What is CABANA?

  • CABANA is a capacity strengthening project for bioinformatics in Latin America. 
  • It aims to accelerate the implementation of data-driven biology in the region by creating a sustainable capacity-building programme focusing on three challenge areas – communicable disease, sustainable food production and protection of biodiversity.
  • CABANA is orchestrated by an international consortium of ten organisations - nine in Latin America and one in the UK.
  • CABANA is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) - part of the UK Aid Budget – from October 2017 to December 2021.

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CABANA challenges

The project will enable research and deliver training to address three challenges:



The CABANA community can now access the first two courses in bioinformatics called Essential Transcriptomics and Essential Metagenomics (part I). The vision of these resources is that people can learn basic and high level bioinformatics in any of these languages, Spanish or English, because language can sometimes be a barrier to learn at the beginning. The current courses cover the theory of these two methods, including experimental design, sequencing technologies, and basic bioinformatics pipelines. 

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