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University to host regional bioinformatics conference

A major regional bioinformatics conference will be held May 2-4 at Ohio University's Athens campus for those interested in bioscience applications – from students, faculty and researchers to representatives from government, medical and commercial bioscience organizations.

The 2011 Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference, the official conference of the International Society for Computational Biology, is a forum for interdisciplinary discussion on the latest bioscience research findings and methods.

Topics for discussion and research submission range from bioimaging, population genomics and disease models to databases, ontologies and text mining. Keynote speakers include:

•    Alfred Hero, R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan

•    Richard Lenski, John Hannah Professor of Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University

•    Michael Becich, chair of the department of biomedical informatics at the University of Pittsburgh

•    Elodine Ghedin, assistant professor of computational and systems biology at the University of Pittsburgh.

"The goal is to create long-term collaboration and networking among those working in computational biology in the Great Lakes region," said Lonnie Welch, Stuckey professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and director of the Bioinformatics Laboratory at Ohio University's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

Faculty and students from the Russ College's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science use the bioinformatics lab, part of the Center for Scientific Computing and Immersive Technologies, to invent new computational methods in response to questions in the areas of medicine, agriculture and exercise physiology. Research projects have included genomics, proteomics, image analysis, data mining, genetic algorithms and genetic simulators.

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The conference is sponsored by Ohio University's Russ College, College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Ohio Supercomputer Center, Genomatix, and the Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics.