Conclusion of International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB) 2012

On 3 – 5 October 2012, the International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB) 2012 under the theme “From Biological Data to Knowledge to Technological Breakthroughs” was held at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, Thailand. The local hosts of this event comprised NSTDA, BIOTEC as well as King Mongkut’s University of Technology (KMUTT), one of the nine National Research Universities in Thailand and an education pioneer in the field of Systems Biology and Bioinformatics. The conference aims to promote the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology and encourage the exchange of scientific breakthrough amongst participants on the development of bioinformatics in the Asia Pacific region.

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On 3 October 2012, given remarks at the opening ceremony were Assoc. Prof. Sakarindr Bhumiratana, President of KMUTT, Prof. Shoba Ranganathan, President of Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet) and Dr. Thaweesak Koanantakool, President of NSTDA. The keynote speakers in InCoB2012 included Professor Emeritus Jurg Ott (Head of Statistical Genetics Laboratory, Rockefeller University, USA), Dr. Tatsuhiko Tsunoda (Director of Medical Informatics Research Group, RIKEN Center for Genomic Medicine, Japan), Prof. Yongyuth Yuthavong (Senior Research Fellow, BIOTEC Medical Molecular Biology Research Unit, Thailand) and Prof. Sandra Leah Baldauf (Head of Systematic Biology Program, Uppsala University, Sweden).

Besides keynote lectures, InCoB 2012 also offered panel discussion and presentations from experts from governmental and private sectors. The content focused on the latest bioinformatics and related topics on agroinformatics, population genetics, drug design and discovery, systems biology, biological sequence analysis, expression data analysis, scalable data storage and other related subjects. In addition, there were Pre-conference tutorials, special sessions and technical visits to BIOTEC and Thailand Science Park. The Conference was attended by 240 participants from 15 countries. It was announced on the last day of the Conference that InCoB 2013 will be held in China.

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Other sub-programs held at this event include the 3rd International Conference on Computational Systems-Biology and Bioinformatics (CSBio2012), which its main topic covered the engineering sciences related to the pharmaceutical industry, in both material and manufacturing sciences, and the International Neural Network Society-Winter Conference 2012 (INNS-WC2012)featuring invited plenary talks by world-renowned speakers in the areas of neural network theory and applications, computational neuroscience, robotics, and distributed intelligence.

Posted on 9 October 2012

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