DNA Microarray Data Analysis Workshop - Thailand

one-week workshop, August 23 - 27, 2004, held in Thailand
Course Programme

Organised by
The Center for Biological Analysis, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark,
King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
Computer Science Department, Faculty of Science, Chiangmai University
National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)

Course organizers: Hanne Jarmer, H. Bjørn Nielsen, Jeerayut Chaijaruwanich and Supapon Cheevadhanarak

Financial support
With a strong support from the Ministry of University Affairs (Thailand), scholarships will be provided to all eligible participants working in the related fields of DNA microarrays. The scholarships will not cover accommodation and traveling expenses.

The purpose of this course is to introduce the knowledge and the technology of DNA microarrays and its potential applications in medicine, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and related fields within science and technology community in Thailand. By providing an active hands-on workshop and demonstration of case study in the real world, we will encourage young researchers interested in DNA microarray techniques to enter to the field and have a possibility to meet selected speakers representing leading authorities in DNA microarray techniques and bioinformatics. The crucial element is that the participants learn how to design their experiments carefully, to analyse and mine the biological meanings out of the large amount of data generated from genome sequences and transcriptomes, and to harness the technology of DNA microarrays as a powerful tool to discover new biological processes that cannot be answered by the traditional biological study. The potential of DNA microarray techniques have been witnessed and exemplified in novel drug discovery or disease gene identification. The workshop will also serve as a platform for the establishment of collaborations in DNA microarrays among various groups of scientists and researchers at national and international level

Who should attend
The workshop is designed for participants with different educational backgrounds and different research interests to work together in cooperation. Thus, the workshop is suitable for all students and researchers in medical science, biological science, computer science, bioinformatics, biotechnology, and related fields. The participants should have a basic knowledge in molecular biology and some background in statistics. Those who have a computer science related background will be introduced to basic molecular biology to be able to perform the hands-on exercise. With the purpose of the workshop to serve as a platform for which collaborations on DNA microarrays will be established among multidiscipline scientists, the participants will have the opportunity to work in groups consisting of colleagues from different disciplines. Participants will be able to take the workshop as a forum to share and exchange their experiences and also to discuss and identify practical problems and solutions with the experts in the field of DNA microarrays and bioinformatics.

Please return the applications (Form I) enclosed together with a CV, and a description stating your major research interest and reasons for attending the workshop (Form II) no later than 30 June, 2004 to the address indicated below (using the form provided).
Notification of the acceptance will be given at the beginning of August. Upon acceptance, participants will receive further information about the workshop as well as course material.

The number of participants is restricted to 30 people. Limited number of participants will grant the participants the oppertunity to work closely with the experts and to work on their own data (if any).

Registration contact address
Ms. Krittika Chinpan
National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)
113 Paholyothin Rd., Klong 1, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand.
Tel: 66 2564 6700 ext 3146
Fax: 66 2564 6701
E-mail : kelly@biotec.or.th

The course will consist of lectures and computer exercises, where the students will be introduced to a range of computational methods used in the field and to Internet biocomputing services available.
Lectures and exercises will take place in Pathumthani, Thailand, at Thailand Science Park, BIOTEC Building Room no. 127

Exercises: Will be performed in groups of two and supervised by one or more instructors.

Lecture notes: As far as possible, we will put up the lecture notes on the course programme web-page linked to the lecture itself. Lecture notes will be in PDF or Powerpoint format and will in many cases be preliminary, ie. the lecturer will provide the final notes after the talk and these will then replace the preliminary notes.

Students are encouraged to bring their own data for the automated analysis of array data exercise.
Selected students are encouraged to prepare a short (15 min) talk about their own microarray project or plans for such.

Recommended book:
A Biologist's Guide to Analysis of DNA Microarray Data, by professor Steen Knudsen

Technical contact address
Ms. Wannipha Viveko
National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)
113 Paholyothin Rd., Klong 1, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand.
Tel : 66 2564 6700 ext 3439
Fax : 66 2564 6704