Identify important new directions for health-related behavioral and social science research by March 29, 2020

The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) is seeking broad public input on important new directions for health-related behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR).

Specifically, OBSSR requests your input on research directions that will support the achievement of the scientific priorities in the OBSSR Strategic Plan 2022-2026 (see current strategic plan) and that will advance or transform the broader health impact of BSSR. OBSSR is interested in focusing on research directions that are trans-disease and cross-cutting in nature and address critical gaps in the field.

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Research Master Announcement

Department of Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Research master: Genes in Behaviour and Health

The research master Genes in Behaviour and Health is a two-year full time programme that will equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the relevant research methods to design and carry out high-quality research within the field of behaviour genetics and genetic epidemiology.

Opting for the research master’s programme brings you into an inspiring research environment. The Department of Biological Psychology is famous for its Netherlands Twin Register, an unique data repository, containing genetic and environmental information for more than 50,000 twin families, who are followed longitudinally. You will be taught by expert staff members and by researchers from other institutes worldwide who regularly visit to give lectures and workshops. Scholarships are available.

For more information and to apply go to vu.nl/genes

GWAS summer school announcement, Tinbergen Institute (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Philipp Koellinger and Ronald de Vlaming will be teaching the 5th edition of the summer school in genome-wide data analysis in Amsterdam (6-10 Jul 2020).

They will introduce you to the working horses of complex trait genetics and discuss heritability, GWAS, population stratification, polygenic scores, Mendelian randomization, genetic correlation, multivariate approaches to genetic discovery, statistical power & study design. Potential applications of these tools in epidemiology and the social sciences will be discussed, including what these results mean and — importantly — what they do not mean. You will also be familiarized with data structures, relevant programs and commands in the computer tutorials. People who joined the summer school in the past included PhD students, postdocs, junior and senior faculty members from around the globe (e.g. US, EU, Australia, Asia) from various disciplines including economics, psychology, sociology, epidemiology, and (of course) behavioral genetics.

Please click here for a link for more information and to apply (deadline June 8, 2020).

Symposium Announcement

Skirting Mendel: Non-Classical Mechanisms of Phenotypic Variation, Inheritance and Disease, hosted by Keystone Symposia will be held March 15 –19, 2020 at Whistler Conference Center in British Columbia, Canada. This is an exciting program that will appeal to geneticists, epigenomicists, chromatin biologists, developmental biologists, mathematicians, physiologists and clinical scientists. The symposium will be hosted together with the Higher-Order Chromatin Architecture in Time and Space.  You can find all of the details and registration information at keystonesymposia.org/20X4. The registration date is just weeks away (Feb1) and there are still short talk slots available.

**The speaker list for the variation half of the meeting is below!

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Ph.D. program in Developmental Sciences, Texas A&M (USA)

The Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University offers graduate programs in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Developmental Sciences. We are currently accepting applications for our Master’s and Ph.D. programs. Application deadline is December 1st. Below is information on our faculty who will be accepting new doctoral students. We also include information on our core curriculum. Click here for more information; or for more information and to apply for our Ph.D. program with a Developmental Sciences specialization, please visit: https://epsy.tamu.edu/academics/developmental-sciences/

Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award

The American Psychological Foundation is currently seeking nominations for the APF Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award. Please share the below call with groups and individuals who have the qualifications mentioned in the call for applications. 
This award recognizes a significant career of contributions of a psychologist who has a proven track record as an exceptional teacher of psychology. The awardee receives a plaque, a $4,000 award and an all-expense paid round trip to the APA Annual Convention, where the award is presented. Awardees are also invited to give a special address.

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Register for the 2019 International Behavioral Genetics Workshop, Boulder (USA)

The 2019 2019 International Behavioral Genetics Workshop will be held in Boulder, Colorado, March 4th– 8th, 2019, with John Hewitt and Matt Keller as Local Hosts, and Benjamin Neale, Broad Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital, and David Evans, Diamantina Institute, University of Queensland, as co-Directors. This advanced course is intended for those who are already familiar with the statistical and genetic principles for studying human complex traits and have some familiarity with programming in R. The course will focus on statistical methods for analyzing genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and genome sequence data. Hands-on analysis will be an integral part of the course.

Find more info on the website: https://www.colorado.edu/ibg/international-workshop/2019-international-behavioral-genetics-workshop

Lecture by Robert Plomin Oct 29th, Royal Institution, London (UK)

Past President of BGA, Robert Plomin will be giving a talk at the Royal institution later this month. The event is entitled Blueprint: How DNA makes us who we are and will explore the nature vs nurture debate and just how much about a person’s life can be predicted by their DNA.

Robert Plomin is a leading behavioural geneticist who works at King’s College, London. He has published more than 800 papers in scientific journals and is the author of the best-selling textbook in the field. In 2012, he was awarded a highly prestigious five-year Advanced Investigator Award from the European Research Council. He was the youngest president of the international Behaviour Genetics Association, and has been given lifetime achievement awards from that association as well the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research in Child Development, among others.