Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics 2018

August 19-23, 2018, Les Diablerets, Switzerland (www.eurotel-victoria.ch).

Scientific programme committee:

Nancy Cox, Vanderbilt University, USA
Manolis Dermitzakis, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Mark McCarthy, University of Oxford, UK

Confirmed tutors:

Nicholas Katsanis, Duke University, USA
Sara Pulit, University of Oxford, UK
Ruth Loos, Mount Sinai Hospital, USA
Len Pennacchio, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Tuuli Lappalainen, NYGC and Columbia University, USA
Alexandre Reymond, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Magdalena Skipper, Nature Communications
Gosia Trynka, Sanger Institute, UK
Jacques Fellay, CHUV and EPFL, Switzerland
Samuli Ripatti, University of Helsinki, Finland
Lude Franke, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Stylianos Antonarakis, University of Geneva, Switzerland


We are pleased to announce the 11th Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics 2018 to take place for the first time in the Swiss alps, in Les Diablerets. This summer school provides a unique opportunity to learn and be inspired by those that have shaped our understanding of human genomics in the past decade. Now in its ninth year, it was re-named ‘The Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics’ in 2011, as a tribute to Leena Peltonen. Tutors at the school are among the scientific leaders who are advancing the field of human genomics, and former students are now at the forefront of much of this research.

This is a uniquely fascinating time in human genetics and genomics, as the field moves beyond the cataloguing of associated variation towards fundamental biological inference and translational implementation. The programme will cover a range of topics including our current understanding of the genomics of rare and complex human diseases. There will be sessions addressing gene regulation and functional analysis. The latest advances in sequencing technology and the future of whole genome and clinical sequencing will also be discussed.

The schedule is highly interactive with presentations by the tutors and students on cutting-edge topics in human genomics. The summer school is more akin to a ‘science summer camp’ for graduate students with discussions and debates on the future of human genomics. A unique feature is the one-to-one mentoring on all aspects of genomics, including advice on publishing and pursuing an academic research career.

The summer school is suitable for scientists and clinicians undertaking graduate studies focused on human genetics and genomics. Applications from those who have completed a PhD in another area and have moved into genomics for their postdoctoral studies will also be considered. To optimize discussions and interactions, numbers are limited to 20 students.


The registration is closed
Deadline: May 31, 2018
Cost: 800 CHF (covers accommodation and meals)
Applications will be selected and announced to applicants by June 15, 2018

Feedback from previous students:

"The tutors that participated in the course are leaders in their fields and therefore, participate in the important conferences in human genetics and genomics that are held every year…. I think that the highest value of this course was that it provides the unique opportunity to talk to the tutors about their academic career, their research interests, and their view of the future advances on the field of human genomics. It was also very inspiring learning what motivates them to do what they do, and to receive their advice regarding research in the academic context." (2014)

"I already recommended it to my colleagues. The course was a fantastic experience. The networking opportunities were fantastic, the discussions were plentiful and each one as interesting as the last. You get the opportunity of meeting the greatest people, you make new friends. Definitely one of the greatest experiences of my academic career." (2013)

"The opportunity to interact with 20 world-leading scientists over a period of four days was absolutely invaluable. The discussions in the one-to-one meetings, over meals, drinks and coffee were both truly inspiring and thought provoking." (2013)

"Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics: one of the best experiences a genetics graduate student can have" (2012)