Institute for Systems Biology's
17th Annual International Symposium


Monday, March 26 & Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Institute for Systems Biology has always looked toward the future. We continue that charge with the 17th Annual International Symposium, which will drive new systems thinking and approaches in the development and advancement of the future of health. Our speakers and panelists are experts in diverse areas including environmental and occupational health, infectious disease transmission and forecast, drug and vaccine development, and communicable disease dynamics, and they will explore research and issues surrounding three important topics: population health, early warning systems, and prevention and therapy. Influencers across research, industry and academia will attend the event for a thoughtful and timely exchange of ideas.

Session 1: Population Health

The Population Health session will focus on global health informatics and how big data can be used to understand the health of middle- and low-income populations; metabolic disease and the epidemiology of obesity; and the impact of personalized medicine on population health.

Session 2: Early Warning Systems

The Early Warning Systems session will explore dynamic, data-driven modeling; environmental determinants of infectious disease transmission and modeling effects of climate change and environment on pathogen dynamics; and the tipping points for the emergence – and re-emergence – of infectious diseases.

Session 3: Prevention and Therapy

The Prevention and Therapy session will tackle research on host-pathogen interactions, and the genetic determinants of infectious disease, innate immunity, antimicrobial resistance and vaccine development.






More speakers coming soon


Keynote Speaker

Howard Frumkin, DrPH, MPH, MD

University of Washington


Keynote Speaker

Clayton Lewis



Trevor Bedford, PhD

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Leo Anthony Celi, MD

Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Harvard Medical School


Anushree Chatterjee, PhD

University of Colorado at Boulder


Jennifer Gardy, PhD

School of Population and Public Health, UBC

Leroy Hood

Leroy Hood, MD, PhD

Providence St. Joseph Health & ISB


Gilla Kaplan, PhD

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Marc Lipsitch, PhD

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Julie McElrath, MD, PhD

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Tanya Parish, PhD

Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI)


Jeffrey Shaman, PhD

Columbia University


Theo Vos, MD, PhD

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington


Stephen A. Williams, MD, PhD

SomaLogic, Inc.

The schedule

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

Town Hall Event

In conjunction to this year's symposium, ISB is hosting a panel discussion with Town Hall.

Date and Time:
7:30PM, Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Doors at 6:30PM
Tickets: $5

Institute for Systems Biology, Main Floor
401 Terry Ave N.
Seattle, Washington 98109

Clare McGrane; Geekwire
Howard Frumkin, DrPHD, MPH, MD; University of Washington
Lee Hood, MD, PhD; Providence St. Joseph Health & Institute for Systems Biology
John Aitchison, PhD; Center for Infectious Disease Research (CIDR)

Our sponsors

Thank you for your support

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Fenwick & West, LLP


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. ISB is an affiliate of Providence St. Joseph 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 $174.00 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
    ISB's discounted rate 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. Please make your reservation before Friday, March 2, 2018 to receive the discounted rate.

  • Will there be transportation provided?

    Yes. ISB will provide shuttle service between the Courtyard Marriott and ISB as well as the airport upon conclusion of sessions on Tuesday (March 27).
    Click here to view the distance from the hotel to the conference location.

  • Can I store my luggage at ISB?

    Yes. Luggage storage will be available at ISB.

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

    For inquiries or to request a media pass, please contact:
    Joe Myxter
    Director of Communications
    Institute for Systems Biology
    jmyxter (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.


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    401 Terry Avenue N, Seattle, WA
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Please complete the form below to submit your registration.

If you have any questions or issues regarding payment, please contact Joey Petosa at joey.petosa (at) systemsbiology.org or (206) 732-1282.