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2013 ISB Symposium: Systems Biology & the Brain

What will the next decade hold for brain science? At ISB’s 12th Annual International Symposium: Systems Biology and the Brain, which took place on April 14-15, we began exploring this question. With the announcement in January about the European Commission awarding $1.29 billion to The Human Brain Project (based in Switzerland) and the news in February that the Obama administration would be announcing a $3 billion plan to support the…

GiveBIG to ISB on May 15

Mark your calendars for May 15 to participate in the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG one-day charitable giving campaign. If you contribute a gift that day to ISB through this campaign, the Seattle Foundation will “stretch” your dollars – up to $25,000 per contributor per organization – with a prorated match. Here are the details: On May 15, between midnight to midnight, visit ISB’s profile page on the Seattle Foundation site and…

Big Money, Big Science

America’s most productive biologist on philanthropy’s role in science Leroy Hood, M.D., Ph.D., is one of America’s most successful and distinguished scientist-inventors. Four devices he created proved instrumental in decoding the human genome. He pioneered the important new field of systems biology, which studies complex biological linkages and uses technology and mathematics to map and explain interrelationships. He has been awarded seven of the highest prizes in experimental science, and…

ISB Brain Research

  ISB held a panel discussion at Town Hall to discuss the complexity of the brain. It was a thought-provoking evening that attracted about 200 attendees. If you can’t see the embedded video, click on this link: Town Hall video Read Karlyn Beer’s column in Xconomy on why systems biology is necessary for tackling the complexity of the brain. RELATED: ISB’s International Symposium: Systems Biology and the Brain info

ISB Takes 1st Place in YarcData Contest

Dr. Brady Bernard, Andrea Eakin, and Dr. Ilya Shmulevich, of The Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), were awarded first prize and will split $70,000 for their winning entry researching more than 25 different types of cancers and thousands of patients to gain insight into the biological networks that are disrupted or altered within a given cancer type and to identify potentially potent approved drugs that could be repurposed for the…

Dr. Lee Hood Talks P4 Medicine at Northeastern University Speaker Series

  Dr. Lee Hood was among the featured speakers at Northeastern University’s Local Leaders Global Impact series, which took place on March 22, 2013. Seattle Channel taped the session.

Bleeping Awesome Summer Internships

There is just one more day to apply for ISB’s undergraduate summer internship. Don’t miss out on an opportunity that will rocket your resume out of the park! The application deadline is midnight tomorrow, March 8.

NASA: SpaceX Launch & ISB’s Link

March 1, 2013 Just how vast is the reach of systems biology? Our president, Dr. Lee Hood, was invited to join the board of directors of CASIS (Center for the Advancement of Science in Space). NASA chose CASIS to be the sole manager of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. Lee was invited to watch the SpaceX CRS-2 Mission launch this morning at Cape Canaveral – and stay for…

K-12 Science Education: ISB Meets with Seattle Superintendent

One of ISB’s core beliefs is the importance of being fully engaged in how science is taught and learned at all levels – especially K-12. Our president, Dr. Lee Hood, has met with every Seattle Public Schools superintendent since 1994. Today, he met with current superintendent, Jose Banda, to discuss ISB’s ongoing partnership with the district. Superintendent Banda also toured ISB to speak with staff to learn about contemporary science…

ISB at Town Hall: Systems Biology & the Brain

APRIL 3, 2013: The human brain and nervous system are extremely complex: When something goes wrong, it is typically difficult—if not impossible—to cure. Cancers of the brain are particularly malignant and, at some point, most families will encounter the devastating effects of other brain diseases such as Parkinson’s, ALS, bipolar disorder, or Alzheimer’s. Combining systems-level thinking and an interdisciplinary approach, researchers at Seattle’s Institute for Systems Biology are using cutting-edge…

Video: ‘Geek of the Week’ at KCTS Science Cafe

ISB senior research scientist Dr. Jared Roach talks about being in love with DNA and how it’s “beautiful, curvaceous, symmetrical…fractally complex…iridescent and shimmering.” Watch the video of the Science Cafe here. Dr. Roach was named Geekwire.com’s “Geek of the Week” in August 2011.

ISB at Startup Weekend

Several ISB staffers participated in Startup Weekend UW on Jan. 25-27. Graduate student Karlyn Beer and software engineer Wei-Ju Wu, both of the Baliga Group, pitched PoorMe.co, a public health social network. Steven Lewis, a software engineer in the Shmulevich Group, was part of team PerFit, which is an app that creates a 3D body scan so that you can virtually try on clothes online. Read about Steven’s experience at…

National Medal of Science Profile of Dr. Lee Hood

ISB at Eastside Science Cafe

Personal Genome Sequencing Discussion at Eastside Science Cafe. Jared Roach, Ph.D., M.D., Institute for Systems Biology, will be presenting at Eastside Science Cafe: Monday, 11 February 2013 – 7:00pm Location: Wilde Rover, Kirkland Click here for Map The first personal genomes were sequenced only five years ago and cost millions of dollars. Personal genome sequencing is now a thousand times cheaper, and many people are considering sequencing their own genomes…

President Obama Presents National Medal of Science to Dr. Lee Hood

ISB NEWS We have been celebrating Dr. Lee Hood’s National Medal of Science, which he received during a White House ceremony on Feb. 1. While the medal honors Lee’s career as a visionary scientist, we would like to thank all the past and current collaborators who have contributed to the success of not only Lee but of ISB, too. ISB has always valued collaboration across disciplines as well as between…

EVENT: Seattle Rep Presents Play About Discovery of DNA’s Double Helix Structure

EVENTS The Seattle Repertory Theatre presents “Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51” a play about British scientist Rosalind Franklin and her overlooked role in the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure. There will be a panel discussion after the Feb. 17 matinee titled “The Glass Ceiling Under the Microscope” which will feature ISB scientist Kalliopi Trachana, as well as Dr. Lee Hood as moderator. Info: seattlerep.org.

Dr. Lee Hood Receives National Medal of Science

Above: Dr. Lee Hood and members of his lab group raise a very Seattle toast with Starbucks coffee to celebrate. On Dec. 21, 2012, the White House announced that Dr. Lee Hood, ISB’s president and co-founder, is a recipient of the 2012 National Medal of Science. This is the highest honor the U.S. President can bestow upon scientists. “This is exciting because it’s for lifetime achievement,” Lee commented, “which lauds all…

National Academy of Inventors 2012 Charter Fellow: Dr. Lee Hood

This is the press release from the National Academy of Inventors: National Academy of Inventors announces 2012 NAI Charter Fellows 98 academic inventors and innovators elected to high honor TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 18, 2012)—The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named 98 innovators to NAI Charter Fellow status, representing 54 prestigious research universities and non-profit research institutes. Together, the new Fellows hold more than 3,200 U.S. patents. Included in the…