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Nature and Nurture: Twin Research and Human Genetics Interdisciplinary Studies Program Summer 2023 July 4-Week - Amsterdam

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Nature and Nurture: Twin Research and Human Genetics

Nature and Nurture: Twin Research and Human Genetics Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Primary Subject Area: Health Sciences
Instruction in: English
Transcript Source: Partner Institution
Course Details: Level 400
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45
Prerequisites: Experience with BSc-level statistics and research methods is recommended.


Thanks to recent technological advances, we are closer than ever to explaining where our individual differences come from. Our ability to map human DNA at high resolution in large populations is now enabling us to link genetic variation to traits and diseases on a molecular level.

This interdisciplinary course puts you at the forefront of these exciting and important developments.

We focus on twins to explore the interplay of genes and environment in determining behaviour, lifestyle, and health. Uniquely, you will gain hands-on access to the world-renowned Netherlands Twin Register at VU Amsterdam ? one of the largest longitudinal databases of its kind. The tutors are scientists closely associated with this core asset, the people who collect the information and work with it on a daily basis to unravel the genetic etiology of a wide range of medical conditions and personal characteristics. They will train you in working with twin data and information from genomics and epigenetics. You will learn how to collect material on behaviour and health and how to use molecular data to better understand the path from genetics to medicine.

Naturally, we will also cover the theoretical and philosophical background to help you interpret genetic studies, understand effective methods and designs and increase your understanding of complex human traits.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand and interpret results from genetic studies of complex human behavioural traits.
- Understand the current state of human genetics research from a historical perspective and can contribute to discussions about gene-environment interaction.
- Analyse genetically informative twin and family data.
- Understand the assessment and diagnosis of traits and phenotypes.
- Work with multiple ?-omics? data: genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics and microbiomics.

Contact hours listed under a course description may vary due to the combination of lecture-based and independent work required for each course. CEA's recommended credits are based on the contact hours assigned by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam): 15 contact hours equals 1 U.S. credit

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