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6th Sardinian International Summer School – From GWAS to function. Pula (province of Cagliari), Sardinia, Italy

12/06/2017 - 16/06/2017


APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 7, 2017

Welcome Note
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are proud to announce that the 6th Sardinian Summer School ‘From GWAS to function’ will take place in the Polaris Technology Park, Pula (CA), Italy, June 12th - 16th, 2017.
The course is organized by the Institute of Genetic and Biomedical Research of CNR in collaboration with the Technology Park of Sardinia, the European School of Genetic Medicine and the University Residential Centre of Bertinoro.
We believe that the Summer School will create an exciting forum dedicated to the cover state-of-the-art theory and practice of the approaches to the identification of the genetic bases of human diseases, in particular related to complex and monogenic traits.
We look forward to welcoming you to an exciting event on the beautiful island of Sardinia!

Sincerely yours,
The Scientific Course Directors:
F. Cucca, M. Devoto and G. Romeo

School Directors
Prof. Francesco Cucca Director of Genetic and Medical Research Institute, CNR, Cagliari and 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 and Associate Professor of Medical Genetics University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy
Prof. Giovanni Romeo Professor of Medical Genetics at University of Bologna Medical School - Director of the European School oF genetic Medicine.

List of Speakers

Goncalo Abecasis, USA
https://sph.umich.edu/faculty-profiles/abecasis-goncalo.html

Myles Axton, UK
http://www.nature.com/ng/about/about_eds/index.html#myles

Francesco Cucca, Italy
Marcella Devoto, Italy-USA
http://www.med.upenn.edu/apps/faculty/index.php/g275/p8125688

Myriam Gorospe, USA
https://irp.nih.gov/pi/myriam-gorospe

Agnar Helgason Iceland
https://www.decode.com/management/

Thomas Meitinger
https://www.helmholtz-muenchen.de/ihg

John Novembre, USA
https://www.eeb.ucla.edu/Faculty/Novembre/people.html

Nima Rezaei, Iran
http://tums.ac.ir/faculties/rezaei_nima

Stephen Sawcer, UK
http://www.neuroscience.cam.ac.uk/directory/profile.php?ssawcer

David Schlessinger , USA
http://www.grc.nia.nih.gov/branches/lg/davids.htm

Carlo Sidore , Italy
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carlo_Sidore

Nicole Soranzo, UK
http://www.sanger.ac.uk/people/directory/soranzo-nicole

John Todd , UK
http://www.cimr.cam.ac.uk/research/principal-investigators/principal-investigators-q-z/todd

Eleftheria Zeggini, UK
http://www.sanger.ac.uk/people/directory/zeggini-eleftheria

REGISTRATION:
To register to the course please send to info_sc2017@irgb.cnr.it the following documents:
• A curriculum vitae (résumé) in English, including work and research experience
• A letter of motivation in English (max. 500 words)
• A letter of recommendation from a supervisor

PRELIMINARY COURSE PROGRAM

MONDAY JUNE 12th
Morning Lectures: Population studies and human disease

Introduction to Population Genetics – John Novembre
GWAS overview – Eleftheria Zeggini
From genes to pathways to therapeutic opportunities and a better understanding of the human immune system- John Todd
Afternoon Workshops
Population Structure/Signature of Selection
GWAS analysis
TUESDAY JUNE 13th
Morning Lectures: Applications of DNA and RNA sequencing

Whole Genome Sequencing – Goncalo Abecasis
Insights from Next Generation Sequencing - Thomas Meitinger
The genomic and functional architecture of human complex traits and diseases– Nicole Soranzo
Afternoon Workshops
NGS variant calling
Variants databases
WEDNESDAY JUNE 14th
Morning Lectures: Immunogenetics

The genetics of multiple sclerosis - Stephen Sawcer
Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases: From Genes to Clinics - Nima Rezaei
Noncoding RNAs in aging physiology and disease- Myriam Gorospe
Free Afternoon
THURSDAY JUNE 15th
Morning Lectures: Genetic studies in population isolates

to be defined – Agnar Helgason
From GWAS to function: The example of the Sardinia founder population – Francesco Cucca
To be defined

Afternoon Workshops
RNA sequencing and analysis
Microbiome
FRIDAY JUNE 16th
Morning Lectures: Genetics of aging

Genetics of Aging – David Schlessinger
to be defined - Myles Axton
Students Presentations
Adjourn and Departure


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This course is designed to explore the current state of the molecular basis of complex genetic variation in humans and to use this information in different research areas applying new methodologies. The course program consists of lectures and practical sessions that are geared toward moving from GWAS data to functional studies. Data from genome-wide association studies will explore, starting from experimental design, through data analysis of genetic control of traits and their impact of functional information on variations.
The course will use a combination of lectures and demonstrations with a heavy emphasis on hands-on data analysis, which requires students’ active participation. The focus will be on making maximum interaction with teachers and the creation of useful contacts with the other participants.
The workshops will use programming languages, applicable tools and web-based portals to analyze high-throughput genotyping and sequencing datasets covering the different topics of the course (low pass and deep coverage whole genome DNA, statistical methods for imputation, analysis of exome, quantitative and qualitative analysis of the transcriptome, epigenome and other related issues).

Who should attend
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This summer school is intended for advanced pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers from Biological and Health Sciences and other different backgrounds (including bioinformatics and mathematics) that wish to learn more about or move into the complex genomics field.
Attendees should have as prerequisite background knowledge on most of the topics presented during the course.
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 Summer School lectures and workshops.
Therefore, 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.

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General information
Venue: Polaris Techno Park - Pula (CA), Italy (http://www.sardegnaricerche.it/en/technologypark). The Technology Park is located in the territory of Pula, in the hinterland of Cagliari, close to the South-Western coast of Sardinia.
Language
English is the official language of the school.
Location
About Pula
The city of Pula has about 7000 inhabitants, but in summer it becomes a destination for some 45,000 tourists, attracted by the clearness of its sea and the spectacle of its vegetation, in many areas still harsh and primitive. Once a center dedicated to agriculture, Pula has grown enormously over the years, becoming one of the major tourist centers of southern Sardinia. A few kilometers from the city of Pula there is Nora, one of Sardinia's most important archaeological sites dating back to the Phoenician time.
See more:
http://www.sardegnaturismo.it/en/point-of-interest/pula
http://www.sardegna.com/en/pula/#
About Cagliari
Cagliari is the most important city of Sardinia, with a metropolitan area of about half a million inhabitants. The capital of the island has a soul consisting of a millenary history, culture, nature, beach tourism and night life, an attractive mix that fascinates the visitor, charmed by the views of Castello, the ramparts and the Roman remains, the Sardinian sea, as well as by the dynamism of a surprisingly lively city.
See more:
http://www.cagliariturismo.it/en/; http://www.charmingsardinia.com/sardinia/province-of-cagliari.html

Congress Secretariat

Please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat if you require any additional information or assistance. Please address all correspondence to: info_sc2017@irgb.cnr.it
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Cost: The course is funded by the Regional Sardinian government and registration will be free of charge for all attendees. Registration includes course material, lunches and coffee breaks (not accommodation expenses – see below). Free shuttle services will be provided from Cagliari Elmas Airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the Polaris Technology Park Auditorium.
Travel and accommodation expenses are to be covered by the attendees.
Accommodation: Faculty and students will stay at hotels located near the seaside, a few kilometers from the Polaris Technology Park. A very special rate has been agreed with the Local Organizing Committee. All rates include breakfast and dinner and free transfer to and from the Summer School venue. You’ll be lodged at the hotel Flamingo (www.hotelflamingosardinia.com) and the hotel Mare Pineta (http://www.marepinetahotel.com/) located in front of the sea at few kilometers from the Polaris Technology Park.
In order to benefit from the special Summer School rate for accommodation arrangements and reservations, please contact: info_sc2017@irgb.cnr.it
Flamingo Hotel
The rate for a double standard room occupancy (to be share with another participant) is € 84,00/per night per person. The rate for a double standard single use per person is € 124,00/per night,
Mare Pineta Hotel
The rate for a double standard room occupancy (to be share with another participant) is € 72,00/per night per person.
All rates include breakfast and dinner and free transfer to and from the Summer School venue.
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REGISTRATION:
To register to the course please send to info_sc2017@irgb.cnr.it the following documents:
• A curriculum vitae (résumé) in English, including work and research experience
• A letter of motivation in English (max. 500 words)
• A letter of recommendation from a supervisor

SCHOOL ABSTRACT:
To actively participate in the School, participants are invited to submit an abstract for review by the Scientific Committee.
The Committee reserves the right to:
1) Select the abstracts relevant to the sessions;
2) Decide on the final form of presentation.
The abstracts must be submitted only in English, not exceed 350 words (Including author information, affiliation details and title). The title of abstract should be maximum 20 words.
• The title should be bolded, initially capitalized and centered above the abstract text.
• The text should be single-spaced, with Arial font, size 10, non-bolded.
• The first author name should be selected as Presenter.
• The tables and figures cannot be included.

Contact Us
Course Organizer: Dr. Andrea Angius
Summer School Secretary: Jessica Bazzoli
Info: info_sc2017@irgb.cnr.it


APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 7, 2017

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