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EMBO Practical Course

Phenotyping neurological syndromes for systems genetics

04 – 10 October 2018 | Luxembourg, Luxembourg

  • Registration Deadline
  • 20 August 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 06 July 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 03 August 2018

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About the Practical Course

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Neurological syndromes from migraine to Alzheimer's disease are affecting an increasing number of people. Large, international consortia have formed around the various syndromes to unravel their genetic architecture by taking advantage of decreasing costs of sequencing.

Clinical phenotyping is becoming a bottleneck in these collaborations as it requires the interplay of clinicians, medical informaticists and statistical geneticists, often in the absence of adequate funding. Neurological disorders present complex phenotypes with complex data acquisition and interpretation challenges.

This EMBO Practical Course reflects on design of phenotyping sheets, data management and stewardship in the context of large neurological studies with respect to secondary use, integration of existing data, harmonization, ethical consideration and transferability as well as statistical considerations for their analysis.

Participants should have been involved in such studies as we aim to select an interdisciplinary group for this course.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 20 August 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 06 July 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 03 August 2018



Registration includes:

  • Access to all course material
  • Food and accommodation for duration of the course
  • Social event


Payment details will be sent by e-mail to the selected participants.

Selection criteria

Applicants are expected to perform research on neurological syndromes where project would benefit from enhanced phenotyping. Selection will be based on project description and motivation decribing their interest in the course because the course content and the project are the prime requirement for the course.

Academic output is not necessarily expected but makes it easier to assess whether an applicant is actually working in the field.

Poster specifications

Posters in standard formats can be accepted.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.

Additional information

Students will be sharing a room. Options to upgrade to a single room are available upon request.



Sophie Wagner


Phone: +352 46 66 44 59 23




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Alvisse Parc Hotel

120, Route d’Echternach, L-1453 Luxembourg

TEL: +352 43 56 43

FAX: +352 43 69 03


Parc Hotel Alvisse 4* is located in the middle of the forest at 5 minutes from Luxembourg’s city center, Luxembourg’s airport and Kirchberg Plateau (Luxembourg’s business hub).


Accommodation will be booked and managed by the organizer for all participants.

The organizer will cover the cost for shared (twin) rooms for the duration of the course. Any upgrade from shared to single room and any additional night will have to be covered by the participant.

Room description

The hotel offers spacious and comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi access.

Selected participants will share a comfortable twin room (2 people per room) which include:

  • Breakfast
  • Free entrance to the wellness center (gym, hamam, sauna, pools)
  • Free on-site parking

Moreover, the surrounding forest will be appreciated by runners and hikers.

Participants who wish to upgrade their booking are requested to contact the organizer directly. A price supplement of EUR 67,50 per night will be charged. Additional nights will be charged as below

  • Price single room: EUR 95 per night
  • Price double room: EUR 115 per night


From Luxembourg Findel Airport

Use bus 129 towards Gasperich/Howald, P+R Howald and exit at Luxembourg Central Train Station (Gare Centrale).

  1. Take bus 111 towards Echternach, Gare Dommeldange and exit at Dommeldange Dauschbuer, then walk to Alvisse Parc Hotel.
  2. Take bus 110 towards Echternach, Gare Heimatbetriebshof and stop at Dommeldange Dauschbuer, then walk to Alvisse Parc Hotel.

From Luxembourg Central Train Station

  1. Take bus 111 towards Echternach, Gare Dommeldange and exit at Dommeldange Dauschbuer, then walk to Alvisse Parc Hotel.
  2. Take bus 110 towards Echternach, Gare Heimatbetriebshof and exit at Dommeldange Dauschbuer, then walk to Alvisse Parc Hotel.

Travelling by car

From Germany (Trier)

Take the A1 towards Luxembourg, then take the exit onto A7/E29/E421 towards Ettelbruck/Echternach. After about 1.5 Km take the exit towards CR126/Walferdange/E421/Echternach/Junglinster. Then turn left onto Route d’Echternach and continue for about 3 km.

From Belgium (Arlon)

Follow the A6 towards Luxembourg and take exit 4-Strassen to merge onto Route d’Arlon toward Strassen (on the right). After about 200m turn right into rue du Reckenthal/CR230. After about 3 Km turn left onto Rue de Rollingergrund/N55. After 2.1 km use the right lane to turn left onto Place François-Joseph Dargent. Finally, take the first street right onto rue Auguste Laval/E421 and continue for about 2.2 Km on route d’Echternach until you reach the venue.

From France (Metz-Thionville)

Merge onto A31 and continue onto A3 for about 11.3 Km towards Luxembourg. At the fork, use the right lane to keep right and continue on E25 and follow signs for E29/E44/Aéroport/Trier/A1/, then continue for apprx. 8.5 km.

At the interchange Croix de Gasperich, use the right lane to follow signs for Aéroport/A7/Trier/Ettelbruck/Echternach.

Keep right to stay on E29 and then continue onto A7. Finally, take the exit toward CR126/Walferdange/E421/Echternach/Junglinster. After about 400m turn left onto Route d’Echternach and continue to follow the road for about 3 km.

About the Area

The Alvisse Parc Hotel is surrounded by the forest which takes only 5 minutes by car from Luxembourg’s Airport (Findel) and from Luxembourg’s business hub called Kirchberg. The Central Train Station and city center takes only 10 minutes by car.

The buses 110 and 111 stop in front of the hotel and bring you directly to the Central Train Station, passing by the city center.


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