Technical Forum

Technical Forum: Statistics

12 January 2016 14:30 hrs. - 16:30 hrs.
Figdor Lecture Theatre, 8th floor RIMLS Building, Geert Grooteplein 26-28, route 289
Technical Forum: Statistics

 14.30 – 14.35

Introduction to the Technical Forum, announcement of speakers, program overview

Technical forum team, RIMLS, Radboudumc, Nijmegen


14.35 – 15.00  Roel Willems


Dr. Roel Willems, senior researcher at the Center for Language Studies and Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University.

 Dr. Roel Willems studied psychology and cultural sciences at the University of Maastricht. He obtained his PhD about the neural base of language and gestures at the Radboud University. After a post-doc at the University of California, Berkely (USA), he is now working as a senior researcher at the Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University. Next to his work as a researcher, Roel Willems is an consultant in statistics for companies, researchers and (under)graduate/PhD students at Kolibri Statistiek.


15.00-15.30 Christian Gilissen


Christian Gilissen obtained his PhD in 2012 on “Disease gene identification through Next Generation Sequencing”, for which he received the Dutch bioinformatics young researcher award. After his PhD he continued his work in Nijmegen as a post-doctoral researcher and worked for 3 months at the Computational Biology Group at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

In 2013 he received a personal Veni grant from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research to develop novel methodologies based on normal variation in order to predict gene function and the impact of mutations. He was admitted to the Radboud Galilei Track aimed at excellent Postdocs and Medical Specialists, on their way to a junior Principal Investigator position and in 2014 obtained a permanent position in Nijmegen.


15.30-16.00 Ewald Bronkhorst: "Testing, modelling”


Dr. Ewald Bronkhorst studied Applied Mathematics at the University of Twente. He obtained his PhD at the Radboudumc on System Dynamic Models of the dental health care system. Since 2004 he works as statistical and methodological consultant for the Dental School of the Radboudumc. Recently he joined the department of HEV, to enlarge his field of consultancy to other medical specialities within the Radboudumc.


16.00-16.30 Kees Albers – “Was Sherlock Holmes a Bayesian?”

Clinical applications and the relevance of Bayesian reasoning


 Kees Albers obtained his PhD in 2008 from Radboud University on the development of approximate Bayesian inference algorithms and models for analysis of large pedigrees. He then became a research associate at the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. In 2012 he started his own group in the department of Human Genetics at the Radboud University Medical Center. From November 2013 he has a joint appointment as assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Developmental Biology at Radboud University.

“My group is focused on the integration of computational and experimental approaches to understand how genetic variation, rare and common, causes disease. Using various machine-learning approaches we are developing network models of how gene regulatory networks drive cellular differentiation and encode expression of genes associated with different pathways.”


16.30                     Drinks at the Newyears party RIMLS

The drinks will be at the Tuinzaal (newyears drinks RIMLS)


12-01-2016 14:30:0012-01-2016 16:30:00Europe/AmsterdamTechnical Forum: Statistics Figdor Lecture Theatre, 8th floor RIMLS Building, Geert Grooteplein 26-28, route

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