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Statistical Genetics Unit

Research Training

King’s College London, and London in general, provide excellent resources for post-graduate and post-doctoral training in statistical genetics and bioinformatics, many of which stem directly from the Statistical Genetics Unit (SGU).

Research and Journal Club Meetings

The SGU organises a wide variety of research and journal club meetings. These include Complex Disease Group Meetings, Statistical Genetics Unit Journal Clubs, Next Generation Sequencing Meetings, and South of England Genetics Epidemiology Group Meetings.

Other relevant meetings organised within King’s or other London institutions are listed below.:

Department of Twin Research journal club

A weekly forum open to all researchers that aims to keep abreast of important literature relating to genetic epidemiology, including genetics, molecular biology, statistical genetics and clinical papers. Contact victoria.vazquez@kcl.ac.uk to join the mailing list.

Bioinformatics Interest Group meetings (BIG).

These half-day meetings are held every few months, with a mix of internal and external speakers, and involve researchers from all over KCL. Meetings are advertised through a bioinformatics mailing list. Contact gerome.breen@kcl.ac.uk.

Biostatistics forum.

An occasional seminar series based at the Institute of Psychiatry. Contact kimberley.goldsmith@kcl.ac.uk

Bloomsbury Centre for Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics.

A collaborative venture between UCL and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Organises a regular seminar series.

London BioGeeks.

Organises research and social meetings on bioinformatics and computational biology.

London NGS.

Organises bi-monthly meetings on Next Generation Sequencing.

Royal Statistical Society.

Organises occasional meetings on statistical genetics, among other statistical themes.

Taught Courses

Annual MRC SGDP Summer School - organised and taught by SGU members.

The MSc in Bioinformatics at King’s - offers a wide-range of relevant courses. Semester 1 has courses Fundamentals of Genetics and Biomolecular Structure for Bioinformatics and Statistics for Bioinformatics (eric.blanc@kcl.ac.uk). Semester 2 includes Data Analysis of Large-Scale Experiments in Molecular Biology (david.l.morris@kcl.ac.uk), Algorithms for Computational Molecular Biology (maxime.crochemore@kcl.ac.uk), Structural Bioinformatics and Protein Structure Predictions (franca.fraternali@kcl.ac.uk), Genetic Data Analysis in Medicine (michael.weale@kcl.ac.uk), and Advanced Topics in Computational Genomics (sophia.tsoka@kcl.ac.uk). Please email the course organiser to find out further details of these modules, and the policy on visitors attending the lectures.

The Multidisciplinary Systems Biomedicine Graduate Programme at King’s - offers a series of lectures and seminars in systems biology, as well as the opportunity to extend one’s PhD by an additional 6-months study within the programme itself.

The Intercalating BSc in Human Genetics - includes a 20-lecture course on Complex Disease Genetics, organised by Mike Weale as part of the 6BBYG306 module taught in of Semester 1. To register as an auditor contact Elizabeth Manners (elizabeth.manners@kcl.ac.uk)

KCL IT Training Courses - http://www.kcl.ac.uk/onespace/it/training/it/

Online Training Courses

Most web-based databases and programs have tutorials available online to teach their use (e.g. PLINK, Galaxy, UCSC).

Henry Stewart Talks  is an online library of bioscience lectures (slides + audio). Relevant series include Genetic Epidemiology (I and II), Statistical Methods for the Analysis of Genome-Wide Association Studies, and others.  Access to The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection is available from KCL.

LondonR. Organises occasional meetings on the use and application of R.

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