Summer School

summer school 2017
MRC Summer School attendees and speakers 2017

9th annual Summer School in brain disorders research to be held at one of the world's leading centres on neuropsychiatric genetics and genomics.

This four-day course takes place at the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics at Cardiff University between 2-5 July 2018.

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 also includes workshops on scientific careers and academic fellowships.

Programme

This four-day course takes place between 2-5 July 2018.

This programme is subject to change.

TimeActivity
12:00                    Registration and lunch
13:00Introduction
13:10Why this is the best time for neuroscience in psychiatry?
Prof Jeremy Hall 
13:55Introduction to neuroimaging 
Dr Xavier Caseras
14:40Principles of high-throughput sequencing: sample preparation, equipment Prof Nigel Williams
15:10High-throughput sequencing tour: lab tours in small groups / coffee
Dr Lesley Bates
16:30Copy number variations (CNVs) in neurodevelopmental disorders
Prof George Kirov
17:15Check-in for those with booked accommodation - you will be escorted from Hadyn Ellis
TimeActivity
08:00                    Breakfast provided in the Hadyn Ellis building
09:00Neuroimaging the impact of drugs of abuse
Prof Anne Lingford-Hughes
10:00Understanding the neurobiology of addiction to inform treatment 
Prof Anne Lingford-Hughes 
10:45Coffee  
11:15Neurodegeneration: translating genetics into therapies
Prof Lesley Jones
12:00Developmental disorders, child and adolescent psychiatry  
Dr Stephan Collishaw
12:45Lunch
13:45High-throughput sequencing tour: analysis and interpretation of sequencing data
Dr Elliott Rees
14:45The genetics of movement disorders
Dr Kathryn Peall 
15:00Coffee
15:30Big data and GWAS
Dr James Walters
18:00Social evening: a meal at Cosy Club in Cardiff city centre
TimeActivity
08:00                      Breakfast provided in the Hadyn Ellis building
09:00Putting psychiatric genetics to work - using neuroscience to convert statistics into biology
Prof Lawrence Wilkinson
09:45Towards precision medicine in epilepsy 
Prof Rhys Thomas 
10:30Making neurons from stem cell: lab tours in small groups/coffee
Prof Adrian Harwood 
12:00Lunch
13:00Epigenetics and the brain
Dr Anthony Isles 
13:45Bipolar disorder, postpartum psychosis and the Bipolar Disorder Research Network (BDRN)
Prof Ian Jones

Students split into two groups: medics and non-medics, and swap workshops

TimeActivity (medics)Activity (non- medical students)
14:30Workshop: Research careers in medicine
Dr Judith Harrison and Dr Kristina Harrison (MRC London)
Neuroimaging tour for non-medical scientists 
Dr Tom Lancaster
15:45Workshop: Careers for non-medical scientists
Dr Will Davies and Dr Kristina Harrison (MRC London) 
Neuroimaging tour for non-medical scientists 
Dr Tom Lancaster
TimeActivity
07:45                    Check out of accommodation - check bags into Hadyn Ellis reception
08:00Breakfast provided in the Hadyn Ellis reception
09:00Workshop: Social and ethical aspects of genetic research
Dr Andrew Cuthbert
10:00Using stem cells to restore cognitive function in epilepsy
Prof Adrian Harwood
10:45Coffee
11:00Major breakthroughs in schizophrenia genetics provide insights into pathogenesis
Prof Mick O'Donovan
11:40The future of mental health research in Cardiff
Prof Sir Michael Owen
12:30          Lunch and farewell

Download the programme

MRC Summer School Programme

MRC Summer School Programme

28 March 2018

The full programme for the MRC CNGG Summer School 2018.

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Speakers

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

  • Professor Sir Michael Owen
  • Professor Nigel Williams
  • Professor Ian Jones
  • Dr Anthony Isles
  • Dr Will Davies
  • Dr Frances Rice
  • Dr Elliot Rees
  • 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 Judith Harrison
  • Professor William Gray
  • Dr Andrew Cuthbert

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

Applications for the 2018 course are now open.

To apply please send a short CV and cover letter (maximum 750 words) to CNGGSummerSchool@cardiff.ac.uk. Your cover letter should explain why you want to attend the Summer School and how you think it will benefit you.

The deadline for applications is 25 May 2018.

It is free to attend the MRC CNGG Summer School 2018. Please note that travel expenses cannot be reimbursed.

Accommodation

Student accommodation is available for attendees travelling from outside Cardiff.