8th Sardinian International Summer School ‘From Genomic discoveries to therapeutic targets’
This course aims to analyze the current progress of human genetics in the search for genes involved in complex diseases and to apply new methodologies in different areas of genomic research.
Each day of the course will be a combination of lessons and practical tutorials. The course program is targeted to the transition from GWAS and genomic datasets to pathways, functional studies and therapeutic opportunities.
Starting from experimental design we will explore data analysis of genetic control of traits and their impact of functional information on variations. Contemporary GWAS combine data from multiple data sets to analyse millions of variants. Recent discoveries have led to clinical findings from diseases to anthropometric and behavioural traits, moving from the study of association to biological function.
The course will combine lectures and demonstrations with a strong emphasis on practical data analysis and active student participation. The focus will be on maximising interaction with teachers and creating useful contacts with other participants.
The workshops will use programming languages, applicable tools and web-based portals to analyze high-throughput genotyping and next generation sequencing datasets covering the different topics of the course (whole genome DNA, statistical methods for imputation, analysis of exomes, quantitative and qualitative analysis of the transcriptome and other related issues).
Prof. Francesco Cucca
Director of Genetic and Medical Research Institute, CNR, Cagliari, Italy
Professor of Medical Genetics at University of Sassari, Italy
Prof. Marcella Devoto
Professor at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Division of Human Genetics, USA
Associate Professor of Medical Genetics University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy
Prof. Giovanni Romeo
Director of the European School of Genetic Medicine – Bertinoro , Italy
Goncalo Abecasis, USA
Myles Axton, USA
Francesco Cucca, Italy
Antonio Condino-Neto, Brasil
Myriam Gorospe, USA
Eoin McKinney, UK
Stephen Montgomery, USA
John Novembre, USA
Kylie James, UK
Mauro Pala, Italy
Stephen Sawcer, UK
David Schlessinger, USA
Ken Smith, UK
Carlo Sidore, Italy
John Todd, UK
This summer school is primarily designed for advanced pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers from Biological and Health Sciences and/or other different backgrounds (including bioinformatics and mathematics) that wish to move into genomics field and quantitative methods for studying complex dynamics in biological systems.
Attendees should have as prerequisite background knowledge on most of the topics presented during the course.
The practical part will be performed both on the Linux command line and/or in R. Prior knowledge, skills and abilities to work in a Linux system are a prerequisite for attending the workshops.
Good spoken and written English is essential for all lectures and workshops.
Participants are asked to bring their laptop computers.
The course is funded by the Regional Sardinian government and will be free of charge for all attendees.