10th Annual IGSS Conference • October 3-4, 2019

Integrating Genetics and the Social Sciences 2019

Keynote Speaker: Molly Przeworski

Columbia University, Department of Biological Sciences

Beyond ancestry: the many factors influencing the portability of polygenic scores

Molly received her M.A. in Mathematics from Princeton University and her Ph.D. from the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago, working with Brian Charlesworth and Dick Hudson. Her postdoc was in the group of Peter Donnelly in the Statistics Dept. of the University of Oxford, and was followed by a two year stint as a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Before moving to Columbia University, she was a faculty member at the University of Chicago (where she was also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist) as well as, briefly, at Brown University.

Statistical Genetics Workshop: Biobank Scale Analysis

Presenter: Ben Neale

Benjamin Neale is an associate professor in the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), associate professor in medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and an institute member at the Broad Institute. Neale's research and training have focused heavily on statistical methodology. He has analyzed genetic data from large-scale studies of patients with ADHD, autism, age-related macular degeneration, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic disorders. He contributed to the development of software tools such as PLINK, one of the most frequently used packages for GWAS analysis.