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Genomics for Dermatology (Virtual)

25 - 27 November 2020Virtual Course
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Application deadline 20 October 2020

Application opens soon.
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Introduction to genetics relevant to skin biology and clinical dermatology

  • Summary

    This course is designed to provide an introduction to human genetics and the genomic approaches used currently to understand disease mechanisms for those working in dermatology and skin biology.

    The programme will provide an understanding of contemporary genomics as applied to skin genetics in health and disease. It will provide an overview on genetic variation and molecular mechanisms of skin diseases. It will have a  focus on genomic technologies and analyses including high throughput sequencing for DNA and RNA. Participants will also be exposed to the methods and approaches required to analyse large genetic data sets .

    The discussion-based course is aimed at clinical dermatologists and skin biology researchers including those in training. Applications from clinical lecturers, specialist trainees and consultants are welcome. The course is open to international participants, and the residential nature of the course facilitates networking and informal discussion with world experts.

    The course is endorsed by The British Association of Dermatologists, Dermatology and Genetic Medicine (BADGEM).

  • Programme

    Topics will include:

    • Introduction to genetics and genomics
    • Variation in the human genome
    • Epigenetics
    • Monogenic skin diseases
    • Bioinformatic approaches to GWAS datasets
    • State-of-the-art technologies such as single cell transcriptomics
    • Molecular mechanisms and therapeutics in genetic skin disease
  • Learning outcomes

    Following attendance of this course, participants will be able to:

    • Explain the basic principles of genetic variation, gene expression and regulation
    • Recognise epigenetic mechanisms and some of their roles in skin biology
    • Explain how phenotypes arise from genotypes in selected skin diseases
    • Evaluate findings from genome-wide association studies
    • Describe new innovations in sequencing and single-cell analysis
    • Recognise the impact of genetic diagnosis for skin disease and therapy development
  • Instructors and speakers

    Scientific Programme Committee

    Sara Brown

    Sara Brown
    University of Dundee, UK

    David Kelsell

    David Kelsell
    Queen Mary University of London, UK

    Edel O'Toole

    Edel O'Toole
    Queen Mary University of London, UK

    Neil Rajan

    Neil Rajan
    Newcastle University, UK

    Keynote Speaker

    Fiona Watt

    Fiona Watt
    King's College London, UK

    Instructors and Speakers

    Regina Betz – University of Bonn, Germany
    Sara Brown – University of Dundee, UK
    Hans Hennies – University of Huddersfield, UK
    David Kelsell – Queen Mary University of London, UK
    Veronica Kinsler – Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, UK
    Edel O’Toole – Queen Mary University of London, UK
    Liz Patton – University of Edinburgh, UK
    Marta Polak – University of Southampton, UK
    Neil Rajan – Newcastle University, UK
    Andrew Read – University of Manchester, UK
    Catherine Smith – King’s College London, UK
    Enikö Sonkoly – Karolinska Institute, Sweden
    Ellen Thomas – Genomics England, UK
    Gosia Trynka – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK

  • Cost and bursaries
    Course fee TBC

    Virtual event details coming soon.



  • How to apply

    How to Apply
    Please complete the online application form. Places are limited and will be awarded on merit. If you have any problems with the online application process, please contact us.

    Please note: Applications must be supported by a recommendation from a scientific or clinical sponsor (e.g. supervisor, line manager or head of department). A request for a supporting statement will be sent to your nominated sponsor automatically during the application process. Applicants must ensure that their sponsor provides this supporting statement by the application deadline. Applications without a supporting statement cannot be considered.


  • Sponsorship

    This course has been made possible thanks to our valued sponsor:

    1. Logo for British Association of Dermatologists (BAD)
  • Testimonials

    Feedback from the 2019 course:

    “This was a really enjoyable and informative course. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend to other dermatology trainees”

    “This was an utterly fantastic course, with inspirational and illustrious speakers at the very cutting edge of the bench-bedside interface. Thanks very much for the experience”