These are just some of the key questions that top experts in biology, medicine, computer science, and other fields will be exploring during "Digital Biology Week," November 3 to 7, in Bethesda, Md. Leading biomedical and computational scientists will also lay the groundwork for building a national network of researchers whose common goal will be to harness the power of computers to solve today's most challenging problems in human health and disease.
The week kicks off on Monday, November 3, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with a workshop for scientists interested in applying for new federal funding establishing the first phase of this network, the NIH National Centers for Biomedical Computing (NCBC). Plans for the centers were unveiled last month as part of the new NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, a far-reaching set of initiatives designed to speed the movement of research discoveries from the bench to the bedside.
Culminating the week is a major symposium, sponsored by the NIH Biomedical Information Science and Technology Initiative (BISTI), titled "Digital Biology: the Emerging Paradigm," on Thursday and Friday, November 6 and 7. The symposium will offer a broad look at contemporary issues arising from the convergence of biomedical and computational research, according to the symposium's co-chairs, Richard Morris, Ph.D., of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Karen Skinner, Ph.D., of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The keynote speakers are Nobel laureate Sydney
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