Computational Genomics and Personalized Medicine

July 13 - July 19, 2014
We are proud to announce that
Prof. Michael Levitt
(co-director of the school since 2005)
received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2013


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Aim and scope:
Computational Genomics and personalized medicine is the most challenging research area in the modern era. Our main and special guest lectures will address the scope focusing on algorithms, computational models and biomedical results on this field. From the enclosed bibliography it appears that the selected themes have received much attention in the scholarly literature ranging from Nature and Science to Bioinformatics Journals.

Opening Lecture

  • Michael Levitt
    Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2013
    Stanford University, USA


  • Andrea Califano
    Leveraging models of cell regulation and GWAS data in integrative network-based association studies [abstract]
    Columbia University, USA

  • Maricel G. Kann
    Computational Analysis of Human Variants for Precision Medicine [abstract]
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

  • Stephen Quake
    Is the Genome Useful in Medicine? [abstract]
    Stanford University, USA

Guest speaker

  • Concettina Guerra
    Protein complexes in PPI networks: interconnection and dynamics Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

  • Napoleone Ferrara
    Lasker Award 2010- Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences 2013
    Regulation of angiogenesis by the tumor microenvironment [abstract]
    University of California, San Diego, USA

  • Gene Myers
    Director & Tschira Chair of Systems Biology
    The Resurrection of de novo DNA sequencing [abstract]
    Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany


  • Giosuè Lo Bosco
    Computational models for Epigenomic Analyis [abstract]
    University of Palermo, Italy


Participants will be arranged in a comfortable hotel at very special rates. The conference room (in the same hotel) is air-conditioned and equipped with all conference materials. Special areas are reserved to students for the afternoon coursework and study. The island of Lipari can be easily  reached  from Milazzo, Palermo, Naples, Messina and Reggio Calabria by ferry or hydrofoil (50 minutes from Milazzo).

Two kinds of participants are welcome. Students: Participants who are expected to do afternoon courseworks and take a final exam (The grades will be given following the ECTS grading scale). The course will involve a total of 24 hours of teaching. According to our university rules passing the final exam gives right to an equivalent of 6 ECTS credits in any Ph.D. program. Auditors: participants who are not interested in taking the final exam.
Registration fee is 470 Euros. The fee covers the course material, bus+hydrofoil Catania airport-Lipari-Catania airport, social event. Late registration is 570 Euros.

Deadline for application is May 28, 2014 (admission notification will start on March 1st according to registration time). Applicants must include a short curriculum vitae and specify two professors whom letters of recommendation will be asked to, if deemed necessary. Applicants will be notified about admission by May 29, 2014.

The official language is English.

School Directors

  • Prof. Alfredo Ferro (University of Catania)
  • Prof. Raffaele Giancarlo (University of Palermo)
  • Prof. Concettina Guerra (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Prof. Michael Levitt, (Stanford University)

  • Dr. Rosalba Giugno (co-director, University of Catania)
  • Dr. Alfredo Pulvirenti (co-director, University of Catania)

People interested in receiving further information about the school can contact:

Lipari School Organization
Prof. Alfredo Ferro -- Lipari School secretary
Universita' degli Studi di Catania - Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica
Citta' Universitaria - Viale A.Doria, 6 - 95125 Catania - ITALY
Tel: +39 095 7383071
Fax: +39 095 7337032 / +39 095 330094