Free Online Course on Introduction to Statistical Methods for Gene Mapping

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Kyoto University is offering free online course on Introduction to Statistical Methods for Gene Mapping. Previous knowledge of molecular genetics and basic statistical concepts, such as statistical tests and estimation, is required.

In this four week course, applicants will learn about statistical methods used to identify genetic variants responsible for phenotypes. The course will start on April 1, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours pw
Subject: Data Analysis & Statistics
Institution: Kyoto University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $ 49
Session: Course Starts on April 1, 2017

Providers’ Details

Kyoto University is acknowledged as one of the most accomplished research-oriented universities in Asia. The validity of that reputation is testified by the accolades conferred on our alumni researchers, most notably eight Nobel Prize laureates who undertook vital research during their time at the university. In addition to those awards, several other Kyoto University faculty members have received respected accolades, including two Fields Medalists and one recipient of the Gauss Prize.

About This Course

This data course is a primer to statistical genetics and covers an approach called linkage disequilibrium mapping, which analyzes non-familial data and has been successfully used to identify genetic variants associated with common and complex genetic traits.

University hope many students find this introductory course interesting and are motivated to study further topics in statistical genetics to understand biological variation from statistical standpoints.

Previous knowledge of molecular genetics and basic statistical concepts, such as statistical tests and estimation, is required. Basic knowledge on genetic variations is offered at the start of the course.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Basic terms for genetic variations and gene mapping
  • Linkage disequilibrium mapping and genome-wide association studies (GWAS)
  • Common and rare variants and their effects on phenotypes

Instructors

Ryo Yamada

Ryo Yamada is Professor of Statistical Genetics at Department of Medicine, Kyoto University.

Requirements

  • Undergraduate molecular genetics knowledge
  • Basic concepts of statistical tests and estimation

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