Gonçalo Abecasis, D.Phil.
Gonçalo Abecasis, D.Phil.. from the Center for Statistical Genetics, School of Public Health, University of Michigan will deliver the 9th Sayer Vision Research Lecture on June 28th, 2016 at 2:00 pm in the Natcher Main Auditorium (Building 45), NIH Main Campus in Bethesda, Maryland. His talk is titled Sequencing 10,000s of Human Genomes: Analytical Challenges and Opportunities.
Rapid advances in genome sequencing and genotyping technology are enabling increasingly detailed analysis of human genetic variation. In the next year, we expect to analyze >50,000 deeply sequenced human genomes, corresponding to ~5 million billion bases of raw sequence data. The generation, transfer and analysis of the data presents many opportunities for scientific discovery - enabling better understanding of human history, biology and disease. It also presents varied computational and analytical challenges as well as opportunities to develop and implement new analytical strategies and modes of data sharing. Dr. Abecasis will illustrate these challenges and opportunities with examples from ongoing studies.
The Sayer Vision Research Fund was established in 2006 at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) by Jane M. Sayer, Ph.D., a research scientist with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), to honor her family and the memory of her parents, Winthrop and Laura Sayer. The fund incorporates Dr. Sayer’s desire to contribute to groundbreaking medical research at NIH while specifically raising the profile of vision research. In partnership with the NEI, the fund supports the Sayer Vision Research Lecture Series, given by a scientist of national or international prominence in a discipline with relevance to vision research.