The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is pleased to announce A Short Course on the Genetics and Epigenetics of Addiction to provide comprehensive and hands-on training in genetics and epigenetic methodology. The course will be held from Monday, March 31 Friday, April 4, 2008, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, MD 20852.
The course is limited to 50 students. Those accepted into the course are expected to cover their travel, lodging ($201.00 per day plus taxes), and lunch and dinner costs. Additionally there will be a $50 conference fee to participate. The hotel will provide a continental breakfast at no additional charge.
How to Apply: Applicants eligible for applying to this course are graduate students, post-docs, and PIs who are seeking a new direction in their research program to employ genetics and epigenetic methodologies to the problems of addiction. Interested applicants should complete and send (1) the attached application form, (2) a current CV, and (3) a one-paragraph statement explaining their interest in, and rationale and need for participating in this course to Ms. Amina Ari at eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%61%61%72%69%40%73%65%69%32%30%30%33%2e%63%6f%6d%22%3e%61%61%72%69%40%73%65%69%32%30%30%33%2e%63%6f%6d%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')). Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis with a final deadline of January 31, 2008. All decisions regarding acceptance to participate in the course will be made no later than February 21, 2008.
Purpose of the Course: The purpose of the course is to provide an introduction to approaches and tools for identifying genes that confer vulnerability to addiction and individual differences in responses to treatments. The course is targeted to those who are new to the field of addiction genetics. The course will be held over 5 days with lectures and hands-on demonstrations given each day. Participants will gain familiarity with conceptual and practical approaches to complex disorders using relevant genetic and epigenetic databases, and appropriate statistical and empirical approaches.
Topics to be covered: Behavioral genetics, genetic epidemiology, twin and adoption studies, statistical genetic concepts and approaches for mapping complex traits, haplotype based approaches for association mapping, genome-wide scans for addictive disorders, application of linkage for mapping genes and genetic loci for addictive disorders, pharmacogenomics of treatment of addictive disorders, Baysian Methods for identifying gene-gene interactions, analysis of copy number variation, practical use of genetic databases, mapping of complex traits in mice, methods for analyzing gene expression, and methods for doing epigenetic analysis will be covered. Please see draft agenda for further details.
For more information contact:
Jonathan D. Pollock, Ph.D.
Genetics and Molecular Neurobiology Research Branch
Division of Basic Neuroscience and Behavioral Research
6001 Executive Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20892