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August 18-22, 2019

Eurotel Victoria – Les Diablerets, Switzerland

Registration is now closed – Selected applicants will be notified by email by June 17, 2019.

AGBT is a proud supporter of The Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomic

We are pleased to announce the 12th Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics 2019 that will take place for the second time in the Swiss Alps, in Les Diablerets. This summer school, named in 2011 after the Finnish geneticist Leena Peltonen (1952–2010), provides a unique opportunity to learn and be inspired by those that have shaped our understanding of human genomics in the past decade. Tutors are among the scientific leaders who are advancing the field of human genomics and former students are now at the forefront of much of this research.

This is a uniquely fascinating time in human genetics and genomics, as the field moves beyond the cataloguing of associated variation towards fundamental biological inference and translational implementation. The programme will cover a range of topics including our current understanding of the genomics of rare and complex human diseases. There will be sessions addressing gene regulation and functional analysis. The latest advances in sequencing technology and the future of whole genome analysis, clinical sequencing, bioinformatics and personalized medicine will also be discussed.

The schedule is highly interactive with presentations by the tutors and students on cutting-edge topics in human genomics. The summer school is more akin to a ‘science summer camp’ for graduate students with discussions and debates on the future of human genomics. A unique feature is the one-to-one mentoring on all aspects of genomics, including advice on publishing and pursuing an academic research or private sector career.

The summer school is suitable for scientists and clinicians undertaking graduate studies focused on human genetics and genomics. Applications from those who have completed a PhD in another area and have moved into genomics for their postdoctoral studies will also be considered. To optimize discussions and interactions, numbers are limited to 20 students.

Registration info:

The summer school is recommended for all scientists and clinicians undertaking graduate studies focused on human genetics and genomics. Applications from those who have completed a PhD in another area and have moved into genomics for their postdoctoral studies will also be considered. 

Deadline: May 31, 2019 

Cost: 800 CHF (covers shared accommodation and meals)

Selected applicants will be notified by email by June 17, 2019.

Scientific programme committee:

  • Nancy COX, Vanderbilt University, USA
  • Manolis DERMITZAKIS, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Tuuli LAPPALAINEN, NY Genome Center and Columbia University, USA
  • Cecilia LINDGREN, BDI-Oxford

Confirmed tutors:

  • Paul DE BAKKER, Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Europe) Ltd, UK
  • Jacques FELLAY, CHUV and EPFL, Switzerland
  • Nicholas KATSANIS, Duke University, USA
  • Ruth LOOS, Mount Sinai Hospital, USA
  • Len PENNACCHIO, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Sara PULLIT, University of Oxford, UK
  • Alexandre REYMOND, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Samuli RIPATTI, Professor of Biometry Public Health, University of Helsinki (Finland) ; Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) and Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
  • Gosia TRYNKA, Sanger Institute, UK
  • Didier TRONO, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Effy VAYENA, Dep. Gesundheitswiss. und Technol.  ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Cisca WIJMENGA, University of Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands

Feedback from previous students:

“One of the best aspects of the course is that all the tutors were always available during meals and after-hours events for questions and discussions – That was just amazing, thank you!” (2018)

“I already recommended it to my colleagues. The course was a fantastic experience. The networking opportunities were fantastic, the discussions were plentiful and each one as interesting as the last. You get the opportunity of meeting the greatest people, you make new friends. Definitely one of the greatest experiences of my academic career.“ (2017)

“I loved the one-to-one sessions – it was great to have the opportunity to have the focussed attention of some of the world leaders in the human genomics field and be able to ask them anything we wished. As well as helpful scientific discussion, we were able to get a lot of useful career advice and insight into how they got to where they are today.“ (2016)

“The course provided a unique opportunity to meet several experts in the field of human genetics and discuss science and career-related issues with them. It was also important to be able to share experiences with many other students who are currently in the same situation and trying to figure out what to do after completing PhD degree.“ (2015)

“The tutors that participated in the course are leaders in their fields and therefore, participate in the important conferences in human genetics and genomics that are held every year…. I think that the highest value of this course was that it provides the unique opportunity to talk to the tutors about their academic career, their research interests, and their view of the future advances on the field of human genomics. It was also very inspiring learning what motivates them to do what they do, and to receive their advice regarding research in the academic context.“ (2014)

“The opportunity to interact with 20 world-leading scientists over a period of four days was absolutely invaluable. The discussions in the one-to-one meetings, over meals, drinks and coffee were both truly inspiring and thought provoking.“ (2013)

“Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics: one of the best experiences a genetics graduate student can have.“(2012)