The annual Short Course on the Genetics of Addiction proposed in this application builds on the successes of
the previous iteration of this Course and will provide students with an opportunity to learn about genetic
applications and approaches to drug addiction research in humans and model organisms. The methodological
instruction includes examples, literature and data sets drawn from studies of addiction-related phenotypes,
plenary sessions on major progress in addiction genetics, and discussion sessions in which students each
present their work on applications of genetic methods, and discuss general questions provoked by the lectures.
Students will leave the course able to design and interpret genetic and genomic studies of addiction as they
relate to their specific research question, to locate the opportunities and resources for extrapolation between
human genetics and model organisms, and to utilize current online data resources to support their research.
These aims will be accomplished annually over the next five years through an intensive five-day course to be
offered in late summer at the Jackson Laboratory (JAX) in Bar Harbor, Maine. In 2020, the course will be held
September 20-26, with arrivals and a reception on September 20 and departures on September 26.
Participants will be chosen for their outstanding research potential in fields relevant to the course and will have
the opportunity to interact with a group of prominent computational biologists, bioinformaticists, biologists, and
geneticists from JAX and other institutions. A combination of didactic sessions and hands-on training will be
offered during the day and informal discussions will be held in the evening. Student enrollment is deliberately
kept small (35) to achieve a desirable level of student-faculty interaction. Food and lodging will be provided at
the JAX-owned Highseas Conference Center, which creates an atmosphere highly conducive to interactions
between students and faculty. A major emphasis will be placed on attracting promising young investigators to
participate in this course and to actively promote the inclusion of women and under-represented minorities in
an effort to cultivate diversity in the professoriate.