STAFF REPORT IBD: The ISCB-RSG-Pakistan, in collaboration with Pakistan Medical Students’ Research Society (PMSRS), has recently hosted a three-day intensive short distance learning course for medical students.
This course provided an introduction to medical informatics, sequence analysis, phylogenetics, molecular modeling, protein-protein interaction, pathways studies, drug designing and data mining of medical data, etc.
“Objectives of the course are to present the state-of-the-art developments in medical informatics and bioinformatics; to increase the knowledge of participants in the application of recent information technology tools in medicine; to enable participants to develop and strengthen collaborative studies,” said an official of the course organizer.
A wide-range of health-related professions and students were targeted during the course. The participant’s affiliation with an academic institution, experience with bioinformatics tools and availability to attend the full course was the criteria for joining the course.
The participants described the course as a positive experience, which supports the hypothesis that these types of courses can be very effective vehicles for translating and transferring the current informatics knowledge to health professionals.

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