BLACKSBURG, Va., Mar. 12, 2003 - Researchers from Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and Virginia Tech will attend a workshop hosted by the Swiss Consulate on March 26th in Boston. The workshop will bring bioinformatics experts from Switzerland and Boston University together with others from around the globe to explore systems biology topics of common interest.

Drs. Neysa Call, Karen Duca, Ina Hoeschele, Reinhard Laubenbacher, Pedro Mendes, David Samuels, Vladimir Shulaev, and Bruno Sobral of VBI, and John Tyson of Virginia Tech's biology department, will represent Virginia Tech at the workshop. The workshop will explore:

  • why bioinformatics is a "hot" field, what major breakthroughs bioinformatics might bring,
  • why large pharma companies are investing in bioinformatics and starting their own programs,
  • who will reap the benefits of new advances in life sciences,
  • how US and international bioinformatics institutes perform research and education,
  • and how academic research institutions and companies collaborate.

Invitation to Bioinformatics Panel Discussion (PDF)

At the workshop, VBI Director, Bruno Sobral, will present on a panel comprised of Prof. Charles deLisi, Biomolecular Systems Laboratory, Boston University; Prof. Ernest Feytmans, Director, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics; Dr. Manuel Peitsch, Head of Informatics and Knowledge Management, Novartis; and moderated by Dr. Ioannis Xenarios, Head of Bioanalysis, Serono International S.A., Geneva.

SHARE is the first consulate in the world that is exclusively dedicated to Science, Research and Education. The organization works to support the next generation by focusing on projects that support knowledge transfers, exchange programs and by assisting young Swiss Scientists in maintaining close contact to their home country. More information is available at:

The workshop will convene at the Swiss House for Advanced Research and Education (SHARE) in Boston.

There is no cost to participate but seats are limited and advanced registration is mandatory

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Published by Public Relations, March 11, 2003