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This article is part of the supplement: Eleventh International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB2012): Computational Biology

Open Access Introduction

Advances in translational bioinformatics and population genomics in the Asia-Pacific

Shoba Ranganathan12*, Sissades Tongsima3, Jonathan Chan4, Tin Wee Tan25 and Christian Schönbach67*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences and ARC Centre of Excellence, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia

2 Department of Biochemistry, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117597, Republic of Singapore

3 National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand Science Park, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand

4 School of Information Technology, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10140, Thailand

5 Computational Resource Centre (A*CRC), A*STAR, Singapore 138632, Republic of Singapore

6 Department of Bioscience and Bioinformatics, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Fukuoka 820-8502, Japan

7 Biomedical Informatics Research and Development Center, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Fukuoka 820-8502, Japan

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BMC Genomics 2012, 13(Suppl 7):S1  doi:10.1186/1471-2164-13-S7-S1

Published: 13 December 2012

Abstract

The theme of the 2012 International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB) in Bangkok, Thailand was "From Biological Data to Knowledge to Technological Breakthroughs." Besides providing a forum for life scientists and bioinformatics researchers in the Asia-Pacific region to meet and interact, the conference also hosted thematic sessions on the Pan-Asian Pacific Genome Initiative and immunoinformatics. Over the seven years of conference papers published in BMC Bioinformatics and four years in BMC Genomics, we note that there is increasing interest in the applications of -omics technologies to the understanding of diseases, as a forerunner to personalized genomic medicine.