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Complex Disease Genetics for Clinicians
24-25 January 2013
Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK

Places still available

Following a successful launch in 2012, this exciting new workshop will once again provide clinicians with an introduction to the field of complex disease genetics and its progress in recent years, including the success of genome-wide association studies, new biological insights and the transformative potential of next-generation sequencing technology. The course will combine lecture material from experts at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, computer-based practical sessions, and invited speakers from off-campus.

Target audience & prerequisites
The workshop is aimed at actively practicing clinicians (either general practitioners or hospital specialists) with an interest in the genetics of complex diseases, personal genomics or translation of genomics into clinical practice. Research-active clinicians are welcome, but this is not a requirement. Familiarity with basic genetic concepts (DNA, chromosomes, inheritance, etc) is expected, but core principles will be reviewed.

Please note:
 Places on the workshop are limited to optimise practical sessions, discussions and access to instructors and speakers. A short application form must be submitted when registering. Please see below for full details.

Introduction to genetics & basic concepts
Methods for studying complex disease genetics: linkage, Genome-wide Association Studies (GWAS)
Using genome sequencing for complex disease genetics
Emerging challenges for clinical genetics
Biological insights from genetics (pharmacogenetics, cancer, metabolic disease, immune disease)
Practical sessions (how to read GWAS papers, how to interpret a patientís genome)

Scientific organisers
Jeff Barrett Group Leader Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK
Charlie Lees Consultant Gastroenterologist, Edinburgh, UK

Mark McCarthy University of Oxford, UK
Daniel MacArthur Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA
Carl Anderson Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK
Helen Firth University of Cambridge, UK
David van Heel Barts and the London School of Medicine & Dentistry, UK
Serena Nik-Zainal Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK

CPD accreditation
CPD approval for the 2013 course will be sought from the Royal College of Physicians (12 credits approved in 2012).

Feedback from 2012 workshop
"Useful and enjoyable, thank you!"
"Many thanks for an excellent, inspiring and informative workshop!"
"I really enjoyed this course and found it very useful in thinking about future research options."
"It was very enjoyable and interesting. Thank you so much."

How to apply


Registration with No Accommodation 


Registration with Single Accommodation  


The workshop is subsidised by the Wellcome Trust. The registration fee covers course attendance, meals (including course dinner) and refreshments. The registration fee with single accommodation includes accommodation for the night of Thursday 24 January 2013

Application form
Places on the workshop are limited to optimise practical sessions, discussions and access to instructors and speakers. A short application form must be submitted when registering. Please upload the completed form during the "abstract submission" section of online registration. Please note: abstracts are not required, please upload the application form only.

Places still available. Please contact Laura Hubbard ( for details.

Workshop contact
If you would like any further information on the workshop or have have questions regarding the application process, please contact Laura Hubbard


 Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK   tel:+44 (0)20 7611 8888