Course Overview
Metagenomics uses advanced DNA sequencing technologies to generate data on the collection of genomes and genes from the assemblage of microorganisms present in a defined environment. The microbiome is the entire habitat, including the microorganisms, their genomes and the surrounding environmental conditions. Advances in microbiome research relies on analytics of data including modeling and simulation; statistical analysis and visual analytics. The objectives of the workshop are (i) provide training on bioinformatics tools for analytics of the human microbiome data; and (ii) to promote new collaborations in Africa that will translate microbiome data to products for preventing disease, promoting health and curing illness. The 5 Day workshop will start with a Symposium of Presentations by invited experts followed four days of Lecture and Practical Sessions.
Intended Audience
Staff and Postgraduate Students of H3Africa Projects; Microbiome Researchers from Universities and Research Institutions in Africa
Keywords: Bionformatics, Metagenomics, Data Analytics
Skill level of training: Beginner
Language: English
Credential awarded: No credential awarded
Type of training: Face-to-face
Venue of the course: NABDA, Nigeria
Dates for the course: July 21 - 25 2014
Course organisers: H3ABioNet and NABDA
Participation: The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in microbiome and metagenomics research
Course Sponsors: H3ABioNet Local Classrooms
Course objectives

The workshop will help increase the awareness of microbiome and metagenomics research and foster collaboration to effectively utilize the untapped data and knowledge related to microbiome in Africa. 


Classroom applications

Registration for classrooms opens: Thu, 01/01/1970
Registration for classrooms closes: Thu, 01/01/1970
Link to classroom application form:
Notification date for successful classrooms: Thu, 01/01/1970
Maximum number of participants that may be accepted per classroom will be capped at

Participant applications

Registration for participants opens: Sun, 01/06/2014
Registration for participants closes: Sun, 15/06/2014
Participant registration link:
Syllabus and Tools

Presentations on:
Microbial Reference Genomes: Data, Databases, Tools and Protocols, Statistics; Access to Strains
Microbiome Analysis: Data, Analyses, Tools and Protocols, Clinical Sampling
Impacts on Health: Projects to demonstrate hypothesized correlations between the microbiome and human health and disease.
Technology Development: Development of new tools & technologies, informatics capabilities and resources needed for the advancement of the field of metagenomics

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Training material availability

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