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Genome-wide association studies, Short Course

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In the last decade, GWAS have yielded spectacular successes in the discovery of genes involved in complex traits and disorders (e.g. body height, BMI, cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurological disorders). 

This was made possible by the advent of high-throughput genotyping technology and the knowledge on genome structure and organization derived from the HapMap and 1000 Genomes Projects. Applying the GWAS approach has facilitated researchers to incorporate these analyses into large genetic, clinical and epidemiological studies.

This Genome-wide association studies course from Erasmus University Rotterdam aims to introduce epidemiologists, molecular biologists and clinicians into the basic principles of GWAS, addressing aspects of study design, data collection and analysis, extending to the interpretation and follow-up of results. 

The course consists of lectures providing a conceptual framework on crucial aspects of quality control, imputation of missing genotypes, statistical tools, methods to detect and correct for stratification, meta-analysis and genomic annotation of GWAS signals; accompanied by instructive hands-on computer exercises on the principles of analysis of quantitative traits and disease outcomes using software packages that are available in the public domain.


  • After completing the course, participants will be able to understand the principles of GWAS, perform a basic genome-wide association analysis, interpret results and integrate them in a genomic context by means of web-based bioinformatics resources.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 4 days
  • Credits
    0.7 alternative credits

    EC points

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Genetic Epidemiology

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Basic understanding of genetic epidemiology (as covered by ESP43), the principles of linkage disequilibrium and the HapMap & 1000 Genomes project (as covered by ESP57) is advised.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    470 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 470 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 4 days.
  • EU/EEA

    470 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 470 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 4 days.
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Living costs for Rotterdam

  • 760 - 1270 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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