Bioinformatics Open Days 2019
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Braga, 20th (Workshops), 21st and 22nd February 2019
Bioinformatics Open Days is a student-led initiative, first held at Universidade do Minho, Braga in 2012. It aims to promote the exchange of knowledge between students, teachers
The nearest airport is the Sá Carneiro Airport, located in Porto, about 50 km away.
From the airport, take the E metro line (violet): Aeroporto – Estádio do Dragão, to reach the Campanhã train station. Several trains to Braga depart from this station.
Alternatively, getBUS provides a direct bus service between the airport and the Braga coach station.
Sá Carneiro Airport
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Information on the available rail lines to get to Braga and train schedules may be found at www.cp.pt.
The train station in Braga is a
If you choose to travel by plane, bus or train, your destination will either be the city's coach station or the train station. To reach the Gualtar campus, you can opt to travel by bus, using the services provided by Transportes Urbanos de Braga (TUB). These buses run about every 15 minutes.
Timetables and more information: www.tub.pt/
Phone: +351 253 606 890
Hotel Lamaçães ***
Located near the University of Minho, the Iberian Nanotechnology Centre, and a
Phone: +351 253 603 680
This workshop intends to help Health and Life specialists or students without advanced computer science skills, to Learn, test and combine simple command line tools to retrieve data and text from web resources, to filter and mine literature, and to explore the semantics encoded in biomedical ontologies.
This workshop aims to introduce to the basics of deep learning and usage of PyTorch, a Python Library for tensor manipulation. There will be a discussion on how such models are currently used in bioinformatics and computational chemistry and a popular application will be used as an example: the prediction of protein-ligand binding affinities.
Although the number of experimentally determined protein structures has been continuously growing, there are still a large number of proteins whose structure is unknown. Computational structure prediction methods are powerful tools, which infer the three-dimensional structure of a protein from its amino acid sequence and are very useful in cases where experimental structure determination is difficult or even unfeasible. Homology-based modelling, which uses information on homologous protein structures to infer the structure of the target protein, is one of the most widely used methods in this field.
This workshop aims to provide a hands-on introduction to protein structure prediction. It will start with an overview of these methods, with an emphasis on homology-based modelling. Several application examples will be presented and the students will have the opportunity to perform structure prediction calculations on different test cases (including their own proteins of interest), predict the effect of mutations, and eventually be able to describe the protein action mechanism at the molecular level.
CIIMAR, Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto, Portugal
Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal
Whole genome sequencing projects can be crucial to decipher genetic disease and health, species evolution and the diversification of phenotypic traits. Here, recent results from our group retrieved from comparative evolutionary genomic analyses of varied animal species will exemplify adaptive successes to thrive into diverse ecological environments. The findings pinpoint unique molecular products of critical relevance in species evolution, diversification and conservation, but also highlight genomic novelties with relevance in environmental and biomedical research.
Francis Crick Institute
University College London Genetics Institute
Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology
Nicholas Luscombe has a degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge, a PhD on the basis for specificity of DNA-binding proteins from the University College London, and a postdoctoral fellow on yeast transcriptional regulation from the University of Yale. In 2005 he became group leader at the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute where he stayed until 2012 and built a computational biology laboratory with an emphasis on genomics and gene regulation. During this time, he joined the Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology as an Adjunct Faculty to establish a small group focused on developmental regulation (2011-present). Currently, he teaches Computational Biology in the University College London Genetics Institute and holds the position of Senior Winton Group Leader at the Francis Crick Institute in London.
Informal conversation with the participation of Bioinformatics Professors from different national academies, with the purpose of assessing the current picture of Bioinformatics in Portugal, mainly its evolution through time, the ongoing state of education in this area, as well as other relevant subjects.
Discussion about the current status of Bioinformatic research in Portugal from the point of view of some of the biggest Bioinformatic networks in the country, namely, BioData and GenomePT.