BLACKSBURG, Va., May 13, 2003 - Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) teamed up to hold a Systems Biology Conference in May 2003.

The conference entitled "Systems Biology: Cell-Chemical Speak through Bioinformatics", was held at the Natcher Auditorium of the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Areas of focus for the conference included Computational Algorithms for Data Analysis, IT Infrastructure for Data and Tool Management, Computation Modeling and Simulation, Quantitative Molecular Data Sets, Statistical Methods, and Challenges and Opportunities in Computational Biology.

"The purpose of the conference was to explore together the latest bioinformatics tools that are allowing scientists to focus on data and convert it into usable knowledge", said Bruno Sobral, director of VBI. "It is very exciting to be able to have bioinformatics and toxicogenomics experts from all over the world working together towards the common goal of understanding the pathways to disease using 'cell-chemical speak'." The conference was open to the public.

For more information, see CONFERENCE OVERVIEW.

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Published by Public Relations, May 12, 2003