Thursday, July 2, 2009

C-DAC to organize bioinformatics symposium

PUNE, INDIA: Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) will be organizing a two-day symposium titled ‘Frontiers in Computational Biology’ at C-DAC, Pune during July 23-24, 2009.The registrations for the symposium is scheduled to close on July 3, 09.

The symposium aims at creating awareness about the High Performance Computing and Grid Computing applications in Bioinformatics, and provides a forum for researchers to exchange views on the subject. It also seeks to improve the understanding of related problems faced by the Bioinformatics industry and derive scientific solutions for them.

The completion of The Human Genome Project and a myriad of other sequencing projects saw an unprecedented increase in the use of Information Technology to manage the huge amount of biological data available at our disposal.

The main challenge in computational biology today is to decipher these pieces of data into blocks of information that will help to answer many mysteries of life and may predict the unforeseen future of mankind. A plethora of techniques/disciplines have emerged in the field of life sciences to help this cause.

High Performance Computing (HPC) today is not only helping manage data in the range of peta bytes, generated through high throughput techniques, but also analyzes them in real time.

The Bioinformatics team at C-DAC, has various research activities which include genome sequence assembly, microarray data analysis, structure-based drug discovery, protein folding and various molecular dynamics simulation using advanced MD techniques.

The group has collaborations with a number of eminent research organizations and industries, national as well as across the globe such as Institute for Animal Health (UK), Sanger Institute (UK), NIH (USA), National Centre for Cell Science (Pune), University of Pune (Pune), Nicholas-Piramal (Mumbai) and Jubilant BioSys (Bangalore).

The technical session of the symposium will feature invited talks from internationally recognized professionals in the area of Computational Genomics and Molecular Modelling like Dr. Akash Ranjan, CDFD (Hyderabad), Dr. Andrew Lynn, JNU (Delhi), Prof.B.Jayaram IIT (Delhi), Dr. Debashish Mohanty, NII (New Delhi), Dr. Dhananjay Bhattacharya, SINP (Kolkata), Prof. Durani, IIT (Mumbai), Dr. GPS Raghava, IMTECH (Chandigarh), Prof. Indira Ghosh, JNU (New Delhi), Prof. P.Gautam, Anna University (Chennai), Prof. Yathindra, IBAB (Bangalore), and Dr. Yogesh Souche, NCCS (Pune) along with experts from C-DAC. The talks will cover the computational challenges in the areas of sequence analysis, comparative genomics, molecular modeling and algorithm development.

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