UCL Genetics Institute


Short Courses September 2014

27 February 2014

Bloomsbury Centre for Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics will run 2 short courses in September 2014:

Both courses will be held at dedicated computer labs at UCL.

Course 1: Introduction to Genetic Epidemiology in the GWAS era

2 – 5 September 2014

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Genetic epidemiology holds great potential for personalised medicine and improved biological knowledge of disease processes.  This course provides an introduction to the design, analysis and interpretation of genetic studies of disease, with a focus on state of the art analysis of genomewide association scans.  The course is 4 days long.  On days 1 and 2,  basic genetics will be introduced and relevant statistical methods for linkage and association analysis will be described.  Days 3 and 4 will cover the design and analysis of genomewide association scans, including emerging applications to risk prediction and biological pathway analysis.  Throughout the course participants will gain practical experience of analysing genetic data in population and family studies.  By the end of the course participants will have an understanding of the fundamental concepts of genetic epidemiology, will have a working knowledge of the terminology and current status of the field, and will be able to perform many basic analyses of genetic data.  This course is followed by the companion course “High throughput sequencing in disease studies”.

Course 2: High throughput sequencing in disease studies

Midday 8 – midday 12 September 2014

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Rapidly developing technologies now allow genomes to be sequenced more quickly and cheaply than ever before.  This course will cover state of the art methods and applications of next generation sequencing.  The course runs over 4 days and participants will be introduced to tools for analysing high throughput sequence data, including methods for measuring copy number variants and allele-specific expression, and conducting disease association analysis with sequence data. There will be considerable opportunities to gain practical experience with new data types such as whole genome sequence, RNA- and ChIP-seq data.  By the end of the course participants will have a broad knowledge of the state of the art and will be well equipped to analyse their own data.  This course follows the companion course “Introduction to Genetic Epidemiology in the GWAS era”.

Course Fees

£700 per course (Early bird rate until end of May 2014), £850 per course after 1 June. Further discount available when both courses booked at the same time. The course fee covers participation in the course, materials, incidental tea/coffee,  lunch on all days and a reception at the end of day 4.