IGES Annual Meeting 
Virtual Event Agenda
July 1-4, 2020



Join us from July 1-4 for our Annual Meeting, presented virtually! We are excited to bring content to the IGES and the scientific community absolutely free!  Registration is required and donations are welcomed and appreciated. 

Complete with live sessions, virtual poster sessions, and breakouts, we hope you are able to join us for this event. 

Zoom links will be sent to registered attendees only. Please contact IGES Administrators if you have not received this information by June 30.

July 2, 2020
Eastern North America (EDT)

July 2/3, 2020
United Kingdom (BST)

July 2/3, 2020
South Korea (KST)


Invited plenary presentations on July 2nd (July 3rd in Asia and Australia)

8:00am – 10:30am



Invited videoconference presentations
Chairs: Corinne Engelman and Celia Greenwood

8:00 – 8:15 am




8:15 – 8:45am



Presidential address by Prof. Peter Kraft
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

8:45 – 9:15am



Invited Talk by Dr. Hongbing Shen
Nanjing Medical University
Polygenic Risk Scores for Lung Cancer in Chinese and Caucasian Populations

9:15 – 9:45am



Invited Talk by Prof. Zhengming Chen
University of Oxford
Realizing the power of big biobanks in diverse populations for stroke medicine

9:45 – 10:00am



Neel finalist: Divya Sharma
Combining human and artificial intelligence: Ensemble of convolutional neural networks for disease prediction from microbiome data

10:00 – 10:15am



Neel finalist: Stefan Konigorski
Fast Kernel-based Rare-Variant Association Tests Integrating Variant Annotations from Deep Learning

10:15 – 10:30am



Neel finalist: Myriam Brossard
Characterization of direct and/or indirect genetic associations for multiple traits in longitudinal studies of disease progression

Poster and mentoring sessions on July 2nd (July 3rd)



00h00-01h00 July 3rd

Mentoring session for young investigators and trainees

Topic 1: Teaching (first ½ hr) and Research (second ½ hour)



00h30-01h30 July 3rd

Mentoring session for young investigators and trainees

Topic 2: Grant writing (first ½ hour) and Career (second ½ hr)



01h30-02h30 July 3rd

Social Activity #1: Choose from one of the following 3 groups (zoom links to be shared later)

  • Early career investigators and friends
    (Host: Chloé Sarnowski)
  • Aficionados of Italian espresso
    (Host: Heather Cordell)
  • Aficionados of green tea
    (Host: Celia Greenwood)
  • Anyone who attended IGES before the year 2000 & friends
    (Host: Julia Bailey)



(03h00-04h00 July 3rd)

Live zoom lightning talks and discussion for Top Ranked Posters #1
Chairs: France Gagnon and Wei Xu

Jocelyn Quistrebert, Paris Descartes University
Title: Genome-wide Association Study of Resistance to Tuberculosis Infection in Exposed Individuals from Various Endemic Settings

Yafang Li, Baylor College of Medicine
Title: Integrated multi-ethnicity GWAS and functional analysis identified causal variants in lung cancer

Wes Spiller, University of Bristol
Title: Identifying, testing, and correcting for bias in Mendelian randomization analyses using gene-by-environment interactions

Quan Long, University of Calgary
Title: Statistical model discovering 3D-genetic basis underlying complex diseases: an application to Autism Spectrum Disorder data 

Jonathan Sulc, University of Lausanne
Title: Heterogeneity in Obesity and Its Consequences on Health

Peng Wei, University of Texas MD Anderson Center
Title: Incorporating multiple sets of eQTL weights into gene-by-environment interaction analysis identifies novel susceptibility loci for pancreatic cancer

Diana Kormilez, University of Lübeck
Title: Confidence Intervals and their Coverage Probabilities for Predictions by Random Forests

Yanyu Liang, University of Chicago
Title: Improving Trans-Ethnic Portability of Polygenic Risk Scores with Predicted Expression Traits


(01h00-02h00 on July 3rd)

9h00-10h00 on July 3rd

Live zoom lightning talks and discussion for Top Ranked Posters #2
Chairs: Saonli Basu and Zuoheng Wang

Douglas Shaw, Vanderbilt University
Title: Applying a Phenome Risk Score-Based Model to Identify Undiagnosed Developmental Stuttering Cases in a Biobank for Genome Wide Association Analysis

Xuexia Wang, University of North Texas
Title: A novel powerful eQTL weighted gene based association test using GWAS summary data

Xinyuan Zhang, University of Pennsylvania
Title: Large-scale genomic analyses reveal insights into pleiotropy across circulatory system diseases and central nervous system disorders

Subrata Paul, University of Colorado - Denver
Title: MixFAR: a Multiphenotype Association Model that Detects Structure in Secondary Phenotype Space and Increases Power of Association Tests

Kangjin Kim, Seoul National University
Title: The human urine microbiome in type-2 diabetes mellitus from KARE cohort study

Yunlong Liu, Indiana University School of Medicine
Title: High-throughput reporter assay reveals functional impacts of 3'-UTR SNPS associated with neurological and psychiatric disorders

Dongjing Liu, University of Pittsburg
Title: Transcriptome-wide association study of human facial shape identifies potential mediating genes

Shelley Bull, Lunenfeld Research Institute
Title: Extensions to Rare Variant Association Tests under an Affected Sibling Pair Design 


(02h00-03h00 on July 3rd)

10h00-11h00 on July 3rd

Social Hour #2: pick one of the following topics

  • Night owls - people who do their best work at night
    (Host: Tae-Hwi Lunus Schwantes-An)
  • Early birds - people who like to work early morning
    (Host: Julia Bailey)
  • Those who would have gone out to hear jazz together in person
    (Host: France Gagnon)
  • Photography lovers
    (Host: Chloé Sarnowski)

July 3, 2020
Eastern N. America (EDT)

July 3(4), 2020
United Kingdom (BST)

July 3-4, 2020
South Korea (KST)


Invited plenary presentations on July 3rd (and July 4th in Asia and Australia)

8:00am – 10:30am



Invited videoconference presentations session #2
Chairs: Heike Bickeböller and Sanjay Shete

8:00 – 8:10 am




8:10 – 8:40am



Invited Talk by Prof. Xihong Lin
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Analysis of Large-Scale Biobanks and Whole Genome Sequencing Studies: Challenges and Opportunities




Moderated discussion of Dr. Lin's presentation with Dr. Philip Awadalla
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research




Williams finalist: Dongyang Yang
Clustering of Human Microbiome Sequencing Data: A Distance-based Unsupervised Learning Model




Williams finalist: Grace Png
Exploring the Genetic Architecture of the Human Neurological Proteome using Whole Genome Sequencing

9:25 – 9:40am



Williams finalist: Roxanna Korologou-Linden
Investigating causal effects of genetic variants for Alzheimer's disease in the UK BIOBANK

9:40 – 10:15am



Winner of best paper in Genetic Epidemiology 2019 
Discussants: Frank Dudbridge (University of Leicester) and Andre Scherag (Institute of Medical Statistics, Computer and Data Sciences, Jena University Hospital)

Poster and mentoring sessions on July 3rd (July 4th)



00h00-00h30 July 4th

Mentoring session for young investigators and trainees
Topic 1: Grant writing (first ½ hr) and Career (second ½ hr)



00h30-01h00 July 4th

Mentoring session for young investigators and trainees
Topic 2: Teaching (first ½ hr) and Research (second ½ hr)



01h30-02h30 July 4th

Social hour #3: Pick one of the following topics, or jump between sessions

  • Advocates for reproducible research
    (Host: Celia Greenwood)
  • Sports lovers (either to watch or play)
    (Host: Peter Kraft)
  • In memory of joint GAW/IGES conferences
    (Host: Julia Bailey)
  • Those planning to take a late night hot tub next year at IGES 2021 in Estérel
    (Host: Heather Cordell)



(03h00-04h00 on July 4th)

Live zoom lightning talks top ranked posters #3
Chairs: Iris Heid and Janet Sinsheimer

Mathias Gorski, University of Regensburg
Title: Trans-ethnic genome-wide association meta-analysis of >195,000 individuals reveal novel loci for kidney function decline

Katharina Stahl, University of Göttingen
Title: Assessment of Imputation Quality ‚Äì Comparison of Phasing and Imputation Algorithms in Real Data

Tianyuan Lu, McGill University
Title: Patients with a low PRS should be prioritized to rare variant screening

Michael Epstein, Emory University
Title: Improved Mediation Analyses in Case-Control Association Studies

Rima Mustafa, Imperial College London
Title: Metabolomic Signatures of microRNAs in Cardiovascular Traits: A Mendelian Randomization Analysis

Michael Hauser, Duke University
Title: Genetics of Primary Open Angle Glaucoma Differ in Individuals of Caucasians and African Ancestry

Lucy Goudswaard, University of Bristol
Title: Effects of body mass index on the human proteome: Mendelian randomization study using individual-level data

Jeanine Houwing-Duistermaat, University of Leeds
Title: Statistical Integration of Methylation, Transcriptome and Proteome data in Cell Lines


(01h00-02h00 on July 4th)

9h00-10h00 on July 4th

Live zoom lightning talks  top ranked posters #4
Chairs: Maggie Wang and Hsin-Chou Yang

Soyoung Jeon, University of Southern California
: Multi-ethnic Genome-wide Association Study of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Pimphen Charoen, Mahidol University
Title: GWAS meta-analysis study for circulating metabolites identifies new loci, and reveals their implications for human health, drug development, and the causal role on cardio-metabolic traits

Xiaoxuan Xia, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Title: Prism Vote: a stratified statistical framework to perform prediction for complex diseases

Ian Arriaga MacKenzie, University of Colorado-Denver
Title: Estimation of non-Reference Ancestry Proportions in Genotype Frequency Data

Lai Jiang, McGill University
Title: A Bayesian Hierarchical Model for Estimating Covariate Effects on 5-Methylcytosine and 5-Hydroxymethylcytosine Levels in Oxy-Bisulfite Treated DNA 

Eun Kyung Choe, University of Pennsylvania
Title: Phenome-wide association study of a comprehensive health check-up database in 10,349 Korean population: Clinical application & trans-ethnic comparison

Genevieve Wojcik, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Title: Establishing Polygenic Risk Score Reporting Standards and a Polygenic Score Catalog to Improve Validation, Interpretation and Reproducibility

Hongyan Xu, University of Augusta
Title: Incorporation of Rare Genetic Variants Improved the Prediction Performance of Polygenic Risk Score


July 4, 2020
Eastern N. America (EDT)

July 4, 2020
United Kingdom (BST)

July 4, 2020
South Korea (KST)


Special Session on Genetic Epidemiology of COVID-19 and SARS-COV-2

9:00am – 11:00am



Special Session on Genetic Epidemiology of COVID-19 and SARS-COV-2
Chairs: Stella Aslibekyan and Saurabh Ghosh

 9:00am-9:30am  14h00-14h30  22h00-22h30 Dr. Priya Duggal
Johns Hopkins University
Title: Host Genetics and COVID-19: What do we know about infectious diseases?
9:30-9:45am  14h30-14h45  22h30-22h45

Mulong Du
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Title: A multiple omics analysis of COVID-19-associated ARDS identified pathways associated with risk and potential intervention

9:45-10:00am 14h45-15h00 22h45-23h00

Matthew Patrick
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Title: Psoriasis and Covid-19 shared genetic signal in LCE gene cluster

10:00-10:15am  15h00-15h15  23h00-23h15  

Georg Hahn
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Title: Unsupervised Cluster Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 Genomes Identifies Distinct Genetic Subgroups of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus

10:15-10:30am  15h15-15h30  23h15-23h30 Maik Pietzner

MRC Epidemiology Group, University of Cambridge
Title: Genetic architecture of host proteins interacting with SARS-CoV-2

10:30-11:00am 15h30-16h00 23h30-24h00 Dr. Caroline Colijn
Simon Fraser University
Title: Serial intervals and virus genomes: estimating SARS-CoV-2 epidemic parameters with genomic data
11:00-11:30am  16h00-16h30  24h00-24h30 Announcement of winners of Neel Award and Williams Award (sponsored by Wiley) and Poster Competition (sponsored by CANSSI STAGE)