Gene Expression & Genetic Networks Session

1999 Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing

January 4-9, 1999, Hawaii (Sheraton Orchid Mauna Lani, Big Island of Hawaii)


We encourage academic, industrial and government scientists to submit manuscripts on computational methods in the monitoring, analysis, and modeling of RNA and protein expression. As the genomic and expression databases are expanding rapidly, we are facing challenging questions regarding the organization and functional interpretation of these datasets. These questions involve meaningful data mining approaches, visualization, modeling frameworks, and identification of constraints on distributed genetic signaling networks. Eventual applications include elucidation of complex regulatory pathways and isolation of key disease elements for therapeutic targeting.

Outline of Topics:


Submission information:

PSB'99 will publish accepted full papers in an archival Proceedings. All contributed papers will be rigorously peer-reviewed by at least three referees. Each accepted full paper will be allocated up to 12 pages in the conference Proceedings. A limited number of papers will be selected for a 30-minute oral presentation to the full assembled conference. Accepted poster abstracts will be distributed at the conference separately from the archival Proceedings. To be eligible for Proceedings publication, each full paper must be accompanied by a cover letter stating that it contains original unpublished results not currently under consideration elsewhere.

All one page abstracts for posters should be submitted by Oct. 1. Please send electronically (in plain ascii text or as a Microsoft Word file) to:

Full papers can be submitted before July 13 by email to Russ Altman at Format requirements for electronic submission will be available on the web page ( or from Russ Altman. Alternatively, five copies should be sent by regular mail to:

Gene Expression & Genetic Networks Session
c/o Section on Medical Informatics
Stanford University Medical School, MSOB X215
Stanford CA 94305-5479 USA

Gene Expression & Genetic Networks Session Co-Chairs:

Hiroaki Kitano, Sony Computer Science Laboratory

Roland Somogyi, Incyte Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

PSB99 Dates & Deadlines



Q1. How can my paper be included in PSB's hardbound proceedings?

PSB publishes peer-reviewed full papers in an archival proceedings. Each accepted paper will be allocated 12 pages in the proceedings volume. Paper authors are required to register (and pay) for the conference by the time they submit their camera-ready copy, or the paper will not be published.

Q2. How does a PSB publication compare to a journal publication?

PSB papers are strenuously peer reviewed, and must report significant original material. PSB expects to be included in Indicus Medicus, Medline and other indexing services starting this year. All accepted full papers will be indexed just as if they had appeared in a journal. It is too early to assess the impact of a PSB paper quantitatively, but we will take every action we can to improve the visibility and significance of PSB publication.

Q3. If I do not want to submit a full paper to PSB, but wish to participate?

Authors who do not wish to submit a full paper are welcome to submit one page abstracts, which will be distributed at the meeting separately from the archival proceedings, and are also welcome to display standard or computer-interactive posters.

Q4. How can I obtain travel support to come to PSB?

We have been able to offer partial travel support to many PSB attendees in the past, including most authors of accepted full papers who request support. However, due to our sponsoring agencies' schedules, we are unable to offer travel awards before the registration (and payment) deadlines for authors. We recognize that this is inconvenient, and we are doing our best to rectify the situation. NO ONE IS GUARANTEED TRAVEL SUPPORT. Travel support applications will be available on our web site (

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