Chris Cannings Memorial Symposium


Welcome talk

Time: 10:00-10:10


Time: 09:30-10:00

Chris worked at the University of Sheffield from 1971 and had a huge influence on the development of statistical genetics/ genetic epidemiology in this country and beyond, in addition to his seminal work on game theory. Among his many achievements and lasting influences, Chris was a pioneer of the probability methods used for the genetic analysis of complex pedigrees. He was a great collaborator, and one of the founders of what became the North of England Genetic Epidemiology Group (NEGEG) and was also an early organiser of the European Mathematical Genetics Meeting. He also set up the first MSc in Genetic Epidemiology in the UK, which ran in Sheffield for 10 years from 1999. Many people now working in our field worked with or were taught by Chris. He supervised the PhDs of numerous people working in statistical genetics, and has very many more “descendants” in the supervisory family tree. He also influenced countless others through his many publications in statistical genetics, as well as in game theory, which he continued to publish on until very recently.

We are very grateful to the Skolnick Foundation for funding this symposium.

Adrian Mander, Cardiff University, and Paul O'Reilly, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, NYC

Time: 11:45-12:00

Sending readings.

Carl Anderson, Wellcome Sanger Institute

Time: 11:10-11:45

Title: Using large-scale genetics to understand the causes and consequences of inflammatory bowel disease

Elizabeth Thompson, University of Washington

Time: 10:45-11:00

Sending a reading.

Mark Broom, City, University of London

Time: 10:10-10:45

Title: Game-theoretical modelling of a dynamically evolving network

Tim Bishop, Leeds University 

Time: 17:25-17:45

Title: ESSs, games and Chris

Evening meal: Ego Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar, Sheffield

Location: approximately 5-10 minutes walk to Sheffield train station.

Time: 18:30-21:00

Please see the registration form below where you can specify your order and any dietary requirements.


LTA, enterance at the bottom of Hounsfield Road by the Harley Hotel

Hicks Building,

University of Sheffield,

Hounsfield Rd

S3 7RH


Date: Saturday 16th November 2019

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Lunch break

Time: 12:35-13:45

Location: Interval Bar and Resurant 


Registration is now closed.


There is some funding available to assist towards travel costs if required. Please specify on the registration form if you require this. As this fund is limited we will consider cases on a first come first serve basis.


We have a limitted number of £50 vouchers to assist towards childcare costs incurred by those attending this seminar. If you would like to apply for one of these please make a note in the support box on the above registration form or contact me on

Accomodation, if required.

Name: Rutland Hotel Website

Name: Travelodge Website


Anthony Edwards, Cambridge University 

Time: 17:10-17:25

Sending a reading.

Simon Tavare, Columbia

Time: 16:35-17:10

Title Chris Cannings and the coalescent 

Peter Holmans, Cardiff University 

Time: 16:15-16:30

Title: Pedigree peeling and gyrfalcons - an introduction to statistical genetics with Chris

John Whittaker, Glaxosmithkline

Time: 15:10-15:45

Title: Statistics, genetics and drug discovery


Time: 15:45-16:15

John Haslegrave, University of Warwick

Time: 14:35-15:10

Title: Competing types in preferential attachment

Douglas Easton, University of Cambridge

Time: 14:00-14:35

Title: From pedigrees to populations and back again

John Haigh, University of Sussex

Time: 13:45-14:00

Sending a reading.

Alun Thomas, University of Utah

Time: 12:00-12:35

Title: Pedigrees, Peeling and Graphical Models.

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