MAY 26 - MAY 27
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Genes and Complex Human Phenotypes

A Research Workshop

Genetic analyses of human traits, health-related and others, are now widely researched using a torrent of new data (e.g., single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), gene sequences, exome sequences, transciptomes, etc.). But gene-centric approaches often contrast with social and epidemiological approaches that emphasize environmental factors.

Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences is co-sponsoring with Berkeley’s Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging for a two-day gathering of active researchers presenting current work and discussing core issues in the field, including: (a) genetic data and cross-country comparisons on human cohorts, existing and future; (b) analytical methods, strengths, limitations; (c) known results, open questions; (d) the connections between these, e.g., population and personalized genetics, the roles of selection vs. migration in shaping human diversity.

In addition to invited presenters and discussants, attendance is welcome by faculty, researchers, and advanced graduate students from Berkeley, Stanford, and other institutions.  Breakfast and lunch will be served at the conference site.

Pre-registration is required. Click here to register.


Social Science Matrix, 8th Floor Barrows Hall - University of California, Berkeley
291 Campus Dr.
Berkeley, CA 94720


  • Thursday, May 26th
  • 8:30   Shripad Tuljapurka  Introduction 
  • 9:00   Daniel Belsky   Sociogenomic analysis of life attainments
  • 9:30   Melinda Mills   Large-scale genomic meta-analysis identifies loci harbouring genes for human reproductive behaviour
  • 10:00   BREAK
  • 10:30   Kathleen Mullan Harris    What Data Do We Need to Study Genes and Complex Human Phenotypes?
  • 11:00   Discussion   Led by Mark Cullen: Implications of the research discussed at this conference for biomedical science
  • 12:30  LUNCH
  • 13:30  Ben Domingue   Mortality Selection in a Genetic Sample and Implications for Association Studies
  • 14:00  Sid Krishna Kumar GCTA And All That
  • 14:30  David Steinsaltz   Random-effects estimates of heritability for simple and complex traits: Some statistical theory
  • 15:00   BREAK
  • 15:30   David Rehkopf   Statistical learning approaches to identifying gene- environment interaction
  • 16:00  Discussion  Led by Ken Wachter: “The state of our understanding of the statistical properties of genome-wide analytic methods''
  • 17:30   Ends
  • Friday, May 27th
  • 8:30   Dalton Conley    Do PCs Overcontrol Causal Effects?
  • 9:00   Ken Watchter     Genetic Load and Polygenic Scores
  • 9:30   BREAK
  • 10:00  Felix Tropf    Genetic Heterogeneity In Human Fertility and Educational Attainment By Contry and Birth Cohort
  • 10:30  Nicolas Barban   Assortative Mating on Education: A Genetic Assessment
  • 11:00  Discussion   Led by Jeremy Freese: Implications of the research discussed at this conference for social science
  • 12:30  LUNCH
  • 14:00  Amal Harrati   Cognition, Retirement, and Genes
  • 14:30  TBD
  • 15:00   BREAK
  • 15:30   Discussion  Led by David Rehkopf: The Aging Process -- how do we measure it in this setting? How does it influence results derived from genetic studies, etc?
  • 17:00  TBD
  • 17:30   Ends