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Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics

21 - 25 August 2016Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Application Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    We are pleased to announce The Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics
    2016. This summer school provides a unique opportunity to learn and be
    inspired by those that have shaped our understanding of human genomics in
    the past decade. Now in its ninth year, it was re-named ‘The Leena
    Peltonen School of Human Genomics’ in 2011, as a tribute to Leena
    . Tutors at the school are among the scientific leaders who
    are advancing the field of human genomics, and former students are now at
    the forefront of much of this research.

    This is a uniquely fascinating time in human genetics and genomics, as
    the field moves beyond the cataloguing of associated variation towards
    fundamental biological inference and translational implementation. The
    programme will cover a range of topics including our current
    understanding of the genomics of rare and complex human diseases. There
    will be sessions addressing gene regulation and functional analysis. The
    latest advances in sequencing technology and the future of whole genome
    and clinical sequencing will also be discussed.

    The schedule is highly interactive with presentations by the tutors and
    students on cutting-edge topics in human genomics. The summer school is
    more akin to a ‘science summer camp’ for graduate students with
    discussions and debates on the future of human genomics. A unique feature
    is the one-to-one mentoring on all aspects of genomics, including advice
    on publishing and pursuing an academic research career.

    The summer school is suitable for scientists and clinicians undertaking
    graduate studies focused on human genetics and genomics. Applications
    from those who have completed a PhD in another area and have moved into
    genomics for their postdoctoral studies will also be considered. To
    optimize discussions and interactions, numbers are limited to 20

    Feedback from previous students:
    “The tutors that participated in the course are leaders in their
    fields and therefore, participate in the important conferences in human
    genetics and genomics that are held every year…. I think that the highest
    value of this course was that it provides the unique opportunity to talk
    to the tutors about their academic career, their research interests, and
    their view of the future advances on the field of human genomics. It was
    also very inspiring learning what motivates them to do what they do, and
    to receive their advice regarding research in the academic context.”

    “I already recommended it to my colleagues. The course was a fantastic
    experience. The networking opportunities were fantastic, the discussions
    were plentiful and each one as interesting as the last. You get the
    opportunity of meeting the greatest people, you make new friends.
    Definitely one of the greatest experiences of my academic career.” (2013)

    “The opportunity to interact with 20 world-leading scientists over a
    period of four days was absolutely invaluable. The discussions in the
    one-to-one meetings, over meals, drinks and coffee were both truly
    inspiring and thought provoking.” (2013)

    “Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics: one of the best experiences a
    genetics graduate student can have” (2012)

  • Programme

    The summer school will start on Sunday, 21 August and close on
    Thursday, 25 August 2016. This is a residential course. All
    students will stay onsite for the full duration to benefit fully from
    discussions and interactions with the faculty and other participants.

    Topics will include:

    • Structural variation
    • Complex traits
    • Gene regulation
    • Functional analysis
    • Complex metabolic traits
    • Nonhuman genomics
    • Rare diseases
    • Sequencing at large scale
    • Technology
    • Cancer genomics
    • Publishing and article review session
    • Next generation sequencing

    *Please note: the final programme is built around the research interests
    of the students accepted onto the summer school.

  • Instructors / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Jeff Barrett Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute,
    Nancy Cox Vanderbilt University, USA
    Manolis Dermitzakis University of Geneva, Switzerland

    Mark McCarthy University of Oxford, UK

    Confirmed tutors
    Carl Anderson Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute,
    Alexis Battle Johns Hopkins University, USA
    Don Conrad Washington University School of Medicine,
    Paul de Bakker Vertex Pharmaceuticals, USA
    Tonu Esko University of Tartu Estonia & Broad
    Institute of Harvard and MIT, USA
    Richard Gibbs Baylor College of Medicine, USA
    Nicholas Katsanis Duke University, USA 
    Cecilia Lindgren Broad Institute of Harvard and
    MIT, USA
    Ruth Loos Mount Sinai Hospital, USA
    Daniel MacArthur Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

    Karen Mohlke University of North Carolina, USA
    Debbie Nickerson University of Washington, USA
    Len Pennacchio Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
    Nicole Soranzo Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
    Cisca Wijmenga University Medical Center Groningen, The
    Eleftheria Zeggini Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute,

    Event organiser
    Laura Hubbard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • How to Apply


    Registration with Twin Accommodation  £650.00
    Registration with Single Accommodation  £774.00

    The fees include accommodation, meals and lectures for the duration of
    the summer school. The fee will be requested once acceptance is

    This is a residential summer school. All participants will stay at The
    Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, for the
    nights of 21, 22, 23 and 24 August 2016. For twin
    accommodation,  roommates will be allocated on a gender basis.

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the summer
    school/course dates, please contact the Conference Centre

    Application deadline: Closed

    Places on this summer school are limited to 20 students and will be
    awarded on merit. Applicants should be PhD students currently engaged in
    relevant research and will be required to complete an online application
    The selection process will take place in May 2016.

    The following will need to be provided:

    • Qualifications and justification for attendance
    • A list of relevant publications
    • A scientific outline of current research
    • Supervisor’s details: your supervisor will then receive an e-mail requesting a supporting statement to complete your application.

    Please note: Applications will not be considered without
    a supervisor’s supporting statement.

    Travel visas
    Please contact the event organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application. Note that letters will be provided to confirmed

    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:

  • Bursaries

    Please note there are no bursaries or travel grants available for this
    summer school.

  • Sponsors

    We thank the following organisations for their support:

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