CABANA’s research secondments are aimed at catalysing lasting collaborations between researchers in Latin America and bioinformatics groups in the UK.
Scientists from Latin America can apply for a secondment of 6 months to pursue a bioinformatics research project in the challenge areas of the CABANA project. However, this call is focused on topics of interest to Latin American institutions such as:
- The SARS-CoV-2 genome, its evolution and epidemiology in Latin America.
- Whole Genome Sequencing of Race II and Low-Coverage Sequencing of Twelve Additional Isolates of the Coffee Rust, Hemileia vastatrix.
- Analysis of natural and induced genetic diversity of populations of coffee in Costa Rica and Mexico using GBS.
- Paleometagenomics of Microbialites in the Puna.
- The Genome of Yerba Mate (Ilex Paraguariensis).
- Exploring the microbiomes of soils associated with contrasting agricultural systems across Latin America. Genomic Diversity of Yeasts Associated to Natural Agave Fermentation.
Particularly interesting this time, is that most (if not all) secondments will be virtual allowing easier interaction with multiple researchers in the region and at EMBL-EBI. Look for more details here and apply soon, the deadline is February 12, 2021.
After two successful online Train the Trainer workshops, the organizing team will deliver the next training events in Spanish, and for the first time, in Portuguese!
CABANA secondees Maria Bernardi, Patricia Carvajal, Mindy Muñoz, and scientific training officer Piv Gopalasingam from EMBL-EBI will co-deliver the Train the Trainer / Entrenamiento de Instructores / Treine o Treinador workshops. They will take place within the ISCL-LA/SoIBio/BioNetMX 2020 conference virtual workshop series this October 22nd and 23rd (9:00 to 13 hrs Mexican Central Time).
Over the course of two half day sessions participants will work in groups to share thoughts and ideas regarding training and course preparation while visiting different theories related to learning processes. This will also be an excellent opportunity to extend their training and research network.
These Spanish and first fully Portuguese Train the Trainer events are a big step towards sustainability for Latin America, facilitating capacity building of trainers across the region.
#TrainTheTrainer, @CabanaGcrf, #ISCB-LA_SoIBio_BioNetMX2020, register: https://www.iscb.org/iscb-latinamerica2020-p-s/iscb-latinamerica2020-worktut .
October 22nd and 23rd (9 to 13 hrs Mexican Central Time)
For further information on the workshop, please visit the event page.
Taller Virtual Entrenamiento de Instructores del ISCB-Latin America 2020
Después de dos talleres en línea de Entrenamiento de Instructores (Train the Trainer), el equipo no ha detenido sus esfuerzos y realizará el siguiente taller en español, y por primera vez, ¡El TtT en portugués!
Las integrantes de CABANA, Maria Bernardi, Patricia Carvajal, Mindy Muñoz y el oficial de capacitación científica Piv Gopalasingam (EMBL-EBI) ofrecieran los talleres Train the Trainer/Entrenamiento de Instructores/Treine o Treinador. Estos eventos virtuales serán llevados a cabo los días 22 y 23 de octubre de 9 a 13 horas (horario del centro de México) en el marco de la conferencia ISCL-LA/SoIBio/BioNetMX 2020.
En el transcurso de dos sesiones de medio día, los participantes trabajarán en grupos para compartir opiniones e ideas sobre la capacitación y la preparación de cursos mientras que abordan diferentes teorías relacionadas con los procesos de aprendizaje. También será una excelente oportunidad para ampliar su red de capacitación e investigación.
Estos Train the Trainer, uno en español y el primero totalmente portugués, significan un gran paso hacia la sostenibilidad de América Latina en términos de desarrollo de capacidades de formadores en los países de esta región.
#EntrenamientoDeInstructores, @CabanaGcrf, #ISCB-LA_SoIBio_BioNetMX2020, registro: https://www.iscb.org/iscb-latinamerica2020-p-s/iscb-latinamerica2020-worktut .
October 22nd and 23rd (9:00 to 13 hrs Mexican Central Time)
Oficina Virtual Treine o treinador do ISCB-Latin America 2020
Depois de duas oficinas virtuais de “Entrenamiento de Instructores” (Train the Trainer) em espanhol, o team não para com os esforços e irá realizar a seguinte oficina em português pela primeira vez, ¡O TtT em português!
As bolsistas do CABANA, Maria Bernardi, Patricia Carvajal, Mindy Muñoz e o treinador científico oficial Piv Gopalasingam (EMBL-EBI) vão oferecer as oficinas virtuais Train the Trainer/Entrenamiento de Instructores/Treine o Treinador que acontecerão os dias 22 e 23 de outubro de 9 às 13 horas (horário do centro México) ISCL-LA/SoIBio/BioNetMX 2020.
Ao longo das duas sessões de meio dia, os participantes trabalharão em grupos para compartilhar opiniões e ideias sobre o treinamento e a preparação de cursos, enquanto abordam diferentes teorias relacionadas aos processos de aprendizagem. Será uma excelente oportunidade para expandir as redes sociais em termos de capacitação e pesquisa.
O “Train the Trainer” em espanhol e agora a primeira versão em português, significam um grande passo em direção à capacitação de formadores no Brasil em termos de sustentabilidade para América Latina.
#TraineOTreinador, @CabanaGcrf, #ISCB-LA_SoIBio_BioNetMX2020, registro: https://www.iscb.org/iscb-latinamerica2020-p-s/iscb-latinamerica2020-worktut 22 e 23 de outubro de 9 às 13 horas (horário do centro México).
The CABANA community can now access the first two courses in bioinformatics called Essential Transcriptomics and Essential Metagenomics (part I). The vision of these resources is that people can learn basic and high level bioinformatics in any of these languages, Spanish or English, because language can sometimes be a barrier to learn at the beginning. The current courses cover the theory of these two methods, including experimental design, sequencing technologies, and basic bioinformatics pipelines.
These courses were developed by experienced scientists and professors, and have gone through a reviewing process to guarantee good and updated science.
We plan to publish over the next months the Essentials Genomics course, and multiple Practical courses with real data examples relevant to the three challenge areas of CABANA. It's time to get your hands dirty with some data analysis!
Go to this webpage to get started and register: https://www.cabana.online/
A quick tour of the platform could also be useful:
English video https://youtu.be/A6VJ3a5C7m0https://youtu.be/A6VJ3a5C7m0
Spanish video https://youtu.be/mDHh5bhGihE
Between February 24th - March 4th 2020 the University of Costa Rica hosted the CABANA workshop, “NGS analysis applied to virome sequencing in agricultural systems”.
This workshop was unique in that the first week was focused on nucleic acids extraction (small and large RNAs) and library preparation to sequence on the NextSeq Illumina instrument. For this we had a great team of trainers, Segundo Fuentes and Ana Pérez from CIP; Ivannia Atmetlla, Ricardo Chinchilla and Rebeca Campos from UCR. We wanted a small group (10) of trainees to use the protocols and evaluate whether this wet-lab training could improve their experimental design and understanding of data analysis later on. Though we had some drawbacks, as is natural from wet-lab trainings, some comments from the trainees show the importance of complementing, when possible, bioinformatics training and wet-lab experience:
“The trainers have a lot of experience in the topics covered during the course and they were able to clear all the doubts that emerged during the course of the workshop. It was very useful that one can participate in each step of the library preparation, because I consider that is the only way to really learn the protocol.”
“Everything was good. I learned new techniques, also some procedures I did before but not for NGS so I learned how to adapt it for NGS.”
“The hands-on part. I have the feeling that everyone learns better from doing experiments.
“After the workshop I have been thinking about some ideas for future projects using the knowledge aquired from the course”
“Great experience with well-known trainers and collaborators. I would definitely love to repeat this experience. Thanks CABANA and UCR”
The following week we had a full room (21) of participants from Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Costa Rica, to learn the basic analysis to identify and reconstruct viral genomes from small RNAs using the software VirusDetectW, Geneious, RDP and R libraries for network analysis. The trainers Jan Kreuze, Ricardo Alcala and Segundo Fuentes did a great job.
Thank you to all the organizers, trainers and trainees for making this another successful CABANA workshop!
“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.
CABANA partner, Ricardo Fujita from Universidad de San Martín de Porres, Peru, gave a presentation to the Latin America Regional Conference to fight Illegal Wildlife Trade in Lima on 1st October.
Ricardo discussed how the identification of specimens, part of them or processed products, by a system using DNA Barcodes or DNA metabarcodes is a must to help the protection against smuggling and extinction of endangered species.
It raised interest and willingness to collaborate from Peru National Prosecutor for the Environment, the Prosecutor of Environment at the National Customs, UNODC Environment Crime Project Specialist, Wood Productive Innovation and Technology Transfer Center of Peru and some NGOs involved in Wildlife Diversity Protection.
Applications are now open for CABANA Travel Fellowships to participate in the X International Conference on Bioinformatics - SoIBio+10 that will take place in Montevideo (Uruguay) from the 28th October to the 1st November this year 2019 (https://sites.google.com/view/soibio19/home)
- CABANA Travel Fellowships will be awarded to scientists (mainly PhD students or young postdoctorals) from Latin-America eligible countries (i.e. countries indicated in the Application Form), that send a communication to the X International Conference on Bioinformatics - SoIBio+10.
- CABANA Travel Fellowships will offer to the selected fellows a grant to cover the Registration fees, the Hotel accommodation and the Return Flights to the X International Conference on Bioinformatics - SoIBio+10. The grant has a maximum limit of £1125 per fellow. The registration and the accommodation will be directly paid to the Conference once the applicant is selected. The flight will be reimbursed to each travel fellow upon submission of a travel claim form (that will be provided by CABANA) which should include copy of the air ticket and boarding passes.
- CABANA Travel Fellowships will be awarded according to the quality of the scientific communication sent to the X International Conference on Bioinformatics - SoIBio+10, but also considering the CV and the needs of the applicant. Early-stage researchers, women and underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
- For the application the candidates have to fill this CABANA Application Form (https://forms.gle/DqM5jZ1R6xQzF7Yj6) and at the same time fill the SoIBio+10 Registration Form in the website of the Conference. In the CABANA form the following documents will be asked to you: (i) copy of the title and abstract (500 words) of the communication sent to the Conference; (ii) a brief CV (not more than 2 pages indicating degree, current status and institution); (iii) a brief budget calculating approximately the cost of your flight (i.e. return tickets to Montevideo) .
- The deadline for the application of the CABANA Travel Fellowships is midnight UTC on Saturday, September 15th.
Mayra Osorio has joined the EMBL-EBI Gene Expression Team for her CABANA secondment. Hosted by Dr Irene Papatheodorou, Mayra’s project is to characterise and compare the phenotypic response to water deficit stress of two cocoa genotypes with contrasting physiological behaviour to this kind of stress. Using a transcriptomic approach (RNAseq), she expects to develop analysis pipelines for differential expression analysis of transcriptomic data, coexpression and regulatory network modelling, and comparative transcriptomics. This knowledge should benefit breeding programs and contribute to enhance yield, sustainability and welfare around cocoa cropping.
Mayra is on secondment from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia, where she is a PhD student in the Plant and Crop Biology lab of the Department of Biology.
The CABANA workshop Genomic Analysis of Crop Biodiversity using R, took place 25-28 June 2019, at LANGEBIO, CINVESTAV in Mexico. Eighteen delegates from five countries were trained in molecular markers, R programming, hierarchical clustering, various diversity metrics from DNA markers, core subset selection, association phenotype-genome and design of biodiversity studies. As requested by the trainees, concepts and analysis on GWAS (Genome-Wide Association Studies) were also covered. Data for the hands-on activities came from maize microsatellites, chilli pepper transcriptome and a large data set of wheat SNPs. CABANA provided fellowships to nine delegates from Latin America. Our thanks go to instructors Octavio Martínez and and Jose Manuel Villalobos-Escobedo (Langebio, Cinvestav, Mexico) and M. Humberto Reyes-Valdés (Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro, Mexico).
Learn more about the CABANA project in our video! Meet the partners and hear about the crucial role bioinformatics plays in supporting research across Latin America in the three challenge areas of communicable disease, sustainable food production & protection of biodiversity https://youtu.be/tUJ-Q4ODGbs. Video by Jeff Dowling, EMBL-EBI @jeffdowling