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Bioinformatics Training


These courses aim to train participants in the use of specific databases, and associated tools, and on how to search, retrieve, analyse and interpret publicly available data.

The vast majority of such databases are hosted and maintained by the European Bioinformatics Institute and in many cases represent reference databases (e.g. Ensembl, Uniprot) that researchers are likely to use in their daily work to retrieve crucial biological information.

Resources covered include open-source tools for nucleotide and protein sequence alignment, functional genomics, metabolomics, pathway and network analysis.

Bioinformatics resources for protein biology

Description Are you aware of the wide range of protein data resources that can easily be accessed and explored to enhance your research? Do you want to know more about the sequence of your protein and its functions? Wondered whether a structure of your protein exists and how to explore it? Want to...

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Biological data analysis using InterMine (User Interface and API)

Description InterMine is a freely available open-source data warehouse built specifically for the integration and analysis of complex biological data . These are two half day courses organised to run alongside each other. User Interface Course InterMine-based data analysis platforms are available...

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COSMIC: Integrating and interpreting the world’s knowledge of somatic mutations in cancer

Description COSMIC , the Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer, is the world’s largest and most comprehensive expert manually curated resource for exploring the impact of somatic mutations in human cancer . Based at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and available publicly at

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EMBL-EBI: An introduction to sequence searching

Description This module introduces the area of sequence similarity searching and focuses on how to use tools like BLAST and PSI-Search to find homologous sequences in EMBL-EBI databases, including tips on which tool and database to use, input formats, how to change parameters and how to interpret...

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EMBL-EBI: Bioinformatics resources for exploring disease related data

Description This workshop will introduce students to EMBL-EBI , the databases and services it offers, and basic concepts in bioinformatics that will be of use to their disease related research work. It will explain the role of the EMBL-EBI in curating and sharing biological data with scientists...

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EMBL-EBI: Introduction to the European Nucleotide Sequence Archive

Description The European Nucleotide Sequence Archive (ENA) is a global database for storing experimental nucleotide data and also interpreted data (alignment files, variant calling, analysis results). ENA is the database where all raw and consensus viral sequence data should be deposited, including...

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EMBL-EBI: European Variation Archive

Description This interactive workshop offers participants hands-on experience in the use of the European Variation Archive, EVA . The EVA is an open-access, genetic variation data repository, currently hosting more than 80 studies describing in excess of 520 million unique variants. Participants...

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EMBL-EBI: Interactions & Pathways

Description This workshop is aimed at giving life scientists training on how to explore and use protein interaction and pathway bioinformatics resources. This course looks at the data repositories, resources and tools available and shows attendees how to both find information on a single molecule...

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EMBL-EBI: Introduction to Interpro

Description Employ InterPro to help you answer your research questions! This workshop will help you find out why there is a need to automatically annotate proteins , how protein family databases can help meet this challenge, and how InterPro pulls together a number of such databases, allowing you...

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EMBL-EBI: Network analysis with Cytoscape and PSICQUIC

Description This module provides an introduction to the theory and concepts of network analysis . Attendees will learn how to construct protein-protein interaction networks and subsequently use these to analyse large-scale datasets generated these to by techniques such as RNA-Seq or mass-spec...

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EMBL-EBI: Ontologies in life sciences - examples from GO and EFO

Description This module will introduce the concept of biomedical ontology , what an ontology is, the two primary types of ontology: domain ontology, and application ontology by the example of Gene Ontology (GO) and Experimental Factor Ontology (EFO) . The module will also go into details of why big...

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EMBL-EBI: Protein Sequence Databases with UniProt

Description This workshop aims to give the scientific community hands on experience on how to access and effectively use protein data in UniProt . UniProt is a high-quality, comprehensively and thoroughly annotated protein resource. Participants will be able to access detailed information on...

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EMBL-EBI: Transcriptomics Data and Tools

Description This workshop is designed for researchers interested in learning about functional genomics data, how to access, retrieve and use the data from ArrayExpress and hands-on experience in using Expression Atlas , a resource to find information about gene and protein expression across species...

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Open Targets: Integrating genetics and genomics for disease biology and translational medicine

Description Open Targets is a public-private partnership to use human genetics, genomic data and drug information for systematic identification and prioritisation of therapeutic targets. This module introduces the Open Targets partnership, its underlying projects and the bioinformatics resources...

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Using the Ensembl Genome browser

Description The Ensembl Project provides a comprehensive and integrated source of annotation of, mainly vertebrate, genome sequences. This workshop offers a comprehensive practical introduction to the use of the Ensembl genome browser as well as essential background information. This course will...

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