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2nd Short Course on Statistical Genetics and Genomics
|When:||Mon 7/9/2012 - Fri 7/13/2012|
|Location:||University of Alabama at Birmingham
1670 University Blvd., Volker Hall Lecture Room B
Birmingham AL 35294-0019
|Lodging Options:||Doubletree Hotel Birmingham
808 South 20th Street
Birmingham, AL 35205
*mention that you are coming at the request of UAB for our short course for the rate ($119/night; gov't rate not offered)
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- Overview & Agenda
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- Faculty & Board
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, 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: AgendaMon 7/9/12
Bursary Services. We will offer a novel service to participants to assist them either in their ongoing research projects or in a newly initiated project which could lead to publication in refereed journal or submission of an investigator initiated grant proposal. In addition to attending the regularly scheduled short course itself, one month after the short course participants will be encouraged to submit one page proposals on their projects indicating in each case the specific aim of the project and the name of the rotating faculty with whom they wish to work. Any faculty listed in the rotating faculty list is eligible to provide such service. Advisory board members will serve as reviewers and will assign scores between 1 and 5 to each proposal and convey them to Drs. Tiwari and Allison. We will then select the 10 participants with highest average scores. (In selecting the proposals for Bursary Awards, we also consider diversity in addition, but secondarily, to the scientific quality of the proposal.) We will serve as facilitators, contacting particular faculty to ask whether they are willing to help the participant in initiating and finishing the project. If they agree, we will encourage participants to contact the faculty to arrange to work on the project. When the project is nearly complete, the participant will visit the faculty for two days to get final assistance.
Within one month of the Bursary Service, both participant and faculty will be responsible to provide feedback on their experience and to provide information on the manuscript or grant proposal they submitted together. They may be asked to provide a copy of their manuscript and/or confirmation of the submitted grant proposal (the documents will not be distributed to any one and kept confidential). We will also keep track of publication status as well as approval of the grant proposal by conducting online searches of Pub Med. Medline, and NIH RePORTER to find out whether any of these trainees have publications or funded grants, especially in fields related to genetics. We strongly believe that this will bring high level of collaboration between faculty and participants.
Full List of Rotating Faculty can be found by Click here.
- 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
- DNA Microarrays and Related Genomics Techniques: Design, Analysis, and Interpretation of Experiments
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
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.
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