Cath Brooksbank

Cath Brooksbank

Head: Training Programme

Before joining EMBL-EBI in 2002 Cath spent a decade as an editor of scientific review journals, cutting her teeth with the Elsevier Trends Journals before launching Nature Reviews Cancer. A brief dalliance with medicine at the University of Oxford led her to seek solace in molecules in Cambridge, where she completed her PhD in biochemistry under the guidance of Robin Irvine. Cath joined EMBL-EBI to develop the outreach programme, and extended her responsibilities to include user training in 2006. Her team now coordinates a wide-ranging portfolio of training and scientific outreach activities reaching tens of thousands of individuals each year. She co-chaired ELIXIR’s training workpackage, which developed a pan-European strategy to train the growing and diversifying users of Europe’s public-domain biological databases. She also works with the Innovative Medicines Initiative’s Education and Training projects to develop their joint strategy on course quality. 

ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9395-7001

Tel:+44 (0)1223 492 525 / Fax:+44 (0)1223 494 468

Training

As part of EMBL-EBI’s mission to serve the research community, the Training Team coordinates EMBL-EBI’s training and scientific outreach activities. We work closely with our colleagues throughout EMBL-EBI, and with the broader bioinformatics training community, to deliver an extensive training programme. This includes courses at EMBL-EBI in our state-of-the-art training facilities, workshops outside EMBL-EBI and free, on-demand elearning at Train online.

EMBL-EBI's training programme is part of EICAT, the EMBL International Centre for Advanced Training. We participate in a number of pan-European projects, including EMTRAIN and BioMedBridges.

Our team also organises conference exhibitions, open days and career days, where you can learn more about EMBL-EBI, its training programme and opportunities at EMBL-EBI.

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Publications

2016

Applying, Evaluating and Refining Bioinformatics Core Competencies (An Update from the Curriculum Task Force of ISCB's Education Committee).
Welch L, Brooksbank C, Schwartz R, Morgan SL, Gaeta B, Kilpatrick AM, Mietchen D, Moore BL, Mulder N, Pauley M, Pearson W, Radivojac P, Rosenberg N, Rosenwald A, Rustici G, Warnow T.
PLoS computational biology Volume 12 (2016) p.e1004943

Ten Simple Rules for Selecting a Bio-ontology.
Malone J, Stevens R, Jupp S, Hancocks T, Parkinson H, Brooksbank C.
PLoS computational biology Volume 12 (2016) p.e1004743

2015

GOBLET: the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training.
Attwood TK, Bongcam-Rudloff E, Brazas ME, Corpas M, Gaudet P, Lewitter F, Mulder N, Palagi PM, Schneider MV, van Gelder CW, GOBLET Consortium.
PLoS computational biology Volume 11 (2015) p.e1004143

Europe: Lifelong learning for all in biomedicine.
Brooksbank C, Johnson C.
Nature Volume 524 (2015) p.415

2014

Bioinformatics curriculum guidelines: toward a definition of core competencies.
Welch L, Lewitter F, Schwartz R, Brooksbank C, Radivojac P, Gaeta B, Schneider MV.
PLoS computational biology Volume 10 (2014) p.e1003496

The European Bioinformatics Institute's data resources 2014.
Brooksbank C, Bergman MT, Apweiler R, Birney E, Thornton J.
Nucleic acids research Volume 42 (2014) p.D18-25

2013

Best practices in bioinformatics training for life scientists.
Via A, Blicher T, Bongcam-Rudloff E, Brazas MD, Brooksbank C, Budd A, De Las Rivas J, Dreyer J, Fernandes PL, van Gelder C, Jacob J, Jimenez RC, Loveland J, Moran F, Mulder N, Nyrönen T, Rother K, Schneider MV, Attwood TK.
Briefings in bioinformatics Volume 14 (2013) p.528-537

LifeTrain: towards a European framework for continuing professional development in biomedical sciences
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Drug discovery Volume (2013) p.

iAnn: an event sharing platform for the life sciences.
Jimenez RC, Albar JP, Bhak J, Blatter MC, Blicher T, Brazas MD, Brooksbank C, Budd A, De Las Rivas J, Dreyer J, van Driel MA, Dunn MJ, Fernandes PL, van Gelder CW, Hermjakob H, Ioannidis V, Judge DP, Kahlem P, Korpelainen E, Kraus HJ, Loveland J, Mayer C, McDowall J, Moran F, Mulder N, Nyronen T, Rother K, Salazar GA, Schneider R, Via A, Villaveces JM, Yu P, Schneider MV, Attwood TK, Corpas M.
Bioinformatics (Oxford, England) Volume 29 (2013) p.1919-1921

2012

Bioinformatics meets user-centred design: a perspective.
Pavelin K, Cham JA, de Matos P, Brooksbank C, Cameron G, Steinbeck C.
PLoS computational biology Volume 8 (2012) p.e1002554

Bioinformatics Training Network (BTN): a community resource for bioinformatics trainers.
Schneider MV, Walter P, Blatter MC, Watson J, Brazas MD, Rother K, Budd A, Via A, van Gelder CW, Jacob J, Fernandes P, Nyrönen TH, De Las Rivas J, Blicher T, Jimenez RC, Loveland J, McDowall J, Jones P, Vaughan BW, Lopez R, Attwood TK, Brooksbank C.
Briefings in bioinformatics Volume 13 (2012) p.383-389

European initiative towards quality standards in education and training for discovery, development and use of medicines.
Klech H, Brooksbank C, Price S, Verpillat P, Bühler FR, Dubois D, Haider N, Johnson C, Lindén HH, Payton T, Renn O, See W.
European journal of pharmaceutical sciences : official journal of the European Federation for Pharmaceutical Sciences Volume 45 (2012) p.515-520

2010

The European Bioinformatics Institute's data resources.
Brooksbank C, Cameron G, Thornton J.
Nucleic acids research Volume 38 (2010) p.D17-25

Bioinformatics training: selecting an appropriate learning content management system--an example from the European Bioinformatics Institute.
Wright VA, Vaughan BW, Laurent T, Lopez R, Brooksbank C, Schneider MV.
Briefings in bioinformatics Volume 11 (2010) p.552-562

Bioinformatics training: a review of challenges, actions and support requirements.
Schneider MV, Watson J, Attwood T, Rother K, Budd A, McDowall J, Via A, Fernandes P, Nyronen T, Blicher T, Jones P, Blatter MC, De Las Rivas J, Judge DP, van der Gool W, Brooksbank C.
Briefings in bioinformatics Volume 11 (2010) p.544-551

2006

Data standards: a call to action.
Brooksbank C, Quackenbush J.
Omics : a journal of integrative biology Volume 10 (2006) p.94-99

2005

The European Bioinformatics Institute's data resources: towards systems biology.
Brooksbank C, Cameron G, Thornton J.
Nucleic acids research Volume 33 (2005) p.D46-53

It's all GO for plant scientists.
Clark JI, Brooksbank C, Lomax J.
Plant physiology Volume 138 (2005) p.1268-1279

2004

ISMB/ECCB 2004

Bioinformatics (Oxford, England) Volume 20 (2004) p.i1-i2

2003

The European Bioinformatics Institute's data resources.
Brooksbank C, Camon E, Harris MA, Magrane M, Martin MJ, Mulder N, O'Donovan C, Parkinson H, Tuli MA, Apweiler R, Birney E, Brazma A, Henrick K, Lopez R, Stoesser G, Stoehr P, Cameron G.
Nucleic acids research Volume 31 (2003) p.43-50

The Gene Ontology Annotation (GOA) Project--Application of GO in SWISS-PROT, TrEMBL and InterPro.
Camon E, Barrell D, Brooksbank C, Magrane M, Apweiler R.
Comparative and functional genomics Volume 4 (2003) p.71-74

2002

P53 regulation: Hitting the G spot
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 2 (2002) p.405-405

Web Watch: Buried treasure
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 2 (2002) p.154-154

Drifting downstream.
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 2 (2002) p.79

Metastasis: Bad company
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 2 (2002) p.153-153

Top scorer.
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 2 (2002) p.81

One size fits all.
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 2 (2002) p.78-79

Tumour–stroma interactions:: The causes of crime
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 2 (2002) p.404-404

Oncogenes: Dancing the two-step
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 2 (2002) p.156-156

Web Watch: Realistic goals
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 2 (2002) p.326-326

Unable to resist.
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 2 (2002) p.248

RAS, the magician.
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 2 (2002) p.249

Standards for microarray data.
Ball CA, Sherlock G, Parkinson H, Rocca-Sera P, Brooksbank C, Causton HC, Cavalieri D, Gaasterland T, Hingamp P, Holstege F, Ringwald M, Spellman P, Stoeckert CJ Jr, Stewart JE, Taylor R, Brazma A, Quackenbush J, Microarray Gene Expression Data (MGED) Society.
Science (New York, N.Y.) Volume 298 (2002) p.539

The underlying principles of scientific publication.
Ball CA, Sherlock G, Parkinson H, Rocca-Sera P, Brooksbank C, Causton HC, Cavalieri D, Gaasterland T, Hingamp P, Holstege F, Ringwald M, Spellman P, Stoeckert CJ Jr, Stewart JE, Taylor R, Brazma A, Quackenbush J, Microarray Gene Expression Data.
Bioinformatics (Oxford, England) Volume 18 (2002) p.1409

Web Watch: Microarray mania
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 2 (2002) p.405-405

2001

Eating well.
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 2 (2001) p.83

Cell division: Dodging death at division?
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 2 (2001) p.8

Protein trafficking. Made for export.
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 2 (2001) p.84-85

Protein degradation: Parkin finds a partner and a victim.
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 2 (2001) p.4-5

Protein-protein interactions: Phosphothreonine lego.
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 2 (2001) p.5

Phosphorylation. The key to staying faithful.
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 2 (2001) p.167

Oncogenes: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 1 (2001) p.3-3

Therapeutic targets: Withdrawal symptoms
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 1 (2001) p.6-6

Web Watch: What's in it for me?
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 2 (2001) p.162-162

Web Watch: Let's get together
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 2 (2001) p.84-84

Cell division: Don't shoot now
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 2 (2001) p.162-162

Web Watch: Smart by name
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 2 (2001) p.9-9

Endocytosis. Tent pegs for clathrin.
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 2 (2001) p.166

Web Watch: The great divide
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 2 (2001) p.4-4

Take steroids to move faster
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 2 (2001) p.84-84

Tumour suppressors: One-hit wonders?
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 1 (2001) p.174-174

Drug resistance: ABL to resist
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 1 (2001) p.175-175

Breast cancer: Team effort
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 1 (2001) p.177-177

Cell division: Battle at the p15 promoter
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 2 (2001) p.235-235

Autocrine loops: The complete guide to self sufficiency
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 1 (2001) p.94-94

Oncogenes: Breaking and entering
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 1 (2001) p.96-96

Web Watch: Chopping and changing
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 1 (2001) p.179-179

Apoptosis: ASPP bites
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Cancer Volume 1 (2001) p.92-92

2000

Cell adhesion: How to lead a double life
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 1 (2000) p.162-162

Development and cancer: Tampering with the cell cycle's brakes
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 1 (2000) p.88-88

Development: Divide and rule
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 1 (2000) p.163-163

Web Watch: Networking with proteins
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 1 (2000) p.4-4

Protein metabolism: Gates of destruction
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 1 (2000) p.167-167

Transcription: A molecular Swiss-army knife
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 1 (2000) p.87-87

Pocket the difference.
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 1 (2000) p.9

Cell motility: The sting in WASP's tail
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 1 (2000) p.86-86

Web watch: Untangling inositol
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 1 (2000) p.7-7

Proteomics: This way up and handle with care
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 1 (2000) p.4-4

Web Watch: From signal to sequence
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 1 (2000) p.86-86

Cell division: Foreman in the histone factory
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 1 (2000) p.83-83

A cell cycle controller rewrites its CV.
Brooksbank C.
Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology Volume 1 (2000) p.3-4

1999

Securing public access to genomic information: the race is on.
Brooksbank C.
Molecular medicine today Volume 5 (1999) p.235-236

How much molecular medicine do medical students need to learn?
Brooksbank C.
Molecular medicine today Volume 5 (1999) p.100

Genes and environment: informing future public health decisions.
Brooksbank C.
Molecular medicine today Volume 5 (1999) p.236

Parasite genomes: drugs and vaccines up for grabs.
Brooksbank C.
Molecular medicine today Volume 5 (1999) p.11-13

Disease models: relevance is everything.
Brooksbank C.
Molecular medicine today Volume 5 (1999) p.274

Rapid update.
Brooksbank C.
Molecular medicine today Volume 5 (1999) p.417

Hope, not hype, for the future of stem-cell-based therapies.
Brooksbank C.
Molecular medicine today Volume 5 (1999) p.1

Targeted transgenics from the creators of Dolly.
Brooksbank C.
Molecular medicine today Volume 5 (1999) p.374

Rapid update
Brooksbank C.
Molecular medicine today Volume 5 (1999) p.237

Rapid update
Brooksbank C.
Molecular medicine today Volume 5 (1999) p.327

Rapid update
Brooksbank C.
Molecular medicine today Volume 5 (1999) p.282

Rapid update
Brooksbank C.
Molecular medicine today Volume 5 (1999) p.142

Rapid update
Brooksbank C.
Molecular medicine today Volume 5 (1999) p.463

1998

Divide and conquer: understanding the natural history of cancer. XVth Meeting of the European Association for Cancer Research: five natural histories of human cancer. Stockholm, Sweden. 15-19 August 1998.
Brooksbank C.
Molecular medicine today Volume 4 (1998) p.422-423

A taste of the Zeitgeist. 2nd Congress of Molecular Medicine (CMM '98). Berlin, Germany, 6-9 May 1998.
Brooksbank C.
Molecular medicine today Volume 4 (1998) p.240-241

Molecular medicine through the kaleidoscope. The 30th Miami Winter Symposium: Molecular Biology in the Conquest of Disease. Miami, Fl, USA, 7-11 February 1998.
Brooksbank C.
Molecular medicine today Volume 4 (1998) p.146-147

1998: year of the mouse?
Brooksbank C.
Molecular medicine today Volume 4 (1998) p.1

The new cardiology. The American College of Cardiology 47th Annual Scientific Session. Atlanta, GA, USA, 29 March-1 April 1998.
Brooksbank C.
Molecular medicine today Volume 4 (1998) p.191

1993

Monoclonal antibodies to phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate 5-kinase: distribution and intracellular localization of the C isoform.
Brooksbank CE, Hutchings A, Butcher GW, Irvine RF, Divecha N.
The Biochemical journal Volume 291 ( Pt 1) (1993) p.77-82

1992

Purification and characterization of phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate 5-kinases.
Divecha N, Brooksbank CE, Irvine RF.
The Biochemical journal Volume 288 ( Pt 2) (1992) p.637-642

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A Quick Guide to the EMBL Bank Nucleotide Sequence Database
Cochrane G, Brooksbank C.
Volume (0) p.34-35

User experience design
Rowland F, Pundir S, Brooksbank C, Hancocks T.
Volume (0) p.