Biology by other means


ECCB08 Workshops  printable version

ECCB08  Workshops will be held on Monday, September 22, 2008 at the conference site.
The minimum number of participants for each workshop is 15.

Annotation, interpretation and management of Mutations (AIMM): What makes sense?
(C. Baker, D. Rebholz-Schuhmann)

Networks: Theory and Practice in Biology
(Diego Di Bernardo)

Annotation, interpretation and management of Mutations (AIMM): What makes sense?

  • Synopsis:
    Mutations play a key role in the understanding of genetic mechanisms and complex diseases. This workshop will focus on solutions in text mining, data warehousing and machine learning that allow better integration of mutation relevant information into a bioinformatics infrastructure (e.g., workflows, databases, machine learning techniques).
    Altogether, the meeting participants will discuss the methods for the prediction of phenotypic effects induced by mutations (e.g., by text mining), the support to clinical decision processes involving mutations and the means that allow access and management of mutations with annotations from different data resources. Synergistic use of these technologies should facilitate inferences of knowledge from sequence to structure to function and to phenotypes. The workshop brings together members of different disciplines to improve know-how and technology transfer as well as better hypothesis generation for yet un-annotated mutations.

  • Intended audience:
    This workshop reaches out to the following participants: data architects working on data modeling and knowledge representation, data warehouse curators seeking to address a backlog of un-curated mutations from the literature, designers of mining solutions and services for unstructured text, machine learning specialists developing classifiers for predictive analyses, structural biologists involved in protein engineering and physicians involved in genome scale
    population studies.

  • Web site:

  • Organizers:
    Christopher J. O. Baker, PhD
    Principal Investigator
    Data Mining Department
    Institute for Infocomm Research
    21 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, Singapore 119613
    Tel: +65 6874 3495

    Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann, MD, PhD
    Research Group Leader
    European Bioinformatics Institute
    Wellcome Trust Genome Campus
    Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1SD,
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 (0)1223 492 594

  • Fee: 200 €


Networks: Theory and Practice in Biology

  • Synopsis:
    Networks are pervading modern biology. Protein networks, transcriptional networks, metabolic networks, are being explored both at the experimental level and at the computational and theoretical level. New theories and computational tools for analysis, modeling and visualization of networks are being developed.
    This workshop will offer participants a clear and detailed picture of the current state-of-the-art in this area. The workshop will be divided in four sessions, starting with a general overview on the structure and dynamics of complex networks.
    The second session will focus on the analysis of complex networks.
    The third session will focus on methods to model networks and their dynamic behaviour.
    The fourth session will focus on experimental and computational method to infer complex networks from experimental data.

  • Intended audience:
    The workshop is intended for all those scientisits, including graduate students and postdocs, interested to learn about the current state-of-the-art of networks in biology, to understand what are the open research questions to be solved, and what are the tools that can be used to analyse a biological problem from the 'network' point of view. The workshop will appeal both to scientists from engineering, physics and computer science, and from biological background.

  • Web site:

  • Organizer:
    Diego di Bernardo
    Group Leader @ Fondazione Telethon (TIGEM) &
    Research Associate @ University of Naples “Federico II”
    Via P. Castellino 111, 80131, Naples Italy
    tel: +390816132319
    fax: +390816132351
    home page:

    I will be helped by four graduate students in my lab, Vincenzo
    Belcastro, Francesco Iorio, Lucia Marucci and Velia Siciliano, and
    two senior scientists, Mario Lauria and Giulia Cuccato.

  • Fee: 100 €