SNP Course Xth ed.: SNPs and Human Diseases

Course date: 16 September 2013 - 18 September 2013
Location: Erasmus MC, Ae-406

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The analysis of DNA variations, including Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs), is a standard research approach to understand causes of disease, in particular the so-called “complex” diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimer disease, etc. The field is changing fast with large scale projects (Human genome, dbSNP, HapMap, 1000genomes, ENCODE) and novel technology being continuously introduced, including Next Generation Sequencing.

The aim of this course is to give a broad introduction in SNP techniques and applications.

The course is primarily organized for PhD students and postdocs of the Erasmus Postgraduate School Molecular Medicine, Nihes, MGC and other research schools. Other participants, e.g., scientists, students, and technicians from other universities in- and outside Netherlands are also welcome.
The total number of participants is limited to 75.
The attendance fee of the course is €500, but certain participants can get a discount. See attached program for more details.

It is recommended for the participants of the SNP course to have basic knowledge of the central molecular biological dogma's (such as DNA and gene structure, DNA encodes RNA encodes protein, etc.) and of basic genetic principles. Those who have not are advised to follow the course ’Genetics for Dummies’, organised also by MolMed, or the NIHES-ESP 57 course.
Basic background knowledge can also be found in any decent textbook of human molecular biology and genetics, such as "Molecular Biology of the Cell" (5th ed.; editors: Alberts et al.; published by Garland Sciences) and "Human Molecular Genetics" (4th ed.; editors Strachan & Read; published by Garland Sciences; £40,-). To this aim, also a series of basic papers is published on our website: on the course page. At the start of the course a comprehensive reader will be issued.

Presentations by selected participants!
All participants will be requested to send a short presentation or description of their own research and field of interest in advance to the course organisation (email to: In this way we get to know your research topics, to better prepare the topics of the course. All participants are expected to prepare some overhead sheets. A selection of the candidates will be asked to present their own research topics on Monday and Tuesday.

On the 1st, 3rd day, “learning-by-doing” sessions (“practicals”) on the bio-informatic and statistical analysis in this field are organised.

General information
Financial regulation of the Postgraduate School Molmed

From August 1st, 2012 the following financial rules apply:

Non-commercial course, symposium or workshop fee: €200/day, €750/week

• Participants of the postgraduate school MolMed: discount of 100%.
• Other Erasmus MC participants, e.g. of MGC, COEUR, NIHES: discount of 50%.
• PhD students and Master’s students, regardless of institution: discount of 50%.
• Master’s students who are paying the fee from their personal budget: discount of 75%.

There is one fee for the entire course. There is no reduction for partial participation.

The SPSS Course and the R Course have shorter course days. The SPSS Course counts as a 2-days course and the R Course as a 3-days course.

Commercial participants & sponsors: companies are invited to inquire about commercial participant tuition fees and about sponsoring.

Those who register for a course, symposium or workshop agree with these financial conditions.


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