This advanced course aims to give researchers involved in genetic disease studies a firm grounding in the use of the latest statistical methods and software for analysis of genetic association studies. This includes both small-scale disease-specific studies and large-scale collaborative projects including those that can be used for analysis of multiple complex traits such as UK Biobank.

The course will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of the design and analysis of such studies. Each topic will include a lecture followed by a practical session in which state-of-the-art statistical software will be applied to relevant datasets. The practical sessions will illustrate the ideas presented in the lectures. All the software used will be freely available so that skills learned can be applied after the course.

The programme will also include seminars from internationally renowned researchers from the field of complex disease genetics, along with opportunities for participants to discuss their own research projects with course instructors and with each other.

Target audience and prerequisites
The course is open to scientists and clinicians engaged in relevant research. To ensure participants benefit fully from the course, applications should include clear evidence of the following existing knowledge and experience:

  • a strong quantitative background (including some familiarity with statistics, mathematics or bioinformatics)
  • a reasonable level of computer literacy
  • a basic knowledge and understanding of genetics (both molecular genetics and concepts of inheritance/heritability)

Feedback from the 2017 course
"Crystal clear lectures and detailed practicals. Great course. I definitely should have attended before."
"I thought the course was excellent. I learned a lot more than I anticipated, particularly as most of the material was very new to me."
"Keep up the good work! I will definitely recommend this course to others working with GWAS"
"The course was great, good teachers, plenty of time to ask questions and great practicals! And the Genome Campus facilities in general were very nice as well."
"The course was exceptionally well-organized and the facilities, food, and accommodation were all of the highest standard."
"Thank you to all the instructors and assistant instructors for their time and care in delivering their must needed wisdom."
"Thank you for everything."

Application Deadline:
8 June 2018


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