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Cognomics Summer School 2018

Brain Imaging Genetics: Genetics for Imagers

Nijmegen, Netherlands | 13-17 August 2018

The Dutch Cognomics Program is happy to announce the Cognomics summer school “Brain Imaging Genetics: Genetics for Imagers”! The 3-rd edition of the Cognomics summer school will be held in Nijmegen (the Netherlands) on 13-17 August 2018.

The course is directed at researchers with a neuroimaging background, who wish to develop their knowledge and skills on state‐of‐the‐art developments in the field of neuroimaging genetics. This intensive one-week course covers various aspects of genetics analyses of neuroimaging data. The course will start with basic information on the architecture of the human genome and the basis of heritability. We will then move on to the statistical analysis of single common genetic variant for the different imaging modalities (structural imaging based on (sub)cortical volumetry or diffusion tensor imaging and brain activity/functional connectivity based on (resting state) (MRI). This will be followed by analyses of whole gene and genome‐wide association studies and the meta analysis of such data, including high-dimensional whole genome association studies. Other important topics include the integration across levels of investigation and linking genetics to behaviour via the brain – the essence of Cognomics research.

The lecture programme will be supplemented with hands‐on computer exercises and demonstrations. You will also learn how to genotype single nucleotide polymorphisms and score the genotypes in the wetlab.

The faculty includes researchers involved in the largest imaging genetics consortium world‐wide – the ENIGMA Consortium – and the Dutch Cognomics Program.

The evenings will be reserved for social activities. The course will be ended with a closing ceremony, where a Radboud summer school certificate will be handing out to each participant.

Early bird deadline: 1 April 2018 (10% discount), application deadline: 1 June 2018.

For more information and application: Brain Imaging Genetics 2018.


Cold Spring Harbor Summer Course

Genetics & Neurobiology of Language

30 July-5 August 2018 | Applications due April 15

Why are children able to acquire highly sophisticated language abilities without needing to be taught? What are the neurobiological  and neurophysiological processes that underpin human speech and language, and how do they go awry in developmental and acquired disorders? Which genetic factors contribute to this remarkable suite of human skills, and are there evolutionary precursors that we can study in other species? Can we trace connections between language skills and musicality? This unique CSHL course, in its third iteration, addresses these core questions about the bases and origins of speech and language, through talks, interactive sessions, keynotes and debates, involving leading experts from a range of disciplines. It integrates the state-of-the-art from complementary perspectives, including development, cognitive models, neural basis, gene identification, functional genomics, model systems and comparative/evolutionary studies.
Simon Fisher, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands
David Poeppel, Max-Planck-Institute, Frankfurt & New York University
Kate Watkins, University of Oxford, UK
2018 Confirmed Speakers
Jonathan Brennan, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Anne Christophe, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, Frace
Ruth De Diego-Balaguer, University of Barcelona, Barcelona , Spain
Karen Emmorey, San Diego State University
Evelina Fedorenko, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tecumseh Fitch, University of Vienna, Austria
Reyna Gordon, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Erich Jarvis, Rockefeller University
Ellen Lau, University of Maryland
Mairead MacSweeney, University College London
Brad Mahon, University of Rochester
Angela Morgan, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Australia
Dianne Newbury, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Jonathan Peelle, Washington University in Saint Louis
Constance Scharff, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Sonja Vernes, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands

Please click this link to go to the Genetics & Neurobiology of Language course website for further info.

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