Genomic and Proteomic Approaches to Complex Heart, Lung, Blood, & Sleep Disorders


Oct 6, 2013 - Oct 12, 2013

The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor ME

This highly acclaimed course covers the application of statistics, molecular biology and genetics to the analysis of complex diseases such as asthma, hypertension and coronary heart disease. Both human and animal model data are presented and considered in depth.

Students learn to detect the genetic basis of disease, perform linkage analysis, conduct genome scans, analyze quantitative trait loci, detect gene interactions, map complex disease genes and clone genes. Emphasis is also placed on how to characterize gene function using the latest in biochemical and molecular genetic techniques. Contemporary approaches to gene discovery such as mutagenesis, microarray analysis, comparative genomics and SNP discovery and analysis are also covered. Social and ethical issues surrounding the generation and use of genetic information are discussed during the course.

Intensive hands-on workshops further expose students to the bioinformatics tools such as: Omim, MGD, Unigene, GeneBank, Blast, Gene-scan, SwissProt and Entrez.

This intensive course offers a mix of formal lectures, discussion groups, demonstrations, tutorials, and study sessions.  The course is held in a retreat-like setting at The Jackson Laboratory's Highseas Conference Center,  and is limited to 35 participants to ensure a supportive learning atmosphere with exceptional interaction between students and faculty.  This residential interaction provides a unique and varied learning opportunity.


Oct 6, 2013 - Oct 12, 2013 The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor ME

Luanne Peters, Ph.D., The Jackson Laboratory
Eugene Bleecker, M.D., Wake Forest University
Ron Korstanje, Ph.D, The Jackson Laboratory
Deborah Meyers, Ph.D., Wake Forest University
Jennifer Corrigan, M.S., The Jackson Laboratory


Oct 6, 2013 - Oct 12, 2013 The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor ME

2013 Speakers will include:

Terri Beaty, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Eugene Bleecker, M.D., Wake Forest University
Gary Churchill, Ph.D., The Jackson Laboratory
Nancy Cox, Ph.D., University of Chicago
Patrick Ellinor, M.D., Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital
Andy Greene, Ph.D., Medical College of Wisconsin
Joachim Herz, M.D., UT Southwestern
Timothy Howard, Ph.D., Wake Forest University
Howard Jacob, Ph.D, Medical College of Wisconsin
Ron Korstanje, Ph.D., The Jackson Laboratory
Mingyu Liang, M.B., Ph.D., Medical College of Wisconsin
Rasika Mathias, ScD., Johns Hopkins University General Internal Medicine / Allergy and Clinical Immunology 
Deborah Meyers, Ph.D., Wake Forest University
Allan Pack, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Barry Paw, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women's Hospital
Luanne Peters, Ph.D., The Jackson Laboratory
Narayanan Raghupathy, Ph.D., The Jackson Laboratory
Katrina Steiling, M.D., MSc, Boston University School of Medicine
Karen Svenson, B.A., The Jackson Laboratory
Donata Vercelli, M.D., University of Arizona
Jianfen Xu, M.D., Dr.PH., Wake Forest University

Additional speakers will be listed as confirmed. 


Oct 6, 2013 - Oct 12, 2013 The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor ME

The 2013 event schedule (.pdf) is available for review.  This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to change.


Oct 6, 2013 - Oct 12, 2013 The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor ME

Registration Fee:  
: $1,650.00

Registration fee includes course materials, most meals and shared lodging

To apply for this event, please:

-Complete the online application form (opens a new window to our secured third party application site).

-Applicants will be required to upload a CV or Biosketch (2 page maximum) to complete the application.
Scholarships may be available on a limited basis.

-If you are a student, post-doc, medical resident or fellow, you are also required to provide a letter of recommendation from your supervisor or mentor.

Applications by women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Accepted participants will be provided with course registration information.


Oct 6, 2013 - Oct 12, 2013 The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor ME

All students and some faculty reside together at The Highseas Conference Center, a spacious mansion built in 1912, overlooking the entrance to Frenchman Bay and adjacent to beautiful Acadia National Park. The retreat setting and dormitory style housing, consisting of shared bedrooms and bathrooms. Highseas promotes an interactive environment that sets this course apart from all others. Meals are prepared by our resident chef.  Wireless internet access and laundry facilities are available on site.



Bar Harbor is served by two airports:


Bar Harbor is approximately 6 hours by car from the greater Boston area.

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Oct 6, 2013 - Oct 12, 2013 The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor ME

Funding for this course is provided by:

  • The Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute - Grant #HL086389

We would also like to thank our sponsors for their generous support:

Titanium level

LabDiet: Your work is worth it! TestDiet: From our lab to yours!

Other level

Event Contact: Nancy Place  p: 207-288-6257