HavanaBioinfo 2012

HavanaBioinfo 2012 was organized by the CIGB Direction of Biomedical Research and was held on December 8th to 11th, 2012 in the Occidental Miramar hotel in Havana, Cuba.
The workshop was organized in three sessions dedicated to “System biology resources”, “Protein identification and quantitation” and “Molecular drug design”. Besides, two poster sessions and a panel discussion were also organized. HavanaBioinfo 2012 was characterized by an informal atmosphere; questions were welcome at any time. The attendees responded enthusiastically and the room was always full of participants.

Major conclusions of the workshop included (*):
  1. development of new applications and bioinformatics tools for proteomic repository analysis is crucial; current proteomic repositories contain enough data (spectra/identifications) that can be used to increase the annotations in protein databases and to generate new tools for protein identification
  2. spectral libraries, de novo sequencing and database search tools should be combined to increase the number of protein identifications
  3. protein probabilities and FDR are not yet sufficiently mature
  4. computational proteomics software needs to become more intuitive; and at the same time appropriate education and training should be provided to help in the efficient exchange of knowledge between mass spectrometrists and experimental biologists and bioinformaticians in order to increase their bioinformatics background, especially statistics knowledge.

The workshop was supported by The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Trieste, Italy and The Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Havana, Cuba.

Forty five attendees and 16 speakers contributed to HavanaBioinfo 2012.