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4th International Summer School on COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY

May 29 - 31, 2008, Brno, Czech Republic

The Computational Biology is a modern field of study at the Faculty of Science of Masaryk University (MU) that was initiated several years ago. A further development and advance in this interdisciplinary programme is expected. The study programme is guaranteed by the Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses (IBA), which provides computationally oriented courses within the educational concept of the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Science. This concept covers an applied data analysis and informatics, both in theoretical lectures and practical training. The development of such interdisciplinary field would not be possible without an international cooperation. The cooperation with foreign experts remarkably increases the quality of education in Computational Biology and helps to incorporate new ideas and trends. The organization of summer schools is an efficient form of international cooperation: the invited lecturers enhance the quality of training and extend the scope of the provided programme.

IBA has initiated a yearly tradition of informal summer schools focused on various aspects of computational science in biology and biomedicine. Previous summer schools were organized in a close cooperation with the Research Centre for Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology of Masaryk University (Recetox) and Jaroslav Hájek Centre for Theoretical and Applied Statistics of Masaryk University. These events were focused on methods of predictive modelling and ICT applications in environmental sciences. The presentations of summer schools organized in 2005, 2006 and 2007 can be found on the following web pages:

The summer schools in computational biology are expected to encourage the collaboration among professors, young scientists as well as students of computational biology. Students can participate in informal discussions about novel methods in their field of study and some of them seize this ideal opportunity to the presentation of their own results to the audience. An active contribution of advanced students makes a substantial part of the summer school´s programme. Moderated discussions among scientists and students from different countries enrich the professional knowledge of all participants. In the regular schedule of this study programme, there is often no space available for this kind of specific workshops and block lectures.

The 4th International Summer School on Computational Biology will be held in Brno, Czech Republic, on May 29-31, 2008. The event will be devoted to the following important topic:

Statistical Methods for Genetic and Molecular Data.

Processing of genetic and molecular data is nowadays in the center of interest of computational biology. The methodology of statistical processing of genetic and molecular data was significantly improved in recent years; the mission of the summer school is to provide overview and recent trends of data analysis in this field.

We can conclude that there is really a lot of interesting topics to develop and to investigate in this field. And what is very important for the planned summer school, the world of processing genetic and molecular data is opened for new ideas and methods developed by computational scientists. The educational mission of the summer school will cover introduction into multivariate data analysis, analysis of genomic profiles, phylogenetic methods and applications and the role of genetic data in diagnostics.
Three educational tutorials with practical training will be prepared for the microarray data analysis, bioinformatics and phylogenetic analysis.

All biologists interested in the computational background of genetic and molecular data, mathematics addressed by biological interpretation and impact of their methods as well as students from both fields are kindly invited to participate in the 4th Summer School on Computational Biology.

On behalf of the Programme and Organizing Committee,
Ladislav Dušek
Jiří Hřebíček
Danka Némethová
Jiří Jarkovský

IBA 4th International summer school on COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY is organized by
Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Kamenice 126/3 Brno, Czech Republic, http://www.iba.muni.cz