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Clinical Bioinformatics: Unlocking Genomics in Healthcare

Learn about the role of clinical bioinformaticians in healthcare and how their work is helping to realise the genomics revolution.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Clinical Bioinformatics: Unlocking Genomics in Healthcare

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Why join the course?

This free online course aims to raise awareness amongst healthcare professionals of the role of Clinical Bioinformatics and Genomics in healthcare today. We will illustrate how the discipline of Clinical Bioinformatics provides an important bridge between the cutting edge science and the delivery of genomic medicine in clinical practice. By understanding the role of a Clinical Bioinformatician it will become clear how integral they are to ensuring the beneficial opportunities of genomic medicine are fully realised in patient care.

Discover the potential of Clinical Bioinformatics

This is an exciting time. We are now beginning to sequence whole genomes in the clinic, the most personal information we can have on a patient. We can start to see how genome variants might impact on health and we can direct really precise medicine to individual patients. This is not without its challenges. The genome is a huge amount of information. Identifying the causative variant (the part in the genome that can cause a change in health) is like looking for a needle in a haystack. But what does this phrase actually mean? This course will take you into the world of a Clinical Bioinformatician and show you what they do behind the scenes when finding that needle in the genomic data. It will also show you what happens next and the important contribution Clinical Bioinformatician’s make to the patient’s journey.

Explore the methods of Clinical Bioinformatics

Clinical Bioinformatics involves tools and technologies which require a certain set of skills and expertise. Using next generation sequencing techniques and data analysis allows the bioinformatician to filter and classify the information from the human genome. The course will bring these methods and processes to life using case studies, interviews with bioinformaticians and a host of activities to help you understand the basics of Clinical Bioinformatics.

Investigate the role of Clinical Bioinformatics in healthcare

The role of clinical bioinformatics can be seen as providing a link between computer science and biology and so involves tools and technologies which require specific skills and expertise. Using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) techniques and data analysis bioinformaticians and clinical scientists can identify, filter and classify variants found in the human genome linked with genetic disease. This course will bring these methods and processes to life using case studies, interviews with bioinformaticians and a host of activities to help you understand the role and its importance in genomic healthcare. You will also be able to see the benefits and the challenges to clinical bioinformatics in regards to wider ethical issues like those relating to data management - we’ll be asking questions about how patient data is stored and who has access to it.

Continuing Professional Development

On this course you there is an opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation that will provide both a physical and digital record of your participation. You might find this useful for demonstrating evidence of informal Continuing Professional Development (CPD), commitment to your career, or of your awareness of the issues in a particular subject.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Data and Diagnosis
  • Tools and Workflow
  • Data and Ethics
  • Case Studies

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Describe the role of a Clinical Bioinformatician in making a difference in the patient’s journey
  • Explain how Clinical Bioinformatics provides an important bridge between the cutting edge research of Genomic Medicine with the practicalities and sensitivities of a clinical setting
  • Identify the types of tools and technologies a clinical bioinformatician uses to filter and classify the information from the human genome
  • Explore the stages of the clinical bioinformatics workflow
  • Apply knowledge of clinical bioinformatics to clinical case studies
  • Explain the ethical considerations that need to be made when working with genomic data
  • Investigate the typical daily challenges of developing bioinformatics to support the genomic revolution in healthcare

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at current healthcare professionals, who are interested in learning more about the role of clinical bioinformatics and will also be applicable to people with an interest in the application of genomics in healthcare.

It is not essential to have previous experience or knowledge of bioinformatics or genomics although medical terminology is used and the course is designed to be applicable to practising healthcare professionals.

Who will you learn with?

Ang Davies - Lead Educator

Ang Davies is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Bioinformatics and Genomics at The University of Manchester and is Programme Director of a masters degree in Clinical Bioinformatics

Andy Brass

A professor of Bioinformatics at the University of Manchester who has been excited about computational biology and interdisciplinary education in bioinformatics for over 20 years.

Kieran O'Malley - Co Educator

I work at The University of Manchester in the Centre for Health Informatics as part of the Education Team. I have over 10 years experience of training and development both in the UK and international.

Who developed the course?

From splitting the atom to giving the world graphene, The University of Manchester has a history of world firsts and brilliant discoveries.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $64 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.