PerMedCoE at the ISMB/ECCB 2023: A Remarkable Multidisciplinary Gathering in Computational Biology

PerMedCoE actively participated in this year’s prestigious ISMB/ECCB 2023 Conference, held from July 23 to 27. The event was organized by the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) in collaboration with the French Society for Bioinformatics (SFBI) and took place both in-person at the Centre de Congrès de Lyon and virtually on ISCB’s Nucleus platform.

The Ideation Hall, ISMB/ECCB 2023 Conference

ISMB/ECCB is renowned as the largest and most prominent annual gathering for scientists specializing in computational biology. It serves as a dynamic and multidisciplinary platform for sharing the latest advancements in computational tools for data-driven biological research. This year’s conference featured an impressive array of content, including 1369 posters, 578 talks, 10 panel discussions, and 23 exhibitors, creating a diverse and captivating experience. The event attracted nearly 2,600 participants from over 70 countries and offered a fantastic space for participants to engage with exhibitors, fostering valuable networking opportunities, job exploration, and the discovery of new ideas and technologies.

PerMedCoE activities at the ISMB/ECCB 2023 Conference

As a part of the COSI (Communities of Special Interest) Track of the Conference, Marta Lloret Llinares from EMBL-EBI gave a session on the “PerMedCoE training programme: building capacity in personalised medicine.” The attendees could learn more about the program that focuses on user needs, empowering them to conduct large-scale cell-level simulations in HPC environments. The training targets consortium partners to enhance tool development capacity and external users to foster tool adoption. Utilizing webinars, online, and face-to-face courses, the program is reaching a diverse audience, including software developers and biomedical researchers.

Marta Lloret Llinares (EMBL-EBI), session “PerMedCoE training programme: building capacity in personalised medicine”

At the Technology Track, Jose Carbonell-Caballero from BSC presented “PerMedCoE: A roadmap to scalability in Personalized Medicine”. The session provided insights into the effort of refactoring and enhancing scalability to deliver a powerful HPC framework to translate omics analysis into practical cellular models. The presentation summarized the main strategies PerMedCoE is following to achieve such a challenging goal.

Jose Carbonell-Caballero (BSC), session “PerMedCoE: A roadmap to scalability in Personalized Medicine”

PerMedCoE was represented in the Poster Hall as well by Thalia Diniaco (BSC) with a poster “PhysiCell-X: A Multiscale Modelling Framework for Digital Twins” which showcased the latest research into multiscale modelling, a crucial aspect of developing accurate digital twins for personalized medicine. The poster presentation was the collective work of the BSC team: Thalia Diniaco, Gaurav Saxena, Miguel Ponce-de-León, Jose Carbonell-Caballero, José Estragués, David Vicente-Dorca, Alfonso Valencia, and Arnau Montagud.

Thalia Diniaco (BSC) with a poster “PhysiCell-X: A Multiscale Modelling Framework for Digital Twins”

How to access the content?

For registered participants, both in-person and virtual, accessing the conference content is facilitated through the virtual platform called “Juno” which remains active for six months. After the six-month period, the virtual platform is taken offline, however, the videos will then be publicly available on the ISCB’s official YouTube channel and the Content Library on Nucleus.

ISMB/ECCB 2023 Conference in a nutshell

The ISMB/ECCB 2023 Conference was a great platform for disseminating findings to a wider audience, receiving valuable peer feedback, fostering networking and collaboration, as well as the opportunity to keep up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field of computational biology.

Arnau Montagud (BSC) and Adam Smelko (BSC) at the PerMedCoE booth