From the International Medical Informatics Association

Translational Bioinformatics (Free, Open Access) Book in PLOS-CB

PLOS Computational Biology announces the launch of a new collection of educational articles: “Translational Bioinformatics”. This collection is presented as an online “book” which, PLOS CB, suggest, could serve as a reference tool for a graduate level introductory course, marking a step in an exciting new direction for the education section of the journal, and wider knowledge about the field.

Further information is provided in a PLOS blog post,  which describes translational bioinformatics as “an emerging field that addresses the current challenges of integrating increasingly voluminous amounts of molecular and clinical data.”, and provides an overview of the chapters in the book.

The ebook is available in a variety of formats (including epub, and mobi format for Kindle users) and is downloadable from the collection page:

Like all other PLOS articles, chapters in this open-access collection are freely available to everyone for reuse and redistribution, eg as course materials. The authors have created exercise questions for each chapter, which could be used by students or other interested readers to test what they’ve learned. Of particular interest might be Chapter 13: Mining Electronic Health Records in the Genomics Era (Joshua C. Denny – PLOS Computational Biology: published 27 Dec 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002823).

Thanks to Prof. Riccardo Bellazzi, University of Pavia (IMIA VP Medinfo) for the information on this publication.

January 28, 2013 - Posted by | education | , , , ,

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