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Summer School

9th MRC Summer School
Delegates and speakers of the MRC Summer School 2018

Our annual Summer School in brain disorders research is 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, usually in July.

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 year's course will take place between 8-11 July 2019.

See our programme below, which is subject to change:

TimeActivity
12:00                    Registration and lunch
13:00Introduction 
Prof James Walters
13:10Why this is the best time for neuroscience in psychiatry?
Prof Jeremy Hall
13:55Using MRI to understand mental disorders 
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 and Joanne Morgan
16:30High-throughput sequencing tour: analysis and interpretation of sequencing data
Dr Elliott Rees
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
09:00Developmental disorders, child and adolescent psychiatry  
Prof Stephan Collishaw
10:00Copy number variations (CNVs) in neurodevelopmental disorders
Prof George Kirov
10:45Coffee  
11:15Neuroimaging the impact of drugs of abuse
Prof Anne Lingford-Hughes
12:00Understanding the neurobiology of addiction to inform treatment
Prof Anne Lingford-Hughes
12:45Lunch
13:45Bipolar disorder, postpartum psychosis and the Bipolar Disorder Research Network (BDRN)
Prof Ian Jones
14:45The genetics of movement disorders
Dr Kathryn Peall 
15:00Coffee
15:30Big data and GWAS
Prof James Walters
16:15Imaging Epilepsy
Dr Khalid Hamandi
 

18:00      Social evening: a meal at Cosy Club in Cardiff city centre

TimeActivity
08:00                      Breakfast provided in the Hadyn Ellis building
09:00Measuring risk for Alzheimer's Disease
Prof Valentina Escott-Price
09:45Emerging technologies (CRISPR-Cas9); single cell sequencing and others)
Prof Adrian Harwood 
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 
13:45Huntington's disease: translating genetics into therapies
Dr Tom Massey

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

TimeActivityActivity
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 Anthony Isles and Dr Kristina Harrison (MRC London) 
Neuroimaging tour for 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
10:15Using stem cells to restore cognitive function in epilepsy
Dr Malik Zaben
11:00Coffee
11:15Major breakthroughs in schizophrenia genetics provide insights into pathogenesis
Prof Sir Michael Owen
11:50The future of mental health research in Cardiff
Prof Sir Michael Owen
12:30          Lunch and farewell

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 Elliot Rees
  • Dr Xavier Caseras
  • Professor Jeremy Hall
  • Professor Lawrence Wilkinson
  • Professor Adrian Harwood
  • Professor George Kirov
  • Professor Anne Lingford-Hughes
  • Prof Stephan Collishaw
  • Prof James Walters
  • Dr Kathryn 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 MRC CNGG Summer School 2019 are now open.

To apply please send us 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.

The deadline for applications has been extended to 7 June 2019.

It is free to attend the Summer School but please note travel expenses cannot be reimbursed.

Accommodation

Free student accommodation is available for attendees travelling from outside Cardiff.

Contact

For more information, please contact us:

Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics Summer School