PSB 2014

PSB Workshops

Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing

Big Island of Hawaii -- January 3-7, 2014

PSB is offering three three-hour workshops during the meeting (exact dates to be determined). These workshops were created to provide an opportunity for a gathering that will not be based on peer-reviewed papers included in the proceedings book. The workshops will consist of presentations by invited speakers. Abstract submissions for the workshops will be evaluated by the workshop co-chairs.

PSB 2014 Workshops:

Each workshop has a chair who is responsible for organizing submissions. Please contact the specific session chair relevant to your interests for further information. Links on each of the session titles below lead to more detailed calls for participation.

Computational Identification and Functional Analysis of non-coding RNAs

Co-chairs: Chao Cheng, Jason Moore, Casey Greene

In this workshop, we will focus on studies that combine experimental data and computational techniques to identify different categories of non-coding RNAs. Application of computational methods for non-coding RNA functional annotation will also be discussed.

Chao Cheng
Email: chao dot cheng at dartmouth dot edu

Training the Next Generation of Quantitative Biologists

Co-chairs: Kristine A. Pattin, Anna C. Greene, James A. Foster, Jason Moore

The Training Quantitative Biologists workshop at PSB 2014 will focus on graduate education in quantitative biomedical science fields such as bioinformatics. In particular, the workshop will focus on establishing and sustaining quantitative training programs, how this instruction can be effectively integrated with other disciplines related to the field (e.g. biostatistics and epidemiology), as well as how successful established programs have been in training a new generation of quantitative scientists.

Jason Moore
Email: jason dot h dot moore at dartmouth dot edu

Uncovering the Etiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Genomics, Bioinformatics, Environment, Data Collection and Exploration, and Future Possibilities

Co-chairs: Sarah A. Pendergrass, Scott Selleck

A clear understanding of the etiology of ASD is still limited, particularly in understanding the interaction between the genome and the environment. ASD are a group of neurodevelopmental disorders, with subtypes characterized by varying difficulty with social interaction and communication, as well as repetitive behaviors. A key to unlocking the causes of these complex developmental disorders will require the synergistic collaboration of multiple domain-experts, including clinicians, environmental exposure experts, bioinformaticists, geneticists, and computer scientists. This workshop will provide an interface for experienced ASD researchers to share their knowledge with the PSB cross-disciplinary community, starting discussion and fostering new collaborations for meeting the challenges of ASD research in the future. Further, successful approaches/methods that improve the understanding of the etiology of ASD have the potential for being adapted for the study of other common, complex disorders.

We will have multiple speakers covering a range of topics, from current research linking genetic architecture to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to work elucidating the impact of environmental exposure and ASD, as well as important ethical considerations unique to ASD research.

During the discussion session, we will encourage the sharing of ideas and brainstorming new possibilities for future research in this field.

Sarah Pendergrass
Email: sap29 at psu dot edu

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