Upcoming events hosted by or involving Genetics Otago will be listed here. Please check back regularly for updates. A calendar of events that may be of interest to our members can be found at the bottom of this page and in the sidebar of other pages on this site, please note that this includes events hosted outside of Genetics Otago.
VISG Seminar Series
The Virtual Institute of Statistical Genetics (VISG) Hub is a key part of Genetics Otago, providing a platform for researchers to collaborate and exchange knowledge and expertise in statistical genetics. The VISG Hub hosts seminars, workshops, and other events to promote statistical genetics research and foster collaboration between researchers.
We’re excited to announce our monthly genetics research seminars, aimed at connecting researchers in the field. The seminars will commence in May 2023 and will be hosted by GO’s Virtual Institute of Statistical Genetics (VISG) Hub along with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Otago. These seminars will be available in person or via Zoom, and all are welcome.
Date: 3rd Thursday of the month
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
- May: Associate Professor Phil Wilcox, University of Otago
- June: Professor Mik Black, University of Otago
- July: Dr Ludovic Dutoit, University of Otago – please note that this seminar will be held on the 27th of July rather than the 20th due to ICG.
- August: Dr Setegn Alemu, AgResearch
- September: Ee Cheng Oi, Abacus Bio
- October: Franziska Weik, Beef + Lamb NZ Genetics – Cancelled
- November: Dr Jane Symonds and Dr Megan Scholtens, Cawthron – please note that this seminar will be held on the 17th of November rather than the 16th due to the Genetics Otago Annual Symposium.
If you would like the Zoom details for this event, please contact us.
The next seminar will be held on Friday the 17th of November, 11 am in Biochemistry Seminar Room G13 and will be given by Dr Jane Symonds and Dr Megan Scholtens, Cawthron Institute.
Title: Environmental resilience in aquatic species
Abstract: The New Zealand aquaculture sector faces growing vulnerability due to climate change, with marine heatwaves already causing elevated summer mortality rates in Greenshell mussels and king (Chinook) salmon. To tackle these challenges, selective breeding and genomic selection offer long-term solutions. Temperature challenge models, implemented in controlled tank environments, have been developed for both species. So far, this approach has been applied successfully to test more than 230 pedigree king salmon families and 21 Greenshell mussel families. Heritabilities for time to death at elevated temperature were high (0.34 to 0.48) suggesting that selection for improved thermotolerance is possible.
Megan is a geneticist within the Aquaculture Group at Cawthron and is involved in a number of research projects across the ‘Shellfish Aquaculture’ and ‘Finfish Climate Change Adaptation’ platforms. Megan specialises in the application of genetic and genomic methodologies to enhance the understanding of how genes affect traits such as growth, development, behaviour, reproduction and immunity to improve the efficiency, resilience and survivability of aquatic species. In addition, Megan contributes to research activities of the Aquaculture team by integrating the experimental biology with commercial production to help provide solutions for clients and deliver tangible outcomes for the aquaculture industry.
Jane is a Senior Scientist and Team Leader in the Aquaculture Group at Cawthron. Jane’s focus is the application of research to enhance sustainable commercial production with a specific interest in king salmon farming and selective breeding. She has over 30 years of experience in this field. As a science programme leader she oversees a wide range of multi-disciplinary collaborative projects with internal and external partners, including salmon feed efficiency, genomics, behaviour, health, physiology, microbiomics, climate change adaptation, data science and developing trials to selectively breed resilient and efficient king salmon. Implementation of research for sustainable and profitable aquaculture development is a key driver for Jane. Dr Symonds is also a Senior Adjunct Researcher at the University of Tasmania and helps supervise multiple post-graduate students.
If you have any questions about this seminar series please contact us.
Calendar of Events
The below is a calendar of events hosted by GO as well as events hosted by others that may be of interest to our members. If you have an event you would like us to include please contact us here.
athology Department Seminar Series for 2022 begins this Friday 4th February. Our speaker will be Prof. Greg Anderson from the Centre for Neuroendocrinology & Department of Anatomy (University of Otago) who will present a seminar entitled “A neuronal circuit for stress-induced infertility”.
The seminar will be held at the usual time of 1pm in the D’Ath Lecture theatre and accessible over zoom due to the Red Light settings (please contact the organiser for the link). For those attending in person, there will be refreshments provided at 12.45pm (~15min before the seminar). Details of which will be provided closer to the time.
Our Pathology Department Seminar Series for 2022 continues as a Research Forum this Friday 11th February. The Forum will be hosted by Dr. Karen Reader- Operations Manager, Otago Micro and Nanoscale Imaging (OMNI). Karen will be presenting on “Tools for your Research–An introduction to the Flow Cytometry, Histology, Confocal and Electron Microscope units”.
The forum will be held at the usual seminar time of 1 pm in the D’Ath Lecture theatre and accessible over zoom due to the Red Light settings, contact organisers for link.
For those attending in person, there will be refreshments provided at 12.45pm (~15 min before the seminar). Food will kept for collection in the foyer near the back entrance of the D’Ath lecture theatre. We have a capacity for 50 people in the D’Ath.
This two-day course is a fun introduction to the appropriate application and interpretation of biostatistical concepts for people working in clinical research with no formal statistical training. The focus will not be on carrying out analyses, but rather on understanding the appropriate use of statistical methods, the implications when underlying assumptions are not met, and how to interpret statistical results. Course material will be presented through examples, and all statistical analyses will be performed by the course instructors. There are no software requirements.
This is a hands-on workshop, based in a computer lab, aimed at researchers and research students who need to use statistical software for their research. The Biostatistics Centre recommends Stata as an ideal software package for many health sciences researchers. It is reliable, easy to use, has a wide range of commonly used statistical analysis options and produces publication-quality graphics.
This is an introductory level course, no previous experience with the software is necessary. The workshop focuses on the use of software for simple statistical analyses.
Please note, the University of Otago now offers Stata SE FREE to all staff and students.
This 2-day course provides an introduction to regression modelling approaches. The scope of the course runs from basic principles of regression methods, deciphering the output of statistical analyses, and the practicalities of running these various regression methods.
As part of this course you will be encouraged to think about broader study design issues, including how to deal with confounding, interactions and variable selection.
This is an intermediate-level statistics course intended for researchers/research students who need to use regression modelling in their work. Participants should either have completed the Introductory Biostatistics for Health Researchers Course or have equivalent knowledge.
Please note, participants must come with their own laptop with R or SAS or Stata software installed, and be able to import data sets, generate new variables and be confident using the software they have installed. The University of Otago now offers Stata SE to all staff and students.
Prof. Alex McLellan from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology (University of Otago) will present a seminar entitled “Genetically engineered lymphocytes for the treatment of solid cancers” at our Pathology Department Seminar Series on Friday 18th February 2022. The seminar will be held at the usual time of 1pm in the D’Ath Lecture theatre and accessible over zoom due to the Red Light settings.
Please contact the organisers for Zoom details.
For those attending in person, there will be refreshments provided at 12.45pm (~15 min before the seminar). Small packed lunches will be available- some sandwiches, choice of chips, popcorn, oaty bars and choice of packed beverages. Food will be kept for collection in the foyer near the back entrance of the D’Ath lecture theatre 😊 . We have a capacity for 50 people in the D’Ath.
Longitudinal studies are common in health-related areas. These studies require appropriate statistical analyses that account for the correlated nature of the data. This two-day course provides an introduction to a range of common approaches for modelling longitudinal and correlated data. Topics covered include descriptive analysis of longitudinal data, linear mixed models, and generalised estimating equations (GEE) for modelling longitudinal data. This course has a strong application focus. You will be learning how to implement these methods using Stata software and interpreting longitudinal results.
This course is designed for quantitative researchers/students who need to have a better understanding of longitudinal models in their work. Participants should have either completed the Regression Modelling course offered in the Centre or have equivalent knowledge in regression modelling for both continuous and discrete data AND have either completed the Stata course offered by the Centre or be familiar with using Stata.
Please note, participants must come with their own laptop with Stata software installed, and be able to import data sets, generate new variables and be able to carry out regression analyses using Stata software.
The University of Otago now offers Stata SE to all staff and students.
This Friday, March 4th Associate Professor Ben Wheeler from the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health (Dunedin) will be presenting the seminar titled “Technology for the management of Type 1 Diabetes – Past, Present, and Future”. Attached is the poster
The seminar will be held at the usual time of 1 pm over Zoom. Please see poster for Zoom details.
Small packed lunches will be available for collection in the ground floor tea room from 12:45 pm onwards.
We look forward to seeing you on Friday!
Sunali & Jisha
Are you interested in mentorship as a mentor or mentee? On the 9th of March at 12-1pm the Early and Mid-Career Researchers (EMCR) Committee will be running its first professional development workshop of 2022.
The session is titled ‘Getting the most out of mentorship: Tips for Mentors and Mentees’. We would like to encourage all early and mid-career researchers to join us and learn more about this opportunity. The session will be run over zoom and our guest speaker is Suzy Keene.
Please contact the Organiser for Zoom link details.
STEM Women – Australia & New Zealand Careers Event
I wanted to invite your students to a free virtual careers event, focused on graduate roles and internships, based In Australia & New Zealand.
During the event, students will network live (chat, audio and video!) with graduate employers in different industries, hear insightful presentations from exhibiting companies and ask questions to a panel of women already working in STEM roles!
This event is targeted towards people who identify as female and are studying or recently graduated from, a STEM-related course at university. Students can also apply for graduate roles and internships within the event platform and have skipped interview stages through networking with graduate recruitment teams at our events, so this truly is a unique and exciting opportunity! We have a limited number of places for this free event.