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Nov. 8, 2005

Bioinformatics Center To Host National Meeting Nov. 9-10

The University of Iowa College of Engineering Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB) will host the National Cancer Institute's cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG) meeting Nov. 9-10 at the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences on the UI campus.

The field of bioinformatics involves the application of high-performance computing to the biological sciences.

The meeting will enable researchers to plan information sharing that will help them to better understand the genetic basis of normal and abnormal cellular processes -- one of the keys to preventing and treating all forms of cancer, according to CBCB Director Thomas Casavant.

Casavant, professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering in the UI College of Engineering, was recently appointed a co-leader of the UI Holden Cancer Center's Cancer Genetics and Computational Biology Program.

Event planners anticipate some 50 attendees, many from the Cancer Institute headquarters. Event sponsors include the UI College of Engineering and the CBCB.

The CBCB is a high-performance computational and informational resource uniquely designed to help researchers learn about the molecular and genetic bases of human disease. In addition, the CBCB is working to facilitate development of interdisciplinary programs of study to teach professionals the skills of biomedical problem solving using modern computational methods. The center includes researchers from the Colleges of Engineering, Medicine, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Public Health, Business, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing and the Graduate College. It also works with other units, including the UI Roy J. Carver Center for Comparative Genomics and the UI Center for Macular Degeneration and other research support units such as Information Technology Services Research Technologies and the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine DNA Core Facility.

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