American Society of Human Genetics 2019 Annual meeting abstract submissions open

American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is holding their 2019 Annual Meeting. Specifically, an abstract topic “Complex Traits and Polygenic Disorders” closely relates to the work BGA members are doing.

The abstract submission site closes June 6, 2019 at 8 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time. Any questions about the process? Contact ashgmeetings@ashg.org. We’re also happy to provide a video and blog with tips and tricks for abstract submissions.

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Summer Course: Nature and Nurture (Amsterdam)

The Netherlands Twin Register & the Department of Biological Psychology are hosting their third summer course: Nature and Nurture: Twin Research and Human Genetics. This interdisciplinary course puts you at the forefront of exciting developments in twin research and human genetics. You focus on twins to explore the interplay of genes and environment in determining behaviour, lifestyle and health. Uniquely, you gain hands-on access to datasets from the world-renowned Netherlands Twin Register at VU Amsterdam – one of the largest longitudinal databases of its kind (Click here for more details).

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Summer School: Genome Wide Data Analysis (Amsterdam)

Announcement: Introduction in Genome-Wide Data Analysis Summer School: July 22-26, 2019 in Amsterdam

This interdisciplinary summer school will attempt to “bridge” specific knowledge gaps that participants from different backgrounds may have. Specifically, social scientists will get a short, formal introduction to genetics, while students from medicine or genetics will benefit from the formal treatment of statistical methods and the discussion of how investigating the genetics of social scientific outcomes may lead to medically relevant insights. For more information click this link (https://p.tinbergen.nl/introduction-in-genome-wide-data-analysis) and see below.

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Call for Applications 2019: Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program

The Jacobs Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 call for applications for its Research Fellowship Program. The Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program is an internationally open, competitive fellowship program for early and mid-career researchers focusing on learning and development of children and youth. Deadline for submission: March 17, 2019.

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Russel Sage Foundation – 2019 Summer Institutes

Summer Institute in Social Science Genomics

Dates:  June 9 – 21, 2019                                       Application Deadline:              February 11, 2019

The Russell Sage Foundation, in conjunction with the JPB Foundation, will sponsor the third Summer Institute in Social-Science Genomics from June 9 – 21, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. The purpose of this two-week workshop is to introduce graduate students and beginning faculty in economics, sociology, psychology, political science, statistics, genetics, and other disciplines to the methods of social-science genomics—the analysis of genomic data in social science research. The program will include the interpretation and estimation of different concepts of heritability; the biology of genetic inheritance, gene expression, and epigenetics; design and analysis of genetic-association studies; analysis of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions; estimation and use of polygenic scores; as well as applications of genomic data in the social sciences. Participation is restricted to Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and untenured faculty within 10 years of the Ph.D. Most participant costs, including housing, meals, and travel will be covered. Detailed information about the summer institute and applying can be found here:  https://www.russellsage.org/summer-institutes.

Questions should be directed to Dan Benjamin at RSF.Genomics.School@gmail.com.

Childhood Aggression and its Comorbidities Conference

May 6-8 (2019): the ACTION consortium (Aggression in Children: unraveling gene-environment interplay to inform Treatment and InterventioN strategies) organizes a meeting in Sardinia (Italy) on “Childhood Aggression and it comorbidities”.

 

We very warmly invite you to take part. Please follow this link to learn more about the meeting, the facilities and to submit an abstract:

Childhood aggression and its comorbidities: dissemination meeting

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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.

‘Big data for better science: technologies for measuring behaviour’, London (UK)

The Royal Society organizes a meeting entitled ‘Big data for better science: technologies for measuring behaviour’. This meeting, which takes place on 4 – 5 February 2019, will discuss the use of ‘big’ high-quality data sets in behavioural science. These meetings aim to provide a platform for leaders in the field, as well as early career scientists, to meet for networking and discussion. More information on the speakers and programme can be found on our website.

Registration for this meeting is free, but participants are required to register in advance of the meeting.