GoldenHelixSummerSchoolsThe Golden Helix Summer Schools

The Golden Helix Summer Schools are international educational activities in the field of Precision Medicine and Biomedical informatics. These educational activities constitute a unique opportunity for researchers around the world to expand their knowledge in the rapidly evolving field of Genomic Medicine and to exchange innovative ideas in the conductive environment of Greek islands. The quality of the Golden Helix Summer Schools educational programs, organized under the umbrella of the Golden Helix Foundation and the Genomic Medicine Aliance is guaranteed by complementary processes for the assessment and evaluation of each program. Each Summer School provides a unique academic program intertwined with an attractive social program for both invited speakers and students, to cater the needs of each research them, while indulging the Greek summer time.

Besides lectures and course material and syllabus, the registration fee, which is kept to a minimum to encourage participation of researchers from lower-income countries, includes meals, coffee breaks and afternoon refreshments with drinks and snacks, welcome reception and the farewell dinner. Emphasis is also given to the social part of the Golden Helix summer schools, allowing participants to get to know each other in a very informal way, providing them with the chance to visit archaeological sites to admire the rich Greek ancient history and to experience a traditional Greek fare organized as the farewell dinner of the school.

UPCOMING SUMMER SCHOOL: 2014 Golden Helix Summer School, Aegina island, Greece


2014 Golden Helix Summer School 

"Pharmacogenomics and Genomic Medicine - Bridging research and the clinic"

11-15 September 2014

Apollo Resort hotel, Aegina island, GREECE


 We are pleased to welcome you to the 2014 Golden Helix Summer School that will be held in the beautiful island of Aegina, close to Athens, Greece, 11-15 September 2014. The theme of the 2014 Golden Helix Summer School is "Pharmacogenomics and Genomic Medicine: Brigding research and the clinic" and will revolve around the most important disciplines of Genomic Medicine. Over 20 internationally renowned speakers from around the world form the prestigious faculty of this Summesr school, who will deliver timely updates in their area of expertise, including but not limited to:

- Pharmacogenomics,

- Whole genome sequencing,

- High throughput genome analysis,

- Genomics research and genomic medicine

- Genome data interpretation,

- Ethics in genetics,

- Public health genomics, and

- Economic evaluation in genomic medicine.

Also, we have enriched the scientific program of this 2014 Golden Helix Summer school with a career development session at the last day of this event, in which 7 members of the Faculty will engage into lively discussions with the summer school participants about issues related to carrer advancement.

Apart from the high quality scientific program, the 2014 Golden Helix Summer School offers an attractive social program that includes a visit to the ancient temple of AFEA and its adjacent museum, and a traditional farewell dinner, allowing participants to get to know each other in a very informal way.

We have made every effort to minimize the registration fees to encourage participation of researchers from lower-income countries.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Aegina, Greece next September and to a very fruitful and stimulating conference.


The 2014 Golden Helix Summer School Organizing Committee


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Important dates

Registration and abstract submission deadline: July 18th, 2014

Notification of abstract acceptance: August 15th, 2014

Cancellation deadline: August 1st, 2014


Registration fees

590 EUR (on the basis of a double room)
690 EUR (on the basis of a single room)

Registration fees include: Accommodation in a double room for the entire duration of the summer school (4 nights), meals (breakfast, coffee breaks, lunches, dinners, welcome reception and farewell traditional party), educational material (course syllabus, abstract book), excursion to the AFEA archaeological site and museum


2014 Golden Helix Summer School Venue

The venue of the 2014 Golden Helix summer school is the Αpollo Resort hotel, situated in an ideal location in the bay of Aghia Marina, by the seaside, surrounded by a pine forest bordering with the classical temple of Afea. 

The hotel was designed in Modern Greek style and its furnishings comply with the requirements of this style. Its lounges are extremely spacious, with ample views to the garden, swimming pool and the sea. The hotel offers a tennis court, a mini golf course and table tennis facilities that are situated in the forested area of the hotel. Water sports are also available on the beach of Aghia Marina 10 minutes away from the hotel for those wanting to enjoy the crystal clear waters of the sea in a more active manner. Apollo Resort hotel is an ideal location for conferences and workshops. Its proximity to Athens and the quiet atmosphere of its surroundings guarantee the success of these events. The conference hall is equipped with all necessary equipment. Meetings take place overlooking the bright blue waters of the Aegean and attendants can enjoy a rich buffet during their breaks in a privately owned outdoors area.


Organizing committee

George P. Patrinos (Patras, Greece)

Milan Macek Jr (Prague, Czech Republic)

Effy Vayena (Zurich, Switzerland)


Summer School instructors

Manolis Dermitzakis (Geneva, Switzerland)

Vita Dolžan (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Nduna Dzimiri (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

Maurizio Ferrari (Milan, Italy)

Ivo Gut (Barcelona, Spain)

Douglas R. Higgs (Oxford, United Kingdom)

Dimitrios Kafetzopoulos (Crete, Greece)

Sotiria Kehagia (Geneva, Switzerland)

Ming Ta Michael Lee (Yokohama, Japan)

Max van Min (Utrecht, the Netherlands)

Milan Macek Jr (Prague, Czech Republic)

Clint Mizzi (Msida, Malta)

George P. Patrinos (Patras, Greece)

George Potamias (Crete, Greece)

Olaf Riess (Tümbingen, Germany)

Alessio Squassina (Cagliari, Italy)

Ron H. van Schaik (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

Giannis Tzimas (Patras, Greece)

Effy Vayena (Zurich, Switzerland)

Athanassios Vozikis (Piraeus, Greece)

Bauke Ylstra (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Branka Zukic (Belgrade, Serbia)


Scientific Program

Scientific Program


Day 1 - Thursday, 11 September 2014


08:00 - 14:30   Arrivals AND Delegates registration


SESSION 1       Chairperson:  G. Patrinos


14:30 - 14:45   Summer School coordinators


14:45 - 15:00   George P. Patrinos (Patras, Greece)

Genomic Medicine in the global village

15:00 - 15:15   Milan Macek Jr (Prague, Czech Republic)

European genetics and rare disease initiatives

15:15 - 15:45   Emmanouil Dermitzakis (Geneva, Switzerland)

Systems Medicine: Towards personal genomics


15:45 - 16:15   Coffee break


16:15 - 17:30  WORKSHOP 1 - RD-CONNECT

A. Olaf Riess (Tumbingen, Germany)

B. Ivo Gut (Barcelona, Spain)

C. Milan Macek (Prague, Czech Republic)


17:30 - 19:30   DAY ENDS – FREE TIME


19:30 - 22:30   Welcome reception


Day 2 – Friday, 12 September 2014


08:00 – 09:30   Breakfast


09:30 – 11:00   Abstract presentations


SESSION 2       Chairperson:  B. Ylstra


11:00 – 11:30   Alessio Squassina (Cagliari, Italy)

Genomics and microarray technology

11:30 – 12:00   Bauke Ylstra (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Spatial copy number heterogeneity and relevance of chromosome 10q deletion in low-grade gliomas by whole genome sequencing

12:00 – 12:30   Nduna Dzimiri (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

The genetic intricacy of treating coronary artery disease


12:30 – 14:00   Lunch break


SESSION 3       Chairperson:  M. Dermitzakis


14:00 - 14:30   Michael Lee (Yokohama, Japan)

Success stories of pharmacogenomics: From bench to bedside

14:30 – 15:00  Ron van Schaik (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

Clinical pharmacogenomics and genomic medicine

15:00 - 15:30   Vita Dolzan (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Clinical pharmacogenetic models for translation of pharmacogenetics to clinical practice

15:30 - 16:00   Branka Zukic (Belgrade, Serbia)

Pharmacogenomics of 6’MP treatment in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia


16:00 - 16:30   Coffee break


SESSION 4       Chairperson:  E. Vayena


16:30 - 17:00   Effy Vayena (Zurich, Switzerland)

Ethics in genomics and pharmacogenomics

17:00 - 17:30   Sotiria Kehagia (Geneva, Switzerland)

Direct-to-Consumer genetic and pharmacogenomic testing: A legal perspective


17:30 – 19:30   DAY ENDS – FREE TIME


19:30 – 21:00    Dinner


Day 3 - Saturday, 13 September 2014


08:00 – 09:30  Breakfast


09:30 – 11:00   Abstract presentations


SESSION 5       Chairperson:  A. Squassina


11:00 – 11:30  Clint Mizzi (Msida, Malta)

Whole genome sequencing and data interpretation in genomic medicine

11:30 – 12:00  George Potamias (Crete, Greece)

Boosting pharmacogenomics: A translational bioinformatics perspective


12:30 – 14:00  Lunch break


SESSION 6       Chairperson:  G. Potamias


14:00 – 14:30  George P. Patrinos (Patras, Greece)

Databases in genomics

14:30 – 15:00  Ilham Ratbi (Rabat, Morocco)

National Genetic databases: The Moroccan example


15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break



Max van Min (Utrecht, the Netherlands)

Title TBA


16:00 - 17:15  WORKSHOP 2 –  eMoDiA

A.    George Potamias (Crete, Greece)

B.    Dimitrios Kafetzopoulos (Crete, Greece)

C.    Giannis Tzimas (Patras, Greece)


17:15 – 19:00  DAY ENDS – FREE TIME


19:00 – 20:30  Dinner


Day 4 – Sunday, 14 September 2014


08:00 – 09:00   Breakfast


09:00 – 12:00   Visit at the AFEA archaeological site and museum


12:30 – 14:00   Lunch break at Aghia Marina


SESSION 7       Chairperson:  M. Ferrari


14:00 – 14:30   Maurizio Ferrari (Milan, Italy)

How to improve molecular diagnostic literacy in developing countries

14:30 – 15:00   George P. Patrinos (Patras, Greece)

Public Health Genomics: From concept to reality

15:00 – 15:30   Athanassios Vozikis (Piraeus, Greece)

Cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analysis in genomic medicine


15:30 – 16:00   Coffee break


16:00 – 17:30   Abstract presentations   


17:30 – 19:00   DAY ENDS – FREE TIME


19:00 – 22:00   Farewell Dinner – Traditional Party


Day 5 – Monday 15 September 2014


08:00 – 09:30  Breakfast


09:30 – 10:45  Career development session


THE EMBO LECTURE  Chairperson:  G. Patrinos


10:50 – 11:00  Introduction

11:00 – 11:45  Douglas R. Higgs (EMBO Member, Oxford, UK)

Switching genes on and off during differentiation and development


BEST ABSTRACT SESSION      Chairperson:  M. Macek


11:45 – 12:00  Best Abstract 1

12:00 – 12:15  Best Abstract 2

12:15 – 12:30  Best Abstract 3


12:30 – 12:40  Summer School coordinators



12:40               Delegates departure




We thank the following collaborating entities and companies who are generously supporting this event.


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Please note that abstract submission for the 2014 Golden Helix Summer School is now CLOSED. However, there are still few slots left for registered participants.

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