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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.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, this year's summer school has been cancelled. We hope to hold the next course in July 2021.

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

An example of our usual programme:

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 Professor Nigel Williams
15:25High-throughput sequencing tour: lab tours in small groups/coffee
Ngoc-Nga Vinh and lab team
16:25High-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  
Professor Stephan Collishaw
09:45Huntington's disease: translating genetics into therapies 
Dr Tom Massey
10:30Coffee  
11:00Neuroimaging the impact of drugs of abuse
Prof Anne Lingford-Hughes
11:45Understanding the neurobiology of addiction to inform treatment
Prof Anne Lingford-Hughes
12:30Lunch
13:30Bipolar disorder, postpartum psychosis and the Bipolar Disorder Research Network (BDRN)
Prof Ian Jones
14:15The genetics of movement disorders
Dr Kathryn Peall/Dr Wilson Fung
15:00Coffee
15:15Big data and GWAS
Prof James Walters
16:00Imaging 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
09:00Copy Number Variants (CNVs) in neurodevelopmental disorders
Prof George Kirov
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 and lab team
12:00Lunch
13:00The epidemiology of schizophrenia
Prof Stanley Zammit
13:45Neural stem cell manipulation to repair brain injury
Dr Malik Zaben

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

TimeActivityActivity
14:30Workshop: Research careers in medicine
Dr Kimberley Kendall
Neuroimaging tour for non-medical scientists 
Dr Tom Lancaster
15:45Workshop: Careers for non-medical scientists
Dr William Davies
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
09:00Measuring risk for Alzheimer's Disease
Professor Valentina Escott-Price
09:45Workshop: Social and ethical aspects of genetic research
Dr Michael Arribas-Ayllon
11:15Major breakthroughs in the genetics of neuropsychiatric disorders
Professor Sir Michael Owen
11:50The future of mental health research in Cardiff
Professor Sir Michael Owen
12:30          Lunch and farewell

Speakers

The programme is delivered by experts in their respective fields.

  • Professor Sir Michael Owen
  • Professor James Walters
  • Professor Nigel Williams
  • Professor Ian Jones
  • Dr Will Davies
  • Professor Valentina Escott-Price
  • Dr Elliot Rees
  • Dr Xavier Caseras
  • Professor Jeremy Hall
  • Professor Lawrence Wilkinson
  • Professor Adrian Harwood
  • Professor George Kirov
  • Professor Anne Lingford-Hughes
  • Professor Stephan Collishaw
  • Professor Stanley Zammit
  • Dr Kathryn Peall
  • Dr Malik Zaben

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.

We run a similar programme every year as an introduction to the research taking place at the MRC CNGG. Applications will not be accepted for those who have previously attended.

How to apply

We will not be accepting applications this year due to the global health crisis. We hope to hold our next school in July 2021 and will provide details on how to apply earlier in the year.

Contact

For more information, please contact us:

Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics Summer School