Bioinformatics and metabolomics for nutritionists

Date and location to be announced soon

This one day workshop, run by the European Bioinformatics Institute and Cellular and Molecular Theme Leader, Dr Bernard Corfe, is designed to make use of freely available open-source specific bioinformatics databases, containing data on ontology of chemical entities. The first part of the day introduces delegates to the database held by the European Bioinformatics Institute. The second part provides an overview on the use of publicly available enzyme portals, such as IntEnz, Rhea, BRENDA and Reactome. Tutorials will be followed by exercises to explore functionality, extract data and search for experiments on tissue, cell or nutrient of interest, so all delegates will leave with practical experience of the tools taught. 
All delegates are requested to bring their own laptops to fully participate in the practical session.

Who is it for?
This 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

Delegates will be able to:

  • Understand how small molecules are stored in databases
  • Practise searching using ChEBI
  • Learn about ChEMBL
  • Familiarise themselves with the Enzyme portals (IntEnz, Rhea, BRENDA and Reactome) 
  • Receive hands-on training on how to search Metabolights
  • Find proteins or compounds represented in Reactome pathways

To register

Registration to open soon

Fees (including lunch, refreshments and training materials)
Members of the Nutrition Society: £230 (inc. VAT) 
Non-members: £300 (inc. VAT)
To join the Nutrition Society and receive the reduced members rate, please visit the membership section of the website

Dr Gareth Owen, European Bioinformatics Institute obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Organic Chemistry at Leeds University in 1987. After spending a couple of years doing bench chemistry as part of a collaboration with the Biotechnology unit at Sheffield University, he moved into cheminformatics, designing and building both reaction and molecule databases for ORAC Ltd. and later for Synopsys (now Accelrys).

Dr Bernard Corfe, University of Sheffield runs a research group combining classical research approaches to nutrition and gastroenterology with bioinformatics and systems biology. He has worked closely with EBI to develop training resources for proteomics informatics and teaches on this subject at postgraduate level at University of Sheffield. Bernard is the Theme Leader on Cellular and Molecular Nutrition at the Nutrition Society.

Kenneth Haug is the Project Manager and Software Engineer in the Chemoinformatics and Metabolomics group.

About EBI
The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) is part of EMBL, Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences. It provides freely available data from life science experiments, performs basic research in computational biology and offers an extensive user training programme, supporting researchers in academia and industry.

Endorsement for continuous learning from the Association for Nutrition will be applied for.


For further information, please contact the Training & Education Coordinator, Hajnal Zdravics.