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The Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics
18-22 August 2013
Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

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We are delighted to announce the 2013 Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics.

This Wellcome Trust Summer School provides an opportunity for PhD students to learn from and be inspired by those that have shaped our understanding of human genomics in the past decade, and for current scientific leaders to interact with future stars in the field. Now in its sixth year, this popular course was re-named ‘The Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics’ in 2011, as a tribute to Leena Peltonen.

The schedule of this 4-day course is highly interactive with integrated presentations by the tutors and PhD students, discussions about current topics in human genetics, and one-to-one mentoring meetings between tutors and students. We expect that all tutors will stay for the duration of the meeting.

Nancy Cox, University of Chicago, USA
Manolis Dermitzakis, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Mark McCarthy, Oxford University, UK

Confirmed Tutors:
Stephan Beck, University College London, UK
Nancy Cox, University of Chicago, USA
Paul de Bakker, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands
Manolis Dermitzakis, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Nelson Friemer, University of California, USA
Richard Gibbs, Human Genome Centre, USA
Greg Gibson, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Joel Hirschhorn, Broad Institute, USA
Iiris Hovatta, University of Helsinki, Finland
Nicos Katsanis, Duke University, USA
Edison Liu, The Jackson Laboratory, USA
Jim Lupski, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Mark McCarthy, Oxford University, UK
Debbie Nickerson, University of Washington, USA
Aarno Palotie, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Len Pennacchio, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA
Nazneen Rahman, Institute of Cancer Research, UK
Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Decode Genetics, Iceland
Cornelia van Duijn, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Cisca Wijmenga, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands

A 2013 programme will be available shortly, to view the full programme from 2012, click here.

Feedback from previous students:
"Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics: one of the best experiences a genetics graduate student can have. Thanks @wellcometrust @WTcourses" (2012)
"I had a wonderful time on the course. It gave me a great insight into the current and future of the field, and I was able to easily meet with amazing scientists and students from around the world. I think the socialising and networking is the main benefit of the course as usually you do not get to interact with so many great people in such a personal way." (2010)
Being a fly on the wall of a room full of world class scientists having informal debates was particularly illuminating.” (2009)
A small and very interactive meeting. lots of feedback and opportunities to meet the best specialists in the field of genetics. Lots of fruitful discussions!” (2009)
The highlight was the time available to meet and discuss cutting-edge problems in human genetics with a wonderful faculty.” (2008)

How to Apply

Registration Fees:
Registration with Twin Accommodation   £650.00

For the duration of the Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics, twin accommodation, catering, and tutoring are included in the registration fee which will be £650.00.
The registration fee will be requested at the time of confirmation of your acceptance.


Accommodation will be onsite, at The Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, for the nights of 18, 19, 20 and 21 August 2013. All accommodation will be shared rooms. Roommates will be allocated on a gender basis.

Places on this Summer School are limited to 26 and will be awarded on merit. Applicants should be PhD students currently engaged in relevant research and will be required to complete an online application form when registering.

You will be asked to complete the following information:
- Qualifications & justification for attendance
- Any relevant publications
- A scientific outline of your current research project
- Details of your supervisor. Your supervisor will then receive an e-mail requesting a supporting statement to complete your application.

Please note: Applications cannot be considered without a supervisor's supporting statement.
Please notify your supervisor that they will receive an e-mail from the Wellcome Trust asking them to complete your application by submitting a supporting statement.

The selection process will take place in May 2013.
Bursaries or travel grants are not available for this year's school.

Travel Visas

If you require a letter of acceptance in order to obtain a travel Visa please e-mail

Conference organiser contact details:
Laura Hubbard
Direct dial: +44 (0) 1223 495110
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 495023


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