The International Speaker Seminar Series (ISSS) and group discussions are free and OPEN TO ALL.

Seminars are broadcast to research centres interested in participating by video conference.

Unless otherwise indicated, seminars and group discussions will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST on the first Friday of every month.

With this series, and in the context of genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics research, STAGE aims to:

  • expose trainees to high-caliber international research
  • further interdisciplinary research innovation, discovery, and learning
  • foster a cohesive research community of genetic epidemiologists and statistical geneticists in Canada
  • promote rigorous and relevant research in this field
  • enable new networks of collaborative research

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Oct. 1, 2021

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1:00PM

Benjamin Neale, PhD
Director, Genomics of Public Health Initiative, Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Institute Member and Director, Genetics, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Disease, Broad Institute
TBC
Nov. 5, 2021

12:00

1:00PM

Jordana Bell, PhD
Senior Lecturer
Head of Epigenomics Research Group
Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology
Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
King’s College London
TBC
Dec. 3, 2021

12:00

1:00PM

Antonis Antoniou, PhD
Professor of Cancer Risk Prediction
Academic Course Director MPhil in Epidemiology
Department of Public Health and Primary Care
TBC
Feb. 4, 2022

12:00

1:00PM

David Balding, PhD, FAA
Professor of Statistical Genetics
Melbourne Integrative Genomics
Schools of BioSciences and of Maths & Stats
University of Melbourne
TBC
Mar. 4, 2022

12:00

1:00PM

André Uitterlinden, PhD
Professor of Complex Genetics
Head Genetic Laboratory and Human Genomics Facility
Erasmus Medical Centre
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
TBC
Apr. 1, 2022

12:00

1:00PM

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May. 6, 2022

12:00

1:00PM

David Conti, PhD
Division of Biostatistics, Department of Preventive Medicine
University of Southern California
TBC
Jun. 3, 2022

12:00

1:00PM

TBCTBC

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Oct. 2, 202012:00-1:00 pmDr. Joan E. Bailey-Wilson
Head, Statistical Genetics Section
Co-Branch Chief, Computational and Statistical Genomics Branch
National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institutes of Health, USA.
Detecting germline risk variants for complex diseases with illustrations for rare variants
Nov. 6, 202012:00-1:00 pmGenevera I. Allen, Ph.D.
Founder & Faculty Director, Rice D2K Lab
Associate Professor, Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Statistics & Computer Science, Rice University
Investigator, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, Baylor College of Medicine
Data Integration: Data-Driven Discovery from Diverse Data Sources
Dec. 4, 202012:00-1:00 pmDr. Kathryn Roeder
UPMC Professor of Statistics and Life Sciences
Department of Statistics and Computational Biology
Vice Provost for Faculty
Carnegie Mellon University
Statistics and Genetics Offer a Window into Autism
Mar. 5, 202112:00-1:00 pmOlufunmilayo I. Olopade, MD, FACP
Dr. Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics
Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics & Global Health
The University of Chicago Medicine
What African Genomes Tell Us About the Origins of Breast Cancer
May 7, 202112:00-1:00 pmClare Turnbull, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRCPath, MFPH, DCH, MA, MSc (Epidemiology)
Professor of Medical Genomics, Institute of Cancer Research, London
Honorary Consultant in Clinical Cancer Genetics, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London
Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Public Health England, London
TBC
Jun. 4, 202112:00-1:00 pm

Heather J. Cordell, PhD

Professor of Statistical Genetics
Population Health Sciences Institute
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Newcastle University
United Kingdom

A Bayesian network approach incorporating imputation of missing data enables
exploratory analysis of complex causal biological relationships

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  Dr. Mait Metspalu
Director, Institute of Genomics, University of Tartu
Digging genomes for propelling medicine and understanding our past.
  Dr. Stephen Chanock
Director, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, National Cancer Institute
Complexity of cancer susceptibility
  Dr. Joe Petrosino
Professor of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine
The impact of early microbiome exposures on early life development and disease
  Dr. Andrew Allen
Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Duke University
TBC
  Dr. Nancy Saccone
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Department of Genetics
SNPs, Statistics, and Society: Lessons from Addiction Genetics Research

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2019-20 Sponsors

Seminars are sponsored by The Hospital for Sick Children (Genetics & Genome Biology Program), the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, the Department of Statistical Sciences of the University of Toronto, the Ontario Cancer Institute of the University Health Network, the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, and the McLaughlin Centre.