Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops
|Type||Not for profit workshop delivery|
|Area served||Biomedical Research|
|Key people||Francis Ouellette, Scientific Director|
|Products||Workshops and Bioinformatics Web resources|
|Parent||Ontario Institute for Cancer Research|
Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops (CBW) are a series of advanced training workshops in bioinformatics, founded in 1999 in response to an identified need for a skilled bioinformatics workforce in Canada.
The Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops series began offering one and two week short courses in bioinformatics, genomics and proteomics in 1999, in response to an identified need for a skilled bioinformatics workforce in Canada. In partnership with the Canadian Genetics Diseases Network and Human Resources Development Canada, and under the scientific direction of Director, Francis Ouellette, the CBW series was established.
For eight years, the series offered short courses in bioinformatics, genomics and proteomics in various cities across Canada. The courses were taught by top faculty from Canada and the US, and offered small classes and hands-on instruction.
In 2007, the Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops moved to Toronto, where it is now hosted by the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. A new format and series of workshops were designed in the fall of 2007. It was recognized that with the introduction of new technologies and scientific approaches to research, having the computational biology capacity and skill to deal with this new data has become an even greater asset.
The new series of workshops focuses on training the experts and users of these advanced technologies on the latest approaches used in computational biology to deal with the new data. The Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops began offering the 2-day advanced topic workshops in 2008.
The CBW is sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.
Bioinformatics Links Directory
The Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops also hosts Bioinformatics Links Directory which contains links to molecular resources, tools and databases. The links listed in this directory are from a myriad of sources, selected on the basis of recommendations from bioinformatics experts in the field.
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