Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência

Elixir-Excelerate Workshop on Marine Metagenomics

A Practical Workshop will be held during 7-11 May 2018, in Oeiras, hosted by the Portuguese ELIXIR Node in cooperation with the nodes involved in ELIXIR-EXCELERATE Workpackage 6 “Marine Metagenomics”.

PM17 - Precision Medicine

The aim of the course is to present a complete computational pipeline for the analysis and interpretation of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) data such as exome sequencing or targeted panels that are commonly used in the clinic.
We will address the implementation of large-scale genomic sequencing in clinical practice and the recently developed computational strategies for the analysis of NGS data with a particular emphasis on the interpretation of the results, selection of biomarkers of drug response and afford opportunities to match therapies with the characteristics of the individual patient's tumour. 


The Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training (GOBLET) is holding its 6th annual general meeting in Oeiras, Portugal. 

More information here.

IO17 - Large-scale bioinformatics for Immuno-Oncology

Course Description:

The immuno-oncology approach leverages on the unique capability of the immune system to recognize and kill tumour cells. This action is hampered by escape mechanisms put in place by tumour cells like, for instance, the engagement immune checkpoints, i.e. inhibitory molecules that modulate the amplitude and duration of immune responses. Immunotherapies that block checkpoint molecules are amongst the most promising approaches in immuno-oncology for the enhancement of antitumour immunity. Thanks to high-throughput technologies, such as next-generation sequencing (NGS) and proteomics, we have now access to large-scale tumour data that can be used to investigate the interplay between tumour and immune cells and the role of the immune system in tumour progression and response to therapy. In this course, you will learn to use bioinformatics tools and mathematical modelling techniques operating on high-throughput tumour data, in order to extract features that can be used to characterise this complex tumour-immune cell interface, such as:

  • tumour antigens recognized by T cells
  • tumour-infiltrating immune cells
  • deregulated signalling pathways in cancer and immune cells

A fully practical, hands-on approach will ensure that the newly acquire skills can be used with a great deal of autonomy.

IBSTATB17 - Introductory Biostatistics for Biologists

Course Description

This is one of our "Foundations" type courses, providing a systematic and detailed review of fundamental concepts and techniques in Biostatistics. Participants can expect to go through a set of exercises that are based on biomedical problems. These exercises are preceded by short lectures that are simple to follow. The lectures are designed to provide the conceptual framework that is needed to release the training power of the exercises, not to flood the participants with formality, which will be kept to a minimum. We will make use of a highly interactive methodology, taking advantage of our well equipped Bioinformatics training room. With this approach, we expect to bring the participants to a high degree of usage independence in using the methods that we cover.

Main topics: Descriptive Statistics; Probability; Statistical Inference; Design of Experiments.


Workshop on Genome Assembly and Annotation

A course will be held during 23-27 October 2017, in Oeiras, hosted by the Portuguese ELIXIR Node in cooperation with the nodes involved in ELIXIR-EXCELERATE task 10.3 “Capacity Building in Genome Assembly and Annotation”.

ABSTAT17 - Advanced Biostatistics for Bioinformatics Tool Users using R

   IMPORTANT DATES for this Course
   Deadline for applications: April 3rd 2017
   Course date: April 10th - 13th 2017

Candidates with adequate profile will be accepted in the next 72 hours after the application, until we reach 20 participants.

Course description

ELB17S Entry Level Bioinformatics (Second course in 2017)

An entry level course aimed that those with a reasonable biological background but no significant experience with bioinformatics. The course is broadly based around a series of exercises in which a combination of simple analytical tools and reference to publicly available databases is applied to the investigation of a single human gene.

RODS17 Reproducible, Open Data Science

   IMPORTANT DATES for this Course
   Deadline for applications: June 16th, 2017
   Course date: June 21st - 23rd 2017

ELB17F Entry Level Bioinformatics

   IMPORTANT DATES for this Course

   Deadline for applications: May 1st 2017

   Course date: May 8th - May 12th 2017

Candidates with adequate profile will be accepted in the next 72 hours after the application until we reach 20 participants.


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