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South African National Bioinformatics Institute

The South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) is a Cape Town, South Africa dedicated to bioinformatics, biotechnology and genomics in health research.

SANBI maintains current collaborations with institutes and laboratories at Harvard University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, Stanford University, the Pasteur Institute, the RIKEN institute, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale and the European Bioinformatics Institute.

SANBI is the South African national node of the pathogen bioinformatics,[2] and an affiliate of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

SANBI is funded by several organisations including the South African Medical Research Council, the National Research Foundation of South Africa, the Claude Leon Foundation, the John E. Fogarty Foundation for International Health at the National Institutes of Health, and the European Commission.

SANBI was founded[3] in 1996 by computational biologist Winston Hide, the founding director,[4] as part of the faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of the Western Cape. The SANBI research team includes faculty in the areas of genetic diversity, gene regulation, cancer, sleeping sickness and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

A community curated biospecimen catalog[5] that would serve as a platform for South African researchers to exchange biological sample data is under development and will be administrated by SANBI.

See also


  1. ^ "SANBI National Node". EMBnet website. 
  2. ^ "TDR-supported regional training centres in bioinformatics". Tropical Disease Research website. 
  3. ^ "SANBI History". SANBI website. 
  4. ^ "Win Hide (Director)". Senior faculty page, SANBI website. 
  5. ^ "SANBI Biospecimen Catalog". A website for exchanging sample data. 

External links

  • National Bioinformatics Network of South Africa
  • African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • The Claude Leon Foundation
  • Technologies Avancées pour le Génome et la Clinique (TAGC)
  • European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI)
  • John E. Fogarty International Center (FIC) for Advanced Study in the Health Sciences
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