Germany, Tuebingen

From Next-Generation Sequencing to Translational Medicine in Neurological Disease Research

when 25 July 2016 - 27 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 250

Next-generation sequencing technology is profoundly changing the way of medical genetics research. Mining the generated rich and complex data to benefit patient health requires cross-disciplinary research efforts at the nexus of medicine, biology, and informatics.
With this Summer School, we focus precisely this multi-disciplinary interface, point out synergistic potential, and cover the entire process from clinical phenotyping, to NGS data analysis, to clinical and genetic follow-ups, to functional validations in model systems, and to finally guide development of therapies and (personalized) clinical applications.
A particular focus will be on neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonias, ataxias, and related brain disorders.

Course leader

Prof. Dr. Olaf Riess and Dr. Julia Schulze-Hentrich

Target group

The course is tailored towards PhD students and PostDocs working in the fields of biology, neuroscience, biochemistry, experimental medicine, and bioinformatics as well as clinicians, particularly medical doctors at the beginning of their specialization.

Course aim

Interpretation of sequencing data has become the fundamental bottleneck in current genetic diagnostics. Coping with this informational complexity requires multidisciplinary efforts that generate synergies through cross-disciplinary research at the nexus of medicine, biology, and informatics. With this Summer School, we address precisely this challenge and present the entire process of identifying a disease-causing gene thereby facilitating mutual understanding of the different disciplines.

Credits info

3 EC
Participants of the 3-day-event with high-profile speakers, hands-on workshop, and lively networking sessions can own 3 ECTS credit points. CME credit points will be available too.

Fee info

EUR 250: The non-refundable registration fee of € 250 per participant covers attendance at all sessions and workshops, lunches and dinners, tea & coffee breaks as well as the social activities including a guided walk through the old town of Tuebingen and a boat tour on the Neckar river.


For doctoral students from outside Tuebingen, we offer 10 Accommodation Grants covering a 3-night-stay. Details for how to apply can be found online.