December 8, 2009

Bioinformatics Education—Perspectives and Challenges

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Here is another post similar to the one I had posted yesterday. This article mailnly talks on Bioinformatics Education and the challenges involved in it.
Read it below:

Education in bioinformatics has undergone a sea change, from informal workshops and training courses to structured certificate, diploma, and degree programs—spanning casual self-enriching courses all the way to doctorate programs. The evolution of curriculum, instructional methodologies, and initiatives supporting the dissemination of bioinformatics is presented here.

Building on the early applications of informatics (computer science) to the field of biology, bioinformatics research entails input from the diverse disciplines of mathematics and statistics, physics and chemistry, and medicine and pharmacology. Providing education in bioinformatics is challenging from this multidisciplinary perspective, and represents short- and long-term efforts directed at casual and dedicated learners in academic and industrial environments. This is an NP-hard problem.

Training in bioinformatics remains the oldest and most important rapid induction approach to learning bioinformatics skills. Both formal (short-term courses) and informal training (on-demand “how-to” procedures) have remained the mainstay of on-the-job programs. Here it reminds me of posting a link which provides bioinformatics online training. Its Do visit it !!

After almost a decade of short-term training, and retraining students, faculty, and scientists in discrete aspects of bioinformatics, the impetus to formalize bioinformatics education came in 1998, with a wish list of topics for an ideal bioinformatics educational program at the masters and PhD levels. Given the multidisciplinary nature of bioinformatics and the need for designing cross-faculty courses, by 2001 only a handful of universities had successfully commenced formal education in bioinformatics, with others waiting and watching.

This wait and watch decreased constantly and a number of courses included professional and corporate courses in Bioinformatics were introduced which helped enhance the knowledge in Bioinformatics Research.

Hope this knowledge grows further and becomes the first choice of career for research scholars !!