In accordance with the planning of the University of Colorado, the 2020 IGSS conference will be held remotely this year. All components of the conference (Presentations, Statistical Genetics Workshop, and Keynote Address) are still planned and will take place in a virtual manner. The conference will be one day only and it will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2020. Updated information about the schedule, access to presentations, and unique participant links to follow.
Professor Mathieson is a population geneticist with interests and expertise in a wide range of human genetics research. His expertise includes association studies, the distribution of rare variants, the genetics of spatially structured populations and understanding human history using ancient DNA. His current interest is in understanding the evolution of complex traits in humans, their distribution across human populations, and their relationship to demographic history and natural selection.
Alexander Young is a Research Scientist with the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (SSGAC) at USC. Following degrees in Mathematics and Statistics and in Computational Biology at the University of Cambridge, Alex pursued a doctorate in Genomic Medicine and Statistics with Peter Donnelly at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford. During his PhD, he visited deCODE Genetics in Reykjavik and began to work out how to use large amounts of genetic data on families to tease apart genetic and environmental effects on traits. He pursued postdoctoral research with Augustine Kong at deCODE Genetics in Iceland and at the Big Data Institute at the University of Oxford. While working with the deCODE data, Alex developed a novel method for estimating heritability using genetic data on parents and offspring. He continues to pursue development of novel methodology to better analyse and understand the role of genetic variation in social and behavioral traits.