EPIB-668 Winter 2011
"Genetic Epidemiology: an overview"



The goal of the course is to introduce students to general notions of genetic epidemiology (GE) in order to enhance their ability to read the GE literature. It is aimed at providing a map of the different issues and study designs in GE through specific examples of studies, and not at teaching the fine details of each.  At the end of this course, the student will mostly have an overview of the different study design and analysis approaches used in genetic epidemiology studies currently appearing in the literature. It is not expected this course will fully enable students to carry out a genetic epidemiology study on their own.



Course outline: format pdf (click here)


Date, time, location: 

Friday, 10:00am - 12:00 am.

Purvis Hall, Room 24

Instructor:   Aurélie Labbe








January 7th

Introduction to genetics

Overview of Genetic Epidemiology (GE) studies

Dr. Aurelie Labbe

January 14th

Introducing a parallel between a conventional epidemiology study and a GE study


Dr. Claire Infante Rivard

January 21st

Examples of familial aggregation studies and twin studies

Introduction to linkage analysis


Dr. Aurelie Labbe

January 28th

Example of a linkage study of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder


Dr. Chantal Merette

February 4th

Association studies


Dr. Aurelie Labbe

February 11th

Example of another genetic association study using family trios (mother, father, child)


Dr. Claire Infante Rivard

February 18th

Example of a Genome-wise association study


Dr. Brent Richards

March 4th

What about other factors than genes in genetic epidemiology studies ?


Dr. Celia Greenwood

March 11th

Can genetic data be used for predicting effect of medication?


Dr. Ridha Joober

March 18th

Can genetic data be used for predicting disease occurrence?



Dr. George Thanassoulis

March 25th

Ethical aspects of de novo GE studies and use of databases for genetic factors


Dr. Bartha Maria Knoppers

April 1st

From the lab to the datafile (1h)

Student presentations


Dr. Amee Manges




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