C3BI courses: Introduction to Molecular Phylogenetics, Hong Kong 2018
General Information
The course:
This introductory course aims to give the basic theoretical and practical concepts, best practices, and software necessary to start working on molecular phylogenetics. The course will have theoretical morning sessions followed by small groups practice for a few selected students with their own data.

Topics:
• Introduction to phylogeny: General principles for the inference of trees and application to infectious diseases
• Interpreting phylogenetic trees
• Introduction to the math behind the trees and evolutionary models
• Distance methods and bootstrapping
• Parsimony methods
• Maximum likelihood methods
• Bayesian methods
• Evolutionary processes and how to detect positive selection
• How to select the best method
• Molecular epidemiology


Course dates:
Monday, October 22nd to Saturday, October 27th (morning)

Pre-requisites:
• Basic knowledge on how to use sequence databanks
• Basic knowledge using Blast and multiple alignments software
• Basic knowledge on statistics (tests, distributions, parameter estimation)

Selection:
Prospective students for the practice afternoons (20 maximum) will be selected on the basis of their data and the analysis they wish to perform. For the theoretical mornings, the selection will be first come first served.

Location:
The course will be held in the University of Hong-Kong. The official language for course will be English.

Price:
The course will be free for participants coming from the Institut Pasteur International Network, whereas all other students will pay 500HKD if they assist to the theoretical morning and, 1000HKD if they are selected to the full course (theory and practice).
The Institut Pasteur will offer travel grants to some selected students coming from the Institut Pasteur International Network.

Sponsors:
This course is supported by the Institut Pasteur, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole, and The University of Hong

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