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    24-28 April 1994
    Hyatt Regency Hotel
    Austin, Texas
    ----- (Feel Free To Cross Post This Announcement) ----

    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 the mathematical models. For the
    first time in the history of 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 other disciplines, 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 follow-up to the 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 (graduate students, postdocs, etc.)
    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,
    focused topic workshops, birds of a feather groups,
    demonstrations, and other suggestions are also

    has a broad scope. If you are not sure
    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:
    --- 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
    --- telemedicine
    *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
    --- Classical demographic, epidemiologic,
    and biostatistical modeling
    --- Modeling of the role of culture, poverty,
    and other sociological issues as they
    impact healthcare
    --- Morphometrics
    *Computational Disease Modeling
    --- AIDS
    --- TB
    --- Influenza
    --- Statistical Population Genetics Of Disease
    --- Other
    *Computational Biofluids
    --- Blood flow
    --- Sperm dynamics
    --- Modeling of arteriosclerosis and related
    *Computational Dentistry, Orthodontics, and
    *Computational Veterinary Medicine
    --- Computational issues in modeling non-human
    dynamics such as equine, feline, canine dynamics
    *Computational Allied Health Sciences
    --- Physical Therapy
    --- Neuromusic Therapy
    --- Respiratory Therapy
    *Computational Radiology
    --- Dose modeling
    --- Treatment planning
    *Computational Surgery
    --- Simulation of surgical procedures in VR worlds
    --- Surgical simulation as a precursor to surgical
    --- The Visible Human
    *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 (Alzheimer's
    Disease, for example)
    --- The Human Brain Project
    *Computational Models of Psychiatric and Psychological
    *Computational Biomechanics
    --- Bone Modeling
    --- Joint Modeling
    *Computational Models of Non-traditional 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
    *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


    *CONFERENCE CHAIR: Matthew Witten, UT System Center
    For High Performance Computing, Austin, Texas

    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, University of Veszprem (Hungary)
    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
    Gregory Kramer, Santa Fe Institute
    Franco Celada, NYU Medical Center
    David Robinson, NIH, NHLBI
    Jane Preson, MCC
    Peter Petropoulos, Brooks Air Force Base
    Marcus Pandy, University of Texas at Austin
    George Bekey, University of Southern California
    Stephen Koslow, NIH, NIMH
    Fred Bookstein, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
    Dan Levine, University of Texas at Arlington
    Richard Gordon, University of Manitoba (Canada)
    Stan Zeitz, Drexel University
    Marcia McClure, University of Nevada Las Vegas
    Renato Sabbatini, UNICAMP/Brazil (Brazil)
    Hiroshi Tanaka, Tokyo Medical and Dental University (Japan)
    Shusaku Tsumoto, Tokyo Medical and Dental University (Japan)

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

    the congress organizers for any reason use any of the
    following pathways:


    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

    cd /pub/compmed94
    Compmed 1994
    University of Texas System CHPC
    Balcones Research Center
    10100 Burnet Road, 1.154CMS
    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, focused
    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, focused workshop, or birds of a feather
    group, please contact the conference director at . The abstract may be submitted
    electronically to or
    by mail or fax. There is no official format.

    6.0 CONFERENCE DEADLINES AND FEES: The following deadlines
    should be noted:

    1 November 1993 - Notification of intent to organize
    a special session

    15 December 1993 - Abstracts for talks/posters/
    workshops/birds of a feather

    15 January 1994 - Notification of acceptance of

    15 February 1994 - Application for financial aid

    1 April 1994 - Registration deadline
    (includes payment of all fees)

    Fees include lunches for three days, all conference
    registration materials, the reception, and the sit
    down banquet:

    $400.00 Corporate
    $250.00 Academic
    $150.00 Student

    Students are required to submit verification of student
    status. The verification of academic status form appears
    appended to the registration form in this announcement.

    Because financial aid may be available for minority
    students, faculty, and for individuals from declared
    minority institutions, you may indicate that you are
    requesting financial aid as a minority individual.
    Additionally, we anticipate some support for women to
    attend. Application for financial aid is also appended
    to the attached form.


    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 on the shores of Town Lake, also
    known as the Colorado River. The Hyatt Regency has
    rooms available for the conference participants at
    a special rate of $79.00/night for single or double
    occupancy, with a hotel tax of 13%. The Hyatt accepts
    American Express, Diner's Club, Visa, MasterCard,
    Carte Blanche, and Discover credit cards. This room
    rate will be in effect until 9 April 1994 or until
    the block of rooms is full. We recommend that you make
    your reservations as soon as possible. You may make
    your reservations by calling (512) 477-1234 or by
    returning the enclosed reservation form. Be certain
    to mention that you are attending the First World
    Congress On Computational Medicine, Public Health,
    and Biotechnology if you make your reservations by

    The hotel is approximately, five miles (15 minutes
    from Robert Mueller Airport). The Hyatt offers
    courtesy limousine service to and from the airport
    between the hours of 6:00am and 11:00pm. You may call
    them from the airport when you arrive. If you choose
    to use a taxi, expect to pay approximately $8.00.
    Automobiles may be rented, at the airport, from most
    of the major car rental agencies. However, because of
    the downtown location of the Congress and access to
    taxis and to bus service, we do not recommend that you
    rent an auto unless you are planning to drive
    outside of the city.

    Should you not be able to find an available room
    at the Hyatt Regency, we have scheduled an "overflow"
    hotel, the Embassy Suites, which is located directly
    across the street from the Hyatt Regency. If, due to
    travel expense restrictions, you are unable to stay
    at either of these two hotels, please contact the
    conference board directly and we will be more than
    happy to find a hotel near the conference site that
    should accommodate your needs.

    Austin, the state capital, is renowned for its natural
    hill-country beauty and an active cultural scene.
    Several hiking and jogging trails are within walking
    distance of the hotel, as well as opportunities for a
    variety of aquatic sports. From the Hyatt, you can
    "Catch a Dillo" downtown, taking a ride on our
    delightful inner-city, rubber-wheeled trolley system.
    In Austin's historic downtown area, you can take a
    free guided tour through the State Capitol Building,
    constructed in 1888. Or, you can visit the Governor's
    Mansion, recognized as one of the finest examples of
    19th Century Greek Revival architecture and housing
    every Texas governor since 1856. Downtown you will
    find the Old Bakery and Emporium, built by Swedish
    immigrant Charles Lundberg in 1876 and the Sixth
    Street/Old Pecan Street Historical District - a
    seven-block renovation of Victorian and native stone
    buildings, now a National Registered Historic District
    containing more than 60 restaurants, clubs, and
    shops to enjoy. The Laguna Gloria Art Museum, the
    Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, the LBJ Library and
    Museum, the Neill-Cochran Museum House, and the Texas
    Memorial Museum are among Austin's finest museums.
    The Umlauf Sculpture Garden, has become a major
    artistic attraction. Charles Umlauf's sculptured works
    are placed in a variety of elegant settings under a
    canopy of trees. The Zilker Gardens contains many
    botanical highlights such as the Rose Garden, Oriental
    Garden, Garden of the Blind, Water Garden and more.
    Unique to Austin is a large population of Mexican
    free-tailed bats which resides beneath the Congress
    Avenue Bridge. During the month of April, the Highland
    Lakes Bluebonnet Trail celebrates spring's wildflowers
    (a major attraction) as this self-guided tour winds
    through the surrounding region of Austin and nearby
    towns (you will need to rent a car for this one).

    Austin offers a number of indoor shopping malls in
    every part of the city; The Arboretum, Barton Creek
    Square, Dobie Mall, and Highland Mall, to name a few.
    Capital Metro, Austin's mass transit system, offers
    low cost transportation throughout Austin. Specialty
    shops, offering a wide variety of handmade crafts and
    merchandise crafted by native Texans, are scattered
    throughout the city and surrounding areas.

    Dining out in Austin, you will have choices of
    American, Chinese, Authentic Mexican, Tex-Mex,
    Italian, Japanese, or nearly any other type of cuisine
    you might wish to experience, with price ranges that
    will suit anyone's budget. 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(degrees F) range
    and fairly humid. Evening temperatures have been known
    to drop down into the 50's (degrees F). Cold weather
    is not expected so be sure to bring lightweight
    clothing with you. Congress exhibitor and vendor
    presentations are also being planned.

    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 being sought. Information
    will be updated regularly on the anonymous ftp
    site for the conference (see above). Currently,
    funding has been generously supplied by the following

    University of Texas System - CHPC
    U.S. Department of Energy

    -----------------REGISTRATION FORM-------------------

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    Registration fee: $____________
    Late fee $50 (if after April 1, 1994) $____________

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    Mailing Address:

    University at which you are a student:

    What level student(year):

    Your student id number:

    Name of your graduate or postdoctoral advisor:

    Telephone number for your advisor:

    By filling in this section, I agree that I am electronically
    signing my signature to the statement that I am currently
    a student at the above university.



    Mailing Address:

    I request financial assistance under one or more
    of the following categories:

    [ ] Student (You must fill out the Verification of Student
    Status Section in order to be considered for
    financial aid under this category)

    [ ] Academic

    [ ] Minority

    [ ] Female
    [ ] Black
    [ ] Hispanic
    [ ] Native American Indian
    [ ] Other

    This form is not meant to invade your personal privacy in
    any fashion. However, some of the grant funds are targeted
    at specific ethnic/minority groups and need to be expended
    appropriately. None of these forms will be in any way
    released to the public. And, after the congress, all of
    the financial aid forms will be destroyed. No records will
    be kept of ethnic or racial backgrounds.

    If you have any questions concerning financial aid support,
    please contact Matthew Witten at the above addresses.