R programming workshops

Introduction to R Workshop

R is rapidly becoming the most important scripting language for both experimental and computational biologists. It is well-designed, efficient, widely adopted and has a very large base of contributors who add new functionality for all modern aspects of data analysis and visualization. Part of its success lies in the fact that it is an open and free source. This workshop introduces the essential ideas and tools of R through hands-on experience.

Learning Objectives
Participants will gain practical experience and skills to be able to:

  • Meet the challenges of data handling
  • Break down problems into structured parts
  • Use the R syntax, functions and packages
  • Understand best practices for scientific computational work

Who should attend?
Trainees and investigators who design and execute strategies for data analysis but who have little or no experience with the R statistical workbench. This workshop is designed to lead on to the two-day workshop on Exploratory Data Analysis, which follows it. There is no overlap in content between the two workshops.

Workshop date: Monday, June 12, 2017
Workshop location: Downtown Toronto
Workshop Agenda and Registration: Please visit the BioInformatics website

 

Exploratory Analysis of Biological Data using R Workshop

Before we can begin to apply rigorous statistical tools to research data, we often need to approach our data intuitively, and look for meaningful associations, surprising patterns, or irregularities, to formulate hypotheses. This is Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA). This workshop introduces the essential tools and strategies that are available for EDA through the free statistical workbench R. Steps covered in this workshop are broadly relevant for many areas of modern, quantitative biology such as flow cytometry, expression profile analysis, function prediction and more.

Learning Objectives
Participants will gain practical experience and skills to be able to:

  • Use R and its analysis tools, read and modify codes and explore protocols that can be adapted for their own research
  • Write R functions and analysis scripts
  • Plot and visualize data using the elementary built-in routines via their array of parameters to sophisticated, publication-ready presentations

Who should attend?
Trainees and investigators who design and execute strategies for data analysis but who have little or no formal training in statistics and/or familiarity with R statistical workbench.

Workshop date: June 13-14, 2017
Workshop location: Downtown Toronto
Workshop Agenda and Registration: Please visit the BioInformatics website

 


General information for both workshops

Prerequisites: You are required to use your own laptop computer with R installed. Minimum requirements: 1024×768 screen resolution, 1.5GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, 10GB free disk space, recent versions of Windows, Mac OS X or Linux (most computers purchased in the past 3-4 years are likely meet these requirements). If you do not have access to your own computer, you may loan one from the CBW. Please contact course_info@bioinformatics.ca for more information.

Travel Support Available

The Stem Cell Network is offering a limited number of travel awards to enable eligible trainees and PIs to attend this workshop.


Details of the SCN Travel Award and Application Procedure:

This travel award provides financial assistance for SCN trainees and PIs to attend the Introduction to R workshop and the Exploratory Analysis of Biological Data using R workshop.

Conditions:

  • Application deadline is 11:59 PM (sender’s time) April 26, 2017
  • The SCN travel award will cover travel expenses associated with attending the workshop(s) for trainees not based in Toronto:
    • Travel to/from the workshop(s) location
    • Up to three nights shared accommodation at our designated hotel
    • Meals not provided during the workshop(s)
  • Reimbursement will be processed following the workshop and in accordance with the SCN Travel Booking & Reimbursement Policy (policy will be provided to the selected applicants).
  • Accommodation during the course will be provided for trainees not based in Toronto.  Two attendees of the same gender may be required to share a room.
  • Applicants must provide confirmation of registration. 


Eligibility for the SCN Travel Award: 

  • Applicants must be a Principal Investigator or highly qualified personnel (HQP – i.e. a graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, research assistant or research associate) working in a Canadian lab.
  • Applicants must be working on a research project related to stem cells or regenerative medicine.
  • Applicants must clearly indicate how the techniques and knowledge learned at the course apply to their own research project.
  • Applicants must show proof of workshop registration.

Download the application form here


Application Procedure:

  1. Complete the application form and return it, along with any additional documents required, by email to rcadwalader@stemcellnetwork.ca by 11:59 PM (sender’s time) Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
  2. The SCN Training & Education Committee will review all complete applications, and applicants will be informed of the competition outcome by Friday, May 12, 2017.