The NEPAD-SANBio Secretariat and the BioFISA II team visited the Bioinformatics Node

NEPAD-SANBio/BioFISA II team at the University of Mauritius

The NEPAD-SANBio Secretariat and the BioFISA II team visited the Bioinformatics Node in Mauritius on 27-30 October 2015. During the visit the delegation also met with the Mauritius Research Council (MRC), the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation, and visited the BioPark Mauritius. Bioinformatics is an area where biological and biochemical sciences interact with computer science and statistics. The Bioinformatics Node was established to provide support to the entire Network as part of creating capacity for research collaborations. During BioFISA I the node implemented a program whereby training was provided on the use of computer applications for analysing genomics data and deriving a better comprehension of living organisms. In doing so, the program has reached a large number of researchers, academics and students in the region. Emphasis was laid on understanding pathogen genomics, phylogenetics, the latest DNA sequencing methodologies and how such technologies are profoundly changing the way scientific investigations are being led. The work done at the Node is important to the whole field of biosciences, as bioinformatics can be applied to research in practically all areas of biosciences. Through the Bioinformatics node, SANBio is also a member of H3ABioNet, the Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa.