STATISTICAL GENETICS Gene Mapping Through Linkage and Association

The Editors

Benjamin M Neale
Benjamin M Neale graduated with a BsC in psychiatric genetics from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006. During his undergraduate education, he worked closely with Drs. Patrick Sullivan, Cynthia Bulik and Kenneth Kendler on structural equation modeling and linkage analysis of psychiatric traits. In 2004, he moved to the Institute of Psychiatry (IOP) to work with Dr. Pak Sham on developing methods for association analysis. While at the IOP, he began work with Dr. Philip Asherson on the genetics of ADHD, with a focus on association analysis. Currently, he is visiting with Dr. Mark Daly at the Center for Human Genetic Research at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. The main focus of this work is developing association methodology especially with respect to genome-wide association.

Manuel AR Ferreira
Manuel A R Ferreira graduated in Biological Sciences from the University of Lisbon, Portugal in 2000. His undergraduate work focused on behavioral ecology, particularly while a visiting student at the University of Oxford, UK. In 2001, he moved to Brisbane, Australia, to pursue a PhD in Human Genetics with Prof. Nick Martin and Dr. David Duffy at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and School of Medicine, University of Queensland. His thesis focused on the identification of genetic risk factors for asthma through linkage analysis. He has received a number of academic awards, including the Lodewijk-Sandkuijl 2004 award from the European Society of Human Genetics. In 2006, he was awarded a post-doctoral Sidney Sax fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia, to join Dr. Shaun Purcell’s group at the Center for Human Genetic Research, Harvard Medical School, Boston, where he currently is involved in the development of methods for the analysis of genome-wide association studies.

Sarah E Medland
Sarah E Medland graduated with a BA in Neuropsychology from the University of Queensland (Australia) in 2000. Her undergraduate work focused on the lateralization of language centers within the brain. She undertook her PhD studies at the Genetic Epidemiology Unit of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research under the supervision of Dr. David Duffy, Dr Margie Wright and Prof. Gina Geffen. During her PhD studies she also worked extensively with Prof. Nick Martin. Her PhD research focused on the Genetic Epidemology of Behavioural Laterality. However, she works on many topics including methodology development, substance abuse, political and social attitudes, infant development and obesity. In 2006, she was awarded a post-doctoral Sidney Sax fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia, to join Dr. Mike Neale’s group at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioural Genetics.

Danielle Posthuma
Danielle Posthuma currently works as an associate professor in the Department of Biological Psychology at the VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She received a triple MsC. degree (Hons.) in 1996, received her PhD in Behavior Genetics Cum Laude in 2002, and is the recipient of several national and international honors and awards, such as the Fuller and Scott award for early career outstanding achievements from the Behavior Genetics Association. She is PI on projects on gene-finding for cognition and the development of statistical genetic methods for GxE, scientific director of the Genetic Cluster Computer project dedicated to genome-wide analysis, and co-director of the annual European workshop on ‘Methodology for Gene Finding and Genetic Epidemiology’.