Life Sciences Society
This is one of the most exciting periods in the history of Life Sciences. The pace of discoveries is being stepped up across all the life sciences fields. To achieve this rate of discoveries, it was necessary for scientists to use the same molecular tools and learn to speak the same scientific language: biochemists, cell biologists, developmental biologists, geneticists, medical researchers, immunologists, microbiologists, molecular biologists, bioinformaticians, mathematicians, physicists, neurobiologists, clinical researchers, medical informaticians, computer scientists, engineers, pharmacologists and more. To increase the future rate of discoveries it will be necessary to address the large gaps in knowledge, technology, computational algorithms and high performance computing, data capture and analysis, and systems-level integration.
Achieving a whole systems understanding of life is one of the most daunting challenges in the history of science. The Life Sciences Society was initiated in January, 2005 to capture and promote the excitement that this generation of scientists is experiencing -- the opportunity to provide a scientific foundation for solving urgent problems in human diseases, energy and global climate changes. The LSS's objective is to provide for the exchange of scientific knowledge in all areas of life sciences. It does this through the scholarly dissemination of research at its Annual Meeting in August and in its various workshops and publications.
LSS has collaborated with scientific organizations to bring a stronger voice in communicating the significance of the life sciences to the larger scientific community. We have been in contact with Congressional committees to keep them informed about the importance of scientific research. LSS keeps the life sciences community informed on government science policies and provides guidance for standards.
The LSS brings together fields that were once considered disparate, thus supporting the next generation of scientists that are defining entirely new ways of doing science and engineering.
Vicky Markstein, President