Data Science Institute Launch Event

Data Science Institute Launch Event

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Beaty Biodiversity Museum (Auditorium)

2212 Main Mall

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4


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Dr. Robert Gentleman (VP, Computational Biology, 23andMe) will be giving the inaugural DSI Distinguished Lecture, titled "Participant-focused Research for Genetics and Drug Discovery", with reception to follow.

Abstract: 23andMe is a company that pioneered the direct-to-consumer genetics market and recently started offering its technology services as an end-to-end solution to researchers conducting genetic studies. With over 1,000,000 individuals genotyped, and matched with phenotype data collected from survey responses and sensors, 23andMe is leveraging this massive dataset to better understand human traits, disease, and ancestry. Dr. Gentleman will describe how 23andMe is using its participant-focused research model for doing research and how 23andMe is collaborating with scientists to further our understanding of genetics and applying it for drug discovery.

Dr. Gentleman's Bio:

* Reception is sponsored by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS).