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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsHello my name is Mark Viant and I'm a Professor of Metabolomics here at the University of Birmingham in the UK. My research team specialises in studying metabolism. Now you might ask why am I so interested in metabolism? Well thats quite simple, because it is absolutely vital for life. At the University of Birmingham we are particularly interested in using metabolomics to understand the mechanisms of human diseases, also to identify targets for drug interventions, and to understand how chemicals in the environment can be toxic to both plants and animals. Metabolites have been studied for many years. However, only over the past couple decades, the technologies and methods that we use to study metabolism have undergone an explosive transformation.

Skip to 1 minute and 1 secondFor example, improvements in mass spectrometry and in NMR spectroscopy have rapidly increased the

Skip to 1 minute and 11 secondsnumbers of metabolites that we can now detect. So we can now perform studies where we detect literally thousands of metabolites in a single analysis.

Skip to 1 minute and 17 secondsTo analyse complex data sets that are generated in such studies requires advanced computational approaches to provide us with the ability to map and interpret the interactions in the metabolic network, and to identify how metabolites regulate other biochemical processes. In this course we will introduce you to the tools and approaches that are used to analyse metabolomics data. You will gain hands-on experience of processing and analysing data, learn about the computational tools used for the identification of metabolites, and gain an understanding of how experimental design and data acquisition can affect the processing and analysis of metabolomics data.

Skip to 2 minutes and 0 secondsWe will provide examples from the extensive metabolomics research that we performed here at the University of Birmingham in both Phenome Centre Birmingham and the national NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility. The course will include a combination of short videos, articles, self-directed studies, social discussion and self-assessment quizzes. A team of scientists lead by myself and Dr Warwick Dunn will be on-hand throughout the four weeks to assist you during the course and at the end of the course there will be a live questions and answer session.

Skip to 2 minutes and 36 secondsOn completing the course you will become part of the Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre alumni and this will providing you with the opportunity to ask the experts questions when you transfer the skills and knowledge you have gained from the course into your own research environment. So to register for the course or for further details visit our website.

Metabolomics: understanding metabolism in the 21st Century

Professor Mark Viant welcomes you to the course and provides an introduction to metabolomics and metabolomics research at the University of Birmingham.

If you are unsure that your background knowledge is sufficient to maximize your learning experience we suggest the additional reading.

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