The Regional Training Course on Bioinformatics (Computational Biology) applied to Tropical Diseases Genomics is an initiative designed as a part of the activities of WHO/TDR in collaboration with International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi, India. The aim of this initiative is to promote capability of endemic countries scientists to apply cutting edge DNA technology to tropical diseases research. The objective is to introduce the participants to basic information on the application of genome information and the potential for development of tools that can be applied in tropical diseases research. The regional two-week training course will focus on bioinformatics (computational biology) concepts and applcations with specific emphasis on the tropical diseases in TDR portfolio (Malaria, Tuberculosis, Dengue, Leishmaniasis, Chagas' disease, African sleeping sickness, Leprosy, Filariasis, Onchocerciasis, and Schistosomiasis).
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Course objectives and goals:
The objective of the course is to train young investigators and encourage application of bioinformatics/computational biology to pathogen genome research and development of new products against tropical diseases. Effort on the course will also be devoted to promoting multidisciplinary and international networking in order to facilitate South-South and North-South collaborations in computational biology/bioinformatics and tropical diseases research.
The training course will run for 2 weeks. Preference will be given to scientists with strong evidence and potential to apply the knowledge and expertise gained from the course to research and also to train others to increase bioinformatics capacity at their home institution. The course will consist of lectures and theoretical sessions in the morning (09:00-12:30), and hands-on practical training sessions in a computer laboratory in the afternoon (14:00-17:30) given by invited speakers and experts from India and international institutions. There will be evening sessions for follow-up and scripting exercises. A personal computer will be provided to each participant. Participants will receive training materials and documentation on main topics covered by the course, and will have access to the support services provided by the centre.
Course Website: www.icgeb.res.in/~whotdr
Overview of pathogen genomes and genomics.
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