Public service announcement: Biocuration 2014 meeting

Hi folks–

Got the following email about the upcoming biocuration meeting. You like to have quality information stored in those databases you use? Thank the biocurators. Support the biocurators.


7th International Biocuration Conference
Biocuration 2014
Toronto, Canada
April 6-9, 2014
Abstracts Due: February 10, 2014


Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I am pleased to invite you to the 7th International Biocuration Conference in Toronto, Canada. The conference will will begin at 6pm on Sunday 6, April and run through to 5pm on Wednesday 9, 2014. The conference will provide a forum for trainees, biocurators, investigators, clinicians and developers of biological databases to discuss their work, promote collaboration and foster a sense of community in this very active and growing area of research. Participants from academia, government and industry interested in the methods and tools employed in curation of biological and medical data are encouraged to attend. While a number of speakers have been invited, please note that the majority of oral presentations will be drawn from openly submitted abstracts.

The primary site for the conference is Hart House, considered the cultural and ceremonial centre of the University of Toronto.

The proposed 2014 conference sessions and workshops will address the following challenges in biocuration:

Automated Function Prediction (workshop)
Big Data Curation: Dealing with supplementary data (workshop)
Biocreative Text Mining (workshop)
Biological and Clinical Ontologies (session)
Clinical Annotations (session)
Data Integration and Data Sharing (session)
Functional Annotations (session)
Microbial Informatics (session)
Phenotype (workshop)
Social Tools for publishing and curation (workshop)

Dr. Tim Hubbard, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Dr. Suzanna Lewis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dr. Patricia Babbitt, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3)
Dr. Lincoln Stein, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

The registration form can be found at:

Submit your abstract for presentation (poster or talks only) via this link:

Abstract submission deadline (poster or oral presentation): February 10, 2014
Fellowships Application deadline: February 10, 2014
Notification of decision for abstract submission: February 24, 2014
Fellowships Notification of acceptance: February 24, 2014
Online registration ends: March 24, 2014.

[find this over at the registration site]

Looking forward to seeing you at Biocuration 2014.


Robin Haw

Organizing Committee
Robin Haw (Chair) Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, ON, Canada
Marc Gillespie (Co-chair) St John’s University, NY, USA
Francis Ouellette (Co-chair) Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, ON, Canada
Alex Bateman, European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
Michelle Brazas, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, ON, Canada
Fiona Brinkman, Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada
Mike Cherry, Stanford University, CA, USA
Patricia Falzon, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, ON, Canada
Nicole Gleed, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, ON, Canada
Pascale Gaudet, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland
Iddo Friedberg, Miami University, OH, USA
Todd Harris, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, ON, Canada
Raja Mazumder, George Washington University, DC, USA
Dennis McCormac, Ontario Genomics Institute, ON, Canada
Ilene Mizrachi, National Center for Biotechnology Information, DC, USA
Monica C. Munoz-Torres, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA, USA
John Parkinson, The Hospital for Sick Children, ON, Canada
Paul Thomas, University of California, CA, USA