Lectures and seminars

SFO-Epi seminar: Professor Peter Visscher and Professor Naomi Wray

2018-06-1510:00 to 12:15 Wallenbergsalen at Nobel forum, Karolinska Institutet, Nobels väg 1, SolnaCampus SolnaSfoEpi

We welcome you to attend a seminar with Professor Peter Visscher and Professor Naomi Wray from University of Queensland, Australia.

Registration: Before June 10th https://goo.gl/forms/7ZhxJwFjyAdQz4Nc2

Seminar 1 at 10:00: Big data and complex traits: a smörgåsbord of opportunities and applications

Speaker: Professor Peter Visscher, University of Queensland, Australia
Peter Visscher is Professor of Quantitative Genetics at the University of Queensland Senior Principal Research Fellow of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2010, a Foreign Member of the Dutch Royal Academy of Science in 2018 and Fellow of the Royal Society in 2018. Visscher’s research interests are focused on a better understanding of genetic variation for complex traits, including quantitative traits and disease.

Abstract: The availability of genome-wide genetic information and deep phenotyping on hundreds of thousands of (human) samples is driving research across multiple areas, including disease genetics, epidemiology, neuroscience and the social sciences. I will give examples of how genomewide association study data on more than 1 million subjects can lead to insights into the genetics and biology of complex traits.

Seminar 2 at 11:15: Genetic analyses of disorders of the brain

Speaker: Professor Naomi Wray
Naomi Wray is an Australian National Health & Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellow and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. She holds joint Professorial positions between the Institute for Molecular Bioscience and Queensland Brain Institute at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Her research intersects quantitative genetics, statistical methodology and disorders of the brain. She has played leading roles in analyses for International Psychiatric Genomics Consortia working group and leads the Ice Bucket Challenge funded sporadic ALS Australia Systems Genomics Consortium – the sALSA project.

Abstract: The evidence is now overwhelming that adult-onset common psychiatric disorders have a polygenic genetic architecture fully consistent with robust biological systems supported by multiple back-up mechanisms. At an individual level, this means that each of us harbour risk loci and that each affected person likely carries both a higher burden, and a unique portfolio, of risk alleles. Moreover, genome-wide data have demonstrated important genetic sharing, both within and, between the psychiatric and neurological disorders, providing clues that were often previously undetectable from standard epidemiology. I will present results from our latest analyses.

Contact person: Susanne Kerje