Advanced Workshop for
Bioinformatics Specialists
Modules Schedule Exercises Comments Credits

This five day course is designed for individuals, particularly those based in medical libraries, who provide bioinformatics support to their institutions. It provides an overview of a wide range of molecular biology resources that research communities use, and about which bioinformatics support staff might receive questions. The course is divided into ten modules, each of which includes a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience with actual user questions. Following the course, participants are added to a bioinformatics support network (BSN) mailing list to facilitate future communication among the group and continued learning.  This course is approved for 40 CE contact hours by the Medical Library Association (MLA).


August 6-10, 2007
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM each day (see schedule for details)


National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bldg. 38A, Rm. B2N14 (NCBI Library)
Bethesda, MD 20894


Bioinformatics specialists based in libraries, including scientists who have been hired for these specialized positions as well as bioinformatics librarians.


Knowledge of molecular biology or genetics, and basic experience with NCBI resources such as Entrez, BLAST, Cn3D, and Map Viewer.

(If you are interested in this area but do not have the prerequisites, please note that an introductory course is available. See "Additional Courses," below, for more information.)

Please submit the brief application by June 1, 2007. Due to limited space in the computer lab, priority will be given to those who provide bioinformatics support as a full time job. Others will be welcome as space allows.

There is no registration fee for the course, although you must cover your own travel, hotel, and meals.

This course was developed as a collaborative project between NCBI and colleagues who are already actively involved in supporting molecular biology resources for users in their libraries. The course will be taught by the course developers. NCBI staff will present the modules for developers who are not able to attend the August course.

To cite this course in a journal article or on-line publication, please use the following convention:
Geer, R.C., Messersmith, D.J, Alpi, K., Bhagwat, M., Chattopadhyay, A., Gaedeke, N., Lyon, J., Minie, M.E., Morris, R.C., Ohles, J.A., Osterbur, D.L. & Tennant, M.R. 2002. NCBI Advanced Workshop for Bioinformatics Information Specialists. [Online] [date revised Month, DD, YYYY; date cited Month DD, YYYY]

Visitor information and the procedure for entering the NIH campus are available from the About NIH page. Specific directions to the National Library of Medicine (NLM), where the course is held, are also available.

If you are interested in this area but do not have the prerequisites for this advanced workshop, please note that a three day course on Introduction to Molecular Biology Information Resources is available. It provides an overview of flagship search systems and databases available at the National Center for Biotechnology Information emphasizes how your current search skills apply to molecular biology databases. It includes a brief molecular biology review and provides detailed coverage of some topics, such as types of databases and format of a sequence record, that are only briefly covered in the Advanced Workshop described on this page.

For end-users with a science background, a number of educational offerings exist as well, including a one day Field Guide comprised of a three-hour lecture plus a two-hour optional hands-on computer lab, and a number of 2-hour Mini Courses on that combine lecture and hands-on experience with specialized topics such as "Identification of Disease Genes." The Field Guide, Mini Courses, and other workshops are offered at NIH as well as various locations around the country. Additional information about the those courses and others is available in the Education section of the NCBI Resource Guide.

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