Opening Lecture

First a brief overview of the genesis and evolution of BioInfoSummer will be presented.
An ongoing crisis in science concerns the inability to reproduce and/or replicate the results given in a high percentage of published research papers. A summary of this so-called reproducibility (replicability) crisis will be outlined. It has escalated with recent technological developments that enable vast quantities of data to be readily generated. In the context of bioinformatics and computational biology, a checklist will be proposed that can assist in both the identification of the problem, and prevention of the predicament.

Susan Wilson

Professor Susan Wilson

University of New South Wales

Susan R Wilson is currently Professor in Stats Central, University of New South Wales (fractional appointment).  She obtained her B.Sc. from the University of Sydney, and Ph.D. from the Australian National University (ANU), was a Lecturer in the Department of Probability and Statistics, Sheffield University, UK, and then held various research positions at ANU where she is now an Emeritus Professor in the Mathematical Sciences Institute.

Sue has over two hundred refereed scholarly publications primarily in biostatistics and bioinformatics, with a particular emphasis in statistical genetics/genomics and statistical analyses of data produced by other omics technologies. These papers have been motivated basically by her extensive consulting with researchers in the biological and medical sciences, leading to statistical modelling developments to answer substantive research questions.

Sue is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. She has held the prestigious position of President of the International Biometric Society (IBS). In 2011 Sue was awarded the inaugural E. A. (Alf) Cornish Award for her contributions to Biometrics, and in 2012 awarded Honorary Life Membership of IBS ‘for outstanding contributions to the development and promotion of the discipline of Biometry’.

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