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    June 20-24, 2016
    Madras Veterinary College, Chennai-600 007[...]m.pdf (PDF)

    This program is designed to gain a better understanding of NGS data analysis and its applications in drug discovery and personalized medicine.

    For more details, please contact:
    Professor and Head & Project Coordinator
    Bioinformatics Centre & ARIS Cell
    Madras Veterinary College
    Chennai-600 007
    Tamil Nadu, india,
    email.: pksamy2000[at] hodbitmvc[at]
    Ph.: 91-044-25360106 / 9444233349


    November 22-25, 2016
    iad Pc-Pool, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 23, Leipzig, Germany[...].html

    The purpose of this workshop is to get a deeper understanding of the use of bisulfite-treated DNA in order to analyze the epigenetic layer of DNA methylation. Advantages and disadvantages of the so-called 'bisulfite sequencing' and its implications on data analyses will be covered. The participants will be trained to understand bisulfite-treated NGS data, to detect potential problems/errors and finally to implement their own pipelines. After this course they will be able to analyze DNA methylation and create ready-to-publish graphics.

    By the end of this workshop the participants will:
    • Be familiar with the sequencing method of Illumina
    • Understand how bisulfite sequencing works
    • Be aware of the mapping problem of bisulfite-treated data
    • Understand how bisulfite-treated reads are mapped to a reference genome
    • Be familiar with common data formats and standards
    • Know relevant tools for data processing
    • Automate tasks with shell scripting to create reusable data pipelines
    • Perform basic analyses (call methylated regions, perform basic downstream analyses)
    • Plot and visualize results (ready-to-publish)
    • Be able to reuse all analyses


    • Biologists or data analysts with no or little experience in analyzing bisulfite sequencing data


    • Basic understanding of molecular biology (DNA, RNA, gene expression, PCR, ...)
    • The data analysis will partly take place on the linux command line.


    Opening Date of Registration: February 1, 2016
    Closing Date of Registration: November 1, 2016
    Workshop: November 22-25, 2016 (8 am - 5 pm)

    July 7-8, 2016
    University of District of Columbia CC, Washington, DC, USA
    CEU's approved by University of District of Columbia CC, DC


    • Biomedical researchers are now facing the onslaught of BigData.
    • NoSQL technologies are the industry standard for handling BigData.
    • Of all the NoSQL technologies, Graph based technologies are best suited to handle complex biomedical data.


    This course aims to provide hands-on training to the researchers in using graph based (NoSQL) tools and methods for storing, analyzing and visualizing biomedical BigData.
    Software: BIRCH Bioinformatics System v3.20
    Submitted by Brian Fristensky; posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016



    • blastdbkit - Tools for installing, updating and deleting and managing local copies of NCBI BLAST databases.
    • BLAST+ - updated to version 2.3.0
    • BIRCH News - Learn more about what you can do with BIRCH, and about new features.


    • A comprehensive desktop bioinformatics system which comes with many of the commonly-used bioinformatics programs pre-installed
    • A framework of tools, files, and documentation for organizing and managing a bioinformatics core facility
    • An expandable system that allows you to merge 3rd party programs and documentation seamlessly into the standard BIRCH distribution
    Please visit[...].html



    The Zika virus was relatively unknown until 2015, when it made headlines due its rapid spread and its link to severe brain-related deficiencies in newborns born to mothers who contracted the virus while pregnant. Dr. Carolina Horta Andrade, the principal investigator for the new OpenZika project, discusses how she and an international team of researchers are using World Community Grid to accelerate the search for an effective anti-Zika treatment.
    Events: 2nd Annual Converged IT Summit
    Submitted by Heidi Ohrenberger; posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    October 24-26, 2016
    San Diego, CA, USA

    With research laboratories now capable of generating staggering amounts of data, the IT infrastructure required to store, move and process this information must become an integral part of strategic planning for success. The Second Annual Converged IT Summit will once again cover a broad range of topics framing the issues behind creating computational solutions for modern research methodologies. Our expanded program for 2016 will break out into two tracks, allowing in-depth exploration of both the Infrastructure and the Data Science needed to create a truly converged IT. Sessions will highlight technologies currently in use, how organizations are using them to accelerate discovery, efforts that have worked and those that have failed, organizational challenges and policies for research computing, and the art of converged infrastructure as a research tool.

    The Converged IT Summit is designed for professionals involved with strategic planning and implementation of IT technologies to support science. The goal is to deliver solutions to scientists that give them the freedom to discover.

    Events: 14th Annual Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference
    Submitted by Suzi Smith; posted on Monday, May 16, 2016

    December 8-10, 2016
    Snomass, CO, USA

    The Rocky series, a meeting of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), began fourteen years ago as a regional conference and has grown into an international program with a spotlight on regional development in the computational biosciences. The presenters of the Rocky conference are scientists representing a broad spectrum of universities, industrial enterprises, government laboratories, and medical libraries from around the world. The meeting is a chance to get to know your colleagues near and far, seek collaborative opportunities, and find synergies that can drive our field forward.

    Please take a look at our website for details and submission dates. We hope you enjoy the science, the company, and the spectacular scenery of the Rocky Mountains. Welcome!



    Scientists are now contemplating the creation of a synthetic human genome, meaning they would use chemicals to manufacture all the DNA contained in human chromosomes.

    The prospect is spurring both intrigue and concern in the life sciences community, because it might be possible -- if someone were able to create a totally artificial genome -- to implant that genome into embryos and create human beings without parents.


    The NCBI Eukaryotic Genome Annotation Pipeline celebrates the annotation of its 300th organism with a cavefish genome, Sinocyclocheilus anshuiensis, a cavefish.




    Six teams have been selected to advance their product ideas into prototypes to compete for $230,000 in the Open Science Prize, a global science competition to make both the outputs from science and the research process broadly accessible to the public. The finalists, announced at the 7th Health Datapalooza Conference in Washington, D.C., were selected out of 96 multinational, interdisciplinary teams representing 450 innovators from 45 countries. These are the first finalists for this recently launched global prize competition, a collaboration between the National Institutes of Health and the U.K.-based Wellcome Trust with additional funding provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

    Final prototypes will be submitted on Dec. 1, 2016, and will be demonstrated at an Open Science Prize Showcase to be held in early December 2016. The public will also be invited to consider and vote online for their favorite prototype. The ultimate Open Science Prize winner is expected to be announced in late February or early March 2017.
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