According to the NCBI, Bioinformatics is the field of science in which biology, computer science, and information technology merge to form a single discipline. However, the process of analyzing and interpreting biological data by using complex software is defined as computational biology. In addition, Translation bioinformatics, an emerging field, addresses the integration of increasingly large amounts of molecular data (e.g. DNA, RNA, protein) into clinical data in order to inform clinical practice and improve public health.
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Bioinformatics Societies and Professional Organizations
The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)addresses scientific policies, provides access to high quality publications, organizes meetings, and serves as a portal to information about training, education, employment and news from related fields. It hosts annual meetings, including ISMB, the world's longest running and largest bioinformatics conference (held jointly with ECCB every other year in Europe). It has two official journals of the highest impact factors in the Mathematical & Computational Biology category.
The Bioinformatics Organization It is one of the largest affiliations in the field of bioinformatics. It serves the scientific and educational needs of bioinformatic practitioners and the general public. Maintains computational resources to facilitate world-wide communications and collaborations between people of all educational and professional levels. Provides and promotes open access to the materials and methods required for, and derived from, research, development and education.
American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is composed by a group of individual and organizations dedicated to promoting the effective organization, analysis, management, and use of information in health care in support of patient care, public health, teaching, research, administration, and related policy. AMIA’s 4,000 members advance the use of health information and communications technology in clinical care and clinical research, personal health management, public health/population, and translational science with the ultimate objective of improving health.
New Jersey Association of Biomedical Research The New
Association of Clinical Research Professionals The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) is the primary resource for clinical research professionals in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, and those in hospital, academic medical centers and physician office settings. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, ACRP was founded in 1976 to address the distinct educational and networking needs of research nurses and others who supported the work of clinical investigations