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Bio-Computing Day at SC09 to Feature One of the World's Leading Scientists in Molecular Biotechnology and Genomics.

Dr. Leroy Hood Leroy Hood is an American biologist. He won the 2003 Lemelson-MIT Prize for inventing "four instruments that have unlocked much of the mystery of human biology" by helping decode the genome.  Selected as Plenary Speaker for the 22nd Annual Supercomputing Conference, SC09

PORTLAND, Ore. -- SC09, the 22nd annual event in the SC conference series, recognized globally as the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, announced today it has selected world renowned Biologist, Dr. Leroy Hood, as a plenary speaker. Dr. Hood will be discussing the new direction of what is referred to as 'P4' in medicine -- predictive, personalized, preventive and participatory, and how it will affect healthcare in the future.

Dr. Hood is currently the President and Co-Founder of the Institute for Systems Biology The Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) is a non-profit research institution, located in Seattle, Washington, United States. Leroy Hood co-founded the Institute with Alan Aderem and Ruedi Aebersold in 2000. , focusing on pioneering systems biology Systems biology, a field of study in the biosciences, focuses on the systematic study of complex interactions in biological systems. Particularly from 2000 onwards, the term is used widely in the biosciences, and in a variety of contexts. , the platform for P4 medicine. Dr. Hood is a renowned author, speaker, and holds numerous patents and several awards for his research on DNA sequencing DNA sequencing

The determination of the sequence of nucleotides in a sample of DNA.
. He is a well known advocate for making science education and research accessible and understandable to the general public, especially children.

Most recently, Dr. Hood's lifelong contributions to biotechnology have earned him the prestigious 2004 Biotechnology Heritage Award, and for his pioneering efforts in molecular diagnostics, the 2003 Association for Molecular Pathology Molecular pathology is an emerging discipline within pathology which is focused on the use of nucleic acid-based techniques such as DNA sequencing, fluorescent in-situ hybridization, reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction, and nucleic acid microarrays for specialised studies of  (AMP) Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics. In 2006 he received the Heinz Award in Technology, the Economy and Employment for his extraordinary breakthroughs in biomedical science at the genetic level. In 2007 he was elected to the Inventors Hall of Fame (for the automated DNA sequencer). He has published more than 650 peer-reviewed papers, received 14 patents, and has co-authored textbooks in biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology molecular biology, scientific study of the molecular basis of life processes, including cellular respiration, excretion, and reproduction. The term molecular biology was coined in 1938 by Warren Weaver, then director of the natural sciences program at the Rockefeller , and genetics and is just finishing a text book on systems biology. In addition, he coauthored with Dan Keveles a popular book on the human genome project, The Code of Codes.

Dr. Hood will be speaking at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18th, to kick off Bio-Computing Day at SC09. Approximately 11,000 attendees will descend on Portland, Oregon for SC09, many of whom are leading computational scientists, researchers, and supercomputing experts from around the globe, working on High Performance Computing (HPC (Handheld PC) A palmtop computer that weighs less than one pound and runs specialized versions of popular applications. Microsoft coined the term for its Windows CE operating system, which is an abbreviated version of Windows. See Pocket PC. ) platforms and supercomputers researching life-changing issues such as disease understanding, drug discovery, renewable energy, and global climate change.

SC09 has adopted the theme of "Computing for a Changing World." In addition to Bio-Computing, the conference will include a special focus on initiatives related to Sustainability and the 3D Internet.

The SC09 exhibition hall will feature more than 275 participating organizations as exhibitors, covering 255,000 sq. ft. of floor space.

About SC09

SC09, sponsored by ACM (Association for Computing Machinery, New York, A membership organization founded in 1947 dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of information processing. In addition to awards and publications, ACM also maintains special interest groups (SIGs) in the computer field.  (Association for Computing Machinery See ACM.

Association for Computing Machinery - Association for Computing
) and the IEEE Computer Society (body) IEEE Computer Society - The society of the IEEE which publishes the journal "Computer".
, offers a complete technical education program and exhibition to showcase the many ways high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in scientific discovery, research, education and commerce. This premier international conference includes a globally attended technical program, workshops, tutorials, an exhibit area, demonstrations and hands-on learning. The SC conference series is among Tradeshow Week magazine's Top 200 events. For more information on SC09, please visit
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