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People in the News: Jul 23, 2010 (rev. 1)

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At the recent International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology in Boston, Keren Yizhak from Tel Aviv University and her team won the Ian Lawson Van Toch Memorial Outstanding Student Paper award for their paper titled “Integrating Quantitative Proteomics and Metabolomics with a Genome-scale Metabolic Network Model.”

A paper co-authored by David Haussler and his research team titled “Inference of patient-specific pathway activities from multi-dimensional cancer genomics data using PARADIGM” received an honorable mention (See BI 06/18/2010 for an interview with Haussler on PARADIGM).

The award was given in honor of Ian Lawson Van Toch, a 23 year old medical biophysics graduate student at the University of Toronto who passed away in August 2007 due to a rare form of heart disease.

Peter Van Loo, of VIB and University of Leuven, Belgium, and his team won the Journal of Biomedical Informatics Award in the translational bioinformatics field for a paper titled “Allele-specific copy number analysis of breast carcinomas.”

The award is given by JBI to researchers whose papers are in line with the journal’s emphasis on methodology and on the relevance of the research to the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of human disease or its prevention.

The Killer App Award winners were Thomas Abeel for “GenomeView: Visualizing the next generation of sequencing data” and Alberto Roca for “Visualizing protein family nanoanatomy using ProfileGrids.”

The award is given to developers of a tool or system that is judged to be of the most practical benefit to biochemists and molecular biologists.

Winners received their prizes on the final day of the conference.

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