15th Annual biocuration conference (virtual)

The 15th Annual Biocuration Conference (ISB2022) was held virtually in 2022 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Session 3: October 4th, 2022

Time (EST)Agenda
11:00-11:05Greetings (slides)
11:05-11:35Annual General Meeting Talk (slides) – Nicole Vasilevsky (Chair of the 2021-2022 ISB Executive Committee)
11:35-11:50Early Career Biocuration Award Talk – Shirin Saverimuttu
11:50-12:05Advanced Career Biocuration Award Talk – Antonia Lock
12:05-12:15Coffee Break
12:15-Virtual Poster Session on Gather.town
(https://app.gather.town/invite?token=647TYfDAAq9el_FPGX7htVGt_jBreL3a). The password will be sent by email before conference.

Careers in Biocuration Workshop: September 21st, 2022

The slides are available here (and shared in the ISB collection Zenodo).

Workshop chairs:

  • Nicole Vasilevsky, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Mohammad Hosseini, Northwestern University
  • Kristi Holmes, Northwestern University
  • Mary Ann Tuli, GigaScience
  • Randi Vita, La Jolla Institute

Workshop overview: Based on the results from the 2020-2021 ISB survey, Biocurators contribute to a wide range of scholarly outputs other than traditional ones such as manuscripts, presentations, and grant funding. Furthermore, biocurators play leadership roles in various capacities that enhance the research process. However, only half of the survey respondents reported being promoted during their careers. The objective of this workshop is to determine ways the ISB can assist Biocurators in our community with career progression. 

See more details here.

Session 2: June 7th, 2022

Panel Discussion

Discussion on “Sustainability and longevity of biocuration projects” was lead by Charles Tapley Hoyt (Harvard Medical School) featuring the following panelists:

  • Nettie Lagace – NISO, USA
  • Melissa Haendel – University of Colorado Anschutz, CO, USA
  • Nicolas Matentzoglu – Monarch Initiative, UK
  • Saurabh Raghuvanshi – Indian Biological Data Center, IN

Invited Speakers Talks

Oral presentations were moderated by Nicholas Miliaras (NIH-NLM, USA) and featured the following speakers:

  • Lauren Wishnie, University at Buffalo, USA – “An Ontological Approach to the Standardization and Analysis of Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative Data”
  • Montana Smith, Pacific Northwest National Lab, USA – “Metadata curation to ensure cross lab interoperability and data discovery of multi-omics data in the National Microbiome Data Collaborative”
  • Rhiannon Cameron, Simon Fraser University, Canada – “FAIR public health pathogen genomics contextual data sharing during the COVID-19 pandemic”
  • Suliman Sharif, University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy, USA – “Global-Chem: A Chemical Knowledge Graph of common small molecules and their IUPAC/SMILES/SMARTS for selection of compounds relevant to diverse chemical community”
  • Daniela Raciti, California Institute of Technology, USA – “Facilitating author curation pre-publication through microPublication Biology”

Session 1: April 7th, 2022

Panel Discussion

Discussion on “Promotion and dissemination of biocuration efforts” was lead by Philippe Le Mercier (Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Switzerland) featuring the following panelists:

  • Sandra Orchard – EMBL-EBI, UK
  • Cecilia Arighi – University of Delaware, DE, USA
  • Peter Karp – SRI International, Menlo Park, CA, USA
  • Rezarta Islamaj – NIH-NCBI, USA

Invited Speakers Talks

Oral presentations were moderated by Sushma Naithani (Oregon State University, USA) and featured the following speakers:

  • Bastian Fromm – “Toward the renaissance of microRNA research through curation“, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
  • Edoardo Salladini – “PED in 2022 – the Protein Ensemble Database for intrinsically disordered proteins“, University of Padova, Italy
  • Chuck Cook – “The Global Biodata Coalition and the Global Core Biodata Resources“, Global Biodata Coalition
  • Jasmine Young – “The Life and Times of the PDB Format – Looking Towards the Future with mmCIF“, RCSB Protein Data Bank, USA


ISB2022 Organizing Committee

All speakers, panelists and attendees are expected to agree to the ISB Code of Conduct.


The 15th Annual Biocuration Conference (ISB2022) is sponsored by Gather.