Events

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Upcoming Events

2018 Oct 08

Workshop on Microbiome and Transcriptome Analysis in Durban, South Africa

Date: 

Mon - Fri, Oct 8 to Oct 12, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Workshop on the Analysis of Biological Data for Studies on the Microbiome and Host-Gene Expression
Registration Deadline: 01 September 2018

Submit an application letter of interest and letter of support from a supervisor here: https://fs3.formsite.com/divofaids/form273/index.html
Download the workshop flyer

After your letters are received, you will be sent a link to the online registration.  There is a $100 USD registration fee.

This intensive, hands-on course will feature morning and afternoon sessions taught by expert faculty and technical assistants. All participants will acquire fundamental computational skills, appropriate study design, data interpretation, and overall literacy in bioinformatics.

Topics covered include: 

  • Intro to computing
  • Intro to R
  • Computational study design
  • Microbiome data analysis
  • Transcriptional data analysis
  • Differential Gene Expression

When: 08-12 October 2018, Morning Sessions: 9:00-12:00, Afternoon Sessions: 13:00-16:00

Where: AHRI Seminar Rooms 1&2,   Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine,   719 Umbilo Road, Durban, South Africa

Fee: There is $100 USD registration fee for this 5- day workshop. Breakfast, lunch and access to Amazon Web Services cloud infrastructure are included.

Requirements: Students are required to bring their own laptops to participate in the course. All software and data will be provided and managed by the course organizers. No previous experience in bioinformatics is needed.

 

Modern biological research projects regularly employee techniques capable of generating extremely large data sets. Specifically, microbiome investigations utilize amplicon surveys (16S rRNA, ITS, or 18S rRNA gene sequence) or metagenomic approaches to assess microbial ecology and gene expression studies take advantage of RNA-seq technology to identify differential gene regulation. Analysis of data resulting from any of these techniques requires proficiency in computational (UNIX, R) and statistical (exploratory data analysis, hypothesis testing, uni- and multivariant analysis) techniques.

The approach for analysis of both microbiome and gene expression analysis begins with appropriate understanding of the study design and metadata, proceeds through a process of data quality control and filtering, quantifies this filtered data and ultimately results in the production of tabular count data. In the case of microbiome studies, this is a table of each microbial taxa per sample and for gene expression studies a table of transcript counts per sample. Additional data types (e.g. taxonomic assignments, gene functional information) may also be created during this process and ultimately associated with or merged with the count table. These data types can then be explored using various plots and interrogated using statistical techniques. This Workshop provides instruction for how to proceed through each of these stages providing a strong foundation for working with count data and subsequent statistical analysis, plotting and interpretation.

Collaborating Institutions:

Harvard University Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
Ragon Institute
Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE)
Centre for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA)

Organizing Team:

Scott Handley, Washington University
Doug Kwon, Ragon Institute
Matt Hayward, Harvard University
Barry L. Hykes, Washington University
Chandni Desai, Washington University

SCHEDULE
Visit the evomics website for the latest schedule updates as the workshop approaches

DATE

DAY

TIME

PRESENTER

TOPIC

LOCATION

7 Oct

Sunday

6p – 10p

Everyone

Reception

AHRI Seminar Rooms 1&2

8 Oct

Monday

9a – 12p

Sophie Shaw

Introduction to UNIX

AHRI Seminar Rooms 1&2

 

Monday

2p – 5p

Sophie Shaw

Introduction to Sequence Data and Sequence Data Quality Control

AHRI Seminar Rooms 1&2

9 Oct

Tuesday

9a – 12p

Lindsay Droit

Building Successful Sequencing Libraries

AHRI Seminar Rooms 1&2

 

Tuesday

2p – 5p

Scott Handley

Introduction to Data Science with R

AHRI Seminar Rooms 1&2

10 Oct

Wednesday

9a – 12p

Scott Handley

Preprocessing Microbiome Data for Quantitative Microbiome Analysis (lecture)

AHRI Seminar Rooms 1&2

 

Wednesday

2p – 5p

Scott Handley

Preprocessing Microbiome Data for Quantitative Microbiome Analysis (lab)

AHRI Seminar Rooms 1&2

11 Oct

Thursday

9a – 12p

Chandni Desai

Host Differential Gene Expression Analysis (lecture)

AHRI Seminar Rooms 1&2

 

Thursday

2p – 5p

Chandni Desai & Barry Hykes

Host Differential Gene Expression Analysis (lab)

AHRI Seminar Rooms 1&2

12 Oct

Friday

9a – 12p

Matt Hayward

Metagenomic Analysis

AHRI Seminar Rooms 1&2

 

Friday

2p – 5p

Everyone

Open Lab

AHRI Seminar Rooms 1&2

 

See also: Symposia
2018 Oct 16

4th International Workshop on the Microbiome in HIV

Date: 

Tue - Wed, Oct 16 to Oct 17, 9:00am - 5:50pm

Location: 

Rockville, Maryland
4th Intl Workshop on the Microbiome in HIVThe understanding of the human microbiome continues to grow rapidly; however information on the role of HIV infection on changes in the microbiome, and the role of the microbiome in HIV transmission, prevention, pathogenesis and treatment is still limited.  While research in this area may be presented at major conferences, there is often limited time for in-depth discussion and debate among cross-disciplinary experts on new data and their implications. The aim of this workshop is to provide increased opportunities for discussion and exchange of knowledge following formal presentation of the latest research.

This 2 day event will have invited lectures by key research leaders from both the broader Microbiome field, as well as HIV/Microbiome investigators, oral abstract presentations and poster presentations.  The conference will be unique in its approach, as it will engage basic scientists and clinicians from the HIV field and leading scientists involved in microbiome researchs.  Registration is free.  There will also be a Young Investigator Scholarship program to support travel, to encourage participation of emerging investigators. 

The program including the speakers can be found at link to the website is below. 

http://www.virology-education.com/event/upcoming/4th-hiv-microbiome-workshop-2018/
For specific questions, please contact the Organizing Secretariat Kun-Chieh Wu <kun-chieh.wu@vironet.com
See also: Symposia