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Announcement: NBCR Summer Institute 2009 -- Cyberinfrastructure for Personalized Medicine

The National Biomedical Computation Resource (NBCR) is pleased to present its 4th annual Summer Institute to be held Aug 3 - August 7, 2009, at the University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA.

The training program provides an overview of cyberinfrastructure for personalized medicine, and includes a computational seminar series and hands-on training sessions on the tools essential for cutting edge biomedical research and development of personalized medicine. NBCR's goal in offering this Summer Institute is to broaden the impact of these tools with transparent access to cyberinfrastructure and work closely with the biomedical community in future developments, while offering significant opportunities for networking among researchers and participants. 

Training Sessions

Each of the following 6 topics represents one of the parallel tracks. Each participant may sign up for up to two tracks.

A1. Programming Scalable Scientific Workflows

A2. From Cluster to Cloud Computing

B1. Molecular Electrostatics and Diffusion

B2. Virtual Screening & Computer Aided Drug Design

C1. Electron Tomography and Mesoscale Modeling

C2. Computational Cardiac Electrophysiology and Mechanics

Course Materials:

The sessions are geared toward graduate students, postdocs and researchers interested in learning how to use specific tools addressed above, and how to benefit from cyberinfrastructure for personalized medicine in general. For online access of training session materials, please visit the NBCR Public Wiki.

Registration fees:

$400 for two tracks, $350 for one track. $100 for computational seminar series (with lunch provided) and Thursday night conference dinner.


Registration fees are waived for out of town participants using UCSD campus housing and meals provisions. Students and staff from UCSD and local academic institutions may register free for the training tracks, subject to space availability. Local academic participants who present an accepted poster receive free attendance of all conference events. The computational seminar series is free to all.


There are a number of scholarships awarded each year to help defray the cost of attending the Summer Institute. Please send your CV, poster abstract, and one letter of recommendation from your Ph.D. advisor or immediate supervisor to Dr. Wilfred Li (wilfred at Scholarship recipients are required to present a scientific poster during the poster session. The best poster prize recipient will be selected by a panel of judges.

Important Dates:

• Scholarship application: June 30th, 2009.• Scholarship notification: July 3rd, 2009.• Local participants: July 31st, 2009.• Out of town participants: July 17th, 2009.• Training Sessions and Computational Seminar Series: Aug 3rd-7th, 2009.

Please contact Teri Simas (858.534.5034, for further information