Genetic Epidemiology

Course dates

24-28 April 2017.

Course duration: 5 days (approximately 30 hours teaching).
Registration will start at 8.45am on the first day, the course will finish by 4.30pm on the final day.

Course tutors

Dr Lavinia Paternoster and Dr Sarah Lewis (course organisers) and others.

Course aims and objectives

Participants will gain a grounding in a wide range of cutting-edge genetic epidemiological methods for complex traits.

By the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • recognise patterns of inheritance and how these relate to the genetic architecture of a trait;
  • know how to design and analyse a basic genome-wide association study;
  • know how to use whole-genome methods to dissect the common genetic architecture of a trait;
  • utilise genetic data for Mendelian randomization analysis to investigate causality in epidemiological associations;
  • be familiar with the steps involved in analysing Next-Generation Sequence data;
  • explore the functional role of genetic variation using prediction algorithms and public online resources;
  • appreciate how to link genetic association signals to variation in mRNA expression and DNA methylation to further understand the aetiology of a complex trait.

Who the course is intended for

  • Epidemiologists
  • Statisticians
  • Molecular Biologists
  • Clinicians
  • Psychologists. 

Course outline

  • Introduction to molecular and population genetics.
  • Genetic Inheritance.
  • Genome-wide association studies.
  • Whole Genome Approaches.
  • Mendelian randomization.
  • Next-generation sequencing applications.
  • Integration of eQTL (expression) and mQTL methylation data.

Please note: This course will be held in a computer lab, you will not need to bring a laptop. 


Please note bookings for this course have now closed.

We are currently compiling our 2017/18 course programme. Bookings will open at the beginning of October 2017. Please check back nearer the time for more details.

This course provided a very good overview of genetic epidemiology. Being a very complex subject in itself, it was great in that we went from the very basics to more complex topics.

Course feedback, April 2017

Course fees


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Course venue

School of Social and Community Medicine
Canynge Hall
39 Whatley Road
United Kingdom

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Lunch and refreshments

Coffee, tea, fruit and biscuits will be available to all students. A light lunch is provided for all paying participants. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.


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