5th Short Course on Statistical Genetics and Genomics

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When: Monday 7/27/15 – Friday 7/31/15
Location: The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Ryals Public Health Building
1665 University Blvd. - Room 507
Birmingham AL 35294
http://www.uab.edu/map/ryals-school-for-public-health

Lodging Options:

Doubletree Hotel by Hilton
808 South 20th Street
Birmingham, AL 35205
(205) 933-9000; fax: (205) 933-0920

SpringHill Suites by Marriott
2024 4th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 322-8600; fax: (205) 322-9915

Residence Inn by Marriott-UAB
821 20th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205
(205) 731-9595; fax: (205) 731-9596

Courtyard Birmingham Downtown at UAB
1820 5th Avenue South
Birmingham, Al 35233
1-800-321-2211 or (205) 254-0004

 

  • Overview & Agenda
  • Travel Award
  • Faculty & Board
  • Apply
  • Contact
  • Photos

Overview

Major efforts are under way to uncover the specific genetic components of many complex human disorders and quantitative traits. These efforts are generating an unprecedented wealth of data that requires sophisticated statistical analysis in order to maximize the information gleaned from each study. Likewise, many advances have been made in statistical methods for the study of complex genetic traits, and new statistical methods continue to be promulgated. To expedite and significantly advance the search for specific genes that predispose to these complex traits, we propose a series of annual hands-on short courses on statistical genetics and statistical genomics which will enable a far greater number of researchers, including clinical researchers, to participate in, contribute to, and lead such research. These short courses will help equip students, post-doctoral fellows, programmers who are working with funded investigators, junior investigators, and senior investigators new to the field with the statistical genetic approaches necessary to expedite genomic discovery. The courses will be taught by leading experts in statistical genetics/genomics. Each 5-day course will provide substantial "hands-on" computer training that will effectively increase the number and the expertise of investigators who are pursuing genetic and genomic research. We expect approximately 50 students to attend each course, allowing for intensive interaction between students and faculty. Lectures will be supplemented with extensive discussion sessions, handouts, presentation of worked examples, and interactive demonstrations of statistical genetic data analyses. Finally, we will also initiate a new bursary service, providing funding for 10 course participants to travel to visit a course faculty member of their choice to help initiate or finish a particular project. This will provide an unprecedented collaborative opportunity for course participants and faculty.

Schedule of Events: Agenda

Monday 7/27/15
Time Speaker Topic Video
08:00 - 08:30 Wanda Skipwith/Mary Ann Rice Registration  
08:30 - 08:45 Hemant Tiwari, PhD Introductory Remarks  
08:45 - 09:45 Kyle Brothers, MD, PhD Part I - Ethical Issues in Human Genetics Research – Basic Science Video
09:45 - 10:00   BREAK
10:00 - 11:00 Kyle Brothers, MD, PhD Part II - Ethical Issues in Human Genetics Research– Translational Science Video
11:00 - 11:15   BREAK
11:15 - 12:15 Nancy Cox, PhD Statistical Genetics & Genomics Video
12:15 - 01:30   LUNCH BREAK
01:30 - 03:00 David Redden, PhD Introduction to Biostatistics Video
03:00 - 03:15   BREAK
03:15 - 04:45 Jelai Wang StatGenLab, a virtual machine for genetic data analysis  
04:45 - 06:00 Xiangqin Cui, PhD Introduction to R & Bioconductor  

 

Tuesday 7/28/15
Time Speaker Topic Video
08:00 - 09:15 Carl Langefeld, PhD Design, Analysis, and interpretation of GWAS – GWAS (I) Video
09:15 - 09:30   BREAK
09:30 - 10:45 Carl Langefeld, PhD X-Chromosome, Imputation to 1000 Genomes - GWAS (II) Video
10:45 - 11:00   BREAK
11:00 - 12:15 Michael Wu, PhD Rare Variants Analyses Video
12:15 - 01:30   LUNCH BREAK  
01:30 - 02:00 Faculty Open Discussion
02:00 - 02:15   BREAK
02:15 - 05:00 Michael Wu, PhD., Amit Patki SKAT; PLINK  
06:00 - 08:00 Participants & Faculty Social Dinner at the Edge of Chaos  

 

Wednesday 7/29/15
Time Speaker Topic Video
08:00 - 09:15 Alison Motsinger-Reif, PhD Pharmacogenetics/ Pharmacogenomics  
09:15 - 09:30   BREAK
09:30 - 10:45 Marylyn Ritchie, PhD Gene x Gene and Gene x Environment Interaction Video
10:45 - 11:00   BREAK
11:00 - 12:15 Xiangqin Cui, PhD Transcriptome Analyses Video
12:15 - 01:30   LUNCH BREAK  
01:30 - 02:00 Faculty Open Discussion
02:00 - 02:15   BREAK
02:15 - 05:00 Xiangqin Cui, PhD, Vinodh Srinivasasainagendra Imputation using MACH, RNA-Seq analysis  

 

Thursday 7/30/15
Time Speaker Topic Video
08:00 - 09:15 Hao Wu, PhD Statistical Epigenomics Video
09:15 - 09:30   BREAK
09:30 - 10:45 Karen Conneely, PhD Analysis of DNA Methylation Microarray Data Video
10:45 - 11:00   BREAK
11:00 - 12:15 Gustavo de los Campos, PhD Whole Genome Prediction Video
12:15 - 01:30   LUNCH BREAK
01:30 - 02:00 Faculty Open Discussion
02:00 - 02:15   BREAK
02:15 - 06:00 Gustavo, Conneely, and Wu CpGssoc, NGS analysis with Bioconductor, Handling big genomic data in R Environment  

 

Friday 7/31/15
Time Speaker Topic Video
08:00 - 09:15 Purvesh Khatri, PhD Beyond GWAS: Pathway Analysis and Meta-Analysis  
09:15 - 09:30   BREAK
09:30 - 10:45 Hongzhe Lee, PhD Microbiome/ Metagenome Video
10:45 - 11:00   BREAK
11:00 - 12:15 Ranjit Kumar, PhD Software Demonstration of Analysis of Microbiome Data  
12:15   Adjourn

 

NIGMS Travel Fellowship Award

We offer a Travel Fellowship Award to applicants to assist them with the funding of their travel to UAB to participate in the Short Course. If you are awarded a travel fellowship, your travel, hotel, & food costs will be partially covered and your registration fee will be waived. Those awarded the travel fellowship should request and save all of their original itemized receipts pertaining to their food, travel, & hotel expenses, and submit them to us after the short course is over. NOTE: non-itemized receipts will not be reimbursed.

In order to be considered for the Travel Fellowship Award, applicants must submit a brief proposal on their research project(s), indicating in each case the specific aim of the project.  The submitted proposal must include information detailing how much work has been done, and also, what work needs to be done.  Background information describing the applicant’s experiences in statistics, genetics, programming, etc. should also be included in the proposal.

Applicants must also submit at a minimum, two letters of recommendation in order to be considered for the award.

The travel fellowships are available for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early investigators who are US Citizens/Permanent Residents, or who are currently studying and/or working at a US Institution.

UAB Faculty:

Full List of Rotating Faculty can be found by Click here.

Advisory Board:

  • Robert C Elston, PhD - Statistical Genetics/Genomics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Suzanne M Leal, PhD - Linkage/ Association, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor University, Houston
  • John K Hewitt, PhD - Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado

Apply

Welcome to the 5th Annual Short Course on Statistical Genetics and Genomics application site. The course is jointly sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and the Section on Statistical Genetics at UAB.

There are limited travel fellowships available for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early investigators who are US Citizens/Permanent Residents or who are currently studying and/or working at a US Institution.

To apply, please perform the following tasks either via our website or by sending materials to: wskipwit@uab.edu:

  1. Complete this application form (PDF or Word).   Only fully completed application forms will be considered.
  2. Forward your current curriculum vitae.
  3. Letters of recommendation (minimum of two)
  4. Using a one-page proposal, describe why learning about Statistical Genomics and it methodology would help your current research and/or influence your research career plans. Questions?  Contact Dr. Hemant Tiwari – htiwari@uab.edu
  5. For Travel Fellowship please read the details by clicking on the “Travel Award” tab.

Attendance is limited.Please apply prior to Friday, 6/12/2015. Accepted applicants will be notified by Friday, 6/19/2015 and applicants should make arrangements for registration fee by Wednesday, July 1.

Women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Upon Acceptance, fee: 
          $600 - academic, government, and non-profit organizations
          $2,500 - for-profit organizations

Acceptance includes course tuition, syllabus, and refreshment breaks.  Fee will be payable upon acceptance into the course.

Personal Checks or Money Orders should be payable to University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Cash will not be accepted

Need more information?  Contact Wanda C Skipwith at 205.975.9193 or wskipwit@uab.edu

For more information, contact:
Wanda C. Skipwith
Administrative Support Specialist
UAB SOPH Department of Biostatistics
Section on Statistical Genetics
1665 Univ. Blvd, RPHB 414
Birmingham, AL 35294-0022
205.975.9193 T
205.975.2541 F
wskipwit@uab.edu

 

Contact Information:

Logistics: Wanda C. Skipwith
Phone: (205) 975-9193
Email: statgenetics@uab.edu

 

Scientific: Hemant K Tiwari, PhD
Department of Biostatistics
1665 University Blvd, 420B
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294-0022
Phone: (205) 934-4907
Email: htiwari@uab.edu

 


Funding Sources:
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

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NIGMS Disclaimer:
This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) under Grant No. R25GM093044. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NIGMS.