Introductory Bioinformatics (second course 2013)

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   IMPORTANT DATES for this Course
   Deadline for applications: December 1st 2013
   Latest notification of acceptance: December 1st 2013
      acceptance decisions are taken as readily as possible after an application
   Deadline for confirmation of payment: December 5th 2013
   Course date: December 9th - 12th 2013


David P Judge is a Computer Scientist that teaches Bioinformatics since 1985. He runs the Bioinformatics Training Facilty housed at the Department of Genetics in the University of Cambridge, providing the necessary environment for graduate and undergraduate courses, on top of a comprehensive training programme in cooperation with the European Bioinformatics Institute, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência through GTPB. He teaches Bioinformatics in several international training programmes and is regularly invited to teach in many places in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. His course notes and exercises are well known in the international community of Bioinformatics professionals and users, many of which (difficult to count) have had their first contact with Bioinformatics through him. David pioneered Bioinformatics Training at the IGC in 1986, in the scope of a MSc course. He collaborates in GTPB regularly since its inception in 1999, several times per year.

Affiliation: University of Cambridge, Department of Genetics, Cambridge, UK

Phil Cunningham is the Senior Bioinformatics Officer at King's College University of London.

Phil has been supporting KCL Biomedical scientists for well over 20 years after graduating in Biochemistry at Sussex University (1969). During his post graduate studies at Sussex he was introduced to computers (1971) and has been involved in "biological computing" ever since. A Post Graduate Certificate in Education (1976) ensured a fuller awareness of the extra difficulties involved in teaching (as opposed to learning) scientific material and this has proved invaluable in the last decade and a half whilst teaching bioinformatics to KCL undergraduates. Since the beginning of GTPB, Phil has also taught in several courses in Portugal, and also at the University of Minho, Braga.

Affiliation: King's College University of London Department of Biochemistry, London, UK

Pedro Fernandes graduated in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering at IST (U.T. Lisboa). He worked in Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics and Physiology and changed to Bioinformatics in 1990. He established the first user community in Portugal around the national service provided by the portuguese node of the EMBnet. In 1998 he created the Gulbenkian Training Programme in Bioinformatics, that has provided user skills to more than 3200 course attendees throughout its thirteen years of existance. The GTPB has evolved in format and methods, and has widened the variety of its thematic content. This continuous improvement simultaneously aims at matching known training needs in a set of fast evolving subjects, and the modernization of informal learning provision using 21st century skills.

Affiliation: Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, PT

Course description


The course sets out to introduce an extensive range of computing facilities vital for molecular biological research. This will be achieved primarily through "hands on" exercises based around an investigation of a well documented human disease. How information can be obtained both by analysis of raw sequence data and by interrogation of information resources will be demonstrated.


The course is a user course. How to use the various tools is thus the prime objective. However, where it is useful, the operation of the programs will be discussed as far as is required. Participants will know how to set up the programs in an informed fashion, and to fully understand the output generated. On completion of this 4 day long training, they will also know how to implement this methodology elsehwere, using public domain software and data resources.

The course will provide participants with an awareness of a wide range of bioinformatics tools and sufficient experience to use those tools in basic investigations.

Target Audience

This course is intended for those wishing to investigate how they might begin to exploit the ever expanding abundance of computing resources for molecular biologists.

Participants will also learn how to use bioinformatics results in research problem-solving.

Course Pre-requisites

Basic understanding of molecular biology and no particular computing expertise will be assumed.

Detailed Program

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência,

Apartado 14, 2781-901 Oeiras, Portugal

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Last updated:  Nov 16th 2013