MUNICH, Germany, Aug. 29 (GenomeWeb News) - Rolf Apweiler of the European Bioinformatics Institute has been elected to become the next president of the Human Proteome Organization, GenomeWeb News has learned.
Apweiler is currently chair of HUPO's Proteomics Standards Initiative, which aims to create bioinformatics standards for the submission and storage of data and information on proteomics experiments, as well as other types of experiments. He will take HUPO's helm on Jan. 1, 2007, for two years, replacing John Bergeron.
"HUPO is a very interesting organization," said Apweiler. "It's changed from a small, creative bunch of scientists into an adolescent group which is starting to have an impact. I hope to bring it from an adolescent to an adult stage."
Apweiler said he plans to visit the HUPO headquarters in Montreal in the near future to learn more about the organization as a whole.
In addition, Catherine Fenselau, the current US-HUPO president who is a professor at the University of Maryland, and Young-Ki Paik, the director of the Yonsei Proteome Research Center in Korea who is also the president of K-HUPO and the secretary general of HUPO, have been elected to become vice presidents of HUPO starting in January 2007.