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SIGs and Satellite Meetings

Special Interest Group and Satellite Meetings

The schedule is set for 2006. To inquire about the possibility of forming a new SIG for 2007 or beyond, please address your inquiry to

Satellite Meeting

It is not required to be registered for the ISMB 2006 conference to attend a Satellite Meeting.

The registration fee for the Satellite Meeting includes the 3Dsig Evening Session and Dinner. Satellite Meeting registration does not allow access to the SIG Meetings.

Daily lunches for the 3Dsig Satellite Meeting are included.

Satellite Meeting will take place in the Fortaleza Convention Center.

ISMB Special Interest Group (SIGs)

It is not required to be registered for the ISMB 2006 conference to attend a SIG meeting.

Registering for a SIG at ISMB 2006 will allow you to move freely between all SIGs that take place at the same time as the meeting for which you are registered, to the extent that the room capacities can accommodate.  SIG registration does not allow access to the Satellite Meeting.

Each SIG participant will receive a booklet that includes handouts from all SIGs and daily lunches are included.

Please register for the SIG in which you are most interested so that we can assign SIGs to larger and smaller rooms as appropriate.

SIG Meetings will take place in the Fortaleza Convention Center.


BioPathways - CANCELLED



3Dsig: Structural Bioinformatics and Computational Biophysics Satellite Meeting
Date: Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5
Start time: 9:00am End time: 6:30pm
Room Location: Room A

We are happy to announce the second 3Dsig: Structural Bioinformatics and Computational Biophysics Satellite meeting. Following the success of 3Dsig-2004, we will have two full days (don't plan anything for the evening!) with a balance of invited talks, short presentations, novel laptop-sessions and critical, topic focused discussions.

Registration to the 3Dsig Satellite meeting includes the 3Dsig Evening Session and Dinner on Friday, August 4. Please note, registration for the 3Dsig Satellite meeting allows access to the 3Dsig meeting only.

Relevant topics include:

  • Structure representation, structure prediction, structural genomics
  • Structural databases and 3D data-mining
  • Structure-based function prediction
  • Evolution studied through structure
  • Docking: protein-protein, and protein-ligand, and RNA interaction prediction
  • Prediction and analysis of domains
  • Membrane protein structure prediction and analysis
  • The role of geometry and energetics in protein and RNA structure and function
  • Protein and RNA dynamics and simulation: folding, stability, interactions, conformational gating
  • Computer aided protein and RNA design
  • Structure-based drug design and pharmacophore analysis

Call for abstracts: We are looking for fresh, effective voices, and new, high impact ideas and results. The program will be build around the accepted and invited talks. Abstracts will be placed on a discussion web site prior to the meeting, and participant input considered in choosing oral presentations.

The scientific committee of 3Dsig is chaired by John Moult (CARB, UMBI) and includes Phil Bourne (UCSD), Steven E. Brenner (UC Berkeley), Joel Sussman (Weizmann Institute of Science) and Janet Thornton (EBI).

For further info, explore our website: To better appreciate the wealth of leading topics and presenters, explore the 3Dsig 2004 book at:

Contact: Ilan Samish,


3Dsig Evening Session & Dinner
Date: Friday, August 4
Start time: 7:30pm End time: 10:30pm
Room Location: Oasis Hotel (Brazil Room)

On Friday, August 4, 3Dsig will host an evening session which includes a panel discussion and keynote speaker and dinner, both on a central topic to Structural Bioinformatics and Computational Biophysics. This session is included in the 3Dsig Satellite registration and has a separate registration price of $30 for SIG delegates. The evening sessions tickets can be purchased when registering on-line. Following the successful format launched in 2004, the panel discussion will include audience participation. Informal round-table discussions and interactions will be nurtured by the good food that Brazil has to offer. For further details on 3Dsig Satellite Meeting see

Contact: Ilan Samish,


Alternative Splicing (AS – SIG)
Date: Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5
Start time: 9:00am End time: 6:30pm
Room Location: Room B1

This is an exciting time for the field of transcripomics, combining new discoveries from genomics, bioinformatics, and molecular biology. Alternative splicing has now emerged as a ubiquitous mechanism of regulation, accounting for the complexity of higher eukaryotes, where one gene could give rise to several gene products. Whereas the Human Genome Project has uncovered 20,000 – 25,000 genes, alternative splicing evidently produces over 100,000 distinct transcript forms. Identifying, quantifying, and analyzing the regulation, function and evolution of these forms constitutes a “Human Transcriptome Project”, and will require a tremendous community effort. Above all, it will require close collaboration between bioinformaticists and experimentalists, to build a community of shared tools, databases, nomenclature and standards. This SIG aims to establish a permanent forum for bioinformaticists and experimentalists to meet and discuss transcriptome issues together, especially in the light of diseases implicated by alternative splicing.

The purpose of this SIG is to cover the latest results and questions in this exciting field, and to bring together bioinformaticists and experimentalists, focusing on questions that demand their collaboration. The SIG will include studies of alternative splicing both in human and other organisms, and will consist of two days of talks (approximately 20 minutes each), and a poster session. Talks will be grouped in four major areas:

  • Bioinformatics: algorithms and analysis of alternative splicing, including topics such as analysis of alternative splicing evidence, products, and functional impact; comparative genomics; alternative splicing regulation; and data-mining.
  • Biology: Biological mechanisms of splicing and regulation; biological functions such as the impact of splice variants on protein structure and biological pathways; phenomena such as nonsense-mediated decay and disease associations.
  • Splicing and Diseases: Identification and characterization of splice variants as a consequence of disease; diagnostic tools and therapeutic stratagies based on splicing pattern variations between normal and diseases states; classification of splice forms based on disease progression.
  • Databases, and Standards for the “Human Transcriptome Project”: Transcript repositories; data interchange formats; standards for annotating the transcriptome.

Contact: Shoba Ranganathan,; Sandro de Souza,; Roderic Guigo,


Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC)
Date: Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5
Start time: 9:00am End time: 6:30pm
Room Location: Room E1

The Bioinformatics Open Source Conference is held annually as a special interest group in conjunction with the International Systems in Molecular Biology conference. It is sponsored by the Open Bioinformatics Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to promoting the development of Open Source Bioinformatics Software, and Open Standards of data communication and representation.

BOSC 2006 is shaping up to be an exciting conference. We have two keynote speakers this year. Amos Bairoch, of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, will be speaking about his monumental efforts in the development of some of the most important Bioinformatics databases, software, and services in the world research community. Our second keynote speech features Alberto Davila, of the DBBM, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, who has been a staunch advocate for researchers in developing countries faced with the challenge of addressing the impending genomics divide between them and the developed world.

Our agenda this year will consist of two sections per day, one for long talks from submitters chosen to present from a larger group of submitted abstracts, and one for smaller lightning talks and demos where presenters are allowed a few minutes to raise awareness of their work, software usage practices, or research needs. In addition to these presentations, BOSC always facilitates the meeting of like minds over a range of subjects in small Birds of a Feather meetings. We are very much looking forward to this exciting event.

Contact: Darin London,


BioPathways - CANCELLED
Date: Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5
Start time: 9:00am End time: 6:30pm
Room Location: to be announced



Joint BioLINK and Bio-Ontologies Meeting (JBB)
Date: Saturday, August 5
Start time: 9:00am End time: 6:30pm
Room Location: Room B2

(The joint meeting will only be held on Saturday, August 5 – Delegates registering for this SIG are entitled to attend other SIG meetings on Friday, August 4 as part of the two day registration package. Please note there is no one day registration available for SIGs)

This year, the two long standing ISMB SIGs, Bio-Ontologies and BioLINK will hold a joint one-day workshop. The meeting will consist of sessions that focus on the intersection of bio-ontologies and text mining, as well as individual sessions on the use of ontologies in the life sciences and on
biomedical text mining.

The Bio-Ontologies SIG is concerned with research and applications of ontologies in the life sciences. Ontologies provide a mechanism for organising, sharing and reconciling data. Within recent years there has been a surge of interest in their use within bioinformatics, particularly for providing computationally accessible annotation, or standard data models for complex microarray or pathway knowledge.

BioLINK focuses on the application of techniques from natural language processing, information extraction and information retrieval to automate knowledge discovery from biomedical text, and on linking text from a variety of sources with structured biomedical resources, such as curated biological databases and ontologies.

There is a natural synergy between the two SIGs: both fields are cross disciplinary; both exist against a large backdrop of computer science literature; and, finally, both are relatively new to the life sciences. More recently a more direct technological link is being formed as ontologists are using text-mining to test, check and build ontologies, while the knowledge in ontologies is being used to augment text-mining techniques.

BioLINK and Bio-Ontologies have previously held joint activities; this year we take this further, giving an excellent opportunity to explore work crossing the boundaries, while still supporting the needs of the respective communities.

Contact: Phillip Lord,; Hagit Shatkay,


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