The fruitfly Drosophila is a popular and extensively used model organism at the cutting edge of genetic research, with exciting new technologies continuing to change the way Drosophila research is conducted. An enormous amount of genetic knowledge and has been gained about this small but complex organism, enabling advances in the understanding of development and disease.

This popular course, established more than 20 years ago, will provide up-to-date summaries for a range of classical and contemporary, from basic to advanced, topics and techniques in Drosophila genetics and genomics. The course will provide participants with a solid knowledgebase when starting or developing research projects using Drosophila as a model organism.

The course is ideally aimed at faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students who are currently working in a fly lab, or those who have completed a PhD in another field and starting to work on Drosophila for their postdoctoral studies interested in developing new ideas to transfer to their own research strategy.

Please note: To optimise the impact of the course, attendance is limited to 25 participants. Places will be awarded on merit.

Learning outcomes
After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the latest advances in Drosophila genetics.
  • Appraise the latest cutting-edge techniques used in Drosophila research.
  • Apply CRISPR/Cas9 and other gene replacement or disruption techniques to their own research.
  • Evaluate the various techniques used in advanced genetic analysis.
  • Design and develop a research project using Drosophila.
  • Access an international network of leading Drosophila researchers.
Feedback from the 2016 course
‘I absolutely loved this course, it offered a great chance to network and the speakers were extremely generous with their time and approachable. I had an amazing time and got to meet a great bunch of Drosophila researchers. It was very interesting to find out about all the cool research that others are doing with this model organism and the enthusiasm from the speakers has sincerely motivated me for my own research. This course highlighted not only the importance of science but the importance and tractability of Drosophila’.

Feedback from the 2014 course
I would suggest this course to anyone starting out in Drosophila or even some already familiar with Drosophila. I think the breadth of subject matter and discussions of new techniques and methodologies are useful for anyone at any point in their Drosophila career’.

‘It was a great week and an amazing opportunity for young scientists’.

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