An interdisciplinary conference dedicated to the Critical Assessment of Microarray Data Analysis is soliciting contributions for its sixth annual event on June 7 & 8, 2006 in Durham, North Carolina. Over the past five years, CAMDA has been a forum for academic researchers and industry practitioners to share their research and experience in microarray data analysis. Numerous new algorithms have been reported at the CAMDA conference.
This year, we will accept papers on analyses performed on datasets other than the challenge dataset, however, we will only consider break-through research on non-challenge dataset papers for oral presentation.
Only presentations on the challenge dataset will be considered for the competition and cash prize.
Results from submitted papers for the challenge dataset will be used to select biomarkers for experimental validation to be presented at the conference.
The Challenge Dataset
This year, the challenge dataset comes from the CDC Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research Group. The dataset currently contains microarray, proteomics, SNP, and clinical data. The challenge is to integrate these various types of data to answer a question of biological significance. Novel approaches to analyzing each different type of data, as well as integrating these data types are welcome and encouraged. However, of critical importance is the biologically meaningful interpretation of the data. The scientific committee will select biomarkers from results submitted by researchers for oral presentation. These biomarkers will be experimentally validated by the CDC and presented at the CAMDA conference. We encourage you to keep this in mind when doing your research and writing your abstract.
Please see the contest dataset page for more information.
We will be accepting papers that analyze datasets other than the challenge dataset. These datasets may be generated by the lab presenting the analysis or by another group, but it is expected that the dataset be publicly available should the paper be selected for presentation. Novel approaches to analyzing the dataset, as well as integrating various data types are welcome and encouraged. However, at least one component of the dataset must be gene expression data, and of critical importance is the biologically meaningful interpretation of the data. We will only consider break-through research for oral presentation.
CAMDA 2006 Data Set Policies:
In the past we have made part of the challenge decoding the data. However, this year's dataset provides a level of complexity in the dataset previously unseen within CAMDA. Thus, we are encouraging people to use the public discussion board to ask questions of each other and the CAMDA staff. We will try to be responsive to questions without comprimising the integrity of the competition.
- All abstracts submitted for presentation at CAMDA must be previously unpublished original work.
- You will be required to sign a copyright release for the final paper for publication in the proceedings book. If we are unable to obtain a publisher or if your paper is not deemed to be of sufficient quality by the editors, your copyright will be returned to you to use for your own publication purposes.
- You are, however, allowed to present your work at other conferences, but no other publication of your material is allowed.
- Authors are encouraged to reference the proceedings of the past three years (Methods for Microarray Analysis, volume I,II and III, Kluwer, Boston, MA, 2001, 2002 & 2003) for the format and style of the contributions.
- Researchers must agree to make the analytical results and procedures publicly available. The disclosure of the analytical code or executables can be either in the form of commercial software, shareware, or freeware.
Paper Submission Format
An extended abstract is necessary for the selection process by the scientific committee. The extended abstract should include key results, figures, and tables. For original research papers the abstract page limit is 5. The following cover page should be accompanied with the abstract submission. WE ONLY EXCEPT MICROSOFT WORD FORMAT. If your abstract is not in this format your paper will not be accepted.
The deadline for submission is February 10, 2006. All submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All authors will have an opportunity to update and revise their manuscripts after the conference. Final papers to be published in the CAMDA 2006 proceedings will be due August 8, 2006. Publication of final papers is entirely at the discretion of the editors based on quality of submission.
Accepted papers will be invited for poster or oral presentation in the CAMDA 2006 conference. The authors will be notified by March 17, 2006.
- Poster presentation: The size of the poster board is 4’ x 4’ (There will not be room for your poster presentations to be larger then 4' x 4')
- Oral presentation: The time allocated for each presentation will be 25 minutes followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers. This time limit may change based on the number of submissions.
CAMDA Paper/Presentation Guidelines
Feedback of previous CAMDA attendees indicates the need for emphasis of biological relevance in addition to the data mining methodology. The submitted contributions are encouraged to include:
- The proposed analytical objective (problems to be solved).
- A brief summary of the analytical effort (how to solve the problem).
- This may include the data preprocessing tasks such as data normalization, and data extraction, data mining steps and algorithms used, as well as the evaluation criteria.
- Interpretation of results and presentation of discoveries in a biological context.
- Discussion of the merits, assumptions, and limitations of your approach
Questions concerning the CAMDA 2006 Call for Papers should be directed to: email@example.com.