Introduction to Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) for complex diseases


    The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Ghana and the H3ABioNet Node of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) University of Ghana, are organizing a five-day intensive workshop on GWAS for complex diseases.

    Venue of workshop: Conference Room - Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Ghana
    Dates for the workshop: 12th to 16th June 2017
    Registration opens: 28th April, 2017
    Registration closes: 19th May, 2017
    Notification date: 23th May, 2017
    Registration: All interested applicants must complete the application form at the following URL:

    Proposed workshop objectives:

    This workshop is aimed at introducing an interdisciplinary audience to important concepts in genetics and population genetics that are relevant to complex disease association studies and data analysis. Participants will also be introduced to the potential of GWAS and to key strategic considerations in designing and performing association studies for mapping disease genes.  It will cover the fundamental assumptions, showcase recent successes and discuss limitations of current GWAS approaches in the field of complex diseases, and particularly in the case of African populations known for low linkage disequilibrium. It will also provide ‘hands-on’ experience of data analysis.

    Syllabus and Tools:

    Participants will learn basic genetics and population genetics that is applicable to GWAS analysis, the design and analyses of population data and genome-wide association testing. Hands on data processing, analysis and the interpretation of result
    Intended Audience: The target audience includes graduate students, research assistants, postdocs and established and young investigators entering the field of complex trait genetics from a variety of backgrounds such as biological, bioinformatics, statistics, mathematics and computer science. 
    Prerequisites: Selected participants will need to work through the following resources to enable them to gain the most from the workshop:

    Dr. Gaston K. Mazandu (African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Ghana-South Africa andComputational Biology, University of Cape Town, South Africa)
    Dr. Emile R. Chimusa (Human Genetics Division, Department. of Pathology, University of Cape Town, South Africa) 
    Dr Anita Ghansah (H3ABioNet  Node, (NMIMR), Legon, Ghana)
    Dr. Samuel K. Kwofie (Biomedical Engineering Department , University of Ghana, Legon and H3ABioNet  Node, (NMIMR), Legon, Ghana)

    Wisdom Akurugu (H3ABioNet, Node, (NMIMR), Legon, Ghana)
    Fiifi Hayford (H3ABioNet, Node, (NMIMR), Legon, Ghana)
    Jacquiline Mugo (H3ABioNet, Node (CBIO, Cape Town South Africa)

    Workshop program:


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