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Studying for Biomedical Informatics & Other Disciplines in Medical Science

written by: Finn Orfano • edited by: Leigh A. Zaykoski • updated: 7/23/2008

Developments in scientific knowledge have brought forth various techniques for treatment of ailments, including newer drugs and formulations for their treatment. This has led to a spurt in the number of people willing to learn science.

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    The explosive growth in the late 1990s and the more than exponential growth in the first decade of this century in biological discoveries, the breaking of genetic codes, and the scientific discoveries of  protein structures and how they work, has thrown up a new variety of jobs for which there are a large number of opportunities for individuals. Those with computational skills such as math, and with using computers to simulate models can help researchers find new avenues of studying biological cellular structures, protein designs, and simulated models of other organisms.

    Issues such as tissue typing and transplantation, in vitro treatment, man-made biological implants etc., have created a billion dollar industry, and more and more discoveries are being made every day.

    To fulfill these needs, the biomedical informatics, biomedicine fields, and other related fields are facing tremendous shortages of skilled personnel who can help carry the research further, using the latest techniques in biology and medicine, and in the use of more powerful computers, to generate further research and also to use simulated modeling techniques to propel this new discipline forward.

    There are a number of institutes in most developed countries which now offer courses in biomedical informatics, molecular analysis and modeling, biological sequencing, molecular informatics, genomics, genetic code analysis, gene sequencing, and molecular sequencing, etc.

    In order to provide the required professionals in the fields of biomedical informatics and other newer disciplines, a number of Universities and Institutions in USA, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, India, and other countries, are offering courses at the Diploma, Degree and Post Graduate levels.

    The scope of the subjects is large, and often overlaps each other. Thus, if you want to make a career in this exciting field, it would be worth your while to consider these courses. What is required is an inquiring mind, an ability to think ‘out of the box’ and work sequentially, spatially, and even come up with newer ideas of research.

    A background in biochemistry, biology, or microbiology would be helpful, although it is not a necessity. Same holds true for computer professionals, who should be able to marry various kinds of software, including the special ones that have been developed specially for these research areas.

    It is relatively easy to learn the ropes since the research in biomedical informatics and other subjects are in the public domain, and you have access to a vast resource base, tools, and opportunities to work with the best in the field.