Bioinformatics Centre at JB Tropical Disease Research Centre, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences was established in March 1999 with support from Department of Biotechnology, as part of National Bioinformatics Network. The Centre has thrust on Medical / Health Informatics since inception and is actively involved in research and providing academic bibliography service. In addition to In-house Training programme for staff involved in Hospital Information service, the Centre organizes yearly National level Workshop / Seminar / Symposia etc. So far 16 conferences / workshops have been organized which were well appreciated. Further, this Centre also publishes SEVAMED, a Quarterly Update on Infectious Disease Research and Traditional Medicine,. which is in its 15th year of publication, has been well received by the medical teachers and scientists through out India.
Online Health Informatics Certification (OHIC), six months certification course is being conducted at Bioinformatics Centre, MGIMS, Sevagram since July 2010 which provides online training to Healthcare personnel and interested graduates in Science, Business Administration & Information Technology. The OHIC is dealt with 6 modules (1) Introduction to Health Informatics; (2) Knowledge Management in Health Informatics; (3) Integrating Technology into Health Care Delivery; (4) Imaging, Pharmaceutical and Laboratory Informatics; (5) Nursing, Public Health and Consumer Health Informatics; (6) Electronic Medical Records & Assignments with six assignments and two online tests. Thirty three registrations from UK, Uganda, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia and India have been received to date. Feedback showed that the course was well appreciated.
Centre has developed customized Database Software for patients’ information and launched a web portal MGIMS-JBTDRC Arogya on Holistic Healthcare and Research in Lifestyle diseases and MGIMS-JBTDRC Health Update for current awareness on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Lifestyle Health Problems. Further databases have been developed on Mycobacterial proteases (Mycoprotease-DB, http://www.bicjbtdrc-mgims.in/MycoProtease-DB/), Mycobacterium tuberculosis Proteome comparison (MTB-PCDB, http://www.bicjbtdrc-mgims.in/MTB-PCDB/) and Human Papillomavirus Proteome (hpvPDB, http://bicjbtdrc-mgims.in/hpvPDB/).
Bioinformatics Centre at JBTDRC, MGIMS has been established in a carpet area of around 240 sq feet accommodating Information Officer, Technical Assistant, Two data entry operators and a computer operator. Coordinator and Dy coordinator have separate chambers with a few units installed and a scope for further expansion incase required.
Computer & Communication facility:
i. Computer Hardware: (i) Server – 3, (ii) Dell Workstations - 4 (iii) PCs - 19; (iv) Laptop - 3; (v) Printers - 4, (vi) Photocopier, digital copier cum printer - 4 (vii) Cisco Router, (viii) Patton Modem, (ix) Wireless router-2, (x) Switches, (xi) LCD Projector (3), (xii) Scanner, (xiii) Digital Camera, (xiv) Sony Handy cam. (xv) Spiral Binder etc.
Bioinformatics Centre, Immunology & Molecular Biology laboratories are networked through LAN.
ii. Computer Software: Windows NT with service pack 6, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service pack 4, Windows 98, 2000, XP, Office 2007, SQL Svr Standard Edtn 2005 Win 32, Visual Studio Pro 2008, Visio Std 2007, Developer Training Service Pack 3, Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 Professional Edition with MSDN Library, Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 Win 9.0, Flash Pro CS3 Win 9.0, Adobe Photoshop Extended CS3 10.0, Win Adobe PageMaker 6.5, Wings 2000, Tally 7.2. MATLAB 7, Geneious Pro & freely available online Bioinformatics software for sequence analysis, 3D visualization tools etc. are also being used.
iii. Communication Facility: The Institute has got installed 1 Gbps Internet connectivity and campus is Wi-Fi with high bandwidth.