Bioinformatics, Biocomputing, BioPerl

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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
,

and bioperl.

To
address this need,
a uniform, integrated web portal that i
ndexes the various soft
ware,
hardware and
training options into one place was brought up multiple times.


There was a lengthy discussion on training needs in this area:



Training in Unix/
Linux
, R, Perl, Python, BioPerl, and shell scripting were discussed.



What level of training i
s needed?

o

Workshops (1
-
2 days), short courses (1
-
2 weeks), or university courses

(semester
long)?




Institutionalizing the conduct of training and workshops.

o

At what level should

we institutionalize?



Who should do the training?

o

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
-
docs) leave
.



It was noted that some of the pertinent w
orkshops

already available on campus

are mostly
attended by
chemists, engineers, and physicists
.


Very few biologists

take advantage of
these courses
.

o

Why are biologists not participating in these workshops?



They
may not know that this training is available.



They may not know that the need this training or how it may benefit their
research.



They are afraid of this type of research.


How to improve and expand upon what we have:



Take a look at the NIH Bioinformatics
consortium

and CTSA
(Clinical & Translational
Science Award)

o

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
ignif
icant emphasis on Biomedical Informatics by the NIH.

To

participate in
the CTSA initiative we need a strong Biomedical Informatics Core that includes each of the
areas id
entified in the opening session.



Expressed interest from the VPR’s office to support
bioinformatics by
pull
ing

together the
researchers
needed to
put together large training grants, center grants, and educational
programs.



We need to look at wh
at other institutions have done by
visit
ing

their web site and even
make site visits if needed.


For example: Stanford’s Biomedical Informatics program.