VectorBase workshop and talk @ Entomol 7 and MedTrop 2018

We are invited to the 54th Brazilian Congress of Tropical Medicine (MEDTROP, click here for details.) and to its satellite meeting Entomol7 (click here for details.). We will participate with a talk and a VectorBase workshop.

Both the VectorBase workshop and the talk will be in English.

VectorBase Hands-on Workshop

September 2, 2018

Mar Hotel

Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil


Gloria I. Giraldo-Calderón, PhD
VectorBase Scientific Liaison/Outreach Manager

Official language

The official language of the workshop will be English. The handout material is in English too, excellent listening and reading proficiency in this language is expected.

About the workshop

VectorBase is a Bioinformatics Resource Center (BRC) focused on invertebrate vectors of human pathogens. This BRC currently hosts sequence data from 40 genomes. VectorBase also provides transcriptomic, proteomic and population biology data from colony and field specimens for an even broader selection of species. The goal of this one-day workshop is to offer the opportunity to scientists working in medical entomology and vector biology, hands-on practical sessions with VectorBase data, tools and resources.

Below you will find a link to apply. If you are accepted to participate, via email you will receive information about the required pre-workshop homework. The assignment may include: short videos (of up to 15 min each) with a few questions to asses your understanding of them; omics background questions; or other activities to asses your understanding of some key points. The homework is not optional because is meant to provide you with an introduction and foundation to the material to be covered during the workshop, which will facilitate to start the work and discussion on site. During the day of the workshop, we aim to provide opportunities for hands-on activities, discussions and practice exercises, for each of the tools and topics listed in the agenda below.

The outcome of this training relies heavily on your dedication and effort, which includes the time invested before and during the workshop. After the workshop, you are invited to send follow up questions to the instructor, via

Schedule and Location

September 2, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.

Mar Hotel Conventions (Click here for details)

R. Barão de Souza Leão, 451 - Boa Viagem

Recife, Pernambuco, 51030-300, Brazil

Please ask for the workshop room number in the hotel lobby


(subject to change)

8:00 am – 5:30 pm

8:00 – 8:30 am: General introduction to omics (lecture)

8:30 – 9:45 am: Overview of VectorBase's remit, data, tools and resources (lecture + demo)

9:45 – 10:15 am: Automatic annotation of genomes at VectorBase: gene set predictions, functional annotation and projecting gene descriptions (lecture)

10:15 – 10:35 am: Coffee Break

10:35 am – 12:00 pm: Search, Genome Browser, BLAST

12:00 - 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 pm: Clustal, Hmmer, Comparative genomics, Apollo

2:30 – 2:50 pm: Coffee Break

2:50 – 4:00 pm: Advanced Search, Expression Browser, Genome Browser, BioMart

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Population Biology map

5:00 – 5:30 pm: Wrap up: Group photo, exit questionnaire, workshop certificates

Computer and Internet access

A room with computers will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own laptop. You should have the latest Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer version installed.


  • Number of course participants: maximum 20 people
  • Applications may be made via this web form.
  • Application deadline: August 27, 2018
  • Acceptance notification: on an individual basis (first come, first served)
  • Acceptance confirmation: If you have been accepted to attend, please reply to your acceptance notification with a short email to If you do not reply we will assume that you are unable to attend and will award your place to another applicant
  • Who should apply: The ideal candidate should have a need to learn how to use VectorBase and presumably has a research question that involves this database to help to solve it
  • Evaluation of applications will focus heavily on applicants' responses to the questionnaire in the application form

Costs and fees

The registration fee is R$100 (Brazilian real). The payment is handle directly by MEDTROP & Entomol7. The registration fee includes the cost of the hand-out materials and coffee breaks.

Each attendee is expected to provide their own meals, accommodation (hotel or other) and transportation. At your request, we can email to you a letter to facilitate the solicitation of outside travel funds or scholarships.

Hotel Accommodations

If you are accepted to participate and need a hotel, there are suggestions in the MEDTROP & Entomol7 website page (follow this link).


Please direct inquiries or comments to

Sponsored and organized by:

VectorBase, Bioinformatics Resource for Invertebrate Vectors of Human Pathogens. VectorBase have been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and National Institutes of Health, NIAID/NIH

Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Meeting Date: 
Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 12:00 to Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 21:00
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