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CAMDA 2018, full conference track at ISMB | July 7-8, 2018 | Chicago, USA | CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

The Call for Contributions to CAMDA, a full conference track at ISMB, is now open!

Researchers world-wide take the CAMDA Challenge ( - compete with the best in an open-ended data analysis contest!

Choice of challenges 2018:

  • The MetaSUB Forensics Challenge presents hundreds of novel city microbiome profiles. Construct urban microbiome fingerprints and identify the geographical origin of mystery samples.
  • The CMap Drug Safety Challenge presents clinical toxicity results and gene expression responses to hundreds of drugs. Compare or integrate responses of multiple cell lines, predict drug induced liver injury in humans. Opt into an FDA meta-analysis.
  • The Cancer Data Integration Challenge presents clinical data, RNA-seq and microarray gene expression, and CNV from aCGH. Demonstrate a robust analysis approach improving the state of the art for both Breast Cancer and Neuroblastoma.

Intention to Submit: 5 April 2018
FDA meta-analysis opt in: 15 April 2018
Extended Abstract Proposals: 13 May 2018
Early Registration Closes: 7 Jun 2018
CAMDA2018 Conference: 7-8 Jul 2018

Some information about the conference:
CAMDA was founded in 2000 (Nature 411, 885. Nature 424, 610) to provide a forum for the critical assessment of different techniques used in large-scale data analysis in the life-sciences, including but not limited to high-dimensional gene expression profiling. It aims to establish the state-of-the-art in analysis methods for Big Data in the Life Sciences, as well as identify progress and highlight promising directions for future efforts. To this end, CAMDA adopted the approach of a community-wide contest, with the scientific community analysing the same data sets. Researchers worldwide are invited to take the CAMDA challenge, which has become a prominent fixture (cf. Nature Methods 5, 569).

Selected contributions are presented though talks and posters. Results and methods of the different analyses are discussed and compared at the conference, with delegates voting for the best presentations. Extended papers are published in a special issue of Biology Direct (fully indexed and open access). Methods papers are eligible for the regular ISMB proceedings track in Bioinformatics.

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