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May Biomed/Biotech SIG Meeting  

Where
Kelly's Deli Conference Center
Next to the entrance to 7519 Standish Drive
FDA/CVM Center
Rockville, Maryland  20855

When
May 7, 2009    6:00 pm - 9:15 pm

"Bioinformatics, Systems Biology, Translational Medicine"

Presented by

Cathy H. Wu, PhD
Edward G. Jefferson Professor of Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
University of Delaware, Newark, DE and
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology
Director, Protein Information Resource
Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC

and

"A Systematic Framework of Genome Screening Seeking a Predictive Genomic Composite Biomarker for Potential Treatment Individualization"

Presented by
 
Su Jane Wang, PhD
Associate Director, Pharmacogenomics and Adaptive Design
Office of Biostatistics, Office of Translational Sciences
Center for Drug Evaluation and Review (CDER), FDA and Adjunct Faculty, Engineering and

Applied Science Programs for Professionals, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland
 
Thursday, May 7, 2009

6:00 PM - Networking and Pizza and soft drink with a door prize
6:20 - 9:00 PM - Program
9:00 - 9:15 PM - Door prize drawing and networking
Open and free to the public

Location: Kelly’s Deli Conference Center, 7519 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855

Driving directions:From I-270 (N or S bound): Take Exit 9A and exit from the first right
exit.
Turn left (east) onto Shady Grove Dr.
Turn right (south) onto Rockville Pike (Route 355).
Turn left (east) onto East Gude Dr.
Turn left (north) immediately onto Crabb's Branch Dr.
Turn left (west) immediately onto Standish Place.
(The first building on your right side is 7519 Standish Place; open parking)
The conference room is on the first floor with its entrance opposite to the left side of
building main entrance.

For headcount purpose, please register by Thursday noon, May 7, 2009.

Registration: To register for this event, please click here.

For additional information contact Dr. George Chang, Co-Chair of Biomed/Biotech SIG, at
gchang2008@yahoo.com or call 240-793-8425.

Abstract
Unlocking the secrets of the human genetic code, the Human Genome Project has opened an entirely new scientific horizon, rich with opportunities to expand our understanding of the interplay between environment, biology, and pathology. Such knowledge is central to the successful translation of genomic information into tangible benefits for human health. It is, however, a problem of substantial complexity that requires multidisciplinary collaborations among computational, mathematical, biological and clinical expertise. Bioinformatics and computational biology is an emerging field where biological and computational disciplines converge. With systems integration becoming the driving force for 21st century biology, researchers are systematically tackling gene functions and complex regulatory processes by studying organisms at different levels of organization, from genomes and proteomes to metabolomes and interactomes. An integrative bioinformatics approach in the systems biology context allows researchers to gain fundamental understanding of biological and disease processes, facilitates drug discovery and disease diagnosis, and translates "bench" knowledge into "bedside" benefits.  Systemic genomic screening for biomarkers and related personalized medicine will also be discussed.