Most recent Epigenetics Boot Camp in NYC: June 10-11, 2019.
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Summer 2019 dates: June 10-11, 2019; 8:30am - 5:30pm
This two-day intensive boot camp integrates the principle concepts of epigenetics and the effects of risk factors on the epigenome as we step through the key components of designing and executing DNA methylation studies. Led by a team of scientists with more than 40 years of combined expertise in the field of environmental epigenetics, this epigenetics training will integrate seminar lectures with hands-on computer sessions to put concepts into practice. Emphasis will be given to leveraging existing resources from ongoing studies and initiating new investigations. The afternoon lab sessions will provide an opportunity to work hands-on with real methylation data generated by the Illumina Infinium MethylationEPIC (850k) BeadChip platform. Participants will learn and practice data handling, cleaning, and basic analysis of epigenome-wide DNA methylation data.
By the end of the epigenetics training, participants will be familiar with the following topics:
- Principles of epigenetics
- Concept ideation and study design
- Sample collection and processing
- Laboratory methods and platforms for analysis
- Data handling and cleaning
- Data analysis
- Study design advantages and pitfalls
- Emerging epigenetic topics and laboratory platforms
Investigators at all career stages are welcome to attend, and we particularly encourage trainees and early-stage investigators to participate.
Each participant is required to bring a personal laptop as all lab sessions will be done on your personal laptop. Tablets and ipads will not work with the platform being used.
The Boot Camp will use data sets in R, therefore we strongly recommend that participants have a basic understanding of this platform prior to attending the Boot Camp. It is ok if you have never used this platform before because the tutorials outlined below will provide you with the basic skills needed for Boot Camp success.
Knowing basic R platform and commands are highly recommended for the Boot Camp as noted in prerequisites above. If you are new to R or need a refresher, you can review the below tutorials to be well prepared:
Download R: R is the free software programming language we will use. Choose the correct version for your laptop: Mac/Windows
Download R studio: R studio is free software that will help us develop programs in R. Choose the correct version for your laptop: Mac/Windows
How to Download R and R studio: A tutorial on how to download R and R Studio
How to Install a Package in R studio: Steps to install a package in r studio
Introduction to R: A free edX class on R fundamentals using Datacamp platform
If you have any specific questions about R and R studio in the context of the Epigenetics Boot Camp, please email us.
Epigenetics Training scholarships are available for the Epigenetics Boot Camp. The scholarship submission period is now closed.
The Epigenetics Boot Camp will take place on the Columbia University Irving Medical Campus (CUIMC) in New York City, specifically at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, 722 W. 168th Street, Allan Rosenfield Building 8th Floor Auditorium. Please note that the entrance to the building is on the 10th floor (training is located two floors below entrance).
John Greally, DMed, PhD, Center for Epigenomics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Andrea Baccarelli, MD, MPH, PhD, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Andres Cardenas, PhD, MPH, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
Elena Colicino, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Jonathan Heiss, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Allan Just, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Allison Kupsco, PhD, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Learn more about each instructor here.
FORMER KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AND INSTRUCTORS
Chris Mason, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College. Keynote Speaker, 2017.
John Greally, DMed, PhD, Center for Epigenomics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Keynote Speaker, 2017-2018.
Cavin Ward-Caviness, PhD, Environmental Public Health Division, US Environmental Protection Agency. Instructor, 2017.
Kasey Brennan, MS, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Instructor, 2017-2018.
|Early-Bird Rate (through 4/15/19)||Regular Rate (4/16/19-5/27/19)||Columbia Discount*|
|Faculty/Academic Staff/Non-Profit Organizations||$1,350||$1,550||10%|
*Columbia Discount: This discount is valid for any active student, postdoc, staff, or faculty at Columbia University. To access Columbia discount, email Columbia.EBC@gmail.com for instructions.
Registration Fee: Fee includes course material, breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks. Course material will be available to all students after the workshop. Lodging and transportation are not included.
Cancellations: Cancellation notices must be received via email at least 30 days prior to the workshop start date in order to receive a full refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellation notices received via email 14-29 days prior to the workshop will receive a 50% refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. Please email your cancellation notice to Columbia.EBC@gmail.com. Due to workshop capacity, we regret that we are unable to refund registration fees for cancellations after these dates.
If you are unable to attend the training, we encourage you to send a substitute within the same registration category. Please inform us of the substitute via email at least one week prior to the training to include them on attendee communications, updated registration forms, and materials. Should the substitute fall within a different registration category your credit card will be credited/charged respectively. Please email substitute inquiries to Columbia.EBC@gmail.com.
The level of knowledge and experience as well as careful planning by all instructors made the entire two-day experience worthwhile. Best applied training I have been to, I now feel equipped to work with my own data and collaborate with bioinformatics colleagues in cleaning and analyzing our data. - Dr. Kristen M., Faculty Member at University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017
Overall, I found the Epigenetics Boot Camp to be a very useful and comprehensive tool for learning basic principles surrounding DNA methylation analysis and interpretation. It provided a good foundation from which to build upon as I advance my knowledge in this field. - Postdoc at Emory University, 2017
I feel like I was catapulted to the forefront of the field of epigenetics for a stunning view of where the field is going. The workshop gave me clear tools and a roadmap of how to follow the brilliant minds who are leading the way. - Postdoc at Columbia University Medical Center, 2018
The Boot Camp gives a very comprehensive overview of the epigenetic research with enough technical details that all levels of participants will find informative and educational. I especially appreciate how knowledgeable the speakers are. Thank you for putting such a great workshop together! - Staff Member at Harvard University, 2017
The Epigenetics Boot Camp was an inspiring and very helpful introduction enabling me to grasp the basics of both planning and analyzing epigenetic data. Because of the excellent instructors, one-to-one attention, and clear materials for the lectures and data-labs it was a brilliant learning experience. I would definitely recommend the epigenetics Boot Camp for anyone starting in the field of epigenetics! - Elize V., Student at Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2017
As someone new to epigenetics, this workshop provided a great introduction to key concepts and strategies that will allow me to effectively implement epigenetic data into my research. - Student at Virginia Commonwealth University, 2018
The Boot Camp offers a great balance of introductory concepts in epigenetics with detailed strategies in data analysis. The presentation content is well organized, and the tools provided by the course are practical and helpful to conduct epigenetic studies, even for those new to epigenetics. - Lisa S., Faculty Member at Emory University, 2017
This was a very useful, all-encompassing dive into the epidemiologic methods required for epigenome-wide DNA methylation analyses. The instruction was high-quality, and there was a strong lab component that supported application of skills to real-world data. I would only hope for a part 2 to this quick course. - Alonzo F., Faculty Member at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2018
Impressive bootcamp that included a helpful overview for newbies like myself, but also tons of detail for more experienced users. - Anonymous Faculty member, 2019
The Epigenetics Boot Camp was a great intro to epigenetics and how to work with epigenetic data. I am so much more confident heading into my dissertation, and working on the epigentics aim, after this program. - Jennifer W., UW-Milwaukee, PhD Candidate - Epidemiology, 2019
This bootcamp was extremely well-organized and presenters were incredibly knowledgeable about the topics they discussed. It is a deep dive into the technical details of DNA methylation assays, as well as the data gathering and analysis from these assays. I plan to return next year in hopes that I can understand and utilize even more of what was presented. - Anna R., University of Cincinnati, Postdoc Fellow, 2019
The instructors were friendly and enthusiastic. The material and activities were accessible and the format allowed participants to engage at their desired level. - Dawn M., Wayne State University, Professor, 2019
The boot camp provided a great overview of important considerations from study conception through design, analysis, and interpretation. The provided information would be useful to researchers with all levels of experience in methylome analyses. - Mark G., American Cancer Society, Postdoc Fellow
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The Epigenetics Boot Camp is hosted by Columbia University's Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health with additional support from Illumina, Inc.