The department of biostatistics and epidemiology will be hosting two seminars this month.
On Friday, April 19, Tarik Benmarhnia, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of San Diego, will deliver the talk “Assessing Evidence of Causality in Air Pollution Epidemiology.” Benmarhnia will review how governments use data on air pollution and population health to make policies and whether those policies are effective.
On Friday, April 26, Peter Kraft, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Harvard University, will deliver the talk “Polygenic Risk Scores: Statistical, Clinical and Public Health Concerns.” Kraft will review the statistical methods for building and validating polygenic risk scores, discuss evaluation of clinical utility and touch on challenges translating polygenic scores to the clinic, including issues of equity. He will describe polygenic risk models of breast cancer and their potential use to inform targeted mammography screening strategies as an example.
Both free, public events will be held in the Life Science Laboratory N210 at 12:15 p.m.