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Lunch with Honors|Gonçalo Abecasis: Big Numbers for Big Problems: How Statistics is Helping Medicine

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
5:00 AM
1330 Mason Hall

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What do statistical studies have to do with diagnosing and treating disease? How can conditions as diverse as heart disease, diabetes, psoriasis and macular degeneration be understood using statistical methods?  How does a statistician study the human genome?  How can statistics improve large-scale record-keeping and data registries as the health system gets larger and more complex?

Professor Gonçalo Abecasis, the Felix E. Moore Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics and chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the School of Public Health, is a leader in the genetic analysis of complex human traits. He and his team have developed statistical methods, computational algorithms and software that facilitate quick and accurate analysis of genetic studies of human disease. Ongoing projects will result in the detailed sequencing and analysis of some 25,000 deep human genomes over the next 12 months — an unprecedented amount of data.

For his major contributions to biostatistics and the study of disease, Professor Abecasis was elected to the Institute for Medicine of the National Academies, one of the greatest honors in the medical world. Come learn about the statistical frontier of medicine from one of its pioneers.