Department of Biostatistics
Quantitative Issues in Cancer Research Working Seminar

2015 - 2016

Organizer: Sarah Peskoe and Ina Jazic


Schedule: Thursdays, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
SPH2, Room 426 (unless otherwise notified)

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Seminar Description
There are more than one million new cancer cases every year in the United States. An additional 5-8 million people are living with cancer. Research on cancer has greatly influenced the development of statistical methods in the past two decades and is likely to continue to do so in the future. This working seminar will be a forum for the discussion of current methodologic developments as well as cancer research having a strong quantitative basis. The working seminars will include expository reviews of special topics as well as the presentation of new research. All students and faculty are invited to attend and participate.


September 10

Christina McIntosh
Doctoral Student, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard University

"Cancer Risk in the Nordic Twin Studies of Cancer"
Work in Progress Talk
October 1

Cancer Biology Reading Group

October 8

Sarah Peskoe
Doctoral Student, Harvard University

"Impact of Measurement Error on Latency Estimation in Linear Models"
ABSTRACT: None Given
October 22

Cancer Biology Working Group joint effort with Cancer Epidemiology
Tony Thaweethai and Sam Tracy
Doctoral Students, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard University

"Cell Signaling"
ABSTRACT: None Given
November 5

Emanuele Mazzola, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Department of Biostatistics & Computational Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

"Reproducible research & R Studio"
ABSTRACT: Reproducibility should be the minimum standard for assessing the value of scientific claims: in this short presentation I will discuss the main motivation for conducting reproducible research, showing what could happen when a basic set of requirements is not met.
November 19

Cancer Biology Reading Group
A joint effort between the Biostatistics Cancer Working Group and Cancer Epidemilogy
Chrystal Chan, David Cheng and Abby Sloan will be presenting on the first half of the fourth chapter of Introduction to Cancer Biology by Robin Hesketh, giving an overview of the role of mutations in the development of cancer and discussing oncogenes in greater depth.

"Cancer Genes: Mutations and Cancer Development"
ABSTRACT: None Given
December 3

Scott Carter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health / Department of Biostatistics & Computational Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

"Presentation on Potential Projects in Cancer and Computational biology"
Dr. Carter works closely with Boston area physicians to design and execute studies of cancer initiation, drug resistance, and metastasis using genomics technology applied to cancer-tissue specimens collected at various stages of disease progression. Dr. Carter has developed several novel computational methods in order to analyze these datasets and make inferences about clonal evolution underlying cancer progression. He has also developed software tools that are significantly increasing the impact of his work by making those methods available to the broader research community. These tools include HAPSEG, ABSOLUTE, CapSeg, Allelic CapSeg, and Phylogic.

First and second year students looking for summer projects and thesis projects are highly encouraged to attend.
February 4

Cancer Biology Reading Group
A joint effort between the Biostatistics Cancer Working Group and Cancer Epidemilogy
Divy Kangeyan will be presenting on the second half of the fourth chapter of Introduction to Cancer Biology by Robin Hesketh (pp 86-100), giving an overview of the role of tumor suppressor genes and micro RNAs in the development of cancer.
 
February 18

To Be Announced


"Talk Title TBD"
ABSTRACT: None Given
March 3

To Be Announced


"Talk Title TBD"
ABSTRACT: None Given
March 31

To Be Announced


"Talk Title TBD"
ABSTRACT: None Given
April 14

To Be Announced


"Talk Title TBD"
ABSTRACT: None Given
April 28

To Be Announced


"Talk Title TBD"
ABSTRACT: None Given
May 12

To Be Announced


"Talk Title TBD"
ABSTRACT: None Given


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