Protein Structure Prediction in the Post Genomic Era

organized by

Jeffrey Skolnick and Richard Lathrop

This announcement solicits papers and referees for a special track on the prediction of protein structure, to be held as part of the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB-99), Hawaii, January 4-9, 1999.

Papers addressing any area of protein structure prediction are welcome. The track will emphasize techniques amenable to entire genomes. The availability of genome-scale data is changing the basis for the computational analysis of biological systems, and organizational patterns previously obscured by limited data sets now are becoming apparent. The opportunity to relate sequence, structure, and function at the full organism level is at hand.

Preferred papers should describe approaches that lead to testable protein structure predictions and which could provide information useful for protein function prediction. Predictive accuracy should be quantified and compared. Controls for homology and cross-validation should be stated explicitly. We especially encourage papers that test theories with experimental results across a large diverse set of proteins, and which are applied to full genomes, exploit genome-scale data sets, provide novel genomic analyses, or otherwise reflect protein structure prediction in the post genomic era.

Referees willing to contribute expertise in protein structure prediction should contact Dr. Skolnick, e-mail:


Full paper submission and publication is required for oral presentations. Each full paper will be reviewed by at least three independent referees. Accepted papers will be published in a hard-bound archival proceedings, and the best of these will be presented orally to the entire conference. Poster and demo sessions are available for researchers who wish to exhibit their work at PSB, but do not wish to prepare a paper.

Physical submittors should send five copies of their paper to:

c/o Russ B. Altman
Section on Medical Informatics
Stanford, CA, USA 94305-5479
(415) 725-0659

Papers may be up to 12 single spaced pages, and must use our supplied format, available from Each paper must be accompanied by a cover letter stating that it contains original unpublished results not currently under consideration elsewhere and that all co-authors concur with its contents.

Papers and abstracts may be submitted electronically. Contact Russ Altman ( for additional information.


** July 13 -- papers due to PSB-99 as above.
** Aug 22 -- final paper decisions announced.
** Sept 22 -- camera ready copy due.
** Oct 1 -- poster abstracts due (after this date, posters will be accepted on a space available basis; space will be limited especially for interactive/computational posters after this date.)

Travel Support

In previous years, PSB has been able to offer partial travel support to some PSB participants. PSB has applied for grants from NSF and DoE to support travel to PSB '99, but there is NO GUARANTEE OF TRAVEL SUPPORT FOR ANYONE. See for more information.

For more information:

Professor Jeffrey Skolnick
Department of Molecular Biology, TPC5
The Scripps Research Institute
10550 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, California 92037
Electronic mail:
Telephone: (619)784-8821
Fax: (619)784-8895

This page will be updated on a regular basis. This is the version of 28 April 1998.

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