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[protege-discussion] ISBMDA 2006, 7-8 December, Thessaloniki, Greece

Alexandra Kokkinaki alko at
Tue Nov 14 09:44:55 PST 2006



The area of medical and biological data analysis has undergone a number of transformations in the recent years. On the one hand the human genome project has triggered an unprecedented  growth in gathering new types of data from the molecular level, which lead to the exponential growth of the bioinformatics area due to issues related to data management and processing, on the other hand new type of information coming from the molecular data has started filling gaps of knowledge which were present for a long time especially since we were using a lot of data coming from recording phenotypes. Thus, bioinformatics, medical informatics and biomedical engineering dealing with the vertical integration of knowledge and data using information technology platforms and enabling technologies such as micro and nano sensors seem to converge and to look for ways to integrate the competencies found in each field.

ISBMDA has formed a platform, where new research results stemming from analysis of molecular data, from medical data linked with phenotypes such as data coming from biosignals or bioimages, new types of decision support systems based on new types of data, information and extracted knowledge and finally new types of information technology (IT) solutions to enable this integration of knowledge from the molecules up to the organs and the phenotype can meet and provide large added value to this scientific endeavour. Thus, the 7th ISBMDA is a place for all the above mentioned competencies to come together, discuss and synthesize new types of approaches to our understanding of the function of the human organism on a multiscale level.

            This year, the ISBMDA symposium features both keynote speakers and an exciting scientific program, comprising of 28 oral presentations and 16 poster presentations. The thematic areas of the presentations span through structural and functional bioinformatics, biological models, databases and grids, semantics and information modelling, biomedical signal processing, biomedical image analysis and visualisation techniques, biomedical data analysis and interpretation and decision support systems and diagnostic tools.

            Keynote speakers shall address the issues of pathways to the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) through the EU STEP project experience, the ways to create the needed synergies between bioinformatics and medical informatics through the SYMBIOMATICS EU project experience, issues on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) that will be addressed in the EU Framework Program 7 (FP7) such as for example the Grid and Nanomedicine platforms, and share experiences from running Networks of Excellence in the area of bioinformatics such as the INFOBIOGENMED NoE. 

            Thus, the combination of the keynotes and the scientific program promises a very exciting and scientifically rewarding symposium, with a lot of added value in the areas of biomedical informatics, eHealth and biomedical engineering.





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