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Five satellite workshops will take place on 19 September 2012 on Jena’s Beutenberg Campus.

Workshops are free of charge for GCB 2012 participants; registration for the main conference includes an option to enroll for a workshop. If you wish to attend a specific workshop only, please visit the sites indicated below and follow the respective instructions.

Systems Biology of Aging
(organized by J. Sühnel)

The continuing increase in life expectancy poses demanding challenges to society in general and public health systems in particular. Promotion of health in old age requires intensive research efforts into aging processes and age-related diseases. It is now being increasingly recognized that a reductionist approach ascribing aging phenomena to single causes is inadequate to explain all functional changes associated with aging. Therefore strategies suited to study complex stochastic systems are required.

In recent years, a multidisciplinary approach known as systems biology has emerged that analyzes the interactions between the components of biological systems in a systems-wide way. We expect that age research will greatly benefit from such a systems biology perspective.

The workshop will bring together bench scientists and modellers interested in systems biology of aging. For further information see

Organ-oriented Systems Biology
(organized by D. Driesch and R. Mrowka)

Organ-oriented Systems Biology, as in the workshop’s focus, considers organs as being more than the sum of their cells. Since many organ properties emerge from the interplay of different levels of organization, ranging from cellular level to tissue and organ level, systems biology resembles the complexity of organs by bridging scales and investigating complex interactions between them. This approach aims at establishing multi-scale representations of human organs in a whole body context.

This interdisciplinary workshop will present integrative experimental and modelling approaches addressing different scales of time and space and will be a platform for discussions between scientists from the biomedical as well as from the modelling community. To underline the interdisciplinary character of the workshop we especially emphasize joint talks of experimentalists and modellers.

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Network Reconstruction and Analysis in Systems Biology
(organized by W. Wiechert and T. Lengauer)

Molecular Systems Biology is dealing with different types of networks describing metabolism, gene regulation, signal transduction, intercellular communication and so on. The workshop has a focus on methods dealing with the structure of the corresponding biochemical networks, i.e. their topology and/or stoichiometry. This embraces different approaches from the computational and systems sciences:

  • Network Reconstruction of biochemical networks from “omics” data sets based on statistical and/or learning methods
  • Network Topology, i.e. (local and genome wide) topological analysis of network structure using graph algorithms and visualization of network properties
  • Network Analysis for elucidation of network properties by stoichiometric analysis or mapping of experimental data to network structures

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Computational Proteomics and Metabolomics
(organized by S. Böcker)

Galloping technological advances in mass spectrometry (MS) continue to advance existing analytical capabilities towards a unified understanding of the dynamic complement of the cell. As was recognized by the 2002 Nobel prize in Chemistry, mass spectrometry is nowadays the major technique for the analysis of proteins, metabolites, carbohydrates, and lipids. Computers and computer programs have supported MS experts in the interpretation of mass spectra since at least the 1960′s. With a more formal treatment of problems and methods, computational mass spectrometry became a mainstream technique in the mid–1990s and has since become an indispensable tool for the automated analysis of MS data. As mass spectrometry is rapidly evolving, questions and paradigms for the computational analysis perpetually change. We invite researchers to present new original research spanning the whole field of computational mass spectrometry.

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Image-based Systems Biology
(organized by M. T. Figge)

The general experience that “a picture is worth a thousand words” also holds in the field of Systems Biology. The vast amount of image data generated by microscopy experiments of biological processes represents a firm data basis that contains important information on spatio-temporal aspects of these processes. Image-based Systems Biology is a connecting link in joint studies of experiment and theory. This workshop brings together researchers from all fields of Biology with the aim to provide a platform for exchange of scientific methods and recent achievements.

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