Challenges of the next decade for the Asia Pacific region

2010 International Conference in Bioinformatics (InCoB 2010)

Shoba Ranganathan*, Christian Schönbach, Kenta Nakai, Tin W. Tan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The 2010 annual conference of the Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet), Asia's oldest bioinformatics organisation formed in 1998, was organized as the 9th International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB), Sept. 26-28, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. Initially, APBioNet created InCoB as forum to foster bioinformatics in the Asia Pacific region. Given the growing importance of interdisciplinary research, InCoB2010 included topics targeting scientists in the fields of genomic medicine, immunology and chemoinformatics, supporting translational research. Peer-reviewed manuscripts that were accepted for publication in this supplement, represent key areas of research interests that have emerged in our region. We also highlight some of the current challenges bioinformatics is facing in the Asia Pacific region and conclude our report with the announcement of APBioNet's 100 BioDatabases (BioDB100) initiative. BioDB100 will comply with the database criteria set out earlier in our proposal for Minimum Information about a Bioinformatics and Investigation (MIABi), setting the standards for biocuration and bioinformatics research, on which we will report at the next InCoB, Nov. 27 - Dec. 2, 2011 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberS1
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalBMC Genomics
Volume11
Issue numberSupplement 4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2010

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