Cardiff MRC centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and
Department of Psychological Medicine and Neurology, Cardiff
Medical Research Council
Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and
Social Care (WORD)
The First Annual Cardiff Summer School in
Brain Disorder Research
Date: September 21st to 24th 2009
Venue: Department of Psychological Medicine and Neurology, Cardiff
University, University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff
The Cardiff MRC centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics are pleased to
launch the annual Cardiff Summer School in Brain Disorders Research.
The School is aimed at clinical trainees, particularly in the early stages of their career,
and non-clinical scientists including those thinking about pursuing a higher degree,
those working in other scientific areas who are interested in moving into this field and
anyone who wants an introduction to cutting edge research in brain diseases.
A variety of paradigms will be introduced including epidemiology, neuroimaging,
molecular biology and genetics. Via lectures, interactive sessions and informal
discussion participants will gain an appreciation of a range of exciting approaches to the
study of brain disorders and the opportunities available to pursue a career in research.
The Faculty consists of many world leaders in their field and will include: Professor
Mike Owen, Professor Nick Craddock, Dr Lesley Jones, Professor Anita Thapar, Dr Stan
Zammit, Dr Ian Jones, Dr George Kirov, Dr Nigel Williams, Professor Peter Holmans, Dr
Hollie Thomas, Professor Laurence Wilkinson, and Professor Mary Phillips. In addition,
current fellows and PhD students in the department will provide formal and informal
mentorship to those attending.
Content of the course
Individual sessions will cover: molecular genetic and statistical genetic approaches;
neuroimaging; animal models; translational approaches; career paths for clinical and
non-clinical scientists; critical thinking and interactive sessions. There will be visits to
the neuroimaging facilities at CUBRIC and to the MRC centre labs. There will also be a
number of “state of the art” talks on a range of phenotypes including: functional
psychoses /mood disorders, disorders of childhood and neurodegenerative disorders.
MRC Foundation Fellowship Scheme
For clinical trainees we will also be launching the MRC Foundation Fellowship
Scheme at the school and attendees will be able to apply for this exciting opportunity.
The scheme will provide mentorship and financial support that will enable Fellows to
apply for externally funded fellowships including the Wales-Clinical Academic Training
Scheme (W-CAT: see http://www.mmcwales.org/wcat-academic-
medicine/summary-of-the-scheme) and training fellowships from the MRC and the
Accommodation will be provided at a hotel in Cardiff. A social program will include a
welcome reception and a Summer School Dinner on the Wednesday evening at a
restaurant in Cardiff Bay.
Participation is limited to 20 attendees and places will be allocated competitively with
generous financial support awarded to those who obtain a place. Participants will be
offered full bursaries to include all course fees, lunches, refreshments and the Summer
School Dinner. Reasonable travel costs and accommodation will also be covered.
Application by a brief CV (max 4 pages) with a covering email outlining your career
plans and reasons for wanting to attend.
Please email your application by August the 5th. We will inform you if you have been
successful by the 12th August.
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