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Announcement — John D. Cameron Chair in the Genetic Determinants of Chronic Disease

Joseph Beyene

Joseph Beyene, PhD

Dated: September 20, 2010

From: John G. Kelton, MD, Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences

I am pleased to announce that associate professor Dr. Joseph Beyene has been appointed the John D. Cameron Chair in the Genetic Determinants of Chronic Disease at McMaster University effective January 1, 2010. An event was held on September 20, 2010 to celebrate this new endowed chair and the inaugural appointment.

Dr. Beyene obtained his BSc (1986) from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and his MSc (1993), with a focus on statistics at the University of Guelph. After gaining experience as a biostatistician in the academic and pharmaceutical sectors, Dr. Beyene earned his PhD in biostatistics from the University of Toronto in 2001. Since that time, he has held such positions as associate professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and senior scientist in the Program in Child Health Evaluative Sciences at the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute. In 2006, he became an assistant professor (part-time) in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University.

A productive researcher, Dr. Beyene has had more than 135 scientific papers published in leading journals related to chronic diseases, genetics, and statistics. He also has a clear focus on education, having designed and taught graduate courses in statistics at McMaster and the University of Toronto.

Presently, Dr. Beyene’s research focus is developing and applying methods in the areas of statistical genetics and genomics, data integration, systematic reviews/meta-analyses, predictive modeling, health technology assessment, and clinical research. He is highly interested in exploring the genetic factors related to complex diseases and traits. His collaborative research spans a wide range of clinical applications including oncology, cardiology, rheumatology, and pediatric medicine.

As the inaugural holder of the John D. Cameron Chair in the Genetic Determinants of Chronic Disease, Dr. Beyene will be responsible for contributing to the Population Genomics Program at McMaster by providing scientific leadership in the design, execution and analysis of its research studies. He will also be active in training and mentoring students in various educational programs at McMaster.

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