Statistics evening and Årsmøte November 7th

posted Oct 23, 2019, 2:34 AM by Norsk Statistisk Forening   [ updated Oct 23, 2019, 2:34 AM ]
The Oslo section of the Norsk Statistisk Forening invites you all to a Statistics evening and our annual NSF meeting (årsmøte). Free sushi, pizza, and beverages will be served!!! 


 
Speaker: Morten Valberg, researcher at Dept. of Biostatistics and Oslo University Hospital
 
Title: Inequality in genetic cancer risk suggests bad genes rather than bad luck
 
Abstract: Heritability is often estimated by decomposing the variance of a trait into genetic and other factors. Interpreting such variance decompositions, however, is not straightforward. For example, there is an ongoing debate about the role of randomness in cancer development, even if heritability estimates seemingly suggest an important role of heritable factors for many cancers. Here we show that heritability estimates contain information on the distribution of absolute risk due to genetic differences, and we describe the distribution of absolute genetic risk for 15 common cancers. We highlight the considerable inequality in genetic risk of cancer using different metrics that are frequently used in economics. For all these cancers, the estimated inequality in genetic risk is larger than the inequality in income in the USA.
 
With the topic, the speaker landed a second place in the Significance Magazine 2018 Writing competition together with Mats Julius Stensrud (www.significancemagazine.com/science/617-preventing-cancer-mere-rhetoric-or-a-promising-plan)The talk will be in English.
 
When: Thursday, November 7th, at 17.00
Where: Norsk Regnesentral Gaustadalleen 23a, room Alfa Omega.
Registration: Fill in this form as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday November 6th, at 23:59 .
 
Program:
17.00 - 17.20: Pizza, sushi and beverages
17.20 - 17.30: Annual meeting
17.30 - 18.30: Presentation with Morten Valberg
 
The agenda of the meeting, the annual report and accounts (in Norwegian) are attached. Proposals to be discussed can be submitted to hellton@nr.no before the 31st of October.  
 
​We hope to see many of you there!
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