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Preliminary Announcement FIRST WORLD CONGRESS ON COMPUTATIONAL MEDICINE, PUBLIC HEALTH AND BIOTECHNOLOGY 24-28 April 1994 Hyatt Regency Hotel Austin, Texas ----- (Feel Free To Cross Post This Announcement) ---- 1.0 CONFERENCE OVERVIEW: With increasing frequency, computational sciences are being exploited as a means with which to investigate biomedical processes at all levels of complexity; from molecular to systemic to demographic. Computational instruments are now used, not only as exploratory tools but also as diagnostic and prognostic tools. The appearance of high performance computing environments has, to a great extent, removed the problem of increasing the biological reality of themathematical models. For the first time in the historyof the field, practical biological reality is finally within the grasp of the biomedical modeler. Mathematical complexity is no longer as serious an issue as speeds of computation are now of the order necessary to allow extremely large and complex computational models to be analyzed. Large memory machines are now routinely available. Additionally, high speed, efficient, highly optimized numerical algorithms are under constant development. As these algorithms are understood and improved upon, many of them are transferred from software implementation to an implementation in the hardware itself; thereby further enhancing the available computational speed of current hardware. The purpose of this congress is to bring together a transdisciplinary group of researchers in medicine, public health, computer science, mathematics, nursing, veterinary medicine, ecology, allied health, as well as numerous otherdisciplines, for the purposes of examining the grand challenge problems of the next decades. This will be a definitive meeting in that it will be the first World Congress of its type and will be held as a followup tothe very well received Workshop On High Performance Computing In The Life Sciences and Medicine held by the University of Texas System Center For High Performance Computing in 1990. Young scientists are encouraged to attend and to present their work in this increasingly interesting discipline. Funding is being solicited from NSF, NIH, DOE, Darpa, EPA, and private foundations, as well as other sources to assist in travel support and in the offsetting of expenses for those unable to attend otherwise. Papers, poster presentations, tutorials, focussed topic workshops, birds of a feather groups, demonstrations, and other suggestions are also solicited. 2.0 CONFERENCE SCOPE AND TOPIC AREAS: The Congress hasa broad scope. If you are not sure as to whether or not your subject fits the Congress scope, contact the conference organizers at one of the addresses below. Subject areas include but are not limited to: *Visualization/Sonification --- medical imaging --- molecular visualization as a clinical research tool --- simulation visualization --- microscopy --- visualization as applied to problems arising in computational molecular biology and genetics or other non-traditional disciplines *Computational Molecular Biology and Genetics --- computational ramifications of clinical needs in the Human Genome, Plant Genome, and Animal Genome Projects --- computational and grand challenge problems in molecular biology and genetics --- algorithms and methodologies --- issues of multiple datatype databases *Computational Pharmacology, Pharmacodynamics, Drug Design *Computational Chemistry as Applied to Clinical Issues *Computational Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism --- Single cell metabolic models (red blood cell) --- Cancer models --- Transport models --- Single cell interaction with external factors models (laser, ultrasound, electrical stimulus) *Computational Physiology and Metabolism --- Renal System --- Cardiovascular dynamics --- Liver function --- Pulmonary dynamics --- Auditory function, coclear dynamics, hearing --- Reproductive modeling: ovarian dynamics, reproductive ecotoxicology, modeling the hormonal cycle --- Metabolic Databases and metabolic models *Computational Demography, Epidemiology, and Statistics/Biostatistics --- Classical demographic, epidemiologic, and biostatistical modeling --- Modeling of the role of culture, poverty, and other sociological issues as they impact healthcare *Computational Disease Modeling --- AIDS --- TB --- Influenza --- Statistical Population Genetics Of Disease Processes --- Other *Computational Biofluids --- Blood flow --- Sperm dynamics --- Modeling of arteriosclerosis and related processes *Computational Dentistry, Orthodontics, and Prosthetics *Computational Veterinary Medicine --- Computational issues in modeling non-human dynamics such as equine, feline, canine dynamics (physiological/biomechanical) *Computational Allied Health Sciences --- Physical Therapy --- Neuromusic Therapy --- Resiratory Therapy *Computational Radiology --- Dose modeling --- Treatment planning *Computational Surgery --- Simulation of surgical procedures in VR worlds --- Surgical simulation as a precursor to surgical intervention *Computational Cardiology *Computational Nursing *Computational Models In Chiropractice *Computational Neurobiology and Neurophysiology --- Brain modeling --- Single neuron models --- Neural nets and clinical applications --- Neurophysiological dynamics --- Neurotransmitter modeling --- Neurological disorder modeling (Alzheimers Disease, for example) *Computational Models of Psychiatric and Psychological Processes *Computational Biomechanics --- Bone Modeling --- Joint Modeling *Computational Models of Non-tradional Medicine --- Acupuncture --- Other *Computational Issues In Medical Instrumentation Design and Simulation --- Scanner Design --- Optical Instrumentation *Ethical issues arising in the use of computational technology in medical diagnosis and simulation *The role of alternate reality methodologies and high performance environments in the medical and public health disciplines *Issues in the use of high performance computing environments in the teaching of health science curricula *The role of high performance environments for the handling of large medical datasets (high performance storage environments, high performance networking, high performance medical records manipulation and management, metadata structures and definitions) *Federal and private support for transdisciplinary research in computational medicine and public health 3.0 CONFERENCE COMMITTEE *CONFERENCE CHAIR: Matthew Witten, UT System Center For High Performance Computing, Austin, Texas m.witten(at) *CONFERENCE DIRECTORATE: Regina Monaco, Mt. Sinai Medical Center * Dan Davison, University of Houston * Chris Johnson, University of Utah * Lisa Fauci, Tulane University * Daniel Zelterman, University of Minnesota Minneapolis * James Hyman, Los Alamos National Laboratory * Richard Hart, Tulane University * Dennis Duke, SCRI-Florida State University * Sharon Meintz, University of Nevada Los Vegas * Dean Sittig, Vanderbilt University * Dick Tsur, UT System CHPC * Dan Deerfield, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center * Istvan Gyori, Szeged University School of Medicine Computing Center * Don Fussell, University of Texas at Austin * Ken Goodman, University Of Miami School of Medicine * Martin Hugh-Jones, Louisiana State University * Stuart Zimmerman, MD Anderson Cancer Research Center * John Wooley, DOE * Sylvia Spengler, University of California Berkeley, Robert Blystone, Trinity University Additional conference directorate members are being added and will be updated on the anonymous ftp list as they agree. 4.0 CONTACTING THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE: To contact the congress organizers for any reason use any of the following pathways: ELECTRONIC MAIL - compmed94(at) FAX (USA) - (512) 471-2445 PHONE (USA) - (512) 471-2472 GOPHER:log into the University of Texas System-CHPC select the Computational Medicine and Allied Health menu choice ANONYMOUS FTP: cd /pub/compmed94 POSTAL: Compmed 1994 University of Texas System CHPC Balcones Research Center, 1.154CMS 10100 Burnet Road Austin, Texas 78758-4497 5.0 SUBMISSION PROCEDURES: Authors must submit 5 copies of a single-page 50-100 word abstract clearly discussing the topic of their presentation. In addition, authors must clearly state their choice of poster, contributed paper, tutorial, exhibit, focussed workshop or birds of a feather group along with a discussion of their presentation. Abstracts will be published as part of the preliminary conference material. To notify the congress organizing committee that you would like to participate and to be put on the congress mailing list, please fill out and return the form that follows this announcement. You may use any of the contact methods above. If you wish to organize a contributed paper session, tutorial session,focussed workshop, or birds of a feather group, please contact the conference director at mwitten(at) *CONFERENCE DEADLINES: The following deadlines should be noted: 1 October 1993 - Notification of interest in participation and/or intent to organize a special session 1 November 1993 - Abstracts for talks/posters/ workshops/birds of a feather sessions/demonstrations 15 January 1994 - Notification of acceptance of abstract 15 February 1994 - Application for financial aid 6.0 CONFERENCE PRELIMINARY DETAILS AND ENVIRONMENT LOCATION: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Austin, Texas, USA DATES: 24-28 April 1994 The 1st World Congress On Computational Medicine, Public Health, and Biotechnology will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Austin, Texas located in downtown Austin. The hotel is approximately 15 minutes from Robert Meuller Airport. Austin, the state capital, is renouned for its natural hill-country beauty and an active cultural scence. Several hiking and jogging trails are within walking distance of the hotel, as well as opportunities for a variety of aquatic sports. Live bands perform in various nightclubs around the city and at night spots along Sixth Street, offering a range of jazz, blues, country/Western, reggae, swing, and rock music. Day temperatures will be in the 80-90(degree F) range and fairly humid. Exhibitor and vendor presentations are also being planned. 7.0 CONFERENCE ENDORSEMENTS AND SPONSORSHIPS: Numerous potential academic sponsors have been contacted. Currently negotiations are underway for sponsorship with SIAM, AMS, MAA, IEEE, FASEB, and IMACS. Additionally AMA and ANA continuing medical education support is beging sought. Information will be updated regularly on the anonymous ftp site for the conference (see above). ================== INTENT TO PARTICIPATE ============= First Name: Middle Initial (if available): Family Name: Your Professional Title: [ ]Dr. [ ]Professor [ ]Mr. [ ]Mrs. [ ]Ms. [ ]Other:__________________ Office Phone (desk): Office Phone (message): Home/Evening Phone (for emergency contact): Fax: Electronic Mail (Bitnet): Electronic Mail (Internet): Postal Address: Institution or Center: Building Code: Mail Stop: Street Address1: Street Address2: City: State: Country: Zip or Country Code: Please list your three major interest areas: Interest1: Interest2: Interest3: =====================================================

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