Welcome to ISCBSC RSG Portugal!

Updates – Facebook page

You can keep up with the latest news, job offers, workshops, conferences by hitting the like button on RSGPortugal Facebook page. It’s the best place to keep track of what’s happening in the bioinformatics & computational biology world, namely in the Portuguese community.

Your feedback is welcome and you’re free to join us and help wherever you can! The easiest way is to contact us directly by e-mail: rsg-portugal@isbcsc.org or give us a quick Facebook private message.

Bioinformatics Open Days 2013

Full info at http://darwin.di.uminho.pt/bod2013/home

Bioinformatics Open Days event will occur in the 14th and 15th of March of 2013 at the University of Minho in Braga. It will be a great opportunity to bring together a community interested in the field of Bioinformatics.

During these days, several activities will bring the major Bioinformatics subjects to discussion. Among them you will find posters and oral presentations from invited speakers and an open forum with representatives from Bioinformatics Industry working in Europe.

Bioinformatics Open Days will be a privileged event where you can get new insights on Bioinformatics and find the latest advancements in the Academic research and Industry.

We gladly accept contributions regarding any topic related to Bioinformatics and hope to meet you in Bioinformatics Open Days!

New Committee (2012/2013)

At the time of the current recognition RSG-Portugal is functioning under the leadership of:

  • President: Ana Sofia Oliveira, Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • Secretary: Inês Martins, Universidade do Minho, Braga
  • Faculty Advisor: Ana Teresa Freitas, Knowledge Discovery and Bioinformatics, INESC-ID, Lisboa

This recognition provided for a period of one year, starting from August 2012.

Important to remember that the mission of the ISCB Student Council is to promote the development of the next generation of computational biologists all over the world.

8th ISCB Student Council Symposium 2012

Submit your abstract now for the 8th Symposium of the International Society for Computational Biology Student Council, to be held on the 13th of July, 2012 in Long Beach, California, as a satellite meeting of the International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB)!

The ISCB Student Council Symposium 2012 will bring together young computational biologists from several research areas and regions of the world. As the central part of our symposium, 10 students will be selected for an oral presentation from the submitted abstracts. This is
your chance to present your work to an international audience of young scientists. We welcome abstracts covering both scientific studies as well as novel tools and applications in the field of computational biology and bioinformatics. All abstracts accepted for oral presentation will be published in a special issue of BMC Bioinformatics journal.

As in previous editions, awards will be given to outstanding posters and presentations. Travel Fellowships will also be available: all candidates with accepted abstracts are encouraged to apply! Travel Fellowship submission will be open for one entire week after acceptance notification.

Submission information: http://symposium.iscbsc.org/content/submissions
Travel Fellowship information: http://symposium.iscbsc.org/content/travel-fellowships
General information: http://symposium.iscbsc.org/

Important dates
January 30, 2012: Abstract and Travel Fellowship submission open
April 2, 2012: Abstract submission closes
April 16, 2012: Abstract acceptance notifications
April 23, 2012: Travel Fellowships submission closes
April 30, 2012: Travel Fellowships acceptance notification

Traineeship in Bioinformatics

RNA-Seq profile of the Drosophila model of Spinal Muscular Atrophy 

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder that represents the second most common cause of hereditary infant death. The disease is caused by the reduced expression of the ubiquitous protein SMN (Survival of Motor Neuron), which is known to have a central function in the assembly of ribonucleoprotein complexes involved in pre-mRNA splicing. More recently, this protein has been reported to be involved in trafficking of mRNA molecules along neuron axons. Although the SMA causing gene has been identified for over a decade, the exact mechanisms that lead to the specific death of motor neurons remain unclear. A long-standing hypothesis suggests that the disease emerges from motor-neuron specific changes in pre-mRNA splicing that affect key genes required the survival of these cells. However, such genes have never been identified. Recently, the group of Prof. Artavanis-Tsakonas (Harvard Medical School) has developed Drosophila models of SMA that recapitulate several of the human disease characteristics and have provided a powerful genetic model to identify genes that can modify the disease phenotype, several of which are involved in pre-mRNA splicing processes (Chang et al 2008; Sen et al 2011). Together with the group of Dr. David van Vactor (Harvard Medical School), we now aim to take advantage of these models to identify SMA-dependent changes in pre-mRNA splicing by using next generation sequencing approaches.

The present project involves the use of RNA-seq libraries of normal and mutant (SMA) flies to search for differential gene expression and, in particular, variations in alternative splicing ratios or presence of aberrant splice site choices. The sequence context of aberrantly spliced mRNAs will be analyzed for signature motifs in order to provide insights into the molecular basis of SMN-dependent splicing defects. Finally, a comparative analysis between Drosophila genes displaying altered splicing and the homologous human genes will be performed, in search for potentially conserved targets of SMN-dependent splicing.

Candidate requirements: MSc level bioinformatics student

Duration: 4-6 months

Supervisors:

Dr. Andreia Amaral (andreia.fonseca@gmail.com)

Prof. Margarida Gama-Carvalho (mhcarvalho@fc.ul.pt)

BioFIG – FCUL

Open: January 10 2012 (until filled)

Bioinformatics Open Days 2012

Full info at http://darwin.di.uminho.pt/bod/home

Bioinformatics Open Days event will occur in the 1st and 2nd day of March of 2012 at the University of Minho in Braga. It will be a great opportunity to bring together a community interested in the field of Bioinformatics.

During these days, several activities will bring the major Bioinformatics subjects to discussion. Among them you will find posters and oral presentations from invited speakers and an open forum with representatives from Bioinformatics Industry working in Europe.

Bioinformatics Open Days will be a privileged event where you can get new insights on Bioinformatics and find the latest advancements in the Academic research and Industry.

We gladly accept posters submissions regarding any topic related to Bioinformatics and hope to meet you in Bioinformatics Open Days!

NPS3Bio2012

Submit your work today to participate in North Africa, Portugal and Spain Student Symposium on Bioinformatics 2012 (NPS3Bio2012). Our second event will take place on the lovely city of Barcelona, in January 23rd, during the first day of the Jornadas de Bioinformática 2012 (JBI2012 – http://sgu.bioinfo.cipf.es/jbi2012/).

In this event we will bring together the brightest youngest scientist from North Africa, Portugal and Spain. This will give fellow students the opportunity to present their work to their peers and foster the cooperation and collaboration amongst these regions’ bioinformatics and computational biology community. Moreover, everyone will be able to evaluate state-of-the-art science and explore new career opportunities from the entire world.

The core of our symposium comprises 6 student presentations, selected from submitted abstracts. Your submission can cover any topic within the bioinformatics & computational biology fields and range from scientific reviews to novel algorithms or software. The submission is open until November 30th, and the submissions are processed in JBI2012’s system (check the “assist to student symposium” option). Our NPS3Bio Scientific Committee will evaluate the submissions and select the best based on scientific relevance, quality and adequacy to the conference. Moreover, all submissions will be invited to bring a poster to our poster session. The event will also feature two submission awards. The Best Abstract award, for the best submission, gives the winner free entrance to the main Jornadas de Bioinformática event. The Best Science award, for the most innovative and out-of-the-box work, gives the winner the opportunity to present the work in the Jornadas de Bioinformática Highlights Track.

This year we proudly have Attendance Fellowships for students who want to participate in this event without submitting any work. Please go to http://goo.gl/2BCTn to apply for this fellowship. All this information is available online at http://sgu.bioinfo.cipf.es/jbi2012/?page_id=165.

Go ahead and submit your work! Join us in Barcelona for this great opportunity to live science!

Chair: Salvador Capella
Co-Chair: Ana Oliveira

Important Dates
- Nov 30th: Abstract submission closes
- Dec 10th: Attendance Fellowship application closes
- Dec 16th: Abstract acceptance notification, Attendance Fellowship application notification
- Jan 23rd: NPS3Bio2012

Website
- http://goo.gl/2BCTn

Warning
- Submissions are open to MSc, PhD and postdoctoral fellows (first three years only)

[Workshop] Bioinformatics and Systems Modelling

http://ws_bioinfosysmodel.fc.ul.pt/

November 21st to 25th 2011
Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisboa, Portugal
Deadline for registration: October 30th 2011

Course aim

The technological advances of the last decade have allowed for the easy generation of massive amounts of data on the components, interactions and organization of biological systems, heralding a new era for Systems Biology. This course aims to give graduate and post-graduate students with a background in biological sciences, a hands-on perspective on how to obtain, integrate and analyze complex data sets from multiple experimental sources using inter disciplinary tools and discuss the challenges that still have to be met in the future.
Topics include basic and intermediate concepts on databases and data-mining, network analysis, systems modelling and prediction, with an emphasis on gene expression, protein interaction and signalling.

Target audience

MSc graduates, PhD students and junior post-doctoral fellows in biochemical/biological/biomedical sciences wishing to expand their knowledge on bioinformatics, modelling and network analysis for systems biology.

Course info, fees and registration:

This course is an elective within the Advanced Training Course Program for 1st year PhD students in Biochemistry of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry (Bologna 3rd cycle) and is part of a workshop series within the post-graduate programme in Molecular and Cellular Biology of the Epithelium in Health and Disease (more information on: http://www.dqb.fc.ul.pt).

The course is open to national and international students on a first come, first serve basis, to a maximum of 20 participants.
Credits for external (Bologna) PhD given upon request.

Registration fee: 200 euros (350 euros for participants attending 2 workshops).

Moving…

In this second year of activity, we decided to move our online presence to the main Portuguese Bioinformatics Network website. With the main ISCBSC page and this one we can cover everything we want and provide you with the curated content we need.

You can also keep up with the latest news by following our Twitter RSGPortugal account. It’s the best place to keep track of what’s happening in the bioinformatics & computational biology world, namely in the Portuguese community.

Your feedback is welcome and you’re free to join us and help wherever you can! The easiest way is to contact us directly to rsg-portugal@isbcsc.org or give us a quick Twitter mention.