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Webinar: Inferring genetic relatedness to identify disease-causing variants and selection signals

  • 14 Oct 2020
  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (AEDT)
  • via Zoom
  • 83


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You are warmly invited to the following webinar hosted by SSA Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Section:

Inferring genetic relatedness to identify disease-causing variants and selection signals

held on Wednesday, 14 October 2020 at 11:30AM AEDT via Zoom, exclusively for members of SSA.

This event is presented by Melanie Bahlo (The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research).

About this webinar:

The concept of genetic ancestors is very useful in solving many interesting scientific questions in population genetics and biomedical research. Modelling, or at least recognizing, that genetic signals in genomes of living things are often underpinned by the notion of a genetic ancestor can deliver powerful genetic insights, ranging from identifying hidden genetic relationships between individuals that can pinpoint disease-causing variants in human genomes, to identifying signals of genetic selection in plasmodium, the pathogen that causes malaria. These are two examples that will be discussed during this talk. Some of the statistical techniques applied are simulation methods, hidden Markov models, likelihood ratio tests, permutation testing and outlier detection. These are used to examine large genomic data sets, often processed with third party software generated with its own complex statistical analysis techniques, requiring careful quality controls

About the presenter:

Professor Bahlo is Theme Leader for “Healthy Development and Ageing” at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, overseeing the scientific strategy for three divisions, including the Population Health and Immunity division which she co-established in 2015. 

A bioinformatician/statistical geneticist with over 20 years’ experience, Professor Bahlo’s research focus is the understanding of the genetic basis of human diseases, with a focus on neurological and retinal disorders including epilepsy, ataxia and age-related macular degeneration.

Leading a statistical genetics laboratory since 2007, Professor Bahlo’s innovative analysis methods have led to major genetic discoveries to identify new genes and genetic pathways, recognized for her contributions to science as a winner of the AAS Moran Medal and the Genetics Society of Australia’s Ross Crozier medal. 


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This event will be recorded and the recording added to SSA’s webinar page in due course after the event.

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