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Heidelberg International Summer School for Doctoral Students


20–24 November 2023
Heidelberg Center Latin America, Santiago de Chile

This summer school aims to bring together scientists working at the interface of statistical genetics and molecular medicine to discuss the opportunities and challenges arising from genetic ancestry and inbreeding for P4-Medicine.

The summer school will be held at the Heidelberg Center Latin America from 20–24 November, with a preparatory online meeting on 16 October 2023.

Master’s and PhD students from all relevant disciplines (e.g. biostatistics, population and evolutionary genomics, molecular epidemiology or public health), ideally with practical experience in omics data analysis, are invited to apply. Travel and accommodation costs for the summer school will be covered for selected applicants.


Days 1 and 2
Harnessing non-coding RNAs, metabolites and proteins for P4-Medicine

Days 3 and 4
Characterising ancestry and inbreeding to unlock the potential of genetic diversity for P4-Medicine

Day 5
Delineating a research proposal on genetic diversity and new biomarkers for P4-Medicine

Applications including a cover letter, CV and two reference letters should be sent as one single PDF by 31 July 2023 via SummerSchool2023(at)imbi.uni-heidelberg.de

  • Introduction to Mendelian Randomization (organized within the EU-funded research project EULAT Eradicate GBC)
  • Biostatistical Analysis of Genotype Data (organized within the EU-funded research project EULAT Eradicate GBC)
  • Statistical Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology, Bioinformatics, and Study Designs in Biometry and Epidemiology (MSc in Medical Informatics, University of Heidelberg)
  • Biostatistics, Genetic Epidemiology and Advanced Statistical Methods (MSc in Medical Informatics organized by University of Heidelberg and University of Chile)
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics, Introduction to Bayesian Statistics and Genetic Epidemiology (MSc in Medical Biometry/Biostatistics, University of Heidelberg)
  • Epidemiology, Major in Cancer Biology organized by the Faculty of Biosciences, University of Heidelberg in collaboration with the German Cancer Research Center
  • Descriptive Exploratory and Confirmatory Statistical Analysis (Training in Clinical Research organized by the Bolivian National Health Fund)
  • Genetic Epidemiology and Introduction to Bayesian Statistics (MSc in Epidemiology, Medical Biometry/Biostatistics, University of Mainz)

The Statistical Genetics Journal Club aims at discussing relevant articles, software and databases in the field of statistical for molecular medicine.

The Journal Club meets on a regular basis every two weeks. If you wish to be notified of upcoming Journal Clubs, please email us at the following address: lorenzo@imbi.uni-heidelberg.de. If you are interested in details about former Journal Clubs, please contact directly the speaker.

Recent Topics:

  • Identification and validation of circulating µRNAs associated with gallbladder cancer risk in Europeans
    A. Blandino
  • Risk of Cancer after Cholecystectomy in Sweden
    E. Kharazmi
  • Genetic-genomic characterization of Chilean patients with gallbladder cancer
    V. Gárate
  • Genetically determined gene expression levels and survival of colorectal cancer patients
    H. Deutelmoser
  • UK Biobank data and data retrieval
    J. Lorenzo Bermejo, F. Boekstegers
  • Power calculations in Mendelian Randomization Studies
    J. Lorenzo Bermejo, C. Barahona Ponce, L. Zollner
  • Aspirin, gallbladder cancer and colorectal adenomas – Mendelian Randomization Studies D. Scherer
  • Introduction to the article:
    McGregor et al. "An evaluation of methods correcting for cell-type heterogeneity in DNA methylation studies"
    J. Brägelmann
  • Introduction to linkage analysis
    C. Fischer
  • Introduction to the article:
    Ghani et al. "Evidence of Recessive Alzheimer Disease Loci in a Caribbean Hispanic Data Set Genome-wide Survey of Runs of Homozygosity" 
    C. Fischer