Vision Genomics - Hands on Training in Ocular Genetics

Aravind Medical Research Foundation, Oct 3-9, 2012
During the October Summit 2012, Department of Genetics, Aravind Medical Research Foundation successfully conducted a workshop entitled "Vision Genomics" - hands on training in Ocular genetics from October3-9, 2012. Twenty three participants from various parts of India including research scholars /post graduate students in the field of life sciences took part in this workshop. The programme involved individual hands on training on various molecular techniques and lectures from international (Dr. Wallace Alward, Dr. John Fingert from University of Iowa, USA; Dr.Colin Willoughby from Queens University ,Belfast, UK); National (Dr. G. Kumaramanickavel, Narayana Nethralaya, Banlgalore, Dr. Kunalray, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata, Dr. Subhabrata chakravarti, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Dr. Thangaraj, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, Dr. Krishnaswamy, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Dr. Karuthapandian, Alagappa University, Karaikudi) and faculties of Aravind Medical Research Foundation.

This workshop provided to the participants, an opportunity to understand the application of different molecular techniques and emerging technologies in the field molecular genetics. This programme was supported by Department of Biotechnology, Indian Council of Medical Research, Government of India, Genotypic Technology and Bioserve. The workshop was organized by Dr.P.Sundaresan, Senior Scientist, Molecular Genetics department

Workshop on Clinical Proteomics

Aravind Medical Research Foundation, June 24-26, 2013
Workshop on Clinical Proteomics was organized by Department of Proteomics, Dr.G. Venkataswamy Eye Research Institute, Aravind Medical Research Foundation. This workshop was funded by DBT, Govt. of India and the objective of this workshop was to train young research scholars (in proteomic techniques) who are pursuing or planning to initiate work in proteomics. In addition this workshop was aimed to bring together clinician scientists as well basic science experts working on specific areas of proteomics, to share the various approaches that could be explored to address the clinical issues which includes: early detection/diagnosis of disease; prediction of how a disease will behave over time and how a specific patient will respond to a given treatment; and identification of novel targets for therapeutic intervention.

The workshop was conducted as two parts: i) lectures on basic principle, concept, design of experiments, sample preparation, etc. while working with clinical samples; ii) Hands-on sessions for performing comparative and quantitative proteomics (2D/2D DIGE), in- gel digestion and protein identification using Mass spectrometry. Out of 65 applications received from all over India, we had selected 20 participants based on their area of research interests and 18 had registered for the workshop. Majority of the participants are research scholars pursuing PhD or active research in the area of proteomics. Geographical distribution ranged from Manipur to Trichy. There were thirteen lectures; nine lectures were given by invited speakers who are actively involved in proteomics research. Four lectures were from AMRF faculty members.

Hands-on demonstration of the proteomics techniques such as 2D-DIGE labeling for performing comparative and quantitative proteomics. Protein identification with LC-MS/MS using gel based approach along with data analysis using in built softwares and open source search engines.

Laboratory manual titled "Experiments in Proteomics" which contains operating procedures for DIGE labeling, performing 2D PAGE, Decyder Analysis, Mass Spectrometric techniques such as In-gel digestion of proteins from 1D-SDS-PAGE, Operation of Orbitrap Mass Spectrometer and Protein Identification using Proteome Discoverer 1.4 and Peaks 6 was given to the participants.

Workshop on Biomedical Informatics for Ophthalmologists

Aravind Medical Research Foundation (AMRF), Oct 11-13, 2013
During the October Summit 2013, Bioinformatics Center, Aravind Medical Research Foundation successfully conducted a workshop entitled "Biomedical Informatics for Ophthalmologists" from October 11-13, 2013 to promote the newly emerging multidisciplinary field Biomedical Informatics (BMI) and identifying synergies between the Bioinformatics/Omics communities and the Medical Informatics handling healthcare and clinical research in Ophthalmology. Twenty one participants from Aravind Eye Hospital, AMRF and other institutions including Ophthalmologists, Research Scientists and research scholars in the field of vision sciences took part in this workshop.

The workshop programme involved Lectures, Demonstration and Hands-On training. All three parts were handled by the Medical Informatics and Bioinformatics/Omics experts. Guest faculties (Dr. S.N. Sarbadhikari from National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi; Dr. S. Krishnaswamy from Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai; Dr. Chandan Chakraborty from IIT, Kharagpur; Dr. N. Srinivasan from IISC, Bangalore; Dr. N. Jeyakumar from Bioinformatics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore and Dr. V. Umashankar from Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai) and faculties of Aravind Medical Research Foundation participated in conducting the workshop.

This workshop provided to the participants, an opportunity to understand importance of biomedical informatics research and how it can add value to the clinical work they do. Also a good opportunity to perform various bioinformatics tools in eye-related research. This programme was supported by Department of Biotechnology and Indian Council of Medical Research, Government of India. The workshop was organized by Dr. D. Bharanidharan, Scientist, Bioinformatics Center

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