Schistosoma Genome Network - Informatics Training Opportunity

Dr. Christoph Grevelding greveld at uni-duesseldorf.de
Thu Nov 26 04:33:38 EST 1998

This is a message forwarded for David A. Johnston:

Dear all,

At the last Schisto Network Meeting, we made a recommendation that formal
training in bioinformatics be arrange for the Network. The other Networks
made similar recommendations and so Mark Blaxter applied to the WHO Genome
Steering Committee for funds to hold a cross-network bioinformatics
training Workshop. Funding was approved at the last Committeee Meeting.

The plan is to hold the Workshop at the Hinxton Hall Genome Centre near
Cambridge, UK (the home of the Sanger Centre, European Bioinformatics
Institute and Wellcome Pathogen Genome Centre) from 29/03 1999 to 02/04
1999, with participants arriving 28/03.

For each Network, funding will probably be available to send 3-4 scientists
(including the Network Secretaries). Training will be provided by both
external experts and members of the Parasite Genome community.

We are, therefore asking for nominations from individuals in the Schisto
Network who would like to attend the meeting.

Potential Applicants should, ideally:

(1) be from a laboratory in a disease endemic country

(2) be reasonably computer literate

(3) be from a laboratory that is actively working in schisto genome
analysis (mapping or gene discovery) and (ideally) has reasonable internet

(4) be able to demonstrate a future commitment to the schisto initiative

(5) be prepared and able to pass on expertise gained at the Workshop to
other schisto / parasite genome workers in their country.


Please send to me, by email, fax or post

(a) a C. V.
(b) 2 letters supporting your application
(c) a covering letter describing how the training  will be of benefit both
to you and to the Schisto Genome Network.

All applications will be considered by a "Committee" of Phil LoVerde (as
Network Co-ordinator), Gui Correa de Oliviera (as PI of the main schisto
EST initiative) and myself (as Network Secretary). Although the committee
will accept all applications, they will favor applications from junior
faculty/young research scientists establishing themselves in field of
schistosome genomics and post genomics


The closing date for applications is 30TH November 1998.

With best wishes,


David A. Johnston,
Secretary to the WHO Schistosoma Genome Network,
Biomedical Parasitology Division,
Dept. of Zoology,
The Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, England, UK.
Tel: 0171-938-9297 (from outside the UK: 44-171-938-9297)
Fax: 0171-938-9297 / 9249 / 8754 (from outside the UK: 44-171-938****)
eMail daj at nhm.ac.uk

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The  Biomedical Parasitology Division is a WHO Collaborating Centre for the
identification of schistosomes and their snail hosts.

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