Viral diseases including zoonotic infections are a major public health burden across the world, especially in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) in Asia, Africa and Latin America where diagnosis and surveillance of viral diseases are challenging. In Asia, influenza, dengue, hand, foot and mouth disease, chikungunya and viral hepatitis are some of the viral diseases that cause hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. Apart from health risks, emerging viral infections and outbreaks also pose an economic burden globally.

Advances in research technologies are enabling access to improved detection, surveillance and management of viral diseases. In the recent years, next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies has played an important role in the identification and classification of viruses, the detection of drug resistance mutation and the treatment and surveillance of viral diseases. Early identification of a virus and rapid analysis of its genome will aid towards better treatment and help in controlling the disease spread.

This exciting new course
will be held in collaboration with the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and will provide participants with a working knowledge of viral genome sequence analysis and interpretation of genomics data generated from large-scale sequencing.

Topics will include the use of the command line to perform analysis of viral NGS, quality control of genomics data, reference and de-novo assemblies, pathogen detection from metagenomics data, annotation transfer from a reference genome and building phylogenetic trees. 

Target audience
The course is free to attend and
open to applicants based in Asia and Autralasia engaged in relevant research/clinical activities. The course is aimed at applicants at various levels, including Senior Research Assistants, PhD students, Postdoctoral Researchers, Laboratory Scientists, Clinicians and Clinical Scientists.

Application Deadline:
4 May 2018


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