NDN 101 Course

General Course Information

  • Days: Tueday and Thursday
  • Time: 9:30am - 11:00am (PST)
  • Place: Connect online
  • Start date: January 17, 2012
  • End date: Mid April, 2012
  • Contact person(s): Doug Swanson -
    Dan Goldowitz -

Course Description
Currently, no standard of practice exists to translate genetic findings in complex disorders, such as ASD, into practice, such as therapeutic needs. This course is a collaborative interdisciplinary approach to develop a strategy to validate candidate genes and understand their function with a view to translate genetic findings into possible therapeutic targets. Students are expected to work in collaboration with other trainees as teams to validate ASD candidate genes through multiple research methods: genetic, clinical, molecular, imaging etc.

Intended goal:s multi-disciplinary approach towards carving a pathway from gene discovery to gene validation and therapeutic application in complex diseases, using ASD as a case study.

Intended result:teams are expected to present and to write up a mini-CIHR proposal discussing their strategy for understanding genetic function and establishing a causal relationship between the gene and the disorder.

Special NeuroDevNet101 Class Guest Lectures
Upcoming lectures

  • Tuesday January 31, Special Lecture Time (4:30-6:00pm EST)
    Nicholas Schork, Director of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics - Scripps Translational Science Institute
    "Genetic Mapping: Strategies for Complex Phenotypes"
  • Tuesday February 7, Regular Lecture Time (12:30-2:00pm EST)
    Tabrez Siddiqui, Research Fellow, Brain Research Centre - University of British Columbia
    "Understanding the cellular basis of neurodevelopmental disorders"
  • Friday February 10, Special Lecture Time (TBA)
    Randy Blakely, Director, Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research - Vanderbilt University
    "The path from Autism biomarkers to genetic variation underlying physiological and behavioral traits"

See the attached course outline for schedule of class sessions.

Contact Doug Swanson for more course/webinar info and updates via email training@neurodevnet.ca or twitter @NeuroDevTrainee #NDN101).