About the Seminar
When randomized trials are not feasible, observational studies carefully analyzed with appropriate causal inference methods are our best bet for informing personal, clinical, and societal decisions. Because of limitations with conventional analyses, recent years have seen a huge up-tick in “Mendelian randomization” analyses that leverage genetic variants as proposed natural experiments. While the attraction of Mendelian randomization is unquestionable, there remains confusion in both the applied and methodological literature on valid implementation and appropriate interpretation of these studies’ results. I am working toward an accessible, transdisciplinary, and rigorous textbook for Mendelian randomization and related methods. In this seminar, we will discuss early sections of this textbook that are intended for a wide audience, including not just researchers who may use Mendelian randomization methods but also the policy-makers, clinicians, and other stakeholders who need to interpret the results of Mendelian randomization studies.
About NIAS Seminars
NIAS Seminars are aimed to stimulate scientific cross-pollination within the NIAS academic community. Attendance is by invitation only.