Advances in Genome-Wide Association Studies [EL017]

Course highlights

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Course days

Monday to Friday, assignment due after the course


Linda Broer - Erasmus MC (NL), Katerina Trajanoska - Erasmus MC (NL), Cindy Boer - Erasmus MC (NL), Christian Benner - University of Helsinki (FIN)/Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (USA), Felix Day - University of Cambridge (UK), Fernando Rivadeneira - Erasmus MC, NL

Course fee

€ 910


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL




Understanding of genetic epidemiology and statistics (regression analysis and maximum likelihood estimation); experience in working with the Linux command line interface, e.g. at the level of the "Linux for Scientists" course (EL016 or previously SC09).


  • Genetic Epidemiology


How to apply

Detailed information about this course:


This 5-day advanced course aims to give an overview of new developments in the field of genome wide association studies for those with a background in genetics, epidemiology or statistics. In the first part of the course, issues concerning the design and analysis of genome-wide association (GWA) analysis will be covered using standard software such as Plink and genABEL. This part will include quality control, hands-on GWA analysis of quantitative and binary traits, methods to detect and correct for stratification, and to model epistastasis. In the second part we will extend to an integrated approach of data analysis including eSNPs and new developments in the analysis of whole sequence data.

Finally, we will discuss the perspectives for genetic testing in clinical practice. A major part of the teaching programme consists of hands-on exercises.


Gain insight in new developments in the field of genome wide association studies.

Participant profile

Epidemiologists, geneticists, biostatisticians, investigators/physicians involved in clinical and pharmacological research.


Assignment(s), Attendance

Reduction on fees


No fees are charged for participation of Erasmus MC PhD candidates

Please note that in case of cancellation or no show, the cancellation policy applies based on the full course fee.

50% reduction on our fees for participating institutes of NIHES

This 50% reduction is offered to participants formally appointed at the departments or sections participating in NIHES.

University Medical Center Rotterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam:

  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Psychiatry, Section of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology
  • Department of Medical Informatics
  • Department of General Practice
  • Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management
  • Generation R

50% reduction on our fees for NIHES affiliated partners

This 50% reduction is offered to participants formally appointed at the following NIHES affiliated partners:

University Medical Center Rotterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam, departments of:

  • Dermatology
  • General Paediatrics
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Rehabilitation Medicine

UMIT, Department of Public Health, Health Services Research and Health Technology Assessment.

25% reduction on our fees for Erasmus MC employees

For participants formally appointed at all departments of Erasmus MC (except the departments mentioned above and Erasmus MC PhD candidates).

25% reduction for all (international) PhD students without formal appointment at Erasmus MC

Upon receipt of your application you will receive a request to upload proof of enrollment as a PhD student.