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Translational Bioinformatics Workshop

Class Description

Bioinformatics (that biological data related to gene and protein sequences, their genetic expression and concomitant pathological processes and disease phenotypes) is rapidly becoming an integral component of biomedical education, clinical practice and translational medicine efforts which aim to bring the “bench to the bedside”. In a few short years, translational bioinformatics, the superconvergence of molecular biology, bioinformatics, and patient-related informatics, is rapidly transforming Science, Information/Library Science, and public health professions.

This eight (8) hour, MLA-approved 8 CE hands-on computer workshop, will introduce translational bioinformatics through a case study perspective. The morning sessions will cover Translational Bioinformatics and its relationship to translational medicine, biomedical informatics, clinical informatics, and electronic medical and health records. The afternoon sessions concentrate to covering the biology and vocabulary in genetics, genomic variation and mutations, implementing that vocabulary through searching translational bioinformatics resources. Databases covered in the module will include an introduction to the Locus Specific Databases (LSDBs), and, as time permits, searching within the Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD), PharmGKB the pharmacogenomics resource, genomic epidemiology resources, and Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM).

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under contract No.N01-LM-6-3501 with the New York University School of Medicine.

Instructor

Diane C. Rein, PhD.

Diane holds a PhD degree in Developmental Biology from the Institute of Developmental Research, Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio and an MLS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 2008, she holds the position of Associate Librarian, tenured, at the Health Sciences Library of the University at Buffalo (UB). As the Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Information Resource Liaison, she concentrates on providing bioinformatics training and education, advanced reference consultation services, resource development and collection, to all three of the University at Buffalo basic science, biomedical science and clinical campuses, including UB-affiliated research hospitals, centers and institutes.

As a librarian, she has been appointed as a visiting scholar to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), has served on NAWBIS, the NCBI curriculum and development committee, for a five day national bioinformatics course, and was the NCBI Midwest Regional Coordinator and Instructor for the NCBI three day molecular biology and bioinformatics short course. She develops and provides regional continuing education bioinformatics training workshops for librarians and information specialists.

Continuing Education

Upon successful completion of this workshop, each participant will receive eight (8) hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association (MLA).