SNP Course XVII: SNPs and Human Diseases

Location: Erasmus MC

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 Nb. attached the program of the previous course, just to give you an impression.
SNP Course XVII: SNPs and |Human Diseases  
Course Faculty: Local (André Uitterlinden, Joyce van Meurs, Annemieke Verkerk, Linda Broer, Robert Kraaij, Fernando Rivadeneira) + many invited top-speakers, also from abroad.

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. Since the Human Genome project, the field has been changing fast with large scale projects and databases (e.g., UK Biobank, TopMed, GWAS catalogue), and novel technology being continuously introduced, including Next Generation Sequencing, functional genomics, and Polygenic Risk Scores. 

The aim of this course is to give a broad and hands-on introduction in genetic techniques and applications in complex genetics. The program also contains "learning-by-doing” sessions ("practicals”) on the bio-informatic and statistical analysis in this field.

Basic background knowledge can be found in textbooks of human molecular biology and genetics, such as "Molecular Biology of the Cell" (6th ed. 2019; editors: Alberts et al.; published by Garland Sciences; $128,-) and "Human Molecular Genetics" (5th ed. 2019; editors Strachan & Read; published by Garland Sciences; $75,-). 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! (Not needed if the course will be given online)

All participants will be requested to send a short presentation or description of their own research project(s) in advance to the course organization (email to: All participants are expected to prepare one (!) overhead sheet and a selection of the candidates will be asked to present their own research project at the course so we get to know each other and promote collaboration.


Audience and participation
The course is organized for all academic levels and for all scientific backgrounds, but is somewhat advanced and requires background knowledge of the central molecular biological dogma's (e.g., DNA- and gene-structure, DNA encodes RNA encodes protein, etc.) and of basic genetic principles. Those who have not such knowledge, are strongly advised to first follow the introductory course ’Genetics for Dummies’, organized also by MolMed, or the NIHES-ESP 57 course (Genomics in Molecular Medicine).

We welcome all academic levels including professors, senior scientist, PhD students, postdocs, and technicians, clinicians as well as basic scientists, and from all scientific disciplines (from medicine to biology, and epidemiology, psychology to economics). The course is open to all scientific institutes in- and outside the Netherlands, such as the Erasmus MC Postgraduate School Molecular Medicine, NIHES, and MGC, and other research schools, as well as for other universities in- and outside the Netherlands.

Local (André Uitterlinden, Joyce van Meurs, Annemieke Verkerk, Linda Broer, Robert Kraaij, Fernando Rivadeneira) + many invited top-speakers, also from abroad.

Date, Time & Location

Full participation is  2,0 ECTS.


Course fees:
If not otherwise indicated, Erasmus MC PhD courses are free for Erasmus MC PhD candidates and Research Master students who use them as electives. Erasmus MC employees pay €100/day. External PhD candidates pay €100/day. Commercial and other external participants pay €200/day. There is one fee for the entire course, there is no reduction for partial participation.

Cancellation policy:
Erasmus MC Graduate School charges a cancellation fee of €75 for all cancellations made more than 22 days before the start of the course. Fifty percent of the course fee, with a minimum of €75, is due for cancellations made between 21 and 10 days before the start date. The full course fee is due for cancellations made less than 10 days before the start date, or in case of no-show without cancellation. For Erasmus MC PhD candidates the full course fee in case of the cancellation policy will be the equivalent of the number of course days times €100. 

All invoices will be sent to the head of department or for external participants to the e-mail address provided upon registration. 

Those who register for a PhD course agree with these financial conditions.

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