March 31, 2000

New course aims to enhance gene mapping projects

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New course aims to enhance gene mapping projects

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is offering a comprehensive three-day course called "Genetic Analysis of Complex Human Diseases," May 11-13.

The course is designed to give physician-scientists and other medical researchers a broad-based understanding of how to design and execute gene mapping projects using Human Genome Project resources. Lectures will introduce state-of-the-art approaches for mapping human inherited disorders, with special emphasis on genetically complex disease phenotypes.

"This course builds on our gene-mapping experiences over the past 15 years," said Jonathan L. Haines, Ph.D., course director and director of the Program in Human Genetics.

"It will be valuable for anyone who is or will be involved in genetic studies using case-control or family-based patient collection."

Course faculty include Haines, Jason H. Moore, Ph.D., assistant professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Amy Bazyk and Tom Caldwell from the Program in Human Genetics, and four Duke University Medical Center faculty members — Elizabeth R. Hauser, Ph.D., Eden R. Martin, Ph.D., William K. Scott, Ph.D., and Marcy C. Speer, Ph.D.

The program is being sponsored by the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation Program, the Program in Human Genetics, the Clinical Research Center, and the Continuing Medical Education Division.

For more information and to register for the course, which costs $625 for Vanderbilt faculty and fellows, contact Susan Britt at 322-3480 or via e-mail at The registration deadline is April 7.