Genomics of Brain Disorders

23 - 25 April 2018Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Early Bird Deadline Closed
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    We are pleased to announce the second conference on the Genomics of Brain
    Disorders. This meeting will bring together scientists and clinicians
    working on neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases to compare
    approaches used and the emerging lessons from both categories of disease.
    The overall aim is to encourage practitioners of neuroscience, systems
    biology, bioinformatics, epidemiology and genomics to discuss and debate
    the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as we attempt to tease
    apart the genetic contribution to and understand the biology of brain

    Psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and depression, and
    neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s
    disease, are placing an increasing burden on the developed world.
    Technical advances over the past few years, including genome-wide
    association studies and next generation sequencing studies, have led to
    the discovery of many predisposing loci for both psychiatric and
    neurodegenerative disorders.

    This meeting will synthesise the advances and remaining challenges in the
    genomics of various brain disorders. We will discuss recent insights into
    genomic architecture and the emerging biology of disease. We will
    consider how best to gain biological understanding from both common and
    rare allele findings and explore the translational and clinical
    applications, focusing on early detection of risk, biomarker discovery
    and using genomics to drive precision medicine.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 12.30 on Monday, 23 April and
    close at approximately 14.00 on Wednesday, 25 April 2018.

    Topics will include:

    • Genetic architecture
    • Predicting risk
    • Connecting genetics to biology
    • Systems biology
    • Population studies
    • New technologies
    • Modelling disease
    • Neuroimmunology
    • Precision medicine

    A draft programme is available.

  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Alison Goate  Icahn School of Medicine,
    John Hardy
    University College London, UK
    Mike Owen
    Cardiff University, UK

    Keynote speaker
    Ruth McKernan Innovate UK

    Confirmed speakers
    Kristen Brennand Icahn School of Medicine at Mount
    Sinai, USA
    Nancy Cox Vanderbilt University, USA
    Bart De Strooper VIB, Belgium
    Sarah Gagliano University of Michigan, USA
    Michael Heneka German Center for Neurodegenerative
    Diseases (DZNE), Germany
    Soyon Hong Harvard University, USA
    Michael Johnson Imperial College London, UK
    Lesley Jones Cardiff University, UK
    Rick Livesey University of Cambridge, UK
    Danielle Posthuma VU University, The Netherlands
    Stuart Ritchie University of Edinburgh, UK
    Kaitlin Samocha Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
    Kári Stefánsson deCODE Genetics, Iceland
    Naomi Wray University of Queensland, Australia

    Conference organiser
    Sue Taylor Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Early bird*

    (until 30 January)


    (after 31 January)

    Student No accommodation £236 £336
    Student On site twin accommodation £340 £440
    Student On site single accommodation £406 £506
    Academic No accommodation £336 £436
    Academic On site twin accommodation £440 £540
    Academic On site single accommodation £506 £606
    Commercial No accommodation £436 £536
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £540 £640
    Commercial On site single accommodation £606 £706

    The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster
    sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments
    during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have
    booked accommodation.

    Registration deadlines
    Early Bird registration: 30 January 2018
    Standard registration:  27 March 2018

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 23 and 24 April 2018. Please
    note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on
    a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference
    dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

    Travel visas
    Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to
    confirmed registrants.

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK. 
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website:

    Information for general visitors and business visitors:

  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the
    meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral
    presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

    Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the
    deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been
    selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0-
    portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the
    conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the

    Abstract deadline: 27 February 2018

    Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.

  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students
    to attend this conference (up to 50% of the registration fee) from
    Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • Abstract
    • CV
    • Covering letter
    • Letter from supervisor

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: 13 February 2018

    Additional funding opportunities
    our Funding webpage
    for additional funding opportunities currently

  • Sponsors

    If you would like to support this meeting, please contact the conference