Funding: National Institute on Aging, 2016-2021 (1 R25 AG 053227 01)
This educational program uses a workshop and series of online modules to build the capacity of social and behavioral scientists to conduct genomic research using NIH-funded data sources such as the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). The program will 1) offer an annual training workshop with a hands-on lab component at the University of Michigan, 2) create a series of online tutorials that can augment the workshop or serve as stand-alone exercises, and 3) link these custom tools with resources already available on the web. The course and supporting materials focus on providing hands-on training for researchers working at the intersection of genetics and social science research, using HRS data as a model, but are broadly applicable to any social science study with genetic data. The program will provide a biological overview of genetics and functional genomics as well as an introduction to current statistical and genetic methods for studying human complex traits. Hands-on analyses are an integral part of the course, and the workshop examinations of the new ways to combine genetic with social science data are intended to facilitate cross-disciplinary collaborations among attendees and project investigators.