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The assumptions are described by something called the "heritability model". Most existing tools assume the GCTA Model. This figure shows that for four different tools (from left to right, lasso, ridge regression, Bolt-LMM and BayesR), prediction accuracy always increases when one switches from the GCTA Model to more realistic heritability models (e.g., the LDAK-Thin and BLD-LDAK Models). The top plot shows results for 14 individual phenotypes (including traits such as height, body mass index, neuroticism and hypertension), while the bottom plot shows averages across all phenotypes.

2021.07.07 |

Development of improved methods for predicting complex traits

Former fellow Doug Speed, together with colleagues from BiRC and NCRR, have developed improved methods for predicting complex traits. The work has been published in the journal Nature Communications this week.

Palmyrene portrait, credit: Wiki Creative Commons.

2021.07.07 |

The history of Palmyra through the lens of Palmyrene Portraits

For almost 300 years wealthy Palmyrenes commemorated their deceased with portraits set up in elaborate family tombs. In a new paper, in the Journal of Archaeological Science, the Palmyra Portrait Project reports on how this wealth of information was used to reconstruct the historical trajectories of the city's elite.

Photo: 5-minute lunch talk in the AIAS Hall by Former Fellow Michael V. Clausen. Credit: Ida Marie Jensen.

2021.07.05 |

Five new AIAS Associates from Aarhus University appointed

Five new AIAS Associates from Aarhus University have been appointed for a 3-year period, from August 2021. They will join the 23 Associates that started on 1 April, and together with the AIAS Fellows they form the large multidisciplinary, talented research group of AIAS.

Image: Book cover of Art and Gentrification in the Changing Neoliberal Landscape (Routledge).

2021.06.16 |

Book on Art and Gentrification in the Changing Neoliberal Landscape

A new book edited by AIAS Fellow Tijen Tunali investigates art’s relationship to gentrification from a multiplicity of perspectives, and discusses how the aesthetic reconfiguration of the neoliberal city does not only allow uneven and exclusionary urban redevelopment strategies, but also facilitates the growth of anti-gentrification resistance.

Photo: AIAS Fellow Joanna Kalucka in her lab at Aarhus University. Credit: Lars Kruse.

2021.06.14 |

New strategies to improve immunotherapy for cancer patients

AIAS Fellow Joanna Kalucka has received funding from The Danish Cancer Society (Kræftens Bekæmpelse) to develop a new strategy to target the metabolism of blood vessels to improve anti-tumor immune responses to enhance current treatments for cancer patients.

Image: Professor Isabelle Torrance. Credit: Aarhus University Research Foundation and Birthe Vembye.

2021.05.25 |

AIAS Former Fellow Isabelle Torrance first recipient of the Victor Albeck Award 2021

Professor Isabelle Torrance is awarded the Victor Albeck Award for her excellent contribution to developing the field of ‘Classical Reception Studies’. Torrance was an AIAS Fellow from 2016-2019, after which she became a full professor of Classical Reception in English at Aarhus University.

Image: the new sculpture ”Ars – Scientia – Justitia” by Danish artist Bjørn Nørgaard. Credit: Aarhus University Photo.

2021.05.07 |

Art and science dialogue between artist Bjørn Nørgaard and AIAS Fellows

A new sculpture by Danish artist Bjørn Nørgaard is donated to Aarhus University and AIAS by the New Carlsberg Foundation. On 10 May when the sculpture is officially unveiled, AIAS Fellows will meet with the artist for a dialogue on art, science and justice.

2021.04.26 |

ERC Advanced Grant to Former Fellow Georgina Born

AIAS Former Fellow Georgina Born has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant to study Music and Artificial Intelligence – a project that took shape during Georgina Born’s fellowship at AIAS and at her workshop of the same name.

Image: Søren Keiding, Director at AIAS will take over NetIAS presidency in the summer of 2021. Credit: NetIAS and AU Photo, Lars Kurse.

2021.04.23 |

AIAS Director Søren Keiding appointed NetIAS President

From this summer, AIAS director Søren Keiding will take over the presidency of the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study after Nadia Al-Bagdadi from Central European University IAS.

Image: Harbour seal with tag. Credit: Marine Mammal Research, Aarhus University.

2021.03.26 |

Harbour seals in the North Sea eat on the go

Miniature tags designed by AIAS Fellow Mark Johnson show seals feed continuously in long offshore trips a new study in Nature Scientific Reports reveals.

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