World-leading Quantitative Genetics Professor to share his insights in lunchtime lecture

One of the world’s leading statistical and quantitative genetics researchers will be talking about some of his work in a lunchtime lecture on 1 December at the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Heart and Lung Research Institute.

Aimed at staff and researchers working on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Professor Peter Visscher’s talk will look at “Exploiting within-family segregation variance to study complex traits,” and show unpublished results from an analysis of more than 100,000 siblings pairs with GWAS and trait data.

Professor 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 variations and 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.

The talk will take place from noon on Friday 1st December at Room R109/101, VCP Heart & Lunch Research Institute. No booking is required and a light lunch will be available afterwards.

  • Professor Visscher is in the process of moving his Lab from the University of Queensland to the Big Data Institute, University of Oxford.
  • If you’d like to meet with Professor Visscher, please contact Michael Inouye ( cc Nicole Staudt (, who are helping to coordinate his schedule.
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