Latin America SCS 2016

The Student Council Symposium is a forum for students, post docs, and young researchers in the fields of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Participants will have the opportunity to present their work to an international audience, build a network within the computational biology community and develop important soft skills in an environment that fosters exchange of ideas and knowledge.

Key Dates

July 1, 2016

Call Opens

September 23, 2016

Call Closes

September 23, 2016

Student Council
Travel Fellowship Closes

October 7, 2016

Acceptance Notifications

October 14, 2016

Travel Fellowship

November 19, 2016

Latin American
Student Council Symposium

Second LA-SCS 2016 keynote speaker confirmed

We are pleased to announce that we have confirmed our second keynote speaker: Dr. Seán O'Donoghue (Group Leader and Senior Faculty Member at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney). His contributions have been recognised with a C. J. Martin Fellowship from the National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia, an Achievement Award from Lion Bioscience AG, and by being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2014.

Seán O’Donoghue is an Office of the Chief Executive Science Leader in Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Sydney. He is also Group Leader and Senior Faculty Member at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney. He received his B.Sc. (Hons) and PhD in biophysics from the University of Sydney, Australia. Much of his career was spent in Heidelberg, Germany, where he worked in the Structural and Computational Biology programme at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), and at Lion Bioscience AG - then the world's largest bioinformatics company - where he was Director of Scientific Visualization. From 2012-2015 he was also CSIRO's representative on the EMBL-Australia council, and chaired the EMBL-Australia Bioinformatics Advisory Committee.

He has been actively engaged in bioinformatics research since 1988. He contributed to the development of ARIA, a method widely used for calculating 3D structures from NMR data. Since then, he has initiated and is leading several projects, including VizBi, an international initiative aimed at improving data visualization and user experience in bioinformatics software; VizbiPlus, aimed at educating and inspiring the general public about cutting-edge biomedical research (Finalist, 2015 NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award); Aquaria (first prize, 2015 NSW iAward for Research and Development), a resource that simplifies discovery and insight from protein structures; Martini, a resource for comparing gene lists; Minardo, a method for visualizing the time-course of posttranslational events in cells (finalist, 2015 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research); and Reflect, a browser plug-in designed to help in understanding life science literature that is widely used by many life scientists (first prize,


First LA-SCS 2016 keynote speaker confirmed

We are pleased to announce that we have confirmed our first keynote speaker: Prof. Ruth Nussinov (Professor and Senior Principal Investigator, National Cancer Institute and Tel Aviv University). Prof. Nussinov is one of the leading scientists in the Structural Computational Biology Field.

Ruth Nussinov’s algorithm for the prediction of RNA secondary structure is still the leading method. She proposed ‘Conformational Selection and Population Shift’ as an alternative to the textbook ‘Induced-Fit’ model in molecular recognition. Her recent studies unveiled the key role of allostery under normal conditions and in disease and the principles of allosteric drug discovery. She uncovered the structural basis for cancer signaling, and its mechanistic principles; predicted GTP-dependent K-Ras dimer structures and suggested that K-Ras4B dimerizes via two distinct interfaces and explained the consequences for Raf’s activation and MAPK signaling; elucidated calmodulin’s role in KRAS-driven adenocarcinomas; the critical role of oncogenic KRAS in the initiation of cancer through deregulation of the G1 cell cycle, and proposed a new view of Ras isoforms. This new view argues for multiple signaling states of palmitoylated Ras isoforms, such as K-Ras4A. This view questions the completeness and accuracy of small GTPase Ras isoform statistics in different cancer types and calls for reevaluation of concepts and protocols. Importantly, the multiple signaling states also call for reconsideration of oncogenic Ras therapeutics.

Dr. Nussinov serves as the Editor-in-Chief of PLOS Computational Biology and she is an elected Fellow of the Biophysical Society. She is a Highly Cited Researcher (ranking among the top 3000 researchers or 1% across all fields according to Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators, (link is external) "earning them the mark of exceptional impact").