External Workshops and Courses

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External Workshops and Courses

Below is a list of upcoming events and workshops that may be of interest. Many of these workshops are taught by HMS faculty and staff. For an extensive listing of courses held at these various institutes, see the Related Links menu on the sidebar.

EMBL Conference: Microfluidics 2014

When: July 23 - 25, 2014
Where: EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Application Deadline: June 12, 2014

The EMBL Microfluidics Conference 2014 aims to bring together top researchers in the field and to spark scientific exchange, also across different disciplines. The latest Lab-on-a-Chip technologies and applications will be presented, which should be of major interest for experts as well as scientists looking for a first glance at this exciting new technology.

Find out more HERE.

The Genome Access Course (TGAC)

When: September 2 - 4, 2014
Where: CSHL
Rolling Admission

The Genome Access Course is an intensive two-day introduction to bioinformatics. The core of the course is the analysis of sequence information framed in the context of completed genome sequences. The course also features methods to assist the analysis and prioritization of gene lists from large scale microarray gene expression and proteomics experiments.

Find out more HERE.

Optical Microscopy & Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences

When: September 4 - 14, 2014
Where: MBL
Application Deadline: June 11, 2014

Topics to be covered include: (a) fundamental principles of microscope design, image formation, resolution, contrast; (b) bright field, dark field, phase contrast, polarized light, differential interference contrast, interference reflection, and fluorescence microscopy; (c) cameras, signal to noise ratio, digital image recording, processing and analysis, multispectral imaging; (d) advanced fluorescence-- fluorescent probes, TIRF, FRET, FLIM, FRAP, polarization of fluorescence, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy; (e) digital image restoration/deconvolution, and 3-D imaging principles, confocal scanning microscopy, multiphoton excitation fluorescence microscopy; application of the optical methods to live cells will be emphasized.

Find out more HERE.

Sixth Bangalore Microscopy Course

When: September 21 - 28, 2014
Where: National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, India
Application Deadline: May 30, 2014

The course will be intense and will require full-time participation from morning till evening. Lectures will be combined with practical demonstrations and discussions with teachers. The course will cover many aspects of modern biological microscopy including microscope optics, associated hardware, fluorophores and sample preparation techniques. Participants can bring their own samples to image using the systems available at the course. Designated 'free time on microscopes' will be available practically every day of the course where the participants can explore a particular imaging system and image their samples.

Find out more HERE.

EMBL Introductory Course: Transgenic Animals

When: September 24 - 25, 2014
Where: EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Application Deadline: August 22, 2014

This course is aimed at Technicians and Scientists interested in the generation of transgenic animals. Participants should have basic experience with eukaryotic cells and microscopy.

30% of the course program covers lectures and tutorials on generating transgenic mice and corresponding microscopy and laser techniques by experts in the field. 70% focuses on hands on practical work organised in small groups. These practical will address the following topics: injection of DNA into the pronucleus of fertilized mouse oocytes, embryonic stem cell transfer into blastocysts, laser-assisted stem cell transfer into 8-cell stage embryos, and microscopy training.

Find out more HERE.

EMBL-EBI Course: Animal Genome Informatics

When: September 29 - October 3, 2014
Where: European Bioinformatics Institute, CB10 1SD, United Kingdom
Application Deadline: August 15, 2014

This course will provide an overview of key issues in animal informatics, bioinformatics tools, and procedures for the analysis and annotation of the genomes sequences of animals, with an emphasis on the analysis of NGS data. It will be delivered using a mixture of lectures, computer-based practical sessions and interactive discussions. The course will provide a platform for discussion of the key questions and challenges in the field.

Find out more HERE.

Computational Image Analysis in Cellular and Developmental Biology

When: October 12 - 24, 2014
Where: MBL
Application Deadline: June 30, 2014

Currently, there are very few curricula, in universities and national laboratories, dedicated to the mathematical, statistical, software, and machine learning methods required to transform raw microscopy image data into rigorous biological knowledge. This course is targeted to fill this void by training a next generation of life scientists in the mathematical foundation and implementation of algorithms for image analysis. Topics covered in this course include: image enhancement, segmentation, tracking, feature extraction, image classification, machine learning, noise analysis and uncertainty prediction, and statistical hypothesis testing.

Find out more HERE.

EMBL Introductory Course: Statistical Bioinformatics using R and Bioconductor

When: October 13 - 16, 2014
Where: EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Application Deadline: August 7, 2014

This beginner level course  provides a basic training in statistical bioinformatics analysis using R and Bioconductor. The course topics include an introduction to R and Bioconductor, exploration of data using appropriate graphics, basics on statistical testing  as well as regression and principal component analysis. As an advanced topic, differential expression analysis of RNA-sequencing data using the DESeq2 Bioconductor package will be discussed.

Find out more HERE.

EMBL Advanced Course: Digital PCR

When: October 16 - 17, 2014
Where: EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Application Deadline: July 31, 2014

Real-time PCR has been adopted as the gold standard for nucleic acid target quantification in genomics research and is increasingly used for clinical analysis. However, there are some applications, such as precise measurement of copy number variation, low-abundance sequence detection, detection of rare mutations, including distinguishing rare sequences in tumours, and low-level gene expression analysis, where real-time PCR shows limitations. Digital PCR overcomes those limitations by enabling researchers to directly quantify nucleic acids, without the need for a standard curve, and provides higher precision than real-time PCR.  

Find out more HERE.

Programming for Biology

When: October 13 - 28, 2014
Where: CSHL
Application Deadline: August 15, 2014

Web-based tools are no longer enough for today's biologist who needs to access and analyze large datasets from myriad sources in desparate formats. The need to design and program custom analysis pipelines is becoming ever more important as new technologies increase the already exponential rate at which biological data is generated. Designed for lab biologists with little or no programming experience, students will leave the two-week Programming for Biology course with the bioinformatics and scripting skills necessary to exploit this abundance of biological data. The prerequisite for the course is basic knowledge of UNIX; some scripting experience is helpful. Lectures and problem sets from previous years that cover this background material are available online and students can study this material before starting the course.

Find out more HERE.

EMBL-EBI Course: Introduction to Next Generation Sequencing

When: October 28 - 31, 2014
Where: European Bioinformatics Institute, CB10 1SD, United Kingdom
Application Deadline: August 22, 2014

This course will provide an introduction to technology, data analysis, tools and resources for next generation sequencing (NGS) data. The content is intended to provide a broad overview of the subject area, and to highlight key resources, approaches and methodologies. Topics will be delivered using a mixture of lectures, practical sessions and group discussions. Analysis work during the course will use small, example datasets and there will not be scope to analyse personal data.

Find out more HERE.

Advanced Sequencing Technologies & Applications

When: November 11 - 23, 2014
Where: CSHL
Application Deadline: July 15, 2014

This intensive 2 week course will explore applications of next generation sequencing technologies, with a focus on commercially available methods. Students will be instructed in the detailed operation of several revolutionary sequencing platforms, including sample preparation procedures, general data handling through pipelines, and in-depth data analysis.

Find out more HERE.

The Genome Access Course (TGAC)

When: November 12 - 14, 2014
Where: CSHL
Rolling Admission

The Genome Access Course is an intensive two-day introduction to bioinformatics. The core of the course is the analysis of sequence information framed in the context of completed genome sequences. The course also features methods to assist the analysis and prioritization of gene lists from large scale microarray gene expression and proteomics experiments.

Find out more HERE.

iBiology Microscopy Course

This course is available for FREE online.
View Course HERE.

Light microscopy has become one of the most useful tools in the life sciences. Following the traditions of great courses on light microscopy, such as those offered by the Marine Biological Laboratory, EMBO, and the NCBS in Bangalore, this free online comprehensive course begins with the basics of optics, proceeds through transmitted light microscopy, covers the various methods of imaging fluorescent samples, describes how cameras work and image processing, and concludes with some of the latest advances in light microscopy. In addition to lectures, we also provide labs (filmed at a microscope) and short tips, so as to cover pragmatics of how to use microscopes. Assessments are provided for each lecture. Enjoy learning microscopy!

 

Mission

To support and stimulate the development and dissemination of tools and technologies to ensure that HMS maintains world leadership in critical areas of biomedical research.