The Cognomics Project

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home News and Results Newsflash Successful first Cognomics Summer School Brain Imaging Genetics

Successful first Cognomics Summer School Brain Imaging Genetics

As part of the Radboud Summer School program, the Donders Cognomics Initiative successfully organized its first summer school on brain imaging genetics.
On August 11, 28 young researchers from 11 different countries, most of them PhD-students and young postdocs, eagerly started on the 5-day course to gain insight into how neuroimaging and genetics data can be linked. Experts in neuroimaging and in genetics from the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, accompanied by international experts from Australia, the western part of the US, and the UK, were available to share their knowledge with them.

Starting with a day of parallel programming to give researchers with different backgrounds a common basis, different topics from both the imaging and genetics research fields were discussed on successive days. Every day had a different theme: Tuesday dealt with brain morphometry and single variant genetic studies, Wednesday combined diffusion-weighted imaging with gene-set based association studies, on Thursday students learned about functional MRI and its combination with genetics through ICA analysis.

On Friday, different lecturers gave their view on the future of imaging genetics, discussing multivariate analysis methods, 7 Tesla imaging, and the inclusion of genomics. The mornings were filled with lectures, and the gained theoretical knowledge was consolidated during subsequent computer training sessions in the afternoon.

An additional highlight was a contest proposal writing; in this contest students were challenged to apply the knowledge gained during the course to develop an innovative research proposal using the Cognomics Resource data. Presentation of the proposals on Friday was evaluated by 6 jurors; the winners were awarded with the opportunity to carry out their proposal and write a scientific article on the results.

With their red bikes, handed out for the duration of the summer school to the first 100 students to apply for participation, the participants were a distinctive characteristic of Nijmegen during the summer school week. As part of the Radboud Summer School Program, the participants were also treated to an intensive social program. On Monday sports were offered, on Tuesday students were welcomed at the town hall, and had dinner on a pancake boat cruising the river Waal before starting on a pub crawl through Nijmegen city. On Wednesday, a guest lecture was followed by a BBQ. The Summer School Program ended with a closing ceremony and handing out of a certificate to each participant.

Based on the evaluation forms, the Brain Imaging Genetics summer school was a real success. The students greatly appreciated the combination of lectures and practical sessions, as well as the enthusiasm and personal touch of the faculty, providing ample opportunity for feedback.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:36