MARCH 6th – MARCH 10th, 2023

The next ISG workshop will be held in Boulder, Colorado, March 6th-10th 2023. The course is planned to include sessions on: causes of variation; biometrical genetics; UNIX/R scripting; whole-genome data generation, cleaning and QC; population genetics, GWAS; imputation; stratification; family-based association; meta-analysis, polygenic risk scores; SNP-heritability and correlation; ascertainment; mendelian randomization; biological annotation; pathway analysis; fine mapping; colocalization; HAIL; responsible conduct of research.

Hands-on analysis will be emphasized, using students’ own laptops or one we provide for you. Participants are strongly advised to have familiarity with R programming before attending the workshop. For those not familiar with R, or for those wishing to brush up on topics to be presented at the workshop, see our online content available here:

Planning Committee for the 2023 ISG workshop:

  • Ben Neale (Academic Director, 2023 workshop)
  • Dave Evans (Associate Director, 2023 workshop)
  • Hermine Maes (Academic Director, 2024 workshop)
  • Michel Nivard (Associate Director, 2024 workshop)
  • Matthew Keller (Principal Investigator)
  • Jeffrey Lessem (IT director)
  • Sarah Medland (Director of Online Content)
  • Abdel Abdellaoui (Associate Director of Online Content)

The outstanding international faculty roster includes:

  • Ben Neale, Dan King, Tim Poterba, Wei Zhou, Dan Howrigan. Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
  • David Evans, Loic Yengo, John Kemp. Program in Complex Trait Genetics, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Sarah Medland, Brittany Mitchell, Nick Martin. QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia 
  • Matt Keller, Jeff Lessem, Luke Evans, Andrew Grotzinger, Dan Gustavson. Institute for Behavioral Genetics, Boulder, CO, USA
  • Elizabeth Atkinson. Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA.
  • Mike Neale, Hermine Maes. Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
  • Elizabeth Prom-Wormley. Dept. of Family Medicine and Population Health, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
  • Michel Nivard, Aysu Okbay, Danielle Posthuma, Christiaan de Leeuw. VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Abdel Abdellaoui. Amsterdam University Medical Centers, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Dorret Boomsma, Jenny van Dongen. Amsterdam Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands
  • Rohan Palmer. Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Tim Thornton. Regeneron, Tarrytown, NY, USA

Financial support for this workshop is provided by National Institute of Mental Health grant MH19918.  


Registration will open at 10pm GMT on November 2nd, 2023. The registration fee is $600 for individuals with an academic appointment and $1000 for individuals with non-academic positions. This fee is payable at the time of registration using a credit card at the Eventbrite website:  

Cancellations after February 14th will be non-refundable. Additional information about the schedule, registration, and course materials is available at or from the workshop coordinator: tel: +1-303-735-8490; e-mail:

ISG Financial Aid

In an effort to increase diversity at the workshop, financial support is available for those who (a) are from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and/or (b) can demonstrate financial hardship that would affect their ability to pay the registration fee. This financial aid is available to both US and non-US citizens. Financial aid recipients will be sent a promo code, reducing their registration fee from $600 to $50. Ten tickets will be held in reserve for financial aid recipients; these will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Individuals applying for financial aid will be notified within ~ 3 days of our decision. 

To apply, applicants should fill out the form here: Applicants will need to upload a current curriculum vita as well as a letter from their advisor or supervisor attesting that they meet the financial aid qualifications. 

Please note that the ISG workshop financial aid is different than the International Scholarship and Cultural Exchange Program (ISCEP), an all-expense paid scholarship that funds two international students to attend the workshop, made possible by a generous donation from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Individuals who were not awarded the ISCEP scholarship may still apply for financial aid (recipients of the ISCEP should not apply).