Breakout Session Report
Bioinformatics, Biocomputing, and BioPerl
Texas A&M Forum on Bioinformatics Resources
May 21, 2010
Reporter: Lisa M. Pérez (Laboratory for Molecular Simulation)
and Jane Bolin (
Health Policy and Management
There is a need to bett
er disseminate information about resources already available on campus to
facilitate the expansion of research in the areas of bioinformatics, biocomputing
address this need,
a uniform, integrated web portal that i
ndexes the various soft
training options into one place was brought up multiple times.
There was a lengthy discussion on training needs in this area:
Training in Unix/
, R, Perl, Python, BioPerl, and shell scripting were discussed.
What level of training i
2 days), short courses (1
2 weeks), or university courses
Institutionalizing the conduct of training and workshops.
At what level should
Who should do the training?
Centralized permanent researc
h staff would be ideal for not only training but also
for consultation and collaboration. Permanent research staff would also help to
ensure that there isn’t a loss of knowledge, which happens when short term
researchers (ie, students and post
It was noted that some of the pertinent w
already available on campus
chemists, engineers, and physicists
Very few biologists
take advantage of
Why are biologists not participating in these workshops?
may not know that this training is available.
They may not know that the need this training or how it may benefit their
They are afraid of this type of research.
How to improve and expand upon what we have:
Take a look at the NIH Bioinformatics
(Clinical & Translational
The NIH requirement is a K12 training program
which will require the medical
professional trainees to communicate with the computer sciences, molecular
scientists and engineers.
There is a s
icant emphasis on Biomedical Informatics by the NIH.
the CTSA initiative we need a strong Biomedical Informatics Core that includes each of the
entified in the opening session.
Expressed interest from the VPR’s office to support
put together large training grants, center grants, and educational
We need to look at wh
at other institutions have done by
their web site and even
make site visits if needed.
For example: Stanford’s Biomedical Informatics program.