30 years of training in Bioinformatics in Portugal at IGC
On April 10, 1989, thirty years ago, David Philip Judge, collaborator of Martin Bishop at the University of Cambridge and a pioneer in the field, gave the first bioinformatics training class in Portugal at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC).
David Judge was brought to the IGC by Nicolau van Uden, within the scope of the Master in Biotechnology organized with the New University of Lisbon, at a time when bioinformatics training didn't quite exist in Portugal.
Today, exactly 30 years later, we find David Judge at IGC to teach yet another class. In fact, Judge has been coming to IGC for the last 30 years, bringing with him not only the teaching and training techniques he has been developing and refining, but the example of extreme patience that is needed to meet the needs and doubts of the participants.
This year, the IGC also marks the twentieth year of the Gulbenkian Training Program in Bioinformatics (GTPB), whose roots are deeply rooted in this first training, and David Judge, the person who most contributed to the training in bioinformatics at IGC. The celebrations start today, the day the IGC marks the anniversary of Judge's first class.