[BiO BB] AFP - BioSapiens Joint SIG at ECCB 2007: first call for submissions

Iddo Friedberg idoerg at burnham.org
Sat Mar 31 16:19:56 EDT 2007

Joint AFP-Biosapiens SIG


The Automated Function Prediction (AFP) SIG and the Biosapiens European
network of excellence in genome annotation are teaming up to hold a 
two-day Special Interest
Group (SIG) meeting July 19-20, 2007 alongside ISMB/ECCB 2007.

The abstract submission site is now open. Two page abstracts for posters 
or short talks will be accepted until May 1, 2007. Please go to:


to submit your abstracts.

The deluge of genomic information is challenging biologists to annotate
this data, from locating genes in the raw data through to predicting the
function from protein sequence and structure. AFP and Biosapiens share
many common goals, and this year we have decided to join forces for a
SIG that will deal with a wide scope of gene, protein, and genomic

Talks are sought in, but not limited to:

     * Various aspects of gene and protein function prediction
           o Function prediction using sequence based methods. This
would include "classic" methods such as detection of functional motifs
and inferring function from sequence similarity.
           o Function from genomic information: prediction by genomic
location; locus comparison with other organisms; function gain and loss.
           o Phylogeny based methods
           o Function from molecular interactions
           o Function from structure
           o Function prediction using combined methods
           o "Meta-talks" discussing the limitations and horizons of
computational function prediction.
           o Assessing function prediction programs
     * Genomic annotation
           o Gene finding
           o Genome visualization
           o Collaborative annotation
           o Cooperation between experimental and computational biologists

Confirmed speakers include:

* Janet Thornton, European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK

* David Jones University College, London, UK

* Rob Russell EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany

* Christine Orengo, University College London, UK

* Alfonso Valencia, Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia, Madrid, Spain

* Ewan Birney, European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK

* Shoshana Wodak, University of Toronto, Canada

* Russ Altman, Stanford University, USA


Iddo Friedberg, Burnham Institute for Medical Research, La Jolla, CA, USA

Adam Godzik, Burnham Institute for Medical Research and University of
California, San Diego

Christine Orengo, University College, London

Important dates:

May 1 2007: Talk and poster abstracts due

May 21 2007: notification of acceptance

May 28, 2007: final abstracts due

July 19-20, 2007: AFP-Biosapiens SIG alongside ISMB/ECCB 2007 in Vienna,

Contact us:

afp.biosap.2007 at gmail.com

For more information:


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

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