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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.


A team of 17 faculty members, including international members of the ENIGMA consortium and experts from the Donders Institute’s Cognomics Initiative, prepared and ran the course. We started with an introduction to basic genetics and imaging genetics, and lectures became increasingly more complex over the next days. Lectures were accompanied by practical sessions in the afternoon. A wet-lab session gave the participants direct practical experience in genotyping, and hands-on computer training sessions made the participants familiar with the latest software packages. On the last day there was an interactive session, where our team of international and local lecturers answered various questions and gave their view on the future and perspectives of imaging genetics. In the evenings the students participated in an exciting social program organized by the Radboud Summer School, which included (among other) a pancake boat trip cruising the river Waal, a Nijmegen city tour, and a guest lecture about the black holes and other phenomena in the universe, followed by a BBQ. One evening was organized by the Cognomics team, where faculty and participants showed their skills in a cooking workshop and then enjoyed their own culinary masterpieces.

According to the evaluation of the participants, our course nicely met their expectations, although some proposed to expand the course to two weeks. It is also very pleasant for us that our participants appreciated the high scientific level of the course, and the Brain Imaging Genetics course became the best-scoring Radboud Summer School course in the scientific evaluation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2016 09:57