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Digital Biology Week: Building a national infrastructure for biomedical computing

Brenner, D.Phil., a pioneer in genetics and molecular biology and distinguished professor at the Salk Institute, and Nathan Myhrvold, Ph.D., Microsoft's former chief technology officer and now managing director of the entrepreneurial firm Intellectual Ventures.

In conjunction with the NIH, two other federal agencies--the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Science Foundation (NSF)--are holding separate "satellite" events in Bethesda on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 4 and 5. The NIST meeting will focus on identifying opportunities for developing standards in information science to facilitate biomedical research. The NSF meeting will investigate information processing in biological organisms in the context of the emerging field of systems biology.

"'Digital Biology Week' marks the beginning of an ambitious, decade-long effort among government agencies, universities and industries to build a national infrastructure for biomedical computing," said Eric Jakobsson, Ph.D., director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB), part of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the NIH. Jakobsson is also chair of the NIH Biomedical Information Science and Technology Initiative Consortium.

"Through these and future meetings, and through our granting programs, our intention is to foster the development of a national network of collaboration in which 'big science,' as exemplified by the new biocomputing centers, will work hand-in-hand with 'small science,' as exemplified by individual scientists, for the advancement of all science," Jakobsson said.

NIGMS is one of the 27 components of the National Institutes of Health, the premier federal agency for biomedical research. Its mission is to support basic biomedical research that lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Additional information about "Digital Biology Week" can
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Contact: Dan Hogan
hogand@nigms.nih.gov
301-496-7301
NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences
29-Oct-2003


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