Why this School
Most offers in clinical genomics mainly focus on exome diagnostics. We intend to focus on the underlying widespread approach, clinical bioinformatics, and tackle its use in diagnostics across several disciplines: genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics.
In this course, we will investigate the value of genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics in identifying DNA variants and ascertaining their consequences on RNA transcripts and proteins in a clinical context. The role of clinical bioinformatics can be seen as providing a link between computer science, biology and clinical medicine and so involves tools and technologies which require specific skills and expertise. This course will bring these methods and processes to real life using practical case studies.
Teaching and Learning Methods
The school has been designed around problem-solving learning: students are expected to be actively involved in each topic and understand how tools are used in daily clinical practice to solve actual questions. The school envisages a morning session with lectures on theoretical aspects applied to solved biomedical problems and an afternoon session with hands-on practice.
Successful diagnostics is the result of a team’s effort, where the most diverse expertise are integrated and professionals with different backgrounds find a common language. This Intensive School intends to build bridges between medical professionals and laboratory and bioinformatics professionals. We will help doctors understand how bioinformatics produces the results they can use for diagnostics, and we will help bioinformaticians understand the diagnostics process and the choices made in the clinic. This unique approach differentiates our proposal from other schools out there.