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Bioinformatics Resources for Immunologists – NEW

04 - 08 June 2018Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    This course aims to provide an introduction to immunology bioinformatics,
    offer opportunities to explore key methods, tools and resources that can
    be applied to research. The course will provide participants with an
    overview of best-practice methods in applying bioinformatics approaches
    and enable them to become confident users of their own and public domain

    The resources introduced during the course will cover a variety of data
    types, from genomic and proteomic data, to computational models,
    biological pathways and reaction information. Participants will gain
    experience of the analysis pipelines for NGS experiments relevant to
    immunology, and will be led through an exploration of this data to
    identify information of interest. Additionally participants will be
    introduced to how data from a number of sources can be integrated to
    provide a wider view of their research.

    This course is aimed at individuals working in immunology research who
    have minimal experience in bioinformatics. Applicants are expected to be
    at an early stage of using bioinformatics in their research with the need
    to develop their skills and knowledge further. Participants will require
    a basic knowledge of the Unix command line, and the R statistical
    package. We recommend these free tutorials: introduction to the Unix
    and basic R concepts.

    Please note: participants without
    basic knowledge of these resources will have difficulty in completing the
    practical sessions.

    Learning outcomes
    After this course participants should be able to:

    • Locate and search publically available bioinformatics data of interest
    • Utilise software and tools to manipulate and analyse immunological data
    • Apply appropriate bioinformatics methodologies to their own research
    • Combine different types of data (eg genomic and structural) to gain further immunological insights
  • Programme

    The course will start at approximately 12.00 on Monday 4 June and close
    at approximately 13.30 on Friday 8 June 2018.

    The course will explore a number of bioinformatics resources relevant to
    immunology including:

    • abYsis – antibody discovery system
    • 3i Consortium and immunology database
    • IntAct database
    • Reactome database
    • BioModels database

    This is a residential course. All students are requested to stay onsite
    for the full duration to benefit fully from discussions and interactions
    with the faculty and other students.

    A draft
    is available.

  • Instructors / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Lucie Abeler-Dörner King’s College London,
    Tom Hancocks
    Andrew Martin
    Imperial College London, UK
    Mike Stubbington
    Wellcome Sanger Institute,

    Confirmed speakers
    Lucie Abeler-Dörner King’s College London, UK
    Anna Cuomo EMBL-EBI, UK
    Tomas Pieres de Carvalho Gomes Wellcome Sanger
    Institute, UK
    Tom Hancocks EMBL-EBI, UK
    Adam Laing King’s College London, UK
    Anna Lorenc King’s College London, UK
    Aaron Lun Cancer Research UK, UK
    John Marioni  EMBL-EBI, UK
    Andrew Martin
    Imperial College London, UK
    Birgit Meldal EMBL-EBI, UK
    Thawfeek Mohamed Varusai EMBL-EBI, UK
    Sandra Orchard EMBL-EBI, UK
    Livia Perfetto EMBL-EBI, UK
    Velislava Petrova Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
    Rahuman Sheriff  EMBL-EBI, UK

    Event organiser
    Lucy Criddle Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • How to Apply


    Registration with Single Accommodation  £670

    The fees include accommodation, meals and lectures for the duration of
    the course. The fee will be requested once acceptance is confirmed.

    This is a residential summer school/course. All participants will stay at
    The Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, for the
    nights of 4, 5, 6 and 7 June 2018. For twin accommodation, roommates will
    be allocated on a gender basis.

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the summer
    school/course dates, please contact the Conference

    Application deadline: 6 March 2018

    Places on this course are limited to 30 students and will be awarded on
    merit. Applicants should be currently engaged in relevant research and
    will be required to complete an online application form.
    The selection process will take place in March 2018.

    The following will need to be provided:

    • Qualifications and justification for attendance
    • A list of relevant publications
    • An outline of current research
    • Supervisor’s details: your supervisor will then receive an e-mail requesting a supporting statement to complete your application.

    Please note: Applications cannot be considered without a
    supervisor’s supporting statement.

    Travel visas
    Please contact the event organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application. Note that letters will be provided to confirmed

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK.
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website:

    Information for general visitors and business visitors:

  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are
    available for students to
    attend this course (up to 50% of the

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • CV
    • Covering letter
    • Letter from supervisor

    To apply, please contact the event organiser.

    Bursary deadline: 6 March 2018

    Additional funding opportunities
    our Funding webpage
    for additional funding opportunities currently