ABS04 - 2004 Applied Bayesian Statistics School


Centro Congressi Panorama, Trento, Italy

15 - 19 June, 2004

Centro Congressi Panorama

May, 4th: No more spaces left

We are sorry but we cannot accept further applications. Interested people are kindly invited to send us a message and we will add them to our waiting list, just in case someone withdrew from the School.

The programme is here.

CNR-IMATI (Istituto di Matematica Applicata e Tecnologie Informatiche at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) and the University of Pavia (DEPMQ) are planning to organise every year a School on state-of-the-art Bayesian applications, inviting leading experts in the field.

The topic chosen for the 2004 school is Statistics & Gene Expression Genomics: methods and computations

The impact of genomics technologies, especially - in recent years - gene expression arrays, on biomedical discovery and application has led to an explosion of interest and activity in statistical and computational methods for increasingly large and complex data sets. The genomic revolution is seeding new research in statistical modeling and statistical computation as a result, and it is clear that Bayesian approaches are often particularly relevant given the capacity to define models of increasing scale and complexity. The focus of this school is on a range of statistical and modeling topics in studies of gene expression, especially with foci on predictive modeling in clinical and other applications, and also for discovery and interpretation.

The instructor is Professor Mike West, the Arts & Sciences Professor of Statistics and Decision Sciences at Duke University. His web page is: www.stat.duke.edu/~mw

West is a leading expert in Bayesian methodology, and currently also Co-Director of the Computational and Applied Genomics Program (CAGP) at the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, Duke University. CAGP is a fast-growing multidisciplinary research program concerned with the creation, modeling, analysis and integration of multiple forms of data in basic and clinical biomedical studies. The core foci of research in CAGP projects lie in basic genome science, complex modeling and statistical methods, and computational biology, and are integrated with research and education in statistics in ISDS at Duke as well as with multiple biomedical departments and centers.

The main objective of the School is to expose participants to statistical methods and research areas in core areas of gene expression genomics, especially focusing on Bayesian perspectives. The main themes are:

  • Statistical Modelling and Analysis of Gene Expression Data
  • Clinico-Genomics: Examples and Research
  • Advanced Bayesian Models, Methods & Computation, and Research Challenges.
  • The School program includes:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practice sessions
  • software demonstration
  • informal discussion and gatherings
  • presentation of research projects by participants
  • Participants are expected to have a training in standard statistical methods. A basic knowledge of Bayesian concepts and genomics is advisable, although specific introductory tutorials will be devoted to them.

    A typical day schedule of the School is:

  •   9.30 - 11.00 lecture
  • 11.00 - 11.30 break
  • 11.30 - 12.15 tutorial/informal discussion/participants' presentations
  • 12.15 - 14.30 lunch
  • 14.30 - 16.30 practical sessions (3 afternoons)
  • Prof. West will give a primer on the topic the first day and he will illustrate current research topics the following days (a more detailed programme will be available shortly on the School web site). Practical lectures will be given by Lilla Di Scala (University of Pavia). Her web page is: www-dimat.unipv.it/lilla

    The 2004 school is organised by CNR-IMATI (Milano branch) and the University of Pavia (DEPMQ), in cooperation with the Computational and Applied Genomics Program (CAGP) at the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, Duke University, and BayStat.

    The 2004 school will be at Centro Congressi Panorama, in Trento, close to the Italian Alps. The Centro Congressi is a recently renovated building located on a rocky spur at about 560 meters above sea level overlooking the city of Trento, in the northeastern Italian Alps. The place is quiet, yet very close to the town center, which can be reached also via cable car.

    Participants are expected to arrive in the evening of June 14 or in the early morning of June 15, and to depart after lunch on June 19.

    The School will accept up to 30 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

    The registration fees are (before May, 1st):

  • 200 euros (students and postdocs)
  • 350 euros (people from academic and non-profit organisations)
  • 700 euros (others)
  • From May, 1st, all fees will be increased by 50 euros.

    The registration fee covers organisational costs and teaching materials.

    The registration form is HERE.

    Lodging should cost 32.50 euros (per night, single room, breakfast included) or 65.00 euros (per night, double room, breakfast included). The number of rooms is limited and they can be booked through the ABS04 Secretariat.

    Meals are available at the Centro Congressi. More details will be available shortly.

    Information on Trento is available here.

    Information on the Trentino region is available here.

    Information on how to get to Trento by car or by air is available here.

    Information on how to get to Trento by train is available here.

    Information on how to get to the Centro Congressi Panorama from Trento is available here.

    The Directors of the School are Guido Consonni (Univ. of Pavia) and Fabrizio Ruggeri (CNR-IMATI). The Organising Committee is: Gabriella Bonfanti, Guido Consonni, Luca La Rocca and Fabrizio Ruggeri.

    People interested in attending the School can contact the ABS04 Secretariat:

  • abs04@mi.imati.cnr.it
  • phone: +39 0223699522
  • fax: +39 0223699538