What is CABANA?

  • CABANA is a capacity strengthening project for bioinformatics in Latin America. 
  • It aims to accelerate the implementation of data-driven biology in the region by creating a sustainable capacity-building programme focusing on three challenge areas – communicable disease, sustainable food production and protection of biodiversity.
  • CABANA is orchestrated by an international consortium of ten organisations - nine in Latin America and one in the UK.
  • CABANA is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) - part of the UK Aid Budget – from October 2017 to December 2021.

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CABANA challenges

The project will enable research and deliver training to address three challenges:


Chemoinformatics participants

“Chemoinformatics in Drug Discovery” hosted at the National Laboratory in Genomics for Biodiversity (CINVESTAV UGA LANGEBIO) between October 15th and 18th, 2019 was a successful CABANA workshop. Twenty-four delegates from different regions of Latin America - Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Cuba – attended the workshop and discovered Mexico’s heart. Our 5 speakers Dr. Jose Luis Medina Franco (from UNAM Mexico City), Dr. Fabien Plisson (from CINVESTAV UGA LANGEBIO, Irapuato), MSc. Rodrigo Ochoa (University of Antioquia, Colombia) as well as UNAM students MSc. Barbara Diaz and Edgar Lopez introduced the participants to theories and practices in computer-aided drug discovery – structure-based and ligand-based drug discovery. All classes were well received. The workshop opened new collaborations and possible projects between the represented institutions.

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