1997 Twin Workshop Announcement


After their inauguration in July, 1987, in Leuven, Belgium, these workshops have been held twice more in Leuven, once in Helsinki, and three times at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics, Boulder, Colorado. Each has been tremendously successful (and oversubscribed). Papers resulting from the inaugural workshop were published in a Special Issue of Behavior Genetics: Twin methodology using LISREL, 19(1), 1989. The course material from the previous workshops has now been published as a methodology handbook by Neale, M. C., Cardon, L. R., & 11 contributing authors as Methodology for Genetic Studies of Twins and Families, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Press, 1992. This text will be useful to participants, although we stress that the upcoming course will be revised and use a different computer program.

The next workshop will be held again in Boulder, Colorado, from March 3 - March 7, 1997, with John Hewitt as local host. The application programming will be based on the package, Mx, developed by Dr. Mike Neale for the flexible analysis of genetically informative data.

The registration fee will be $250.00 (before January 10, 1997, $350 after that date). Accommodations are being reserved at the Regal Harvest House, Boulder, where rooms will be available at $79 for single occupancy, or $99 for double occupancy. The Harvest House is a 10-minute walk from the Institute where the workshop will be located. Details of local arrangements, registration, and accommodation are available from the workshop secretary, Carol Case. A home page is being established on the World Wide Web at http://ibgwww.colorado.edu/twins97.

The provisional faculty roster includes:

L. Eaves [Academic Director], H. Maes, J. Meyer, W. Nance, M. Neale Richmond, VA, USA
A. Heath St. Louis, MO, USA
N. Martin Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
D. Boomsma Amsterdam, The Netherlands
D.Fulker, J. Hewitt, S. Cherny Boulder, CO, USA

The course will include: Use of twins in genetic analysis; summarizing variation; categorical and dimensional data; univariate twin analysis; maximum likelihood estimation; path analysis; sex effects; genotype-environment interaction; multivariate twin analysis; power analysis; developmental genetic models; quantitative trait loci (QTL). Hands-on analysis will be emphasized employing networked terminals.

Further information may be obtained from John Hewitt, or the workshop secretary, Carol Case, IBG, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0447, USA; Telephone: 303/492-7363; FAX: 303/492-8063; E-mail: John.Hewitt@Colorado.edu, or Carol.Case@Colorado.edu, (or from any of the listed faculty).

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

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