EMBOEMBO World Practical Course on Comparative Genomics

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The course
This is a world-class practical course aimed for specialists and advanced students from the biomedical sciences, computing sciences and bioinformatics, and it has been designed to provide prospective students with the facilities to carry out their research in such an information-rich scientific society. The main aim is to attract advanced PhD students, post-doctoral researchers or equivalent. These students will also be given an opportunity to bring and present their own material and have some expert advice on their work, so that they can return home with practical skills that can be also passed on to their work colleagues.

The organizers
We are a group of 6 professors working on several fields of Bioinformatics and Comparative Genomics, briefly:

Alberto M. R. Dávila - Fiocruz | BiowebDB
Guilherme de Oliveira - CPqRR-Fiocruz
James O. McInerney - National University of Ireland Maynooth
Maria Claudia Reis Cavalcanti - Military Institute of Engineering
Maria Luiza Machado Campos - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Marta Mattoso - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

The location
Rooms 26 and 28
Pavilhão 108
Oswaldo Cruz Institute, FIOCRUZ
Av. Brasil 4365, RJ, Rio de Janeiro.
CEP 21045-900

The dates
April 8th-14th 2007

Instructors and lectures

Multiple Sequence Alignments, James McInerney [lecture]

Genomics Analysis Resources for Sequence Annotation (GARSA), Alberto Dávila [practical] [lecture]

Fast multiple alignments with Kalign, Erik Sonnhammer [lecture]

In Silico Workflows, Maria Claudia Cavalcanti [lecture]


Orthology analysis, Ann-Charlotte Berglund Sonnhammer [lecture] [practical]


Protein Domain Analysis and Transmembrane Topology Prediction, Erik Sonnhammer [lecture] [practical]

Gene evolutionary rate variation in metazoan genomes, Mar Alba [lecture]


Comparative analysis of eukaryotic genes, Mar Alba [lecture] [practical 1] [practical 2]


A structural perspective on protein and genome evolution (CATH), Christine Orengo [lecture]

A structural perspective on genome evolution (Gene3D) , Christine Orengo [lecture]

Lateral Gene Transfer and the Tree of Life, James McInerney [lecture]


Phylogenetic inference, James McInerney [lecture]

How to apply

Applications should be submitted by email to Dr Alberto Dávila at davila AT ioc.fiocruz.br (replace AT by @) in the form of: a short (2 page) CV, along with one paragraph that states explicitly why you should be a student on the course, how you expect to benefit from it and how you are going to use this information in your research.

Deadline: December 17th, 2006

A total of twenty (20) applications will be selected: 6 participants will be from Europe, 5 from Brazil, and 9 from the rest of South America.

Selected participants
Daniel Schoener, ETH Zurrich, Germany
Diana Bahia, UNIFESP, Brazil
Guillermo Daniel Repizo, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina
Jan-Peter Daniels, University of Oxford, UK
Juan F Alzate Restrepo, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia
Julio Solis Sarmiento, Centro Internacional de la Papa, Peru
Luiz Claudio Miletti, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Brazil
Marcia Almeida de Melo, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Brazil
Maria Emilia M. T. Walter, Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil
Miroslav Oborni­k, Institute of Parasitology, Czech Republic
Nalvo F. Almeida Jr, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Nicolas Palopoli, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina
Nigel McCoy, National University of Ireland, Ireland
Pawel Kaleta, Moorepark, Poland
Rafael Dias Mesquita, CEFETEQ-RJ, Brazil
Raquel Quatrini, Life Science Foundation, Chile
Silvia Vazques, Instituto Peruano de Energia Nuclear, Peru
Ulises Urzua, Universidad de Chile, Chile
Valtteri Wirta, Swedish Center for Infectious Diseases, Sweden
Veronica Valverde Garduño, Centro de Investigacion Sobre Enfermedades Infecciosas, Mexico


Registration fee is covered by EMBO. Hotel accomodations and meals will be covered by the course too. The only expenses left to selected participants are they own round-trip tickets.


Invited speakers and selected participants will be accomodated at the Paysandu Hotel [ http://www.paysanduhotel.com.br/eng/ ].

Financial support