Neuroscience 2015: The Impact of Human Genetics and Genomics in Neurobiology

The quest to understand the brain, and its role in behavior and disease, is no small task.  Over the past decade, labs like Nicholas Katsanis’ at Duke University have shown that genetic and genomic approaches can be extremely beneficial to our understanding of neurobiology. He organized a short course for the Neuroscience 2015 conference in Chicago to help researchers gain a better understanding of genomic applications. The first speaker was Shamil Sunyaev, a computational genomics researchers at the Genetics Division of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He started his presentation, Computational Approaches to Annotating Neurodevelopment and Neurodegenerative Disease Genomes, with a discussion of simple and complex phenotypes—and how, historically, researchers have tried to study heritability of disease states in animal models and in human studies.…


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