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New grant to train researchers in quantitative biology: Systems training in maths, informatics and computational biology

11 May 2011

New web-based training courses to equip bioscientists with essential mathematical, computational and systems biology skills will begin development this week.

£1M is being provided by BBSRC within the e-Learning for Systems Biology (eLSA) initiative to a consortium of universities led by University College London and comprising Birkbeck, the Open University and the University of Edinburgh. The consortium aims to start the first courses in 2013.

The training will provide researchers from a traditional bioscience background with the mathematical and computational skills to undertake systems biology research. It will be open to scientists at all stages of their careers and from across the biology spectrum.

The courses will be delivered on the web and have a modular structure, offering three modules: from basic quantitative skills for systems biology level to more advanced. Module three will allow students to focus on their independent project work with a list of topics across the full scale within the BBSRC remit and application of a wide spectrum of mathematical and computational approaches.

Expanding training provision in systems biology skills is a key priority for BBSRC as set out in the Strategic Plan 2010-2015. By funding the development of this training BBSRC hopes to develop mathematical skills across the BBSRC and broader bioscience community in the UK and internationally.

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