The Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics, now in its 10th year, provides a unique opportunity to learn and be inspired by those that have shaped our understanding of human genomics over the past decade. Tutors at the school include scientific leaders who are advancing the field of human genomics, and former students are now at the forefront of much of this research. The course was re-named ‘The Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics’ in 2011, as a tribute to Leena Peltonen.

This is a fascinating time in human genetics and genomics, as the field moves beyond the cataloguing of associated variation towards functional analysis, biological understanding and translational implementation. The programme will cover a range of topics including our current understanding of the genomics of rare and complex human diseases. There will be sessions addressing gene regulation and functional analysis. The latest advances in sequencing technology and the future of whole genome and clinical sequencing will also be discussed.

The schedule is interactive with presentations by the tutors and students on cutting-edge topics in human genomics. The summer school is more akin to a ‘science summer camp’ for graduate students with discussions and debates on the future of human genomics. The final programme is built around the research interests of the students. A unique feature of the summer school is the one-to-one mentoring on all aspects of genomics, including advice on publishing and pursuing an academic research career.

Senior PhD students and clinicians undertaking graduate studies focused on human genetics and genomics are encouraged to apply. Applications from those who have completed a PhD in another area and have moved into genomics for their postdoctoral studies will also be considered. To optimize discussions and interactions with mentors, numbers are limited to 20 students.

Feedback from previous students:
"Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics: one of the best experiences a genetics graduate student can have" (student from 2012)

"I already recommended it to my colleagues. The course was a fantastic experience. The networking opportunities were fantastic, the discussions were plentiful and each one as interesting as the last. You get the opportunity of meeting the greatest people, you make new friends. Definitely one of the greatest experiences of my academic career." (Student from 2013)

This course is the perfect example of what good science is all about: collaboration, mentorship and networking (Student from 2015)

"The course provided a unique opportunity to meet several experts in the field of human genetics and discuss science and career-related issues with them. It was also important to be able to share experiences with many other students who are currently in the same situation and trying to figure out what to do after completing PhD degree" (Student from 2015)

“I loved the one-to-one sessions - it was great to have the opportunity to have the focussed attention of some of the world leaders in the human genomics field, and be able to ask them anything we wished. As well as helpful scientific discussion, we were able to get a lot of useful career advice and insight into how they got to where they are today” (Student from 2016)

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