Perfect for advanced undergraduate, graduate and medical students, genetic counselors, residents, fellows, clinicians and researchers.
In-Person Capacity: 100 | Virtual Option Available
Please contact the event organizer for more information
Offered annually for over 60 years, the ‘Short Course’ is a 2-week program consisting of an immersive set of lectures, workshops, tutorials and demonstrations to understand the breadth of modern human genetics. The faculty includes leaders in contemporary genetics and genomics from Johns Hopkins, The Jackson Laboratory and other institutions around the world. The course covers basic science, clinical and translational aspects of human genetics and genomics, and runs the gamut from gene and variant discovery in Mendelian and complex disease, genome biology, the molecular basis of genetic disease, the use of animal models of human disease to understand pathophysiology, as well as genetic disease treatment and therapy. Workshops and lectures also cover bioinformatics, population genetics, genome manipulation, mutagenesis and phenotyping.
The in-person course includes daily lectures from 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM, afternoon workshops and special sessions from 2:00 - 4:00 PM, and featured evening lectures from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. In addition there will be a mouse genetics clinic where you'll have a chance to see unique mouse models developed at The Jackson Laboratory, a human genetics clinic and ample networking opportunities such as a poster session, lunches with course faculty, and special receptions. The faculty is diverse in terms of disciplines and the students in terms of stage of career and fields of concentration. This diversity makes for an enriching experience for all. Although the course schedule is quite full, there is time set aside to enjoy the natural beauty of Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park.
The virtual audience will have access to the live-stream for morning lectures from (approximately) 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT and will have the ability to ask questions at the end of each lecture through a virtual Q+A function. In addition, all lectures will be recorded and posted within 72 hours of airing on a centralized Canvas course that participants will have access to for six months following the course.
The virtual audience will not have access to live or recorded versions of workshops or special evening sessions.
To get an idea of the course material, please see the 2023 Schedule.
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Participants are responsible for arranging their lodging off-campus.
Subsidized, dormitory-style, shared lodging will be made available to approximately sixty attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis at College of the Atlantic.
We will be providing shuttles from the College of the Atlantic to the Jackson Laboratory and back for the duration of the course.
Hancock County/Bar Harbor Airport (BHB) – 20 minutes away
Bangor International Airport (BGR) – 1hr 15 minutes away
Public transportation is not available from local airports. Please visit the Bar Harbor and Bangor airport services webpages for information on shuttles to and from Mount Desert Island. Rideshare options like Uber or Lyft are not commonly available.
Bar Harbor is approximately 5 hours by car from the greater Boston area. Rental cars are available from Hertz at either nearby airport. Additionally, there is a free Island Explorer bus system which can be used around the island and the national park.
Director, Center for Human Genetics and Genomics
Dr. Frank V. Sutland Professor of Pediatric Genetics; Professor of Genetic Medicine
Scientific Director and Professor, The Jackson laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Robert Alvine Family Endowed Chair
Scientific Director and Professor, The Jackson Laboratory for Mammalian Genetics, the Maxine Groffsky Endowed Chair
Professor of Genetic Medicine and Director, Institute of Genetic Medicine