[ASC-list] Free ANZAAS talk, Melbourne, Wed 20th August 6:30pm - Melanie Bahlo "Using statistics to find the causes of inherited diseases”

David Vaux D.Vaux at latrobe.edu.au
Tue Aug 12 00:57:36 UTC 2014

Free, all welcome (booking not needed). Bring your friends!
Free pizza and drinks after the talk

At GTAC, located in the grounds of University High School, corner Royal Parade and Story Street, Parkville (enter off Story Street or Royal Parade)
Wednesday 20 August 2014, 6:30 pm

Associate Professor Melanie Bahlo
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
“Using statistics to find the causes of inherited diseases"

Probabilistic and statistical methods have been developed so that genetic data can be used to infer evolutionary forces, disease causing mechanisms, and influences of genetics on phenotype. I have used these methods for the discovery of DNA mutations that cause disease, particularly in disorders passed on in families. This talk will give an introduction as to how this is done, and also outline how recent technological advances are making this even easier. Some of these approaches are now making their way into the clinic in Australia and are likely to lead to the earlier diagnosis of many of the rare genetic disorders.

Melanie Bahlo is an applied statistician working in the areas of statistical genetics, bioinformatics and population genetics. Her main area of research is linkage mapping, in humans and mice. Other areas of interest are genome wide association studies and associated problems. She is currently involved in three genome-wide association studies: multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and resistance to hepatitis C treatment. Her linkage mapping work has seen her map loci for diseases such as epilepsy and deafness. She is particularly interested in SNP chip technologies and how these can be applied to rare disorders. In 2009 she was awarded the Moran Medal for research in statistics by the Australian Academy of Science.

*** A/Prof Bahlo’s talk will be preceded by a short talk by Chris Weir, a PhD student at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute entitled: “Paradigm Shifts in the History of Malaria Research” ***

Forthcoming talks:  Wed 17th Sept        Professor Roger Daly, Chair, Dept. Biochemistry, Monash University

 Wed 15th Oct           Grace Davies, National Student Representative, DEA (Doctors For The Environment Australia)

We are pleased to acknowledge the support by CSL and GTAC for the ANZAAS Melbourne science talks series

 Further Info:         David Vaux       9345 2941                davidlaurencevaux at gmail.com<mailto:davidlaurencevaux at gmail.com>


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