Bioinformatics for nutritionists

14–15 January 2013

Day 1  10.00–17.15
Day 2  09.30–17.30

Nutrition Society training rooms, 10 Cambridge Court, 210 Shepherds Bush Road, Hammersmith, London W6 7NJ



The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) is an academic research institute located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Hinxton near Cambridge (UK), part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). 

The proliferation of methodologies in the general area of ‘omics’, including proteomics, metabolomics, microarray and genomics, offers a suite of techniques to the practising nutritionist enabling ever greater levels of dimensionality in data acquisition. Whilst many institutes have core facilities for generating such data, their analysis is often not supported. This two day course aims to teach the use of a range of free, open-source bioinformatics resources, mainly provided and supported by the EBI.

The course is presented as two days which can stand-alone, but the preference is for delegates to attend both and to interact and network with each other.

PLEASE NOTE: All delegates are requested to bring their own laptops to fully participate in the practical session on both days.  

Day 1: Small molecule (metabolite and metabolomic) bioinformatics
The first day focuses on an introduction to the EBI, and resources in metabolism (small molecules, drugs and drug-like molecules and enzymes) and metabolomics.
An informal networking session provides delegates with the chance to network and an opportunity to steer and develop strategy for nutritional bioinformatics.

Day 2: Data management, proteomics and pathways bioinformatics 
The second day continues into pathways analysis and protein analysis. This part of the course includes a session on ISA Tools, a research data management platform with functionality for ‘omics’ dataset, of particular relevance as it is the preferred upload tool for both proteomics and metabolomics repositories. Both days include discussion of repositories.

The sessions are a combination of formal teaching, coupled to workshop exercises so all delegates will leave with practical experience of the tools taught.


Who should attend?
This is a practical workshop is aimed at those using, likely to use, or likely to offer training in this area of bioinformatics. Such as Postdocs, PhD students and academics with an interest in metabolomics; researchers and teachers with an interest in improving the interface between nutrition and bioinformatics; teachers and trainers wishing to cover the use of such resources as part of their course material.

Combined CPD logoThis workshop has been endorsed for continuous learning by the Association for Nutrition. 

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To register
Delegates have the opportunity to book for separate as well as for both days. To book your place at this workshop please visit the Registration page.