Databases for microRNA and long non-coding RNA biology


  Wednesday 19 October 2016


European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) - Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge,  CB10 1SD, United Kingdom

Application opens: 

Friday 19 August 2016

Application deadline: 

Sunday 16 October 2016


First come, first served


Frank O’Donnell

Registration fee: 


Registration closed


Knowledge and annotation of non-coding RNAs is spread across a large number of online databases and resources. This can often make it very difficult for biologists and bioinformaticians to know where to search for non-coding RNA information. This half-day course, held after the Computational RNA Biology meeting, focuses on resources for long non-coding RNAs and microRNAs and will explore what data are available in databases like GENCODE, Vega, miRBase, RNAcentral, and others.

 The sessions will consist of short presentations explaining how and when to use each resource, followed by interactive hands-on exercises and an opportunity to ask questions of the database developers.



The course is targeted at biologists and bioinformaticians working on microRNA or long non-coding RNA, and those interested in starting out in these areas. Users require a basic familiarity with web browsing and an understanding of basic molecular biology.


After this workshop you should be able to:

  • Describe the different types of ncRNA data that are available
  • Be aware of the uses of different RNA resources and databases
  • Search RNA databases for information on particular RNA genes and families
  • Know how to contribute data to ncRNA databases and resources


Time Topic Trainer
14:30 - 14:45  Welcome and introductions  Anton Petrov
14:45 - 15:45

microRNAs: from miRBase to RNAcentral, and back again

Sam Griffiths-Jones 
15:45 - 16:00  Break  
16:00 - 17:00  lncRNAs: GENCODE, RNAcentral, and beyond  Jane Loveland and Mark Thomas
17:00 - 17:30 Questions and discussion  
17:30 End of workshop