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The International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB) is the official conference of the Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet). Beginning in 2002, it has grown to become one of the largest bioinformatics conference in the Asia-Pacific region. This year in Singapore, the conference attendance of nearly 450 at the main and satellite meetings, coming from 19 countries, is one of the largest in the history of InCoB, the largest being InCoB'06 in Delhi, India.

This annual conference showcases the latest research and technologies in all areas of bioinformatics and is attended by practitioners from both biology and computing backgrounds in the Asia-Pacific region. This year, InCoB will be held back to back with the Workshop on Education in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (WEBCB), as well as the Singapore Symposium on Computational Biology (SYMBIO), a yearly event organized by the Regional Student Group-Singapore (RSG Singapore) of the Student Council of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB-SC).


InCoB 2009 pictures

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of APBioNet, a network of people associated with the advancement of bioinformatics in the Asia-Pacific region for the past 11 years since its inception in 1998, is held within the InCoB conference annually. Key strategic initiatives to promote the bioinformatics revolution in our life science research and educational community are discussed at the AGM.

In keeping with the increasing quality of the conference, InCoB this year will continue to publish the best papers presented in the conference track in BMC Genomics (Impact Factor 4.18), BMC Bioinformatics (Impact Factor 3.49) and also in Bioinformation, just as we have in the past three years.

Statistics of BMC Bioinformatics supplements:
(as of 20 Apr 09)

Year Total Accesses Accesses in Mar 09
2008 17,220 2,781
2007 28,359 1,344
2006 55,887 1,728

InCoB history:

Date Location
2009 Singapore
2008 Taiwan (Taipei)
2007 P.R. China (Hong Kong SAR) and Vietnam (Hanoi)
2006 India (Delhi)
2005 Korea (Busan)
2004 New Zealand (Auckland)
2003 Malaysia (Penang)
2002 Thailand (Bangkok)
Guest of Honour
LIM Chuan Poh,
Chairman, A*STAR, Singapore.
Nobel Laureate Keynote
Robert Huber,
Max-Planck Institut f. Biochemistry, Germany.
Chris Sander,
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA.
Tim Hubbard,
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK.
Vladimir Bajic,
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia.
Peer Bork,
Alessandro Sette,
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, USA.
Louis H.Y. Chen,
Institute for Mathematical Sciences, NUS, Singapore.
Jagath Rajapakse,
BioInformatics Research Centre, NTU, Singapore.
Patrick Tan,
Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore.
Peter Little,
NUS LSI, NUS Dept of Biochemistry, NUS Office of Deputy President (Research and Technology).