2018 IPNG Summer Workshop

This year's workshop has concluded.

The Interface of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Genetics Summer Workshop was a great success this year - we all learned a lot and enjoyed some great demos, talks, and scientific comraderie. Thanks all!

Join us July 30-Aug 1 at Washington University in St. Louis!

The Interface of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Genetics Summer Workshop provides hands-on knowledge and skills to integrate genomic methods into psychology, psychiatry, and/or neuroimaging research. You will learn to work with widely-used, freely-available software (e.g., Plink, Haploview, Phase, SOLAR) and online analytic resources (e.g., WUSTL Epigenome Browser, SNAP, UCSC Genome Browser).

The workshop emphasizes practical skills. You will conduct analyses with sample datasets and complete homework assignments to reinforce key techniques. Some theoretical and didactic training will be provided, but this workshop is most beneficial for those already familiar with basic genetic and biological concepts who want to apply these techniques to their own research.

By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Conduct analyses and manage data in plink
  • Conduct quality control analyses and make decisions about data inclusion (e.g., missingness, cryptic relatedness)
  • Account for population stratification
  • Create LD plots
  • Create genetic profile scores (e.g., using risk scores or from a biologically-informed perspective)
  • Conduct GxE analyses
  • Conduct enrichment analyses
  • Understand the basics of Mendelian randomization
  • Conduct heritability analyses using SOLAR
  • Become familiar with bioinformatics tools to annotate genetic findings (e.g., WUSTL epigenome browser)

Our guest speaker this year will be Avram Holmes from Yale University. Check out his research here!

Cost: $100 (covers all workshop materials, plus breakfast, lunch, and coffee each day)

Size: Limited to 15 attendees

Target Audience: Students, postdocs, and/or faculty members interested in applying genomic methods to psychology, psychiatry, and/or neuroscience research

For a more detailed look at the structure and scope of this workshop, check out the 2017 syllabus.

How to Register

To register, please submit this form. You will be prompted to pay the registration fee upon submission. We will admit attendees on a rolling basis until we have reached capacity, so it's best to register early.

Registration will close on June 15, 2018.

Date and Location Information

Dates: Monday, July 30th – Wednesday, August 1st (mid-afternoon)

Location: Room 216 of the Psychology Building at Washington University in St. Louis.


WUSTL Psychology Building

One Brookings Drive

St. Louis, MO 63130

Travel Information


  • Lambert – St. Louis International Airport


Recommended Lodging:

  • Moonrise Hotel: http://moonrisehotel.com/
    • $152 (advance booking discount) - $189 per night
    • Walking distance to WUSTL campus and the Delmar Loop (restaurants, trolley, movie theater, etc.; http://visittheloop.com/)
  • Clayton Plaza Hotel: http://www.cpclayton.com/
    • $132 - $142.50 per night
    • Located in Clayton business district, approximately 3 miles from campus
    • Shuttle service available from Lambert – St. Louis International Airport (6am - 10pm daily)

See, Eat, and Explore

Things to See (walkable from campus and free!):

Things to See (requiring a Metro/Bus/Uber/Lyft ride):

Areas to Explore

Places to Eat (walkable from campus)

  • On campus:
    • Einstein's Bagels
    • Starbucks Coffee
    • Whispers Cafe
  • In the Delmar Loop:
    • Salt and Smoke (STL BBQ)
    • Three Kings pub
    • Mission Taco Joint
    • Seoul Taco (Korean-Mexican fusion)
    • Piccione Pastry (small bites, coffee, and desserts)
  • In the Demun neighborhood adjacent to campus:
    • Sasha's wine bar
    • Louie (pizza and Italian fare)
    • Clementine's Creamery (delicious ice cream)
    • Seedz Cafe (vegetarian/vegan eats)
  • Close-by coffee shops
    • Kayak's Cafe
    • Kaldi's Roasters
    • Comet Coffee