Course Offerings

Center for Research on Ethical, Legal & Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavorial Genetics


"Return of Individual Results in Genomic Research: Ethical and Practical Considerations"

Friday, September 7, 2018

9:00am - 1:00pm

Irving Institute Educational Center Classroom 

622 West 168th Street, Floor 10 (PH-10-405A/B), New York, NY 10032

Ruth Ottman, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (in Neurology and the Sergievsky Center)

Deputy Director, Center for Research on Ethical, Legal & Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavorial Genetics

Columbia University


Julia Wynn, MS, MS, CGC

Senior Genetic Counselor/Clinical Research Manager

Department of Pediatrics

Columbia University


Louise Bier, MS, CGC

Director of Genetic Counseling

Institute for Genomic Medicine

Columbia University


For more information and to register, click here.


Please note: The course is free, but registration is required.


This course is co-sponsored by the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.



Public Health Epigenetics              
Instructor: Andrea Baccarelli, MD, PHD
A fast-growing field with increasing applications in public health. This is a full semester class that meets once a week (on Mondays 4:00-6:50 pm) and is designed to enable participants to evaluate and apply epigenetic methods across multiple areas, including respiratory and cardiovascular disease, neuropsychological disorders, cancer, aging, reproductive health, and inflammation/immunity.

An introduction to:

  • Biological mechanisms
  • Epigenetic study design
  • Laboratory methods
  • Emerging tools
  • DNA methylation
  • Histone modification
  • Non-coding RNAs
  • Methylation data analysis

Course Number: EHSC P8326
Meeting times: Mondays 4:00 – 6:50pm, ARB 1101
For more info:

M7208 “Introduction to Precision Medicine” course

This two-semester course is taught by Drs. Wendy Chung, Krzysztof Kiryluk, and Ronald Wapner, as well as experts in specific clinical areas who present their most up-to-date findings in the precision medicine field.

The course provides students with an overview of precision medicine with an emphasis on genomic health.  Students will learn the basics of molecular genetic basis of disease and molecular diagnostic methods to diagnose disease and stratify risk in real time and apply these strategies including diagnostic testing and health forecasting across a wide range of clinical conditions. The course will cover big data initiatives in systems biology and digital health, will address questions of their clinical implementation and the ethical, legal, and social issues presented by precision medicine.

Semesters: Spring/Summer

Format: Each session comprises a didactic lecture, followed by an interactive breakout session.

Grading: Pass/Fail (letter grade is optional for non-medical students).

Credits: 3 credits per semester.

Date/location: Thursdays, 4-6 pm, Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center building (CUMC campus).

Eligibility: All CUMC/CU/NYP students, scholars and employees

Please email Alex Fedotov at to learn more about the course.

This offering is jointly developed by the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and College of Physicians and Surgeons MD/MS in Biomedical Sciences Dual Degree Program (director – Dr. Elizabeth Shane).