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Montreal Bioinformatics Users Group

MonBUG (Montreal Bioinformatics Users Group) is an association of researchers, professionals and students in the greater Montreal area who have an interest in the field of bioinformatics.

Through monthly presentations we present our work, ask questions, share ideas, tips and tricks.

Meetings are held either at the Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal (IRCM), the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) or at McGill university, and are free and open to all.

MonBUG is based on the highly successful VanBUG initiative and we also have a sister organization in Toronto, TorBUG.

October meeting

Auditorium Jacques-Genest, IRCM
Wednesday, October 5th, 16:00 – 18:00

16:00 – 16:05
Introduction and open floor for community announcements
16:05 – 16:45 Marc Parisien, PhD, “N(6)-Methyladenosine Modification in a Long Noncoding RNA Hairpin Predisposes Its Conformation to Protein Binding.” Slides
16:45 – 17:05 Break with snacks and beverage
17:05 – 17:20 Xavier Prudent, PhD, “Investigating phenotypic differences between species with the Forward Genomics method, or: why your mum was right.”
17:20 – 18:00 Dunarel Badescu, MD, PhD, ‘How to install and run Spark on Compute Canada’s servers” Slides

Some of you may be familiar with François Major’s software predicting RNA structure, MC-Fold and MC-Sym.
Marc Parisien is the lead author on the MC-Fold and MC-Sym Nature Paper, so if you have any interest in RNA structure, you should attend his talk.

Xavier Prudent has just recently arrived in Montreal from the Max Planck Institute in Dresde, Germany.
He’ll be talking to us about the research he did at the Max Planck Institute

Dunarel Badescu will be showing us, hopefully with a live demonstration, how to use Spark on Guillimin, or any one of Compute Canada’s servers.
For those of you unfamiliar with Spark, Spark allows you, among other advantages, to use jointly the memory of several nodes.

It’s a big room, so feel free to invite as many people as you want.
They’ll have to register though through Meetup, or by contacting one of the organizers though, since security does require us to give them the list of guests.

You can register for the meetings on Meetup,


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