Netherlands, Utrecht

Molecular Epidemiology of Chronic Disease and the Exposome

when 1 June 2019 - 8 July 2019
language English
duration 6 weeks
credits 1.5 ECTS
fee EUR 1000

This course introduces the concepts, principles, and use of molecular methods in epidemiological studies and Exposome research. Topics that will be covered include: introduction into platforms such as epigenetics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, implementation of molecular markers in epidemiological studies, the role of molecular epidemiology in the analysis of the exposome, and practical examples of molecular epidemiological studies. The course features a specific module on the challenges of statistical analysis of molecular epidemiological studies consisting of lectures and practical work.

This course introduces the concepts, principles, and use of molecular methods in epidemiologic research. Topics that will be covered include: introduction into platforms (epigenetics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics), implementation of molecular markers in epidemiological studies, the role of molecular epidemiology in the analysis of the exposome, and practical examples of molecular epidemiological studies. In addition, The course features a specific module on the challenges of statistical analysis of molecular epidemiological studies consisting of lectures and a series of computer labs focusing on issues such as:  Introduction to the R language, OMICS data pre-processing, strategies for multiple comparisons, dimension reduction and variable selection, and pathway analysis.

Course leader

Dr. Jelle Vlaanderen & Dr. Roel Vermeulen

Target group

(PhD) students and (postdoctoral) researchers from epidemiology, biology, medicine, statistics, and related fields, non-academics interested in understanding molecular epidemiological studies.

Course aim

The objective of the course is to provide the student with insight in the concepts, principles, and use of molecular methods in epidemiologic research

Fee info

EUR 1000: Course fee
EUR 200: Housing fee

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