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Leuven & Univ. Florida

18th International Bioinformatics Workshop on Virus Evolution & Molecular Epidemiology, USA, 25-30 Aug 2013

Leuven & Univ. Florida - 2013-02-27

We are announcing the organization of the international workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME) in 2013, hosted by the Emerging Pathogens Institute in the warm city of Gainsville and sponsored by several local partners.

We plan to organize a 'Phylogenetic Inference' module, which is coordinated by Dr. Tulio de Oliveira, Wellcome Trust Africa Centre/UKZN, that offers the theoretical background and hands-on experience in phylogenetic analysis for those who have little or no prior expertise in sequence analysis.

An 'Evolutionary Hypothesis Testing', coordinated by Dr. Philippe Lemey, Leuven Catholic University, is targeted to participants who are well familiar with alignments and phylogenetic trees, and would like to extend their expertise to likelihood and Bayesian inference in phylogenetics, coalescent and phylogeographic analyses ('phylodynamics') and molecular adaptation.

A 'Large Dataset Analysis' module will cover the more complex analysis of full genomes, huge datasets of pathogens including Next Generation Sequencing data, and combined analyses of pathogen and host.

Practical sessions in these modules will involve software like, PHYLIP, PAUP*, PHYML, MEGA, PAML or HYPHY, TREE-PUZZLE, SplitsTree, BEAST, MrBayes Simplot and RDP3.

We recommend participants to buy The Phylogenetic Handbook as a guide during the workshop, and to bring their own data set.

For further information and applications we refer to a dedicated website that will be announced here soon. Abstract and application deadline is April 14th.

Selections will be made by end of May 2013.

The registration fee of 1000 USD covers attendance, lunches and coffee breaks.

Participation is limited to 25 scientists in each module and is dependent on a selection procedure based on the submitted abstract and statement of motivation.

A limited number of grants are available for scientists who experience difficulties to attend because of financial reasons.

Organizers of the workshop are: Prof. Marco Salemi and Prof. Anne-Mieke Vandamme


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KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP), K-RITH Tower Building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN

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