Senegal Bioinformatics Workshop, Dakar, 3-15 October 2022.

IRESSEF and UCAD in Senegal organized and hosted a bioinformatics workshop that will included one week of virtual sessions on October 3 - 7, 2022, and one week of in-person sessions in Senegal October 10 - 15, 2022. Dr. Tulio de Oliveira of CERI and Dr. Luiz Alcantara Jr. of FIOCRUZ and their teams assisted in facilitating this training. They are at the forefront of capacity-building efforts in bioinformatics, with experience leading large-scale bioinformatics training programs.

This workshop was held with support from CREID research centers, UWARN, PICREID, WAC-EID, and WARN-ID. The training covered wet and dry laboratory components of genomic sequencing and resulting bioinformatics, using SARS-CoV-2 as an example. Learners gained skills in wet laboratory processes, genome assembly, quality control, submission to GISAID and NCBI, data interpretation, and discussion, among other skills.

This workshop was available to laboratory technologists, post-doctoral research fellows, bioinformaticians, clinical infectious disease specialists, senior scientists, and other roles where training in bioinformatics would be helpful. The Workshop organizers gratefully acknowledge financial support from: NIAID (1U01AI151698) and the Office of Global Research, US National Institutes of Health, UWARN and the University of Washington, WAC-EID, University of Texas Medical Branch, CERI at SU, KRISP at UKZN and The Rockefeller Foundation.

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News date: 2022-10-15


KRISP has been created by the coordinated effort of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the South African Medical Research Countil (SAMRC).

Location: K-RITH Tower Building
Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN
719 Umbilo Road, Durban, South Africa.
Director: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira