Past Symposia

The Institute for Systems Biology hosts an international symposium every spring at its facility in Seattle, Washington. Each year’s symposium topic focuses on a specific and timely aspect of the new and quickly evolving field of systems biology. Attended by world leaders in biology, computation, technology and medicine, the two day event begins with a keynote address on Sunday afternoon. 


Annual Symposium 2005

Computational Challenges in Systems Biology

Keynote: Nathan Myhrvold, Ph.D., Intellectual Ventures, LLC

Systems biology is a new field and is continually changing. These changes pose new computational challenges on an unprecedented scale, which were addressed at the symposium by a distinguished group of scientists, all experts in the field of computational biology.


Annual Symposium 2004

Emerging Technologies and Systems Biology

Sunday, April 25 and Monday, April 26
Keynote: Ron Davis, Ph.D., Stanford University, recognized for his pioneering contributions to genomic technologies Irving Weissman, M.D., Stanford University

Speakers represented the areas of quantitative genetics, proteomics, imaging, nanotechnology, metabolomics, and computation. Guided by the philosophy that technology can revolutionize biological discovery — this symposium examined emerging technologies and their role in the exploration of new frontiers in biology and medicine in the 21st century.


Annual Symposium 2003

Systems Biology Approaches to Diagnosis and Prevention of Human Disease

Keynote: Joe Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D., 1985 Nobel laureate, recognized for his contributions to understanding heart disease

The systems approach to disease will play an integral role in ushering in a new type of medicine over the next 10-20 years — moving us from a medicine that is largely reactive to a predictive, preventive and personalized medicine. This symposium explored these frontiers of systems approaches to human diseases.


Annual Symposium 2002

Systems Biology

Keynote: Sidney Brenner, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Held in March of 2002, ISB’s first symposium brought together a distinguished group of scientists to discuss progress in technologies for capturing biological information and shared insights on the new paradigm referred to as systems biology — a revolutionary approach to conquering biological complexity and understanding how biological systems function.

The symposium took place in conjunction with the official grand opening of the Institute’s new 65,000-square-foot facility and events marking the Institute’s rapid growth and success.