This year, on August 28-30, the IGES meeting was held in Vienna, Austria. This meeting was held in conjunction with two other major international scientific events – the 35th annual conference of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics and the Genetic Analysis Workshop 19. I got an opportunity to present my project “Effect of population stratification on the validity of case-only studies of gene-environment interactions” at IGES. For the second time, I had a chance to discuss my project with international experts and colleagues who came to have a look at my poster. This was quite exciting and I learned a lot from this and also from the way the other 164 doctoral researchers created and presented their posters. Apart from an informative poster-session, different oral talks helped me to broaden my knowledge with respect to my doctoral research project. The talks of most invited speakers were very interesting especially the talk of Krista Fisher on ‘Casual association structures in-omics data: How far can we get with statistical modeling’ was useful. The lectures of mini-symposium (speakers: Joan Bailey-Wilson, Bertram Müller, Andreas Ziegler) were also helpful to understand current problems and misunderstandings in genetics epidemiology.
During the conference international speakers presented and covered state-of-the-art methods in field of genetic epidemiology. The three days meeting was conducted into 7 sessions, focusing on various domains of research in genetics. Young researchers communicated their work through oral as well as poster presentations. On day1, there was a mini-symposium in the morning session followed by an educational workshop on pharmacogenomics. The day1 was concluded with a welcome reception in the evening. On day2 young scientists talked on: genetic data and clinical trial design, casual inference and pleiotropy, epigenetics and personalized medicine. In the session 4, candidates nominated for Neel and Williams awards presented their work. In the evening, all participants had a chance to share their research work and experiences at the conference dinner. On day3, main topics covered were: sequencing methods and applications, coalescent theory and population genetics, microbiomics and data integration methods. A detailed list of the various topics discussed at the meeting can be found in the IGES 2014 programme (click here for the abstract book).
The next IGES 2015 is expected to be held in Baltimore, USA.
Pankaj Yadav (RTG project 7)