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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 Wednesday, 31 May 2017 09:38 Read more...
 

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 Read more...
 

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.

 


 

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 Read more...
 

Summer school 2016. Brain Imaging Genetics: Genetics for Imagers

After successful first Summer school in 2014 the Cognomics Initiative organizes new Summer school 2016 as part of the Radboud Summer School program. This year the Cognomics Summer school is particularly aimed for neuroimaging researchers who wish to extend their knowledge and skills on state-of-the-art-developments in the field of genetics.

This intensive one-week course covers various aspects of genetics analyses of neuroimaging data. The course will start with basic information on the architecture of the human genome and the basis of heritability. We will then move on to the statistical analysis of single common genetic variant for the different imaging modalities (structural imaging based on (sub)cortical volumetry or diffusion tensor imaging and brain activity/functional connectivity based on (resting state) fMRI). This will be followed by analyses of whole gene and genome?wide association studies and the meta-analysis of such data. Other important topics include the imputation of genetic data and linking genetics to behaviour via the brain – the essence of Cognomics research. We will conclude with approaches for the analysis of rare genetic variants. The lecture program will be supplemented with hands?on computer exercises and demonstrations. Importantly, you will also learn how to genotype single nucleotide polymorphisms and score the genotypes in the wetlab. Evenings will be reserved for social activities.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 February 2016 15:30 Read more...
 

Cognomics researchers join the Human Brain Project (HBP)

Cognomics researchers from the Max Planck Institute (MPI), together with researchers in France and Spain, will receive competitive grant funding to join the European Commission's Flagship Human Brain Project.

The Human Brain Project is a large multi-partner effort to develop a multi-level understanding of the human brain, better diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases, and brain-inspired information and communications technologies. The transnational group of researchers, coordinated by MPI's Clyde Francks, proposed a set of inter-related studies called 'MULTI-LATERAL: Multi-level Integrative Analysis of Brain Lateralization for Language'.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 December 2015 16:20 Read more...
 


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