International Conference on Bioinformatics of Genome Regulation and Structure (BGRS'98), Novosibirsk - Altai mountains, Russia
August 24 - 31, 1998

    This conference will be the first in the series and run from August 24 to August 31, 1998.  We expect a shift of experimental  activity from direct sequencing to investigation of genome functioning and regulation in nearest future and, therefore, accumulation, analysis, and recognition of genomic regulatory sequences should  soon become major Bioinformatics' problems.

Currently, a lot of information on various types of functional elements has been accumulated in different databases and in literature; however, there is no common standards in the data description and no typical model of data representation, preventing convenient  usage of this information in computer methods. While many different approaches and computer programs have been developed, we are far from the ability of accurate prediction of many functional regions, such as, for example, eukaryotic promoters. Of course, the most aspects of genome functioning and regulation are tightly connected with the structure of genome elements.

    Our goal is to bring together about 60 researchers that are interested in these problems to discuss the basic approaches, problems with data description and analysis as well as the future trends in this field. We look forward to an exciting, productive conference and encourage you to take part in it. Please email us if you are interested in the conference and indicate the subjects that you consider most important to be discussed at the conference (see items 1-11 below). Please feel free to make any comments about the scope of the conference: any suggestions are welcome.



Plenary lectures, symposia, posters  and   Internet computer demonstrations, round table sessions

Application form

Please, inform us if you would like to participate by sending the short application form as soon as possible,it will help to arrange possible travel/accomodation support and reserve the mountain hotel facility


Extended abstracts/short communications of all the accepted presentations  (up to 4 pages)  including  posters and computer demos will be published in the Conference Proceedings, which will be distributed to all participants. It is planned that a full-length papers will be invited by the Organizing Committee for publication in a special issue of the  journal "BIOINFORMATICS" (CABIOS) after the reviewing process.


The closing date for receiving extended abstracts of  presentations  is MAY  20, 1998. The decision on acceptance for presentation will be communicated by May 31, 1998. Authors are urged to specify the category to which they are submitting their paper (oral presentation, poster, or computer demonstration). Submissions must be written in English and include title, author's name, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, email address, and a list of keywords. Please, send alltogether  with abstract the VISA registration form . Could You kindly provide us with this form. All these details are essential to help you in obtaining Russian visa.

Both extended abstract and  VISA registration form should be sent to:

Prof. Nickolay Kolchanov
Institute of Cytology and Genetics,
Novosibirsk, 630090 Russia:
TEL, +7(3832) 333468
FAX: +7(3832) 331278