NIMR holds molecular biology hands-on training workshop

By: Chioma Umeha

The 2013 annual workshop of the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology division of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research will hold from August 12 to 16.

The theme for the workshop is ‘The Importance of Molecular Biology Typing Techniques in Disease Mapping’. The venue for the workshop is the Institute’s conference room.

A statement yesterday, signed by Dr. Stella I. Smith, the workshop coordinator and Deputy Director (Research) of NIMR, said the five-day workshop will feature lectures on Molecular Biology Typing Techniques in Nigeria as well as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and its uses. Other topics of interest will be on Genethics and discussing the ethical issues in Molecular Biology, Molecular Biology of Viral Diagnostics.

The practical session which is the ‘hands-on-training’ will involve plasmid profile and REA, PCR-RAPD, PCR-RFLP.

The workshop is primarily organized to train participants the art of molecular biology, to impart on participants the potential knowledge required to perform basic molecular biology techniques and their underlying principles, acquaint participants with the ethics of their chosen field of biology, facilitate collaborations between participants and NIMR (participant –participant interaction, NIMR –participants interaction) and increase the critical mass of molecular biologists in Nigeria.

It is intended for those interested in learning molecular biology techniques such as lecturers, postgraduate students, and research/laboratory scientists from universities, research institutes, hospital, diagnostic laboratories and pharmaceutical companies.

Since the inception of the workshop in 2009, a total of 112 participants have been trained from all over Nigeria in various molecular biology techniques.

Director –General of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Prof. Innocent A. O. Ujah, will be the chief host, the statement said.

This story was published in Newswatch Times on July 27,  2013.


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