MCBIOS Conference 2009

The Sixth Annual Conference of the
MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society
Transformational Bioinformatics: Delivering Value from Genomes
Starkville, Mississippi
February 20-21, 2009


  • Conference Agenda
  • Conference Program
  • Proceedings of the Sixth Annual MCBIOS Conference

MCBIOS History and Theme

The first two MCBIOS conference were held in Little Rock Arkansas. The themes were "Building Networks" and "Bioinformatics: A Systems Approach", respectively. In 2006 and 2007, the conference was held in Louisiana. We met in Baton Rouge in 2006, where the theme was "Bioinformatics: A Calculated Discovery", and in New Orleans in 2007, where the theme was "Computational Frontiers in Biomedicine". The 2008 conference was held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and the theme was "Systems Biology - Bridging the Omics".
The sixth annual MCBIOS (MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society) was held in Starkville, MS on February 20-21, 2009. The theme was "Transformational Bioinformatics: Delivering Value from Genomes".  

Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers for the conference:

Howard Cash, President and CEO, Gene Codes

Laura Elnitski, PhD, Head of the Genomic Functional Analysis Section at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Cathy Wu, PhD, Director of the Protein Information Resource (PIR) and Professor in Departments of Oncology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Georgetown University Medical Center

Student Participation

Students were especially invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations or posters. Student awards for best posters and oral presentations were presented on Saturday, February 21st. The awards are sponsored by the Environmental Laboratory of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer and Research Development Center (ERDC).
To be considered for an award, the work must be presented (in either poster or oral presentation) and the student author must be listed as the first author and be responsible for most of the research performed in the presented work.   

Dawn Wilkins, MCBIOS President
Susan Bridges, Conference Chair
Jonathan Wren, Past President
Dan Berleant, President Elect
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More MCBIOS History

The annual MCBIOS conference has historically attracted internationally renowned speakers, including David Mount, author of the popular bioinformatics textbook Bioinformatics: Sequence and Genome Analysis, Michael Gribskov, President of the International Society for Computational Biology, Alan Leshner, AAAS CEO and executive publisher of Science, Richard A. Gibbs, Director of the Baylor Human Genome Sequencing Center and Dr. Winston Hide, Director of the South African National Bioinformatics Institute.

The conference attendance in previous years has reflected its status as the premier forum in the region, gathering faculty and students from all states in the region and beyond.