Netherlands, Nijmegen

Personalised Genomics: The Future is Now

when 8 August 2016 - 13 August 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 750

Genome variation makes you unique
Every individual is unique and this individuality is largely determined by variations in the genomic DNA that are present at birth. This blueprint forms the basis of who we are. Genome variation not only determines hair and eye colour but also predisposition to disease and physical reactions to medication.

Coming soon: personal genome information
Recent developments in the field of genetics enable us to map an entire genome in a matter of days at a reasonable cost. This information, which will be available to you in the (near) future, is essential to understanding the complex relationship between health and disease. At the moment genomewide information already plays a pivotal role in the diagnosis and treatment of heterogeneous monogenic disorders such as intellectual disability, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Course content
In this one-week course, we will address the impact of genome information for the predisposition, diagnosis, progression, treatment and prevention of diseases. We will do this by using three model diseases: hereditary spastic paraplegia, intellectual disability, and dilated cardiomyopathy. You will assess data from real-life patients at the Department of Human Genetics of the Radboud University Medical Center and follow the path from patient to the use of genome information in daily life. We will draw on the latest developments in human genetics and their potential and limitations for personalised healthcare.

Course leader

Dr. A.P.M. de Brouwer
Assistant professor
Department of Human Genetics

Dr B.W.M. van Bon
Clinical geneticist
Department of Human Genetics

Target group

This course is designed for PhD and MSc students involved in human genetics. However, residents and fellows in human genetics, paediatrics, and metabolic diseases are also welcome.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
- Analyse and interpret genome data
- Apply this knowledge to the predisposition, diagnosis, progression, treatment and prevention of diseases

Fee info

EUR 750: The course fee includes the registration fee, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.

Possible discounts:
- 10% discount for early bird applicants. The early bird deadline is 1 April 2015.
- 15% discount for students and PhD candidates from partner universities of Radboud University
EUR 195: Housing (optional)