The Fifteenth Annual Statistical Genetics Short Course
- featuring Mendel software

Joint UCLA & Stanford Statistical Genetics Course and Programming Workshop

Monday, August 22 - Friday, August 26 on the Stanford Campus

Hosted by the Stanford Center for Computational, Evolutionary, and Human Genomics (CEHG)

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

The application period has been extended.
There are a limited number of slots available. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until all slots are filled.

2014 Course at UCLA

Hands-on Statistical Genetics Course
Monday, August 22 - Wednesday, August 24
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, August 25 - Friday, August 26
This workshop will introduce OpenMendel, the new open source Julia language version of the Mendel statistical genetics package. 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 prior programming experience.

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

Stanford University, Stanford CA

Course Registration:
Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments on each of the event days. Participants are invited to attend the welcome reception with bar service on the evening of August 22, 2016.

A limited number of double-occupancy rooms are available at the Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel at the subsidized rate of $120 per night. They will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Programming Workshop Fees
The Programming Workshop is free to qualified applicants.

Hands-on Statistical Genetics Course Fees

For students and postdocs from non-profit institutions: $250
For staff and faculty from non-profit institutions: $350
For individuals from for-profit institutions: $700

Diversity Fellowships are available: click here for information about applying for a diversity fellowship.

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".
  2. Your resume (with current position and contact information).
  3. For the Statistical Genetics Course, 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.
  4. For the Programming Workshop, a short description of your statistical genetics and programming background and experience.
  5. If you are a student, a letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor.

Enrollment is strictly limited to 40 participants. Applications will be reviewed by an admissions committee, and qualified applicants will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.

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