About this event

14th Annual International Symposium
April 6 and 7, 2015
Institute for Systems Biology

The Institute for Systems Biology's Annual International Symposium, since its inception in 2002, has become a bellwether of new systems approaches across disciplines in the life sciences. The theme for 2015 is "Tipping Points in Medicine & Ecology" which is aligned with ISB's focus on personalized medicine and environmental sustainability. The principles of critical phase transitions, early warning signs and, more generally, complex systems dynamics, offer a theoretical framework and analysis tools for understanding and predicting major state transitions in human health and in ecosystems. The Symposium aims to facilitate the translation of these theoretical principles to medicine and ecology. We hope you will join us for a lively exchange of ideas.

14 Speakers
3 Sessions

Our speakers

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Lee Hood

Lee Hood MD, PhD

Keynote Speaker

Institute for Systems Biology


George Sugihara, MS, PhD

Keynote Speaker

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD


Stephen Giovannoni, PhD

Oregon State University


Luonan Chen, ME, PhD

Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, CAS


H. Eugene Stanley, PhD

Boston University


Ary Goldberger, MD

Harvard Medical School


Ricard Solé, PhD

ICREA/Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Santa Fe Institute

Ingrid van de Leemput

Ingrid van de Leemput, PhD

Wageningen University & Indiana University


Jean Carlson, PhD

University of California, Santa Barbara


James R. Heath, PhD

California Institute of Technology


Jeff Gore, PhD

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Dustin Rubenstein, PhD

Columbia University


Greg Hakim, MS, PhD

University of Washington


Nitin Baliga, PhD

Institute for Systems Biology

The schedule

Two days of presentations and panel discussions with some of the world’s most influential researchers in this field

Our sponsors

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Get answers to frequently asked questions

  • Where is the Symposium being held?

    The Symposium will be held at the Institute For Systems Biology (ISB) itself, located the core of Seattle’s new vibrant South Lake Union neighborhood. Recommended accommodation is the nearby Courtyard Marriott Hotel (5 minute walk, shuttle will be available)
    Institute for Systems Biology (ISB)
    401 Terry Ave N.
    Seattle, Washington 98109
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  • What is the Institute for Systems Biology?

    The Institute for Systems Biology is a nonprofit biomedical research organization based in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 2000 by systems biologist Lee Hood, immunologist Alan Aderem, and protein chemist Ruedi Aebersold. ISB was established on the belief that the conventional models for exploring and funding breakthrough science have not caught up with the real potential of what is possible today. ISB serves as the ultimate environment where scientific collaboration stretches across disciplines, where our researchers have the intellectual freedom to challenge the status quo, and where grand visions for breakthroughs in human health inspire a collective drive to achieve the seemingly impossible. Our core values ensure that we always keep our focus on the big ideas that eventually will have the biggest impact on human health.

  • I am traveling by car to the Symposium, where should I find parking?

    There is no on-site parking at ISB. There are a variety of pay-to-park options. To learn more about parking options in the area, please click here.

  • Is there a recommended hotel that is nearby the Symposium?

    For your convenience, ISB has arranged a block of rooms at the Courtyard Marriott-Seattle Downtown/Lake Union at a discounted rate of $136.00 per night. It is located on Lake Union, only a few minutes away from ISB.

    Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
    925 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
    T: 800-321-2211 | F: 206-213-0101
    Courtyard Marriott Seattle
    Book before March 23, 2015 to receive the discount. The discount code is preloaded-- simply choose stay dates and book your reservation. If you'd like to make your reservation over the phone, please call (800) 321-2211 and ask for the ISB Symposium room block at the Courtyard Seattle Lake Union Hotel.
  • Will there be transportation provided?

    Yes. ISB will provide shuttle service between the Courtyard Marriott and ISB. And also, a shuttle to the airport on the final day.

  • I have paid my registration for the Symposum but now I can't attend. May I get a refund?

    Please submit all refund requests to Christine Silva at christine.silva (at) systemsbiology.org by March 30, 2015. Cancellations received after this date will not be eligible for a refund.

  • I have a media request, whom should I contact?

    For inquiries or to request a media pass, please contact:
    Hsiao-Ching Chou
    Director of Communications
    Institute for Systems Biology
    hchou (at) systemsbiology.org

Poster session

Please complete the form below.
NOTE: Poster submission does not constitute symposium registration.
Please register separately as a symposium attendee.

If you have any questions about poster submission, please contact Joey Petosa at Joey.Petosa (at) systemsbiology.org or at (206) 732-1282.

Symposium venue

  • 401 Terry Ave North, Seattle
  • (206) 732-1200
  • Joey Petosa Events and Communications Coordinator


Registration is now closed. Please check back in early 2016.

If you have any questions or issues regarding payment, please contact Christine Silva at christine.silva (at) systemsbiology.org or (206) 732-1442.

For all other event-related inquires, please contact Joey Petosa at joey.petosa (at) systems biology.org or (206) 732-1282.