CONGRESS: COMPUTATIONAL MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH (long)

mwitten at HERMES.CHPC.UTEXAS.EDU mwitten at HERMES.CHPC.UTEXAS.EDU
Tue Sep 14 12:57:08 EST 1993


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		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 the mathematical models. For the 
first time in the history of 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 other disciplines, 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 follow-up to the 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 (graduate students, postdocs, etc.)
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, 
focused topic workshops,  birds of a feather groups, 
demonstrations, and other suggestions are also 
solicited.

2.0 CONFERENCE SCOPE AND TOPIC AREAS: The Congress 
has a broad scope. If you are not sure
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
 --- telemedicine
*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 
 --- Morphometrics
*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
 --- Respiratory Therapy
*Computational Radiology
 --- Dose modeling
 --- Treatment planning
*Computational Surgery
 --- Simulation of surgical procedures in VR worlds
 --- Surgical simulation as a precursor to surgical 
     intervention
 --- The Visible Human
*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 (Alzheimer's 
     Disease, for example)
 --- The Human Brain Project
*Computational Models of Psychiatric and Psychological
    Processes
*Computational Biomechanics
 --- Bone Modeling
 --- Joint Modeling
*Computational Models of Non-traditional 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

*CURRENT 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, University of Veszprem (Hungary)
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 
Gregory Kramer, Santa Fe Institute
Franco Celada, NYU Medical Center
David Robinson, NIH, NHLBI
Jane Preson, MCC
Peter Petropoulos, Brooks Air Force Base
Marcus Pandy, University of Texas at Austin
George Bekey, University of Southern California
Stephen Koslow, NIH, NIMH
Fred Bookstein, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Dan Levine, University of Texas at Arlington
Richard Gordon, University of Manitoba (Canada)
Stan Zeitz, Drexel University
Marcia McClure, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Renato Sabbatini, UNICAMP/Brazil (Brazil)
Hiroshi Tanaka, Tokyo Medical and Dental University (Japan)
Shusaku Tsumoto, Tokyo Medical and Dental University (Japan)

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
	    10100 Burnet Road, 1.154CMS
	    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, focused
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, focused workshop, or birds of a feather 
group, please contact the conference director at 
mwitten at chpc.utexas.edu . The abstract may be submitted
electronically to  compmed94 at chpc.utexas.edu  or
by mail or fax. There is no official format.


6.0 CONFERENCE DEADLINES AND FEES: The following deadlines 
should be noted:

     1 November  1993 - Notification of intent to organize
                        a special session 

     15 December 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

     1 April     1994 - Registration deadline
	                (includes payment of all fees)

Fees include lunches for three days, all conference
registration materials, the reception, and the sit
down banquet: 

	$400.00 Corporate
	$250.00 Academic
	$150.00 Student

Students are required to submit verification of student
status. The verification of academic status form appears
appended to the registration form in this announcement.

Because financial aid may be available for minority
students, faculty, and for individuals from declared
minority institutions, you may indicate that you are
requesting financial aid as a minority individual.
Additionally, we anticipate some support for women to
attend. Application for financial aid is also appended
to the attached form.


7.0 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 on the shores of Town Lake, also 
known as the Colorado River. The Hyatt Regency has 
rooms available for the conference participants at 
a special rate of $79.00/night for single or double 
occupancy, with a hotel tax of 13%. The Hyatt accepts 
American Express, Diner's Club, Visa, MasterCard, 
Carte Blanche, and Discover credit cards. This room 
rate will be in effect until 9 April 1994 or until 
the block of rooms is full. We recommend that you make
your reservations as soon as possible. You may make 
your reservations by calling (512) 477-1234 or by 
returning the enclosed reservation form. Be certain 
to mention that you are attending the First World 
Congress On Computational Medicine, Public Health, 
and Biotechnology if you make your reservations by 
telephone. 

The hotel is approximately, five miles (15 minutes 
from Robert Mueller Airport). The Hyatt offers 
courtesy limousine service to and from the airport 
between the hours of 6:00am and 11:00pm. You may call 
them from the airport when you arrive. If you choose 
to use a taxi, expect to pay approximately $8.00. 
Automobiles may be rented, at the airport, from most 
of the major car rental agencies. However, because of 
the downtown location of the Congress and access to 
taxis and to bus service, we do not recommend that you 
rent an auto unless you are planning to drive 
outside of the city. 

Should you not be able to find an available room
at the Hyatt Regency, we have scheduled an "overflow" 
hotel, the Embassy Suites, which is located directly 
across the street from the Hyatt Regency. If, due to 
travel expense restrictions, you are unable to stay 
at either of these two hotels, please contact the 
conference board directly and we will be more than 
happy to find a hotel near the conference site that
should accommodate your needs.

Austin, the state capital, is renowned for its natural 
hill-country beauty and an active cultural scene. 
Several hiking and jogging trails are within walking 
distance of the hotel, as well as opportunities for a 
variety of aquatic sports. From the Hyatt, you can 
"Catch a Dillo" downtown, taking a ride on our 
delightful inner-city, rubber-wheeled trolley system. 
In Austin's historic downtown area, you can take a 
free guided tour through the State Capitol Building, 
constructed in 1888. Or, you can visit the Governor's 
Mansion, recognized as one of the finest examples of 
19th Century Greek Revival architecture and housing 
every Texas governor since 1856. Downtown you will 
find the Old Bakery and Emporium, built by Swedish 
immigrant Charles Lundberg in 1876 and the Sixth 
Street/Old Pecan Street Historical District - a 
seven-block renovation of Victorian and native stone 
buildings, now a National Registered Historic District 
containing more than 60 restaurants, clubs, and 
shops to enjoy. The Laguna Gloria Art Museum, the
Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, the LBJ Library and
Museum, the Neill-Cochran Museum House, and the Texas
Memorial Museum are among Austin's finest museums.
The Umlauf Sculpture Garden, has become a major 
artistic attraction. Charles Umlauf's sculptured works 
are placed in a variety of elegant settings under a 
canopy of trees. The Zilker Gardens contains many 
botanical highlights such as the Rose Garden, Oriental 
Garden, Garden of the Blind, Water Garden and more. 
Unique to Austin is a large population of Mexican 
free-tailed bats which resides beneath the Congress 
Avenue Bridge. During the month of April, the Highland 
Lakes Bluebonnet Trail celebrates spring's wildflowers 
(a major attraction) as this self-guided tour winds 
through the surrounding region of Austin and nearby 
towns (you will need to rent a car for this one).

Austin offers a number of indoor shopping malls in 
every part of the city; The Arboretum, Barton Creek 
Square, Dobie Mall, and Highland Mall, to name a few. 
Capital Metro, Austin's mass transit system, offers 
low cost transportation throughout Austin. Specialty 
shops, offering a wide variety of handmade crafts and 
merchandise crafted by native Texans, are scattered 
throughout the city and surrounding areas.

Dining out in Austin, you will have choices of 
American, Chinese, Authentic Mexican, Tex-Mex, 
Italian, Japanese, or nearly any other type of cuisine 
you might wish to experience, with price ranges that 
will suit anyone's budget. 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(degrees F) range 
and fairly humid. Evening temperatures have been known 
to drop down into the 50's (degrees F). Cold weather
is not expected so be sure to bring lightweight 
clothing with you. Congress exhibitor and vendor 
presentations are also being planned.

8.0 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 being sought. Information
will be updated regularly on the anonymous ftp
site for the conference (see above). Currently,
funding has been generously supplied by the following
agencies:

University of Texas System - CHPC
U.S. Department of Energy

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of the following categories:

[ ] Student (You must fill out the Verification of Student
	     Status Section in order to be considered for
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This form is not meant to invade your personal privacy in
any fashion. However, some of the grant funds are targeted
at specific ethnic/minority groups and need to be expended
appropriately. None of these forms will be in any way 
released to the public. And, after the congress, all of
the financial aid forms will be destroyed. No records will
be kept of ethnic or racial backgrounds.

If you have any questions concerning financial aid support,
please contact Matthew Witten at the above addresses.
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