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Inaugural conference to connect Ohio's bioinformatics leaders

ATHENS, Ohio (May 25, 2006) -- Ohio University will connect Ohio's bioinformatics and bioscience research leaders at the inaugural  Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics  (OCCBIO), June 28-30. 

Held at the Athens campus, the conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of approaches, research findings and experiences in the domain of computational approaches to biology-related problems. Another goal of the conference is to foster long-term collaborative relationships among informatics and life sciences researchers from academia, government and industry, spanning interests across Ohio.

OCCBIO will feature 13 technical sessions, 62 oral presentations and 50 poster presentations. More than 40 of Ohio's academic, industrial and government organizations will participate. 

Internationally and nationally known keynote speakers include John Weinstein, head of the Genomics and Bioinformatics Group at the National Cancer Institute's Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology CCR. Weinstein's will speak on "Bioinformatics in Drug Discovery: Intergromic Molecular Profiling and the Miner Suite." 

Anthony J. Dennis, president and CEO of Omeris, will present "Driving Technology Convergence through Collaboration ? Bioinformatics." Dan Gusfield, founding editor in chief of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Bioinformatics journal, will discuss "Combinatorial Optimization Problems from Population Genomics." Also presenting at the conference will be Bruce Johnson, Lieutenant Governor of Ohio and Director of the Ohio Department of Development.

Conference sponsors are Ohio University and its Edison Biotechnology Institute, Kent State University, the Ohio Department of Development, The Ohio State University and its College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, the Ohio Supercomputer Center, Wright State University, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, GenoLogics, Miami University, Omeris and the Thermo Electron Corporation.

The conference is chaired by Lonnie Welch, associate professor of Computer Science and director of the Center for Intelligent, Distributed and Dependable Systems at Ohio University's Russ College of Engineering and Technology. Co-chairs are Josh Ellis, The Ohio State University; Terry Lewis and Eric Stahlberg, Ohio Supercomputer Center; and David Wight, director of the Edison Biotechnology Institute at Ohio University. 

To register online or for more information, visit www.occbio.org.

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Media Contact:  Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Girton, (740) 593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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