VUmc/BioSB course: Statistics in Omics

Event Details

Monday June 24, 2019 from 9:00 AM to Friday June 28, 2019 5:00 PM
VUmc Amsterdam
Data Science
€ 320 (PhD) / € 480

Register now: Statistics for Omics course 24-28 June 2019

Course coordinator
Dr. R. X. de Menezes, Amsterdam UMC location VUmc

Course credits

Course overview
This introductory course gives an overview of many statistical tools to analyse omics data. The course can be followed by researchers with a minimum or elementary background in quantitative data analysis. Find more information about pre-requisites here.
Participants will learn and practice commonly used tools including:
• Tools to explore datasets including clustering, principal components and network analysis
• Models to answer basic statistical questions: differential behaviour (e.g. mRNA expression) and multiple testing, also using Bayesian models
• Models for classification and prediction, including penalised regression
• Models for emerging technologies: radiomics and single-cell sequencing data

Methods will be applied on experimental data in practical hands-on sessions using the statistical software R. Insight about how methods work is given in an intuitive way wherever possible which, combined with some formalisation and the practical work, makes theory accessible and helps cement concepts. Slides and instructions for the practical sessions will be made available electronically to participants.

Target audience
The course is tailored for PhD students and researchers (such as pathologists, psychological biologists, human geneticists, oncologists, neuro-geneticists) whose research involves experiments that generate omics data. It can also suit researchers with a quantitative background looking for a short introductory course.

More information
More information about teachers, pre-requisites, practical preparations, material, venue details and details about the course programme can be found on the course page:

• Amsterdam UMC participants: 320 euros
• All other participants: 320 euros (PhD student), 480 (academic researcher), 720 (industry)
Amsterdam UMC participants can register by sending a scan of the registration form to Femke Francissen. Fee: 320 euros. All other participants can register via this registration page:

Course organisers
For more information you can contact one of the course organisers:
• BioSB: Femke Francissen (
• Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc: Renee de Menezes (


Data Science

Data Science is an interdisciplinary field that uses a variety of techniques to create value based on extracting knowledge and insights from available data. The successful and responsible application of these methods highly depends on a good understanding of the application domain, taking into account ethics, business models, and human behavior.