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Preliminary Announcement

FIRST WORLD CONGRESS
ON COMPUTATIONAL MEDICINE, PUBLIC HEALTH AND
BIOTECHNOLOGY
24-28 April 1994
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Austin, Texas
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1.0 CONFERENCE OVERVIEW: With increasing frequency,
computational sciences are being exploited as a means
with which to investigate biomedical processes at all
levels of complexity; from molecular to systemic to
demographic. Computational instruments are now used,
not only as exploratory tools but also as diagnostic
and prognostic tools. The appearance of high
performance computing environments has, to a great
extent, removed the problem of increasing the
biological reality of themathematical models. For the
first time in the historyof the field, practical
biological reality is finally within the grasp of the
biomedical modeler. Mathematical complexity is no
longer as serious an issue as speeds of computation
are now of the order necessary to allow extremely
large and complex computational models to be analyzed.
Large memory machines are now routinely available.
Additionally, high speed, efficient, highly optimized
numerical algorithms are under constant development.
As these algorithms are understood and improved upon,
many of them are transferred from software
implementation to an implementation in the hardware
itself; thereby further enhancing the available
computational speed of current hardware. The purpose
of this congress is to bring together a
transdisciplinary group of researchers in medicine,
public health, computer science, mathematics, nursing,
veterinary medicine, ecology, allied health, as well
as numerous otherdisciplines, for the purposes of
examining the grand challenge problems of the next
decades. This will be a definitive meeting in that it
will be the first World Congress of its type and will
be held as a followup tothe very well received
Workshop On High Performance Computing In The Life
Sciences and Medicine held by the University of Texas
System Center For High Performance Computing in 1990.

Young scientists are encouraged to attend and to
present their work in this increasingly interesting
discipline. Funding is being solicited from NSF, NIH,
DOE, Darpa, EPA, and private foundations, as well as
other sources to assist in travel support and in the
offsetting of expenses for those unable to attend
otherwise. Papers, poster presentations, tutorials,
focussed topic workshops, birds of a feather groups,
demonstrations, and other suggestions are also
solicited.

2.0 CONFERENCE SCOPE AND TOPIC AREAS: The Congress
hasa broad scope. If you are not sure as to
whether or not your subject fits the Congress
scope, contact the conference organizers at one
of the addresses below.

Subject areas include but are not limited to:
*Visualization/Sonification
--- medical imaging
--- molecular visualization as a clinical
research tool
--- simulation visualization
--- microscopy
--- visualization as applied to problems
arising in computational molecular
biology and genetics or other non-traditional
disciplines
*Computational Molecular Biology and Genetics
--- computational ramifications of clinical
needs in the Human Genome, Plant Genome,
and Animal Genome Projects
--- computational and grand challenge problems in
molecular biology and genetics
--- algorithms and methodologies
--- issues of multiple datatype databases
*Computational Pharmacology, Pharmacodynamics,
Drug Design
*Computational Chemistry as Applied to Clinical Issues
*Computational Cell Biology, Physiology,
and Metabolism
--- Single cell metabolic models (red blood cell)
--- Cancer models
--- Transport models
--- Single cell interaction with external factors
models (laser, ultrasound, electrical stimulus)
*Computational Physiology and Metabolism
--- Renal System
--- Cardiovascular dynamics
--- Liver function
--- Pulmonary dynamics
--- Auditory function, coclear dynamics, hearing
--- Reproductive modeling: ovarian dynamics,
reproductive ecotoxicology, modeling the
hormonal cycle
--- Metabolic Databases and metabolic models
*Computational Demography, Epidemiology, and
Statistics/Biostatistics
--- Classical demographic, epidemiologic,
and biostatistical modeling
--- Modeling of the role of culture, poverty,
and other sociological issues as they
impact healthcare
*Computational Disease Modeling
--- AIDS
--- TB
--- Influenza
--- Statistical Population Genetics Of Disease
Processes
--- Other
*Computational Biofluids
--- Blood flow
--- Sperm dynamics
--- Modeling of arteriosclerosis and related
processes
*Computational Dentistry, Orthodontics, and
Prosthetics
*Computational Veterinary Medicine
--- Computational issues in modeling non-human
dynamics such as equine, feline, canine dynamics
(physiological/biomechanical)
*Computational Allied Health Sciences
--- Physical Therapy
--- Neuromusic Therapy
--- Resiratory Therapy
*Computational Radiology
--- Dose modeling
--- Treatment planning
*Computational Surgery
--- Simulation of surgical procedures in VR worlds
--- Surgical simulation as a precursor to surgical
intervention
*Computational Cardiology
*Computational Nursing
*Computational Models In Chiropractice
*Computational Neurobiology and Neurophysiology
--- Brain modeling
--- Single neuron models
--- Neural nets and clinical applications
--- Neurophysiological dynamics
--- Neurotransmitter modeling
--- Neurological disorder modeling (Alzheimers
Disease, for example)
*Computational Models of Psychiatric and Psychological
Processes
*Computational Biomechanics
--- Bone Modeling
--- Joint Modeling
*Computational Models of Non-tradional Medicine
--- Acupuncture
--- Other
*Computational Issues In Medical Instrumentation
Design and Simulation
--- Scanner Design
--- Optical Instrumentation
*Ethical issues arising in the use of computational
technology in medical diagnosis and simulation
*The role of alternate reality methodologies
and high performance environments in the medical and
public health disciplines
*Issues in the use of high performance computing
environments in the teaching of health science
curricula
*The role of high performance environments
for the handling of large medical datasets (high
performance storage environments, high performance
networking, high performance medical records
manipulation and management, metadata structures
and definitions)
*Federal and private support for transdisciplinary
research in computational medicine and public health

3.0 CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

*CONFERENCE CHAIR: Matthew Witten, UT System Center
For High Performance Computing, Austin, Texas
m.witten@chpc.utexas.edu

*CONFERENCE DIRECTORATE: Regina Monaco, Mt. Sinai
Medical Center * Dan Davison, University of Houston *
Chris Johnson, University of Utah * Lisa Fauci, Tulane
University * Daniel Zelterman, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis * James Hyman, Los Alamos National
Laboratory * Richard Hart, Tulane University * Dennis
Duke, SCRI-Florida State University * Sharon Meintz,
University of Nevada Los Vegas * Dean Sittig,
Vanderbilt University * Dick Tsur, UT System CHPC *
Dan Deerfield, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center *
Istvan Gyori, Szeged University School of Medicine
Computing Center * Don Fussell, University of Texas at
Austin * Ken Goodman, University Of Miami School of
Medicine * Martin Hugh-Jones, Louisiana State
University * Stuart Zimmerman, MD Anderson Cancer
Research Center * John Wooley, DOE * Sylvia Spengler,
University of California Berkeley, Robert Blystone,
Trinity University

Additional conference directorate members are
being added and will be updated on the anonymous
ftp list as they agree.

4.0 CONTACTING THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE: To contact
the congress organizers for any reason use any of the
following pathways:

ELECTRONIC MAIL - compmed94@chpc.utexas.edu

FAX (USA) - (512) 471-2445

PHONE (USA) - (512) 471-2472

GOPHER:log into the University of Texas System-CHPC
select the Computational Medicine and Allied Health
menu choice

ANONYMOUS FTP: ftp.chpc.utexas.edu
cd /pub/compmed94
POSTAL:
Compmed 1994
University of Texas System CHPC
Balcones Research Center, 1.154CMS
10100 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78758-4497

5.0 SUBMISSION PROCEDURES: Authors must submit 5
copies of a single-page 50-100 word abstract clearly
discussing the topic of their presentation. In
addition, authors must clearly state their choice of
poster, contributed paper, tutorial, exhibit, focussed
workshop or birds of a feather group along with a
discussion of their presentation. Abstracts will be
published as part of the preliminary conference
material. To notify the congress organizing committee
that you would like to participate and to be put on
the congress mailing list, please fill out and return
the form that follows this announcement. You may use
any of the contact methods above. If you wish to
organize a contributed paper session, tutorial
session,focussed workshop, or birds of a feather
group, please contact the conference director at
mwitten@chpc.utexas.edu

*CONFERENCE DEADLINES: The following deadlines should
be noted:
1 October 1993 - Notification of interest in
participation and/or intent
to organize a special session
1 November 1993 - Abstracts for talks/posters/
workshops/birds of a feather
sessions/demonstrations
15 January 1994 - Notification of acceptance of
abstract
15 February 1994 - Application for financial aid

6.0 CONFERENCE PRELIMINARY DETAILS AND ENVIRONMENT
LOCATION: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Austin, Texas, USA
DATES: 24-28 April 1994
The 1st World Congress On Computational Medicine,
Public Health, and Biotechnology will be held at the
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Austin, Texas located in
downtown Austin. The hotel is approximately 15 minutes
from Robert Meuller Airport. Austin, the state
capital, is renouned for its natural hill-country
beauty and an active cultural scence. Several hiking
and jogging trails are within walking distance of
the hotel, as well as opportunities for a variety of
aquatic sports. Live bands perform in various
nightclubs around the city and at night spots along
Sixth Street, offering a range of jazz, blues,
country/Western, reggae, swing, and rock music.
Day temperatures will be in the 80-90(degree F)
range and fairly humid. Exhibitor and vendor
presentations are also being planned.

7.0 CONFERENCE ENDORSEMENTS AND SPONSORSHIPS:
Numerous potential academic sponsors have been
contacted. Currently negotiations are underway
for sponsorship with SIAM, AMS, MAA, IEEE, FASEB, and
IMACS. Additionally AMA and ANA continuing medical
education support is beging sought. Information
will be updated regularly on the anonymous ftp
site for the conference (see above).


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