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BIOF 087 | Programming for Biomedical Researchers

March 2, 2020 to March 5, 2020

NIH Campus- Bethesda, Maryland

Registration occurs on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for registration is one week before the first day of the course.  If you are unable to register before the deadline, please email: registrar@faes.org or call 301-496-7977 for space availability. 

NIH Fellows or NIH community members being sponsored by their lab and awaiting payment authorization can tentatively hold a seat using the “Reserve A Seat” option. Payments need to be received within 7 business days from date of reservation or before the start of a workshop, whichever comes first. Seat reservations will be cancelled if payment is not received prior to workshop.

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Workshops generally run from 9:00am - 5:00pm.​

Background
Computer programs are meant to perform repeated, monotonous, fast, reproducible tasks, handling any amount of data. Researchers often come across situations where existing programs don't suit their needs. In the era of BigData, without the ability to quickly put together a program that would solve their problem, researchers face a road block that is not efficiently solvable by a human.This training will walk participants through writing programs that would help them solve their own problems.

Objectives
Participants will get a brief introduction to the programming concepts, followed by hands-on walkthrough for writing scripts using the Unix Shell Programming Language, R, Perl and Python. We will start from reading the data, processing it and all the way until saving the processed data.

Highlights

  • Participants will work in a friendly Linux GUI Desktop environment.
  • Participants will get a copy of all the scripts used in the class.
  • Participants will also receive a cookbook style manual for all the hands-on exercises.

Hands-on Skills/Tools taught

  1. Programming concepts using Microbit MakeCode
  2. Programming in Unix Shell Language
  3. Programming in R using RStudio
  4. Programming in Python using Jupyter
  5. Programming in Perl
  6. GitHub for version control
  7. Serverless computing
  8. Coding in the cloud

Who should attend

  • Researchers, Clinicians, Students and academics who are aspiring to learn to write their own scripts/programs to solve their own problems.
  • Scientists in program administration interested in learning the standard tools and techniques for biomedical programming.

Prerequisites
Participants should be comfortable with basic computer skills.

Comprehensive Binder
Contains all notes, protocols, and reference material needed. No additional books are required. 

Credit
Although no grades are given for courses, each participant will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) based on the number of contact hours.   One CEU is equal to ten contact hours. Upon completion of the course each participant will receive a certificate, showing completion of the workshop and 2.8 CEUs.

Training Rate
$1,199.00
Discounted Training Rates
$695.00 - NIH Trainees (Fellows, PostDocs, PostBacs working at the NIH Campus)
$895.00 - NIH Community (Working, Appointed, or Assigned to the NIH Campus)
$999.00 - Academia, US Government, US Military 

Refund Policy
100% tuition refund for registrations cancelled 14 or more calendar days prior to the start of the workshop.
50% tuition refund for registrations cancelled between 4 to 13 calendar days prior to the start of the workshop.
No refund will be issued for registrations cancelled 3 calendar days or less prior to the start of the workshop.

Notification
All cancellations must be received in writing via email to Ms. Carline Coote at registration@faes.org.
Cancellations received after 4:00 pm (ET) on business days or received on non-business days are time marked for the following business day. 
All refund payments will be processed by the start of the initial workshop.

Suggested Lodging Accommodations
The Bethesdan by Hilton Hotel (formerly DoubleTree Bethesda)
8120 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
+1-301-652-2000

  • Reservations 
    A special seasonal rate plus 13% tax for all workshop attendees is available at The Bethesdan by Hilton Hotel.  The rate includes complimentary in-room WiFi, breakfast buffet, $15 discounted overnight parking, and complimentary shuttle to and from the NIH campus.
    A credit card will be required to book the reservation. Cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to scheduled arrival to avoid a no-show charge. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m.; check-out is 12:00 p.m.

Book Online: The Bethesdan by Hilton

  • Location and Transportation 
    The Bethesdan is located within walking distance (0.8 miles) from the NIH main campus. Please inquire with the hotel directly regarding their shuttle schedule to/from the campus and other hotel amenities. The nearest Metro subway stops to the hotel are the Bethesda station (1 mile South of The Bethesdan) and Medical Center station (1 mile North of The Bethesdan), both on the Red line.

Access to the NIH Campus
All NIH visitors must enter through the Visitor’s Gateway Center (Bldg. 66) located at 9000 Rockville Pike-Rt. 355/Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD. Taxi, bus, personal auto, and Uber/Lyft drop-off as well as the Medical Center (Red line) Metro subway station, a visitor’s parking garage (MLP-11), and access to the NIH campus shuttles are all located at this facility. Parking at the MLP-11 visitor’s garage is $12/day. 

NIH Security Screening
Please arrive early at the Visitor’s Gateway to allow for security screening which could take 10 to 30 minutes depending on the volume of campus visitors. You MUST show a valid government-issued photo ID (driver's license or passport). Please visit the NIH website for helpful Visitor Information as well as directions, maps, campus shuttle schedules, and security screening information.

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