12 Nov 2018
Introductory Course in Applied Public Health Microbial Genomics
12 Nov 2018
Genomics is revolutionising the practice of public health microbiology and epidemiology globally, however, capacity in genomic data analysis is a key limiting factor in implementation of the technology. This course, designed specifically for public health microbiologists and epidemiologists will introduce the concepts and provide practical experience in the analysis and interpretation of microbial genome data for public health action. The course will be coordinated by staff from the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory (MDU PHL), Doherty Applied Microbial Genomics (DAMG), and Melbourne Bioinformatics who are leaders in the application of genomics to public health.
If you would like more information about this course, please contact Chantel Lin.
The course will consist of four morning sessions of interactive lectures and four afternoon sessions of practical, computer-based data analysis and interpretation at the Doherty Institute. The course begins with training in the generation and quality control of genome sequence data, followed by the use of genome analysis software such as Artemis and Nullarbor for genome exploration and comparative genomics. The course also covers mapping of Illumina sequence data, SNP calling, genome assembly, and annotation, and the basics of identifying genes (or mutations) associated with antibiotic resistance, as well as defining phylogenetic relationships between microbes. In all cases, the course will focus on the skills required to answer questions relevant to public health. The focus of the course is antimicrobial resistance, but will touch on other major themes, including; health care associated infections, environmental infectious diseases, enteric diseases, sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis, viral diseases and clinical metagenomics.
Doherty Applied Microbial Genomics and Melbourne Bioinformatics subsidise the course, with a fee of AUD$950 to cover registration (lunch included). Payment is due by 14 October 2018.
How to Apply
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Applications are open 13 August - 21 September 2018. Successful applicants notified on 27 September 2018.