COMPUTATIONAL HEALTH (long)

mwitten at HERMES.CHPC.UTEXAS.EDU mwitten at HERMES.CHPC.UTEXAS.EDU
Mon Jul 19 18:16:58 EST 1993


                 Preliminary Announcement

                   FIRST WORLD CONGRESS
      ON COMPUTATIONAL MEDICINE, PUBLIC HEALTH AND
                     BIOTECHNOLOGY
                    24-28 April 1994
                   Hyatt Regency Hotel
                     Austin, Texas
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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 chpc.utexas.edu

*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 chpc.utexas.edu

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: ftp.chpc.utexas.edu
               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 chpc.utexas.edu

*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).


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