I don’t know which one had a bigger impact on us as new PhD students joining the Kuchenbaecker lab: having the chance to attend our first genetic conference and gain a deeper understanding of the Bayesian genetic fine mapping, polygenic risk scores and GWAS applications in various diseases across multiple populations, or learning to plan our time accordingly to enjoy a 5minutes delicious dinner on our way to the train station and still miss the train back to London?
At the SEGEG (South of England Genetic Epidemiology Group) meeting in Oxford both of these options are possible! Next time will stay for drinks with the speakers to explore more of their research and probably book the last train on the day (to enjoy dinner).
Moreover, our lab members gave fantastic presentations:
Albert’s talk on the application of non-linear Mendelian randomization in identifying the relationship between short and long sleep duration on cognition and dementia
Karoline’s talk on the transferability of loci between populations emphasising the importance of performing GWAS in ancestrally diverse populations, currently underrepresented