SMIDDY Newsletter (07.03.2014)

Topics:

1. Swiss Meeting for Infectious Disease Dynamics to be held in Bern on September 12, 2014
2. Conference: 13th European Conference in Computational Biology (ECCB 2014), 7-10 September, 2014, Strasbourg, France
3. Position: Epidemiologist – Mathematical modeller, LSHTM, London, UK
4. Course: Network Modelling for Epidemics, 16-21 June, 2014, University of Washington, USA
5. Postdoc: Phylogenetics and infection dynamics, Stockholm University, Sweden

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1. Swiss Meeting for Infectious Disease Dynamics to be held in Bern on September 12, 2014

We are happy to announce that the fifth Swiss Meeting for Infectious Disease Dynamics (SMIDDY) will be organized by the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern.

More information about registration and abstract submission will be available soon on our website: http://www.smiddy.ch

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2. ECCB 2014 : 13th European Conference in Computational Biology, 7-10 September, 2014, Strasbourg, France

1st CALL for PAPERS

Key dates:
January 27, 2014 – Call for papers open
March 28, 2014 – Submission deadline
May 23, 2014 – Notification of acceptance
June 9, 2014 – Final version due

In preparation for ECCB’14 we invite you to submit original research papers on any aspect of computational biology and bioinformatics, including but not limited to the following areas:

A: Sequencing and sequence analysis for genomics
B: Gene expression
C: Pathways and molecular networks
D: Computational systems biology
E: Structural bioinformatics
F: Evolution and population genomics
G: Bioinformatics of health and disease
H: Biological knowledge discovery from data, texts and bio-images
J: Methods and technologies for computational biology

See more detailed description of each area on the eccb 2104 web site (eccb14.org)

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3. Position: Epidemiologist – Mathematical modeller, LSHTM, London, UK

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a TB epidemiologist or mathematical modeller with an interest in directly supporting country-level TB policy making. The work involves providing epidemiological and mathematical modelling support to National TB programmes preparing their applications to the Global Fund under the ‘New Funding Model’. Frequent international travel including Sub-Saharan Africa and coordination with collaborators, including those working on HIV and Malaria in London, Geneva and the USA are required.

The successful applicant would have an MSc in epidemiology or other quantitative health discipline. Experience in tuberculosis epidemiology and control options is key, an understanding of mathematical modelling of infectious diseases is desirable. Good communication skills, both written and oral, are essential.

The post is initially for 11 months full-time. The post-holder would be based in London within the TB Modelling Group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (http://tbmodelling.lshtm..ac.uk/), supervised by Rein Houben and Richard White.

Please contact Rein Houben (Rein.Houben@lshtm.ac.uk) should you have any further queries. If interested, please send your CV with details of 2 referees to Rein.Houben@lshtm.ac.uk.

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4. Course: Network Modelling for Epidemics, 16-21 June, 2014, University of Washington, USA

Network Modelling for Epidemics (NME) is a 6 day short course at the University of Washington that provides an introduction to stochastic network models for infectious disease modelling, with a focus on empirically based modelling of the transmission network for HIV. It is a “hands-on” course, and we’ll be using the new EpiModel package in R, an package that is fully integrated with the statnet software suite.Course fee is $250. Travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the participant, although discounted hotel rates are available, as are a limited number of fellowships for pre-doctoral students or for attendees from outside the US/Canada.

There are two important application dates:

Mar 1: deadline for those who wish to apply for a scholarship, or want guaranteed on-campus housing as part of their acceptance into the course. Decisions will be made by Mar 15.
April 1: Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until this date, although discounted accomodations will only be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Decisions will be made by Apr 15.

Apply online at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/morrism/225354

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5. Postdoc: Phylogenetics and infection dynamics, Stockholm University, Sweden

Deadline for applications is March 3, 2014.

The research project concerns statistical analysis of the HIV epidemic making use of both epidemic data as well as phylogenetic data. The project is financed by the Swedish Research Council and is lead by Tom Britton (PI, tockholm U), Jan Albert (Karolinska Inst) and Thomas Leitner (Los Alamos).

For further information see www.math.su.se or www.math.su.se/english/ and look under Recent news, or use the direct link http://www.math.su.se/om-oss/lediga-anst%C3%A4llningar/vacant-position-post-doc-in-phylogenetics-and-infection-dynamics-deadline-march-3-1.163532