Annual GENE Amsterdam day: Keynote Announcement

We are excited to announce prof. dr. Peter Visscher will be presenting the keynote lecture at the 2023 GENE Amsterdam day.

Peter Visscher FRS is professor of Quantitative Genetics at the University of Queensland. After an undergraduate degree in the Netherlands, Visscher undertook postgraduate study at the University of Edinburgh (MSc 1988, PhD in 1991) in animal genetics supervised by Bill Hill FRS and Robin Thompson FRSE. Visscher is married to Professor Naomi R. Wray FAA, a fellow-geneticist who is known for her research in quantitative genetics and psychiatric genetics. Visscher has held Faculty positions at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Queensland, and Honorary or Affiliate positions at the University of Melbourne, UMCG Groningen and the Karolinska Institute. He is in the process of moving his lab to the Big Data Institute of the University of Oxford. Visscher is known for his research investigating the genetic basis of complex human traits, including common diseases. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of human trait variation. Visscher developed and applied statistical analysis methods to quantify and dissect the contribution of DNA polymorphisms to trait variation. He was one of the first to propose, advocate and show that genome and trait data can be used to predict individuals who are genetically at high risk of disease. The use of “polygenic risk scores” in health care is now being trialled worldwide.

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