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Genomics of Brain Disorders

14 - 16 April 2021Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Early bird deadline 19 January 2021
  • Bursary deadline 02 February 2021
  • Abstract deadline 18 February 2021
  • Registration deadline 16 March 2021

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Bringing together scientists and clinicians working on neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases

  • Summary

    Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, this conference was postponed from 18-20 March 2020.

    This conference 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.

    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. This year’s meeting will also highlight systems biology and modelling approaches, population studies and emerging tools and technologies. We will also discuss the use of genomics to drive therapeutics.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 12.30 (BST) on Wednesday, 14 April and close at approximately 14.00 on Friday, 16 April 2021. All times are given in British Summer Time. See the time where you are here.

    Topics will include:

    • Genetic architecture
    • Systems biology
    • Population studies
    • Modelling disease
    • Tools and Technologies
    • Using genomics to drive therapeutics
  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee

    Kristen Brennand

    Kristen Brennand
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA

     Alison Goate

    Alison Goate
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA

    Michael Owen

    Michael Owen
    Cardiff University, UK

    Mina Ryten

    Mina Ryten
    UCL, UK

    Keynote Speaker

    Naomi Wray

    Naomi Wray
    University of Queensland, Australia

    Michael Owen

    Michael Owen
    Cardiff University, UK

    Confirmed speakers

    Stefan AignerUniversity of California, San Diego, USA
    Jeff Barrett – Genomics plc, UK
    Ditte Demontis – Aarhus University, Denmark
    Tonu Esko – University of Tartu, Estonia
    Peter Heutink – DZNE, Germany
    Xin Jin – Harvard, USA
    Martin Kampmann – University of California, San Francisco, USA
    Cathryn Lewis – King’s College London, UK
    Anna Middleton – Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
    Eleonora Porcu – University Hospital Lausanne, Switzerland
    Beatriz Rico – King’s College London, UK
    Andrew Singleton – NIH, USA
    Sally Temple –  Neural Stem Cell Institute, USA
    Caleb Webber – University of Cardiff, UK

    Conference organiser

    Nicole Schatlowski, Senior Scientific Programme Officer
    Jemma Hume, Conference & Events Organiser

  • Registration / Accommodation
    Early bird discount
    (until 20 January 2020)

    Standard rate
    (until 20 January 2020)
    Student No accommodation TBC TBC
    Student On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Student On-site single accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic No accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic On-site single accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial No accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial On-site single accommodation TBC TBC

    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.

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 18 and 19 March 2020. Please note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is recommended.

    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:

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  • 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 conference.

    Abstract deadline: 18 February 2021

  • Bursaries

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

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser. You will be sent a unique registration link which will hold your place, without taking payment, until you have been notified of the outcome of your application.

    The following documents will need to be provided as part of the bursary application:

    • Abstract (to be submitted via the portal during the registration process)
    • CV
    • A justification letter (explain how you will benefit from attending the conference)
    • A supporting letter from supervisor stating financial need

    If you have already registered for the conference you are still welcome to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: 02 February 2021

    Additional funding opportunities
    Visit our support page for additional financial support currently available.

  • Sponsors

    Our Genomics of Brain Disorders conference has been made possible thanks to our valued sponsors.

    A special thank you to our Gold Sponsor: 

    10X Genomics – Gold Sponsor


    With thanks to our Silver sponsors: 

    Synthego – Silver Sponsor


    A short talk prize is kindly being sponsored by: 

    Short Talk Sponsor – Genome Medicine


    If you are interested in supporting this meeting, please contact the conference organiser.

  • Keynote lecture video from 2018 meeting

    What's the future of treating brain disorders?

    Keynote lecture Ruth McKernan (Innovate UK) at Genomics of Brain Disorders 2018

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