The Sixteenth Annual Statistical Genetics Short Course
- featuring Mendel software

Joint UCLA & University of Colorado Anschutz Statistical Genetics Course & Programming Workshop

Monday, September 18 - Friday, September 22 on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Hosted by the Division of Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz

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Participants may attend either the short course, or the programming workshop, or both.

2014 Course at UCLA

Hands-on Statistical Genetics Course
Monday, September 18 - Wednesday, September 20
The statistical genetics course will cover state-of-the-art statistical methods for detection of genetic loci influencing complex traits. Each day will include discussions of analysis theory and hands-on computer exercises, focusing on the Mendel statistical genetics package. We will stress interpretation of results and emphasize the practical aspects needed to give the best chances of success. The course is designed for people who are actively studying the genetics of complex traits. No prior experience with these methods is necessary.

Topics will include:

Programming Workshop
Thursday, September 21 - Friday, September 22
This workshop will focus on OpenMendel, the new open source Julia language version of the Mendel statistical genetics package. The Workshop will give an introduction into using the new Julia programming language. Julia, developed at MIT, is a modern version of R, designed to be very easy to program, extremely fast, and able to handle the large data sets common in modern big data science. The workshop will cover methods for extending and customizing the Julia code. The workshop is designed for bioinformaticians and statisticians who are actively studying the genetics of complex traits. Participants should have some familiarity with programming environments such as R, MATLAB, or Python.

Topics will include:

Course instructors for both the Statistical Genetics Course and the Programming Workshop are senior faculty in the Statistical Genetics Group at UCLA

  1. Kenneth Lange
  2. Jeanette Papp
  3. Janet Sinsheimer
  4. Eric Sobel
  5. Hua Zhou
CU Anshutz

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Course Registration:
Registration includes breakfast and light refreshments on each day of the course.
Transportation and lodging are not included in the price of registration.

Course Fees:

For students and postdocs from non-profit institutions: $200
For staff and faculty from non-profit institutions: $300
For individuals from for-profit institutions: $600

To Apply:
Send the following items (in a text, Word, or PDF document) to

  1. The name of the course you are applying for - "Statistical Genetics," or "Programming Workshop", or both.
  2. Your resume (with current position and contact information).
  3. A short description of the statistical genetics projects you are or will be working on, the amount and type of data involved, and any analysis methods you are particularly interested in.

For information, email