Genomic Analysis for Social-Behavioral Scientists Workshop

Institute for Social Research
University of Michigan
Monday through Friday, June 12-16, 2017

Course Outline

Application (PDF)

General Information

The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize researchers with genetic data and provide instruction on how to incorporate genetic information into social science analyses. This one-week genomic data workshop will focus on providing hands-on training for researchers working at the intersection of genetics and social science research, using data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) as a model. The proposed workshop will use both lecture and lab formats using tutorial versions of the HRS core survey data and HRS genetic data files. This workshop will highlight the unique and powerful aspects of analyzing genetic data in combination with social science data and will offer opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration among attendees and feedback from University of Michigan investigators and course instructors. Details on the proposed curriculum for 2017 are provided in the course outline.

Course Instructors

The instructors for the course are: Colter Mitchell (University of Michigan), Jessica Faul (University of Michigan), Erin Ware (University of Michigan), Sharon Kardia (University of Michigan), Jennifer Smith (University of Michigan), Wei Zhao (University of Michigan), Dan Belsky (Duke University) and other guest lecturers.

Who Should Apply?

Those who would benefit from this course includes, but are not limited to:

– Researchers who already have experience working with behavioral traits, especially in studies of aging such as the HRS

– Graduate students and post-doctoral students who are interested in the field of behavioral genetics

– Established investigators who are interested in a better understanding of genomic analysis as applies to social and behavioral science research

More Information

The course will be held in Ann Arbor on the campus of the University of Michigan from Monday through Friday June 12-16, 2017. The cost of the 5-day course is $200 for students, academic and government researchers. This fee covers tuition and course related expenses (handouts, etc.) but not room and board. Travel stipends of up to $1000 for out-of-state participants and up to $500 for in-state participants are available for a limited number of participants. Preference for stipends will be given to pre-doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers.

The maximum number of participants is 30. The lab will be equipped with laptops available to conduct all analyses.

The course is wheel chair accessible. All disabilities will be accommodated. Please notify us in advance if you need specific accommodations.


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Application deadline is February 17, 2017
Notification of acceptance will be made by mid-March

This course is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – National Institute on Aging (NIA) R25 AG 053227