Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsPROFESSOR MARK VIANT: In this penultimate week of the course, we have introduced you to the importance of experimental design, how to prepare your samples for analysis by mass spectrometry, and the application of mass spectrometry to analyse the metabolome. We hope you can now appreciate the importance of mass spectrometry in studying the metabolome, and how recent analytical developments to improve the mass accuracy and mass resolution of instruments is enabling us to improve the number of metabolites that we can detect and potentially identify. Next week, we will introduce you to data analysis and metabolite identification.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 secondsRick and Ralf will join us again to provide an overview of the data processing pipelines used in DIMS and LC-MS, and introduce you to the challenges involved in identifying metabolites, providing an overview of the tools and databases available to aid the identification of metabolites. We will also be joined by our statistics expert, Dr. Jasper Engle. Jasper will introduce you to the univariate and multivariate approaches applied to analyse the big data sets produced in metabolomics studies. So please continue to discuss the topics covered during this week on the forums and Twitter, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the course next week.

End of week summary

Congratulations on completing the third week of the course. We hope that you enjoyed it.

Take this opportunity to review any parts of Week 3 and watch the film presented by Professor Mark Viant highlighting the main points covered during Week 3 and looks forward to the final week of the course.

At the end of Week 4 we will record a Q&A video to answer your questions, please post any questions in the comments section.

Learning through this course is a social activity and we hope that you will share your comments on the discussion pages. You can also join in the conversation on twitter by including the #FLmetabolomics in your tweets and by following the Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre twitter account.

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Metabolomics: Understanding Metabolism in the 21st Century

University of Birmingham