Call for Papers
PSB 2018 Text Mining and Visualization for Precision Medicine Session
Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing

January 3-7, 2018

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), precision medicine is "an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person." Announced in 2015 by President Obama, the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) seeks to promote research at the intersection of lifestyle, environment, and genetics to produce new knowledge for more effective ways to prolong health and treat disease.

This session focuses on efforts where informatics researchers are actively collaborating with bench scientists and clinicians for the deployment of integrative approaches in precision medicine that could impact scientific discovery.

Topics of interest to this session include novel natural language processing (NLP) and visual analytics approaches at the intersection of lifestyle, environment, and genetics that enable further understanding of disease processes and effective treatment for individuals and cohorts that share specific characteristics. Examples of topics that could be of interest:

Submissions should clearly state the translational value of their contribution and explicitly link the described advance to its impact on precision medicine.

The Big Island of Hawaii


Paper submissions: August 1, 2017.
Review notification: September 15, 2017.
Final paper: October 2, 2017.
Poster/abstract: November 13, 2017.



Paper Format:

Please see the official PSB website for more details on manuscript submission: https://psb.stanford.edu/

Instructions: http://psb.stanford.edu/psb-online/psb-submit

Each paper must be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter must state the following:

Submitted papers are limited to twelve (12) pages in our publication format. Please format your paper according to instructions found at http://psb.stanford.edu/psb-online/psb-submit/. If figures cannot be easily resized and placed precisely in the text, then it should be clear that with appropriate modifications, the total manuscript length would be within the page limit.


Graciela Gonzalez, Ph.D., Univ. of Pennsylvania (gragon AT upenn DOT edu)
Casey Greene, Ph.D., Univ. of Pennsylvania (csgreene AT upenn DOT edu)
Hongfang Liu, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic (Liu.Hongfang AT mayo DOT edu)
Abeed Sarker, Ph.D., Univ. of Pennsylvania (abeed AT upenn DOT edu)