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AISB event Bulletin Item

CF Participation: International Summer School of Functional Genomics


Baia Samuele Conference Centre, Scicli, Sicily, Italy  July 5th-19th 2008


Due to numerous requests we decided to extend the Registration deadline.
Registration *Deadline*: May 20th, 2008

The International School of Functional Genomics consists of two
modules. Each module is one week long. Participants may register for
one or both modules.

First week: "Cutting edge genomic technologies" (July 5-12, 2008)

"Lectio Magistralis" Rita Levi-Montalcini, Nobel Laureate, Italy

"In-CheckTM platform: a highly integrated solution for rapid and
accurate Nucleic Acid testing"
Enrico Alessi, STMicroelectronics, Italy

"Magnetic strategies for biosensors"
Salvatore Baglio, University of Catania, Italy

"System neurobiology: from a reductionistic to an olistic approach"
Pietro Calissano, European Brain Research Institute, Italy and
Institute of Neurobiology and Molecular Medicine, CNR, Italy

"New technologies and products for healthcare"
Salvo Coffa, STMicroelectronics, Italy

"Executable models for synaptic plasticity and VICE: a virtual cell"
Pierpaolo Degano, University of Pisa, Italy

"Practical course on pathway analysis and gene expression"
Mark Hughes, MetaCore, UK

"Practical Course on gene ontologies and pathway analysis"
Carsten Lederer, Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy, Italy

"Linkage and association studies using markers and SNP arrays"
Ben Oostra, Erasmus University, The Netherlands

"Microarray data analysis"
John Quackenbush, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA

"Integrating glycomics and genomics"
Shiladitya Sengupta, Harvard Medical School, Harvard-MIT Division of
Health Sciences and Technology, USA

"Practical course on DNA microarray analysis"
Massimo Tifi, Abel, Italy

Second module: "Application of genomic technologies to the biomedical
field" (July 12-19, 2008)

"Introduction to neuroinformatics and computational neuroanatomy"
Giorgio Ascoli, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason
University, USA

"Forensic DNA"
Lucia Bianchi, Lawyer, Italy

"Genomics: at the intersection of neuronal life and death"
Sebastiano Cavallaro, ISN CNR, Italy

"Applying genomic profiling to enable personalized medicine"
Femke de Snoo, Agendia, The Netherlands

"Pharmacogenetics, pharmacogenomics and individualized therapies"
Filippo Drago, University of Catania, Italy

"A web-based architecture for parallel computation of molecular
pathway models"
C. Forbes Dewey, Jr. MIT, USA

"Functional genomics: new frontiers in drug discovery"
Gerald Fisher, Wyeth, USA

"Practical course on biological pathways analysis simulation"
Andrew Koo, MIT, USA

"Methods and models in computational genomics"
Pietro Li, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK

"Computational systems biology: a programming language approach"
Corrado Priami, Microsoft Research - University of Trento COSBI, Italy

"Tumor classification by genomic analysis"
John Quackenbush, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA

"Gene expression profiling of advanced ovarian cancer"
Claudio Schneider, University of Udine, Italy

"Careers in science publishing"
Magdalena Skipper, Nature Publishing Group, UK

Elisabetta Tendi, Wyeth, Italy


The School will be hosted by Hotel Village Baia Samuele, Scicli, (RG),
Scicli  is one the Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto in the
South-Eastern Sicily. The Val di Noto area is included in the UNESCO
World Heritage List

The eight towns in south-eastern Sicily: Caltagirone, Militello Val di
Catania,  Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli, were
all rebuilt after 1693 on or beside towns existing at the time of the
earthquake which took place in that year.  They represent a
considerable collective undertaking, successfully carried out at a
high level of architectural and artistic achievement. Keeping within
the late Baroque style of the day, they also depict distinctive
innovations in town planning and urban building.


* Early Registration before May 20, 2008:
    o One Week Student Registration (M.Sc. and Ph.D. Students): 350 Euro.
    o One Week Registration: 600 Euro.
    o Both Weeks Student Registration: 650 Euro.
    o Both Weeks Registration: 1100 Euro.
* Late Registration after May 20, 2008:
    o One Week Late Student Registration (M.Sc. and Ph.D. Students): 450 Euro.
    o One Week Late Registration: 800 Euro.
    o Both Weeks Late Student Registration: 750 Euro.
    o Both Weeks Late Registration: 1500 Euro.

The application should be done *before* May 20, 2008.
Early payment due: before May 20, 2008.
Late payment due after May 20, 2008

The fee will include, all Courses, Lecture Notes, Coffee Breaks, Bus
service from Catania Airport to School Venue and vice-versa, WiFi
Internet Connection, Two Social Tours.

Accepted students may submit a poster and/or a seminar to present
their recent research activities.

Participants are responsible for arranging their own hotel accommodation

Download, complile and send by FAX the accomodation bill form -
Deadline May 20th

School Director:  Sebastiano Cavallaro, CNR, Italy

Scientific Committee:

Sebastiano Cavallaro, CNR, Italy.

Pietro Li, University of Cambridge, UK.

Giuseppe Nicosia, University of Catania, Italy.

Enrico Rizzarelli, University of Catania, Italy

For more information, please send an email to: