Reactome Webinar coming up; Wed Feb 2

We were on the road last week doing workshops, so this is a few days old now. But if you aren’t on the GO Friends mailing list it’s possible it’s new for you. A quick word about GO Friends list: because so many tools rely on Gene Ontology and have some kind of GO components, there are quite a range of things that come over that mailing list. It’s not just for GO developers per se. You might want to check it out.

Anyway, what I wanted to focus on today is this notice about the upcoming Reactome webinar. There have  been BIG changes to the interface, but the underlying coolness and high quality of all those biological pathways remains intact, of course! Reactome is a tool we have loved for a long time, and we’ve coordinated with the Reactome folks around the next updates for our tutorial. We’re working on that update now.

If you want to learn more about Reactome and these new changes, there’s going to be a webinar soon. You have to register, and I’ll only give some of the details here. Head over to the GO Friends message link to see the rest.

The Ontario Genomics Institute (OGI) and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) are co-hosting a one hour web conference/webinar about the Reactome Pathway Database ( – a freely available, manually-curated resource of core biological pathways. The Reactome database offers pathway data encapsulating areas of human biology ranging from basic pathways of metabolism to complex events such as GPCR signaling and apoptosis.

This follow up webinar will introduce the updated website with a more intuitive user interface and a new suite of data analysis tools. Learn to use this database through case studies from various research groups.

The presentation will be given by Dr. Robin Haw, Manager of Reactome Outreach, OICR, and will cover how to use the updated Reactome resource for:

• Browsing and searching pathway knowledge,
• Integrating network and pathway data,
• Using Pathway and Expression Analysis tools to analyze experimental datasets,
• Annotating experimental datasets with Reactome BioMart,
• Discovering network patterns related to cancer and other diseases using the Reactome Functional Interaction Network Cytoscape plug-in,
• Introducing use cases for Reactome data and analysis tools.

Go to the link for the registration details. I’ll be listening in (if we don’t schedule a workshop for that day!)

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