The Cognomics Project

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Welcome to COGNOMICS

Radboud University Nijmegen launches a new initiative, bridging the gap between the genes that we bring along and the way our minds work. At this university, this new field of Cognomics will be a major area of research in the coming years

Through advanced neuroimaging analyses and extensive behavioral testing, in combination with state-of-the-art genetics and genomics research we hope to learn in the following years, how the genetic infrastructure of an individual builds a brain that is cognition-ready, how interindividual differences in memory, language and selected behavioral traits come about, and how genetic factors involved in complex brain pathology (as in psychiatric disorders) affect brain structure and function.

The knowledge acquired through the Cognomics research should help us understand the mechanisms behind the effects of genes in our brain. Through this we can tailor education and work environments better to the profile of individual talents and skills. In the domain of mental disorders it should contribute to characterize individual risk factors. The benefit for society will be enormous, since efficiency of education and labour will increase, and the increasing costs of psychiatric disease will reduce.



Registration and abstract submission for the COGNOMICS conference 2017 are open!

COGNOMICS Conference 2017

Neurogenomics: the road ahead

We are happy to announce that the registration and abstract submission are now open! The program can be found here.

Important dates

June 15, 2017 Abstract Submission Deadline

July 15, 2017 Notifications emailed to all authors

Max number of participants: 120

The registration fee is 100€. This fee includes admission, lunch and coffee/tea on both days. To register for the conference, please click here.

Abstract submission

We cordially invite you to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations (max. 250 words excluding the title, author names, and references).

Submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the organizing committee. Authors whose abstracts are selected for poster presentation will be eligible to compete for a Best Poster award. The committee will select 10 abstracts from all submissions to be presented orally during the oral sessions. Each presenter will be limited to 15 minutes (10 minutes presentation + 5 minutes discussion).

To submit an abstract, please click here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 April 2017 09:10

Preliminary program

COGNOMICS Conference 2017

Neurogenomics: the road ahead

We are happy to announce a preliminary program of the COGNOMICS Conference 2017!

Last Updated on Friday, 07 April 2017 11:24

BIG (Brain Imaging Genetics) Radboud Summer School made it big time!

In the second week of August in the framework of the Radboud Summer School we organized the Brain Imaging Genetics (BIG) course. Our 5-day course was aimed at researchers with a neuroimaging background, who would like to extend their understanding of genetics. We welcomed 36 participants from 11 countries, including Germany, Canada, Switzerland, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, UK, Portugal, Romania, Finland, and of course the Netherlands. 74% of the participants were PhD students.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2016 09:57

Save the Dates!

COGNOMICS Conference 2017

Neurogenomics: the road ahead

7-8 September 2017

Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Our Cognomics Initiative brings together leading scientists from a range of disciplines to understand how variations in the human genome affect brain structure and function. Since the launch of Cognomics in 2012, we have organized a number of exciting scientific and training events, including the two-day Cognomics Symposium in 2013 and two editions of the whole-week Brain Imaging Genetics (BIG) Summer School in 2014 and 2016. This year, we organize the COGNOMICS Conference 2017 with the topic “Neurogenomics: the road ahead”. This conference will be held on the 7th and 8th of September 2017 at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (Nijmegen, The Netherlands). The program includes a keynote lecture by the world-leading neuroscientist Paul Thompson (PI of ENIGMA Consortium, University of Southern California) and several invited talks by top-researchers in the field, covering the state-of-the-art on imaging genetics and novel developments in phenotyping and genomics. It will also include a panel discussion on the future of imaging genetics and several stimulating oral and poster sessions.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 April 2017 10:13

Brain Imaging Genetics summer school 2016 is approaching!

We are happy to announce that the program of our second Cognomics Summer School on Brain Imaging Genetics is almost ready! This year our 5-day course is aimed at researchers (MSc, PhD, postdocs) with a neuroimaging background, who would like to extend their understanding of genetics. Members of the ENIGMA consortium, including Prof. Barbara Franke and Dr. Alejandro Arias Vásquez (from the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour), and leading international researchers Dr. Sarah Medland (QIMR Berghofer, Australia), Dr. Jason Stein (IGC, Southern California), as well as additional genetics experts, like Dr. Beate St Pourcain (University of Bristol, UK and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands) will share their state-of-the-art knowledge. Here is our program in a nutshell:

Last Updated on Monday, 28 March 2016 21:05

Research institutes



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