Bioinformatics Training – Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute

RELEVANCE

  • Laboratories which adhere to internationally recognized quality standards demonstrate enhanced abilities to facilitate early detection, rapid response, and effective disease control.
  • Due to a complete turnover in laboratory staff below the director level, the National Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza in Bangladesh under the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI) experienced a need for Bioinformatics training to ensure current personnel had the diagnostic skills to improve avian influenza diagnostics.

RESPONSE

  • The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases conducted a train-the-trainer program with 4 senior executive-level veterinary diagnostic laboratory managers from Bangladesh in May of 2016. These personnel then trained 7 additional laboratory personnel upon their return to the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute.
  • The customized training program was delivered in a blended format, consisting of 5 online modules and face to face workshops.
  • The objectives of the training program were:
    • To develop competencies for DNA sample preparation, interpretation of sequence information obtained from avian influenza using practical applications; and
    • To develop competencies for use of sequencing results in molecular epidemiology, vaccine matching, risk assessment, and risk modeling.

IMPACT

  • The workshop increased participant knowledge of laboratory management. Trainees demonstrated a 29.9% increase in knowledge of key laboratory management topics at 12-month follow-up versus the course pre-test.
  • The train the trainer model was successful. There was no statistically significant difference between scores of the trainer group (89%) vs. the trainee group (79%) on the knowledge assessments.
  • Participants report high self-efficacy for skills in bioinformatics. Participants were asked to rate their confidence in performing 28 different bioinformatics skills, with an average score of 4.04 out of 5.
  • Participants are implementing their knowledge and skills. 85% of participants indicated that they use information from the workshop frequently or every day.