An online edition for the “Neurepiomics” Bordeaux Summer School

The University of Bordeaux organized the online “Neurepiomics” summer school from the 11th to the 14th of October 2021, dedicated to the epidemiology of vascular and brain aging in cohorts with large scale imaging and omics data.

  • 01/12/2021

In collaboration with the Glenn Biggs Institute at the University of Texas at San Antonio (USA), and the University of Tartu (Estonia), the sixth edition of this interdisciplinary program was organized remotely within the framework of the CHARGE Consortium* and the ENLIGHT European University alliance**.

Open to graduate and doctoral students as well as post-doctoral fellows and senior researchers, course content provided participants with extensive training in the latest research methods with a specific focus on cutting-edge “omics” tools and advanced brain imaging, and their application in the epidemiology of brain aging.

The program gathered a total of 50 participants representing 16 nationalities and 6 continents, and consisted of 5 half-day sessions of distance training, alternating thematic and methodological interventions on the following topics: 

  • The latest in modern epidemiology of the most common neurological diseases
  • In-depth description of innovative, high-dimensional MRI markers of brain aging in large population-based cohort studies
  • Advanced brain imaging and novel “omics” tools, and their application in epidemiology of vascular and brain aging
  • Large-scale genomic approaches (GWAS, Exome and whole genome sequencing approaches), as well as epigenomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics approaches for neurological diseases
  • Systems biology and translational approaches
  • Single cell RNA sequencing
  • Challenges and opportunities of planning new cohort studies and biobanks in the “omics” era
  • Hands-on analysis and visualization of omics data and advanced brain imaging
  • One-on-one collaboration with experts from around the world
  • An editor’s guide for submitting papers on neuroepidemiology with large-scale imaging and omics data for peer reviewed journals
  • Ethical considérations

This summer school was a great learning opportunity. It also provided a welcoming and open forum to interact with international researchers… Given the fact that it was interdisciplinary, I found it very interesting... The extent of material that was covered given the timeframe was impressive… Although the sanitary situation prevented physical get-togethers, the online format was seamless allowing researchers and participants in different time zones to participate

Preethi Poovathumkadavil — Participant

On the last day, attendees also had the opportunity to participate in an additional mentoring session. During this session, participants were invited to pitch an ongoing or future short project in the field of “neurepiomics”, for which the course could provide new ideas and insight, and received personalized feedback from the summer school faculty members. Projects presented included the association of peripheral blood microRNAs with cardiovascular endophenotypes, joint cell type-specific analysis of genes associated with the tissue morphology of Alzheimer’s disease, and risk prediction of dementia based on brain MRIs and genomics using deep Learning networks.

It was a fantastic extension of Neurepiomics to welcome outstanding speakers and students from the ENLIGHT alliance, bringing a new angle to the course. We also greatly enjoyed the mentoring session where students and early career investigators pitched high level research projects they are spearheading. 

Stéphanie Debette — M.D., Ph.D., University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux Population Health - Inserm U1219, France

Teaching team

This summer school was co-organized by Stéphanie Debette, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux Population Health - Inserm U1219, France), Sudha Seshadri, M.D. (Glenn Biggs Institute, UT Health San Antonio & Boston University, USA), and Lili Milani, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Tartu, Estonian Genome Center, Estonia.

"The virtual environment was skillfully orchestrated by the Bordeaux Summer School team with great professionalism. We warmly thank all speakers, participants and the BSS support team to have made this first virtual edition of Neurepiomics a success." (S. Debette)

Sessions were presented by 25 renowned international experts in neuroepidemiology from all over the world: Austria, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Slovakia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. For more information on the complete list of the teaching team, please consult the dedicated website: Neurepiomics summer school

Bordeaux Summer Schools

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