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Basic Research Skills Seminar (26 Jun 2017)


Basic Research Skills Seminar

Centre for Genomic Sciences

Epidemiology and Epidemiological Methods

Dr Timorthy Mak

26 Jun 2017 (Mon) 3:00-4:00pm

Seminar Room 2, G/F
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Building for Interdisciplinary Research
 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong


In this seminar, I will illustrate with a few examples how the causes of disease were discovered by systematic investigation in a population level and introduce a few basic designs for modern epidemiological studies. A central theme in epidemiology is drawing causal inference from observational data, and I will discuss the most often used criteria for this. A recent development in this direction is the use of formal causal diagrams, which will be introduced in the seminar. Causal diagrams can be used to illustrate why Mendelian randomization is a valid strategy for causal inference. I will finish by discussing some caveats in conducting Mendelian randomization analyses.

Other seminars in the series:

Reproducible Research - Automate Your Science by Mr Robert Porsch
2 August 2017 (Wed) 3:00-4:00pm

Classical Genetics - Segregation and Linkage by Prof Pak Sham
16 August 2017 (Wed) 3:00-4:00pm


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