Adapted from the March 21, 2013 talk by Dr. Andy Baxevanis, NHGRI, discussing the role of bioinformatics in 21st-century science
For those fellows who were able to attend Dr. Baxevanis' talk last month, you will quickly realize this list does little justice to the passion and energy he exudes on bioinformatics and team science. While it’s difficult to capture his enthusiasm in a few short words, we can certainly deliver the list of resources he generously accumulated for our benefit. If you are currently working with large datasets, or would like to understand how bioinformatics works, please refer to the following resources as a good starting point.
Bioinformatic Resources at the NIH:
NHGRI Current Topics in Genome Analysis Lecture Series
Site excerpt: Given the rapid advances in genomics and bioinformatics that have taken place in the past few years, an intensive review of the major areas of ongoing genome research would be of great value to our fellow National Institutes of Health investigators…This series consists of 13 lectures on successive Wednesdays, with a mixture of local and outside speakers covering the major areas of genomics…Rather than splitting the lectures into "laboratory-based" and "computationally based" blocks, we have intermingled the lectures by general subject area. We hope that this approach conveys the idea that both laboratory- and computationally based approaches are necessary in order to do cutting-edge biological research in the future.
NIH Library’s Bioinformatics Support Program
Site excerpt: The NIH Library's Bioinformatics Support Program was developed to provide researchers with powerful tools to analyze and understand the biological significance of a variety of data. The program is conducted by an expert bioinformatics trainer, Dr. Medha Bhagwat, and consists of the following: one-on-one consultation, online tutorials, classroom training, analysis tools and databases, bioinformatics program staff, testimonials, and social networking opportunities.
FAES Bioinformatics courses
Site excerpt: The FAES Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Department offers basic programming courses in Perl and Python, in order to help analyze the data currently produced by high-throughput technologies. The department also offers practical and applied bioinformatics courses in biological sequence and macromolecular analysis.
NCBI Educational Resources
Site excerpt: The National Center for Biotechnology Information advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information. Get started with: tools to analyze data using NCBI software, downloads of NCBI data or software, how-to guides for how to accomplish specific tasks at NCBI, and submission interfaces to submit data to GenBank or other NCBI databases.
Bioinformatics Scientific Interest Group
http://list.nih.gov, search for BIOINFORMATICS-SIG-L
Site excerpt: The goals of the Bioinformatics Interest Group are to: 1. Promote collaborations and knowledge-sharing between computational biologists and bioinformatics researchers across all institutes within the NIH, 2. Provide people with an interest in bioinformatics an opportunity to meet experienced computational researchers that can relay practical knowledge about a given area, thereby establishing a forum through which productive scientific collaborations can be fostered and encouraged, and 3. Mentor students for professional and academic development, on a peer-to-peer basis.
Bioinformatics Resources Beyond the NIH:
Free Software Tutorials
For example: http://openhelix.eu
For example: http://meetings.cshl.edu/courses/2013/c-ecg13.shtml
For example: http://www.iscb.org
For example: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23028269