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Welcome to the FourthInternational Conference of Quantitative Genetics:Understanding Variation in Complex Traits - Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 17-22 June 2012

We invite you to join us in the beautiful city of Edinburgh for the Fourth International Conference of Quantitative Genetics, being held from
17 – 22 June 2012 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Variation in quantitative and other complex phenotypes underpins most important traits in human health and disease, agriculture, natural populations and evolution. The genomics revolution has provided the tools to start the dissection of such traits, enhancing both their understanding and exploitation. This has led to an explosion of interest and new studies across all of biology.

The aim will be to present and discuss state-of-the-art results, theoretical

developments, understanding and methodology across the whole range of quantitative genetics - the genetic analysis and interpretation of data on complex traits - and to provide a stimulating conference in an attractive locale. Topics will include statistical methods for parameter estimation, including analysis of trait, genomic and functional genomic data; methods
for QTL and gene identification; genetic control of complex traits; prediction
of breeding value and individual risk, and interpretation of evolutionary change.

The meeting will pertain to and span results from, for example, humans, livestock, crops, micro-organisms
and natural and experimental populations of all species.

The Genetics SocietyThe conference will be held at the Edinburgh International ConferenceCentre, and sponsored by the UK’s Genetics Society. It follows previous successful meetings at Iowa State University in Ames, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, and Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.

Edinburgh has the best possible set up for a prestigious conference, and we are confident that the Fourth International Conference of Quantitative Genetics will meet the highest expectations. We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh.

Bill Hill (Chair), On Behalf of the Local Organising Committee.


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Conference Publicity

We would be extremely grateful if you could assist us in publicising the conference. Please click on these links to download a Poster, PowerPoint slide or Flyer.

If you wish, please display them in a prominent place in your work place where it can be viewed by people who would find this conference of interest. We would also like to encourage you to use the PowerPoint slide during any presentations you may be giving over the coming year. We thank you in advance for helping us to promote this important conference.

You may also be interested in the forthcoming conferences:

- Behavior Genetics Association
- British Society of Human Genetics
- European Society of Human Genetics

Bill Hill (Chair)
Lutz Bünger
Chris Haley
Mike Kearsey
DJ de Koning
Loeske Kruuk
Josephine Pemberton
Alan Wright
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David Allison, USA
David Balding, UK
Piter Bijma, Netherlands
Rachel Brem, USA
Ed Buckler, USA
Andrew Clark, USA
Mark Daly, USA
Rebecca Doerge, USA
Marie-Anne Felix, France

Jonathan Flint, UK
Greg Gibson, USA
Mike Goddard, Australia
Ary Hoffman, Australia
Fred Hospital, France
Mark Lathrop, France
Trudy Mackay, USA
Albrecht Melchinger, Germany
Juha Merilä, Finland
Bill Muir, USA
Patrick Phillips, USA
Daniel Pomp, USA
Pak Sham, China
Fred van Eeuwijk, Netherlands
Peter Visscher, Australia
Bruce Walsh, USA
Bruce Weir, USA 
Qifa Zhang, China

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