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September 23th to 27th, 2002

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Wellcome Trust
Latin American Biology Network.
DNA Microarray Unit from UNAM.
Coordinación de la Investigación Científica, UNAM.
Dirección General de Estudios de Posgrado, UNAM.
Instituto de Fisiología Celular.
Sociedad Mexicana de Ciencias Genómicas.

Organizing Committe:

Alicia González - Instituto de Fisiología Celular UNAM.
Annie Pardo - Facultad de Ciencias UNAM.
Fernando López Casillas - Instituto de Fisiología Celular UNAM.
Gabriel Guarneros - Centro de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados IPN.
José María Cantú - Universidad de Guadalajara. President of the Latin America Regional Office of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO).
Julio Collado - Centro de Investigación Sobre Fijación de Nitrógeno. UNAM. President of the Mexican Society of Genomics, and head of the Mexican EMBnet National Node.


With the aim of reinforcing the development of genomic sciences in Latin American countries, the RELAB (Red Latinoamericana de Biología) decided to organize a one week course on the use of DNA Microarrays in Mexico City in 2002.
This course was mainly theoretical with 7-9 invited speakers that reviewed the main applications of the microarray technique in the various fields of basic and applied research, with emphasis of its importance in diagnosis (this part of the course allowed 100 participants).
We also had three invited speakers that set up a bioinformatic workshop limited to 30 students from Latin American countries. The purpose of this part of the course was that the participants could obtain insights in the use of the various programs and strategies available to analyze results obtained from the scaning of the microarray slides.
The course also included a guided visit to the MICROARRAY UNIT OF THE NATIONAL AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY (MAUNAM)
The third day of the program was devoted to a symposium in which the perspectives of the development of genomic sciences in Latin American countries were discussed. The speakers of this day were the leaders of the various groups that have been involved in genomic research in these countries.

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