6th Short Course on Statistical Genetics and Genomics

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Attendance is limited.  Please apply prior to Tuesday, 05/31/2016. Accepted applicants will be notified by Tuesday, 6/7/2016.  Applicants should arrange to pay the registration fee by Friday, June 24.


Monday 7/11/16 – Friday 7/15/16

Location: The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Ryals Public Health Building
1665 University Blvd. - Room 107
Birmingham AL 35294

Lodging Options:

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

Hotel Highland Downtown/UAB, Ascend Collection Hotel
(Formerly: Hotel Highland At Five Points South)
1023 20th Street S
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
(205) 933-9555

Residence Inn Birmingham Downtown at UAB
821 20th St S
Birmingham, AL 35205-2713
(205) 731-9595

  • Overview & Agenda
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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.

Schedule of Events: Agenda

Day 1 - Monday 7/11/16
Time Speaker Topic Video
08:00 - 08:30 Wanda Skipwith/Mary Ann Rice Registration - Continental Breakfast  
08:30 - 08:45 Hemant Tiwari, PhD Introductory Remarks  
08:45 - 09:45 Kyle Brothers, PhD Part I - Ethical Issues in Medical Research in Human Genetics Video
09:45 - 10:00   BREAK
10:00 - 11:00 Kyle Brothers, PhD Part II - Ethical Issues in Research in Human Genetics Video
11:00 - 11:15   BREAK
11:15 - 12:15 Hemant Tiwari, PhD Introduction to 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
YouTube: Wang Scientific Software Solutions
04:45 - 06:00 Xiangqin Cui, PhD Introduction to R & Bio-conductor  


Day 2 - Tuesday 7/12/16 - Continental Breakfast Provided
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 - 01:45   LUNCH BREAK  
01:45 - 04:30 Michael Wu, PhD., Amit Patki PLINK, SKAT
06:00 - 08:00 Participants & Faculty Social Dinner @ Hill Student Center (Ball Room AB) 1400 University Blvd.  


Day 3 - Wednesday 7/13/16 - Continental Breakfast Provided
Time Speaker Topic Video
08:00 - 09:15 Alison Motsinger-Reif, PhD Pharmacogenetics/ Pharmacogenomics Video
09:15 - 09:30   BREAK
09:30 - 10:45 Alison Motsinger-Reif, PhD Challenges and Importance of Considering Interactions Video
10:45 - 11:00   BREAK
11:00 - 12:15 Xiangqin Cui, PhD Transcriptome analyses Video
12:15 - 01:45   LUNCH BREAK  
01:45 - 04:30 Xiangqin Cui, PhD, Vinodh Srinivasasainagendra Imputation using MACH, RNA-Seq analysis


Day 4 - Thursday 7/14/16 - Continental Breakfast Provided
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 Nancy Cox, PhD Genome X Transcriptome X EMR Video
12:15 - 01:45   LUNCH BREAK
01:45 - 04:30 Conneely and Wu, PhDs CpGssoc, NGS Analysis with Bioconductor


Day 5 - Friday 7/15/16 - Continental Breakfast Provided
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 Nicholas Schork, PhD Translational Genomics: From Rare Disease Analysis to Cancer Clinical Trial Design  
10:45 - 11:00   BREAK
11:00 - 12:15 Hemant Tiwari Integration of Different Data Domains in Silico for Causal Inference: Challenges and Issues  
12:15   Adjourn



We offer a Fellowship to applicants from outside UAB 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. Also, we offer fee weiver to applicants from UAB.

  1. Complete the PDF or Word application form. Only fully completed application forms will be considered.
  2. Forward your current curriculum vitae.
  3. Letters of recommendation
  4. Using a one-page proposal, describe why learning about Statistical Genomics and its methodology would help your current research and/or influence your research career plans. Questions? Contact Dr. Hemant Tiwari htiwari@uab.edu

The 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

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)


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.