‘Personalised Genomics: The Future is Now’
August 8 – 12, 2016
Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Course organizers: Bregje WM van Bon and Arjan PM de Brouwer
Genome variation makes you unique
Every individual is unique and this individuality is largely determined by variations in the genomic DNA that are present at birth. This blueprint forms the basis of who we are. Genome variation not only determines hair and eye colour but also predisposition to disease and physical reactions to medication.
Coming soon: personal genome information
Recent developments in the field of genetics enable us to map an entire genome in a matter of days at a reasonable cost. This information, which will be available to you in the (near) future, is essential to understanding the complex relationship between health and disease. At the moment genomewide information already plays a pivotal role in the diagnosis and treatment of heterogeneous monogenic disorders such as intellectual disability, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
In this one-week course, we will address the impact of genome information for the predisposition, diagnosis, progression, treatment and prevention of diseases. We will do this by using three model diseases: hereditary spastic paraplegia, intellectual disability, and dilated cardiomyopathy. You will assess data from real-life patients at the Department of Human Genetics of the Radboud University Medical Center and follow the path from patient to the use of genome information in daily life. We will draw on the latest developments in human genetics and their potential and limitations for personalised healthcare.
After this course you are able to:
- Analyse and interpret genome data
- Apply this knowledge to the predisposition, diagnosis, progression, treatment and prevention of diseases
For whom is this course designed
This course is designed for PhD and MSc students involved in human genetics. However, residents and fellows in human genetics, paediatrics, and metabolic diseases are also welcome.
No specific admission requirements are needed other than a BSc degree in life sciences including medicine. For additional information and application please visit the course website.
“Applications of Pharmacogenomics and Personalised Therapy”
August 20 to 25, 2016, Belgrade
The summer school is arranged as an intensive teaching and learning event that will raise the education levels in pharmacogenomics and personalized therapy several steps higher. Innovative and original programming will enable to present, share, debate and conclude on the opportunity to translate genetic laboratory test results into actionable prescribing decisions for specific drugs, emphasising the importance of teamwork in the use of personalized medicine for improving patient care in the clinical setting. It will also be focused on the application of the newest ready-to-use tools and technologies in their working practice.
Participants will have a unique opportunity to discuss their work with invited professors during the “Meet the professor session” and will be able to introduce themselves and their work to their peers on a one-to-one basis, during the “Speed dating session”.
Cancer Genomics and Individualized Therapy
Dolphin Day Hotel, Syros island, Greece, September 22-26, 2016
12–14 October 2016
Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK
This new course is designed to provide an introduction to genomics and bioinformatics for those working in dermatology and skin biology.
"This programme provides contemporary academic and practical training in genetics applied to disease and healthcare. The core training aspect of this programme is a 25 week full-time research project.
The programme is suitable for science graduates who have a basic understanding of human genetics and molecular biology and graduates will be well qualified for a career in clinical or laboratory based genetic medicine (including biotech and industrial R&D).
For medical students this programme can be completed during undergraduate training or after qualification and will provide invaluable experience for those wishing to pursue a career in genetics or academic medicine.
Graduates from this programme will be well placed for pursuing further research through a PhD."