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Dr Tom Bartlett’s work published in Nature Communications

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Dr Tom Bartlett's work analysing epigenomic data, in collaboration with Professor Martin Widschwendter's team at UCL EGA Institute for Women's Health (IfWH), has just been published in Nature Communications. In this work, Tom carried out statistical analyses to identify epigenomic reprogramming which takes place near to the ovaries of women with mutations to the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes (who are known to be at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers) before any cancerous changes could be seen. Experimental colleagues then identified a particular enzyme that seems to trigger this reprogramming. The identification of this molecular pathway opens up possibilities for intervention before a woman develops ovarian cancer.

Dr Pierre-André Maugis promoted to Senior Research Associate

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The department wishes to congratulate Dr Pierre-André Maugis on his promotion to the role of Senior Research Associate. Dr Maugis joined the department after completing his PhD with the Applied Mathematics Laboratory, Sorbonne University, with his thesis work on "Dependence Models in High Dimensions". Pierre-André is working on developing nonparametric methods for network analysis, and is simultaneously leading the technology transfer of the UCL Big Data Institute.

New MSc in Health Economics and Decision Science

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UCL will soon begin accepting applications for a new MSc in Health Economics and Decision Science, due to commence in September 2017. This Masters degree spans the disciplines of economics, statistics and epidemiology, training students in applied issues, while providing the theoretical foundations expected of an outstanding UCL postgraduate degree.

Dr Ricardo Silva awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership grant for research on sports analytics

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Dr Ricardo Silva has been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership grant along with Stratagem Technologies Limited, a London-based company focused on analytics for sports trading market. The grant will sponsor a Research Associate for two years, who along with the company will develop capabilities in modelling network-level effects of sport outcomes.

Dr Ricardo Silva to participate in the analysis of a massive new study on dementia research

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Dr Ricardo Silva will contribute to a research initiative led by Dr Hugo Spiers (UCL Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience), with the participation of Dr Ed Manley (UCL, CASA), on the analysis the human navigation behaviour with the goal of better understanding dementia. The data used in the study, unique on its scale, will primarily consist of a massive number of gameplay hours obtained through the mobile game Sea Hero Quest, available on Google Play Store and iTunes. Participants all around the world are expected to download the game and provide information about patterns of human navigation through a series of increasingly difficult tasks.

Workshop on Infectious Disease Modelling in Public Health Policy: Current Status and Challenges

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The research group in Statistics and Health Economics, in collaboration with Mapi, is organising a workshop on Infectious Disease Modelling in Public Health Policy. The workshop will be held at UCL on 4 July 2016 and is aimed at discussing the methodological status quo in infectious disease modelling and the potential issues associated with its extension to an economic (rather than a purely epidemiological) context. Details are available at the link below.

Dr Gareth Peters to discuss the future of Operational Risk Quantitative Modelling and Risk Management at OpRisk Europe

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Dr Ariane Chapelle and Dr Gareth Peters of UCL Network of Operational Risk Managers UCL-NORM will lead a day long workshop on the future of Operational Risk practice to debate the new regulatory proposals of the Basel committee on the Standardized Measurement Approach (SMA) framework versus Advanced Measurement Approach (AMA).

Dr Gareth Peters and colleagues provide response to banking sector on new Operational Risk proposed guidelines

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Currently new banking regulation for Operational Risk is being considered and the proposed changes will affect significantly the range of quantitative modelling and risk management practice throughout the world. This is a critical time for banking supervision and regulation and it is important that all points related to the quantitative, qualitative and practical considerations for operational risk modelling be carefully considered.

Short Course on Statistical Methods for the Value of Information Analysis

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The "Statistics in Health Economic Evaluation" Research Group, in collaboration with colleagues in Bristol and Sheffield, is organising a short course on Statistical Methods for the Value of Information Analysis. The aim of the course is to present the basic ideas underpinning the analysis of the value of information as a tool to identify research priorities and uncertainty analysis, with a particular reference to health economic evaluations.

NIHR MSc Studentships in Medical Statistics Now Available

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The Department of Statistical Science has been awarded two National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) studentships in Medical Statistics for the 2016/17 academic year. The Department is ideally placed at the centre of collaborative research work through the involvement of staff in several NIHR funded research projects  It is closely linked with the UCL Priment Clinical Trials Unit and the NIHR UCLH/UCL Biomedical Research Centre. There is a clear opportunity for students to be exposed to real-world medical statistics problems. In addition to the core modules, the MSc Statistics (Medical Statistics) teaches contemporary methods, such as Bayesian statistics, applications in health economics and statistical genetics. The course content is aimed to provide both a solid theoretical foundation in statistics and the experience to apply statistical methods to real medical data.

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