Module B: Clinical applications of genomic medicine

Lesson days                7 days

Scope ECTS-KP           6 ECTS-KP

Module Manager       Prof. Dr. Reto Stocker


This module teaches the basics of the clinical application of genomic medicine. Bioinformatics bundles medical, biological and informatics knowledge and enables an integrated view and analysis of large amounts of data. The first part of the module therefore deals with the bioinformatics perspective. The basics of the forms of genetic alterations as well as genetic diseases based on chromosomal mutations or aberrations, chromosomal anomalies or disorders belong to the second part of the module as well as diseases resulting from microdeletions and microduplications, monogenic, multifactorial and mitochondrial diseases. In addition, epigenetics through DNA methylation, histone modification and genetic imprinting will be discussed with regard to their significance for spontaneous mutations, carcinogenesis and environmentally influenced interaction with the genome. The third part deals with treatment options for genetic diseases or diseases involving the genome in the broadest sense, which is the central goal of genetic medicine. In the fourth part of the module, we will discuss how to gain a deeper understanding of the molecular mechanisms responsible for the development of numerous types of tumours.

Pharmacogenetics deals with the different genetic repertoire of patients or its effects on case-specific effects and side effects of drugs. Ethical questions in connection with genomic medicine are complex. In the sixth part of the module we deal with the specifics of genetic data and how to deal with them in a practice-oriented way. The last part of the module introduces the topic of interpretation and discussion of clinical data with patients.

Here the emphasis is placed on the comprehensible "translation" of the nevertheless very complex interrelationships.


Course block B1

Thursday-Friday, 20-21 August 2020
from 08.30 to 17.30 hours for every session

  • Biobanking of materials for genomic studies and data analysis
    Venue: UFL, 9495 Triesen (FL)
  • Basis of genetic diseases
    Venue: UFL, 9495 Triesen (FL)


Course block B2

Thursday-Saturday, 24-26 September 2020
from 08.30 to 17.30 hours  for every session

  • Treatment options for genetic diseases
    Venue: UFL, 9495 Triesen (FL)
  • Genomic aspects of cancer
    Venue: UFL, 9495 Triesen (FL)
  • Pharmacogenomics
    Venue: UFL, 9495 Triesen (FL)


Course block B3

Friday-Saturday, 04-05 December 2020
from 08.30 to 17.30 hours  for every session

  • Ethical aspects of clinical genomic medicine and in genomic research, including genome editing
    Venue: UFL, 9495 Triesen (FL)
  • Discussion and interpretation of clinical data with patients
    Venue: UFL, 9495 Triesen (FL)


participation fees

Registration: CHF 85.00

Module price: CHF 3'250.00

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