Course Overview
The H3Africa chip is being used by the H3Africa projects to generate data that will need to be analysed.  The course will consist of two components; a series of online lectures provided by experts in that specific domain. These are to introduce the main concepts and theory behind population genetics and GWAS. The second part of the course for selected participants will be a practical Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) workshop on the analysis of H3Africa genotyping data using the H3ABioNet GWAS and Imputation workflows.
Intended Audience
People who would like to learn more about genotyping, calling, QC and running a GWAS study for the online lectures. H3Africa project members who will be undertaking the analysis of the genotype data from the H3Africa chip, and will have data available for the practical course.
Keywords: Genetics, Genomics, Nucleic acids analysis
Skill level of training: Advanced
Language: English
Credential awarded: Certificate of attendance/completion
Type of training: Blended/hybrid learning
Venue of the course: Online workshop for 4 weeks (2-­‐3 hours per week), and face to face workshop at the University of Cape Town for 5 days.
Dates for the course: 20th August – 12th September 2018: Online lectures on Monday and Wednesday afternoon. 8th October – 12th October 2018: Face to face practical workshop (bring your own data)
Course organisers: Verena Ras, Paballo Chauke, Mamana Mbiyavanga, Ayton Meintjes, Suresh Maslamoney, Gerrit Botha, Shaun Aron, Sumir Panji, Scott Hazelhurst, Nicola Mulder
Participation: The online lecture series is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about how to analyse genotyping chip data. The practical workshop is via competitive selection and limited to H3Africa consortium members who have or will soon receive H3Africa genotyping chip data they would like to analyse, and have attended all the online lectures.
Course Sponsors: H3ABioNet
Course objectives

After this workshop participants should:

  • Be familiar with the steps to follow when doing a GWAS association study from getting their raw dataset, genotype calling to association testing
  • Be familiar with the use of the H3ABioNet GWAS workflow
  • Be familiar with the various steps and procedures involved in imputation
  • Be able to undertake the downstream interpretation of their results
  • Be familiar with the computational infrastructure needed to undertake a GWAS analysis

Classroom applications

Registration for classrooms opens: Thu, 01/01/1970
Registration for classrooms closes: Thu, 01/01/1970
Link to classroom application form:
Notification date for successful classrooms: Thu, 01/01/1970
Maximum number of participants that may be accepted per classroom will be capped at

Participant applications

Registration for participants opens: Mon, 30/07/2018
Registration for participants closes: Mon, 13/08/2018
Participant registration link:
Syllabus and Tools

Some basic knowledge in genetics, population genetics and GWAS for the online lectures. For the practical workshop: attendance at all the online lectures; belonging to an H3Africa project; have H3Africa genotyping data and will be undertaking analysis for the H3Africa project. Knowledge of Unix / Linux and tools used for GWAS studies such as Plink is essential, for those with no Unix experience, links to online courses will be provided to be completed prior to the workshop.

*In order to for an application to be considered to attend the hands on workshop, the potential applicants must attend all the online lectures.

Course limitations
The online lecture series will provide a foundation for conducting a GWAS study and analysing genotype array data. The practical bring your own data workshop will provide skills to analyse one’s data using the H3ABioNet GWAS and Imputation workflows based on the methods and tools used.
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Training material availability

Training materials for this course are available below:








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