Summer School

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Join one of the world's leading centres on neuropsychiatric genetics and genomics for the 8th annual Summer School in brain disorders research.

This four-day course takes place 3-6 July 2017 at the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics at Cardiff University.

The aim of the Summer School is to provide trainees and scientists with a grounding in brain disorders research, and to inspire and inform the researchers of tomorrow.

The Summer School includes talks, demonstrations and interactive sessions on a range of topics in psychiatry, neurology and neuroscience including:

  • neuroimaging
  • psychiatric epidemiology
  • genetics and epigenetics
  • high-throughput sequencing demonstrations
  • manipulation of stem cells
  • phenotypic assessments
  • ethics in genetic research

The Summer School will also include workshops on scientific careers and academic fellowships. You can also download a provisional programme on this page.


The programme will be delivered by experts in their respective fields.

  • Professor Sir Michael Owen
  • Professor Nigel Williams
  • Professor Ian Jones
  • Professor Mick O'Donovan
  • Dr Anthony Isles
  • Dr Will Davies
  • Dr Frances Rice
  • Dr Elliot Rees
  • Dr Olga Eyre
  • Dr Xavier Caseras
  • Professor Jeremy Hall
  • Professor Lawrence Wilkinson
  • Professor Adrian Harwood
  • Professor George Kirov
  • Professor Anne Lingford-Hughes
  • Dr Stephan Collishaw
  • Dr James Walters
  • Dr Katheryn Peall
  • Dr Kimberley Kendall
  • Professor William Gray
  • Professor Lesley Jones
  • Dr Andrew Cuthbert
  • Mark Einon

Who can apply?

The Summer School is aimed at clinical trainees (Foundation/Core/Specialty Training) and non-clinical scientists (MSc, PhD, Post Doc) who are interested in moving into the field of neuropsychiatric genetics and genomics, or those who want an introduction to brain disorders research.

How to apply

Send a short CV and cover letter (maximum 750 words) stating why you want to attend the Summer School and how you think it will benefit you. This should be sent to

The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Friday 26 May 2017, though we may close applications early if we receive a large volume of applicants.


The cost of attending the Summer School will be £140 (including accommodation). If you do not require accommodation the fee will be £75. Costs include lunch throughout the course, breakfast for three days and an evening reception.


Student accommodation is available for all Summer School in Brain Disorders research attendees. Please note that travel expenses cannot be reimbursed.