Taiwan hosts the 13th Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Conference

30th Jan, 2015

APBC 2015, the 13th Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Conference, was held at the National Chiao Tung University in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan from January 21 to 23. The College of Biological Science & Technology and the Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology of the National Chiao Tung University, together with the Taiwan Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Society worked hand-in-hand to bring APBC, the largest forum of this subject in the Asia-Pacific region, to Taiwan with the goal for Taiwan’s research on bioinformatics to become further internationalized.

The Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference was founded in 2003 with its inaugural APBC conference held in Australia. Annual conferences have taken place in numerous countries including New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, China, India, Korea, and Canada. APBC 2015 covered 56 speeches and paper presentations as well as 50 poster presentations, with around 70% related to the topic “decoding of genome and protein in the post-genome era”. Three keynote speeches were given by Prof. Ann-Shyn Chiang of National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan), Prof. Satoru Miyano of the University of Tokyo (Japan), and Prof. Yixue Li of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (China), together with outstanding researchers and industrial practitioners from fifteen countries including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Germany, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Japan, U.K., Korea, Singapore, U.S.A., Thailand, and France all participating in the conference.

Thanks to the recent development of next-generation sequencing, the volume of big data increases exponentially for bioinformatics researchers and professionals to explore, analyze, and manage. The aims of APBC 2015 were, through discussion about various aspects of bioinformatics, to lead to in-depth and more complex theories on biomedicine and biotechnology, quickening the path of improvement for the research of life science, biomedicine, and biotechnology, ultimately improving the welfare of humans.

For more information, please visit the website at http://apbc2015.mbc.nctu.edu.tw

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