Annual Lange Symposium on Biomathematics

The David Geffen School of Medicine and the Department of Computational Medicine at UCLA hosted the first Lange Symposium on February 21, 2020, in honor of UCLA Professor Kenneth Lange. This inaugural event celebrated the impact of Dr. Lange’s research, mentorship, and teaching over the course of an illustrious career spanning more than four decades, and featured scientific talks by some of Dr. Lange’s esteemed colleagues and former students. 

Professor Lange is an internationally recognized mathematical biologist best known for his seminal contributions to human genetics, but also more generally for his development of computational algorithms applied to many disciplines—ranging from biomedical imaging to neuroscience. Professor Lange has been a devoted advisor to many Ph.D. students in Biomathematics, Biostatistics, and Human Genetics and has taught scores of students aspiring to enter the field of computational biology, including many leaders in the field. To this day, he continues to mentor and inspire students who combine mathematical talent with biological curiosity.

The speakers and talks included:

Eric Schadt | Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Moving Beyond Big Data and AI to Realize Precision Medicine for All Patients

Michael Boehnke | University of Michigan
Identifying Genes for Type 2 Diabetes and Related Traits

Xihong Lin | Harvard University
Scalable Analysis of Large Biobanks and Whole Genome Sequencing Studies

Nancy Cox | Vanderbilt University
Exploring and Exploiting Pleiotropy

Janet Sinsheimer | UCLA
Mendel, Fisher, Julia, and the Wolves of Yellowstone National Park: an Overview of the Open Mendel Project

Neil Risch | UCSF
Interrogating Racial/Ethnic Differences, A Tale of Two Phenotypes: Atopic Dermatitis and Serum Creatinine

Having questions? Contact Professors Jeanette PappEric Sobel, or Janet Sinsheimer.