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CUBRe passes GWAS Node Accreditation Exercise

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From: Jongeneel, C Victor
Date: Thursday, November 26, 2015
Subject: [consort - H3ABioNet] Node Accreditation Exercises
To: Odile Ouwe Missi Oukem
Cc: H3AbioNet – consortium mailing list

Dear All,

It is my great pleasure, on behalf of the Node Accreditation Task Force, to let you know that two H3ABioNet nodes have been successful in completing the GWAS and genomic variant calling exercises, and can therefore be considered to be fully qualified in analyzing complex human genomic data.

Firstly, the Covenant University node led by Ezekiel Adebiyi, and with a team comprised of Adaobi Okafor, Olaleye Oladipo, Bola Akanle, Seun Adeyemi, Dare Falola, Trust Odia, Efejiro Ashano, Itunu Isewon and
Adebiyi Marion undertook the three part GWAS exercise, which includes components of variant calling and QC, association and population structure, and biological interpretation. Their 69 page report was examined by three external experts, all of whom concurred that this was a highly professional analysis of the data at hand.

Secondly, the University of Cape Town node, led by Nicky Mulder, and with a team comprised of Gerrit Botha, Emile Chimusa, Suresh Maslamoney, Kimuda Magambo, Ayton Meintjes, Victoria Nembaware and Sumir Panji, shadowed by Danny Mogutso and Hocine Bendou, undertook the analysis of synthetic high-throughput human sequence data, with the goal to correctly identify the genomic variants present in the data. Their detailed report, with six Annexes, was examined by two external experts, who both returned very complimentary reports.

I would like to congratulate both groups on these signal achievements, which greatly contribute to the success and credibility of H3ABioNet as a whole. Reading their reports, I realize how much effort each team expended to not just be good enough, but to show that they could go above and beyond our expectations. I trust that this will set an example for all H3ABioNet participants, and inspire them to similar
efforts and recognition.

With my best regards,

Victor

C. Victor Jongeneel, PhD
Director, High-Performance Biological Computing (HPCBio)
Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, National Center for
Supercomputing Applications,
and Carver Biotechnology Center
Research Professor of Bioengineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Tel: +1 217 244 1795; mobile: +1 217 898 5224

Covenant University GWAS workshop for complex diseases 2015

Workshop Information:

  • Venue of workshop: ICT Building, Covenant University, Sango-Ota, Ogun state, Nigeria
  • Dates for the workshop: 29th June to 1st July, 2015
  • Workshop organisers: H3ABioNet and CUBRe H3ABioNet Node
  • Registration opens: 14th June, 2015
  • Registration closes: 23rd June, 2015
  • Notification date: 27th June, 2015
  • Participation: Successful applicants will be contacted on how to participate.
  • Workshop Sponsors: CUBRe
  • Course Overview: This workshop provides an introduction to biostatistics and population genetics theory and practicals in order to build a foundational knowledgebase for genome wide association testing. The workshop will consist of a series of theory and lectures during the morning sessions and “hands on” practical lab session during the afternoon periods.
  • Intended Audience: This workshop is aimed at H3Africa project members who will be involved in the design and analyses of population data and genome wide association testing.
  • Syllabus and Tools: Participants will learn about Biostatistics and R, population genetics
  • Prerequisites: Participants are encouraged to work through the following resources to enable them to gain the most from the workshop:
  • Objectives: After this workshop participants should be able to:
    • Determine which statistical tests are appropriate given their data types
    • Conduct hypothesis testing and correct for multiple hypothesis testing
    • Determine what types of sampling there are and the effective sample size required
    • Have a good familiarity with R and conducting statistical tests within R
    • Have a good background on the theory behind population genetics
    • Be able to conduct a variety of population genetics statistical tests
  • Workshop limitations: This workshop will only provide a foundation for continued learning in biostatistics and population genetics and will not make you an expert in biostatistics, population genetics and genome wide association testing and studies.
  • Registration: All potential applicants should:
    1. Fill the application form provided in this LINK
    2. Send an email attaching a motivation letter and CV to marion.adebiyi@covenantuniversity.edu.ng
      CC ezekiel.adebiyi@covenantuniversity.edu.ng, access.adaokafor@gmail.com
      with heading “YOUR NAME + admission-CU-GWAS workshop for complex diseases”
  • N.B Applications wont be accepted if both requirements arent’t met!
  • An online examination is scheduled for the intended participants on June-27-2015.
  • View Class Schedule

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