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Genomics of Brain Disorders

We are pleased to announce this new conference on the Genomics of Brain Disorders, which will bring together researchers working on neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases for the first time to compare approaches and emerging lessons. The aim is to encourage practitioners of neuroscience, systems biology, bioinformatics, epidemiology and genomics to discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and depression, and neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, are placing an increasing burden on the developed world.  Technical advances over the past five years, including genome-wide association studies and new generation sequencing studies, have led to the discovery of many predisposing loci for both psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders.

This meeting will summarise the advances and remaining challenges in the genomics of various brain disorders, focusing on the lessons from each field and charting the way forward. We will discuss recent insights into genomic architecture and the emerging biology of disease. We will consider how best to gain biological understanding from both common and rare allele findings and explore the translational and clinical applications, focusing on early detection of risk, biomarkers and stratified medicine.

Further information will be available shortly. Please contact the conference organiser to register your interest in attending this meeting.

The conference will start at approximately 12.30 on Wednesday, 25 April and close at approximately 13.30 on Friday, 27 April 2016.

Scientific sessions

  • Genetic architecture
  • Connecting genetics to biology
  • Systems biology
  • Population studies
  • Modelling disease
  • Predicting risk
  • New technologies

A draft programme will be available shortly.

Scientific programme committee
Alison Goate Icahn School of Medicine, USA
John Hardy
University College London, UK
Mike Owen
Cardiff University, UK
Pamela Sklar
Icahn School of Medicine, USA

Conference organiser
Emily Rees Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

A list of confirmed speakers will be available shortl

Posted on 22/10/2015

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