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EMBO Course on microRNA Profiling:
From in-situ Hybridisation to New-Generation Sequencing

  December 16, 2008  

EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
18 - 24 April 2009

The course will start on Saturday afternoon with theoretical introduction into miRNA profiling. From Sunday onwards laboratory work and bioinformatics work will be interleaved with lectures, tutorials.

1. Hands-on laboratory work & accompanying tutorials:
  • Quality assessment and quantification of total RNA;
  • Set up of the complete microarray-microRNA profiling experiment;
  • Set up of a complete qPCR experiment on various systems, reverse transcription and qPCR steps: synthesis of complementary DNA followed by microRNA specific amplification
  • Set up of the complete in-situ hybridization experiment
  • Set up of the complete bead-based microRNA profiling assay
  • Data analysis by different algorithms, normalization approaches
  • Correlation of miRNA expression data originating from various methods
  • Troubleshooting of all individual steps

    2. Lectures:

  • Approaches to microRNA profiling (new-gen sequencing, bead-based, microarray, qPCR, Northern blotting,
  • in-situ hybridization)
  • Sample preparation
  • Experimental design/setup
  • Quality controls for total RNA
  • Equipment/instrumentation options
  • Design of qPCR assays for determination of miRNA expression
  • Design of microarray microRNA experiment
  • Data analysis, normalization and interpretation
  • Correlation of transcriptome profiling with microRNA profiling data
  • Correlation between various microRNA profiling approaches
    prediction of microRNA targets and their experimental confirmation
Organized by: EMBL
Invited Speakers:
Carsten Alsbo, Exiqon, Denmark
Dite Andreasen, Exiqon, Denmark
Foteini Christodoulou, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Anton Enright, EMBL-EBI, Cambridge, United Kingdom
David Ibberson, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Eric Miska, Wellcome Trust/ Cancer Institute, United Kingdom
Martina Muckenthaler, EMBL-MMPU Heidelberg, Germany
Tania Nolan, Sigma Aldrich, United Kingdom
Ramin Saheri, Luminex, USA
Thomas Sandmann, DKFZ Heidelberg, Germany
Keld Sorensen, Luminex, USA
Jens Stolte, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Wolfgang Wagner, Heidelberg University, Germany
Deadline for Abstracts:
Registration: Please register online.
Deadline for registration is 1 March 2009. Registration types and fees:

normal: EUR 200 including accommodation (7 nights) in a twin room, meals, local transport and course material.

industry: subject to inquiries.

Teachers please register HERE
E-mail: courses@embl.de
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