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People in the News: Nov 12, 2010 (rev. 1)

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The Genome Analysis Centre has hired David Swarbreck to lead its genome analysis team.

Prior to joining the center, Swarbreck worked at the Carnegie Institute and also served as a lead scientific curator at the Arabidopsis Information Resource and a senior computer biologist at the Sanger Institute.

Swarbreck's team will work closely with the research community to deliver data annotation and analysis for plant, animal, and microbial genomes.


GenomeQuest has selected Henk Heus to fill a newly established position in the company: scientific lead of the GenomeQuest Personalized Medicine Research initiative.

Heus has more than 15 years experience in genomics and has worked at Dutch company NV Organon/Akzo Nobel. He holds a PhD in human genetics from the Erasmus Medical Center, Department of Clinical Genetics.

In his position, Heus will manage the program's steering committee and collaborative sessions and will work with the company's scientific advisors, which include Richard Wilson from Washington University's School of Medicine and Mark Boguski from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard Medical School Center for Biomedical Informatics.


The International Society for Computational Biology has put out a call for nominations for the 2011 Overton Prize and 2011 Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award.

The Overton prize is awarded to an early career scientist, generally within ten years post-degree, and the accomplishment by a senior scientist award recognizes highly significant, long-term career achievements. The winners of both awards will deliver keynote talks at ISCB’s annual meeting next year in Vienna, Austria.

Nominations are due by Nov. 30. Further details are available here.

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