have the opportunity 
to extend them to full length papers, which will be reviewed for 
publication in BMC Bioinformatics in a special AFP proceedings section. 
BMC Bioinformatics is an Open Access, peer-reviewed journal that 
considers articles on all aspects of computational methods used in the 
analysis and annotation of sequences and structures, as well as all 
other areas of computational biology. It has an ISI impact factor of 
5.42 for year 2004.

Abstract submission deadline: April 26, 2006

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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