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Current Position: Senior Research Scientist in Biological Anthropology at deCODE Genetics
at the Department of Anthropology,
Work phone: +354-5701856
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address: Hofteigur 30, 105 Reykjavík,
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B.A. in Anthropology.
M.A. in Social Anthropology.
M.Phil. in Biological Anthropology.
D.Phil. (PhD) in Biological
· Reviewer of manuscripts for scientific journals: Am J Hum Genet (2001-2003, 2006, 2008-2010), Am J Phys Anthr (2003, 2006, 2011), Ann Hum Genet (2005, 2007-2008, 2010), BMC Genet (2007, 2009, 2011), Curr Biol (2008-2010, 2012), Eur J Hum Genet (2005-2006, 2011-2012, 2014), Evol Hum Behav (2009), Genetics (2007), Heredity (2006), Hum Biol (2005-2006), Hum Genet (2004-2005, 2009-2010), Hum Hered (2006), Investigative Genet (2011), J Arch Sci (2011), Mol Psych (2005), Mol Biol Evol (2007, 2011), Mol Ecol (2012), Mol Genet Metabol (2012), Nat Genet (2004-2008, 2011-2012, 2014), PLoS Genet (2007-2008, 2011), PLoS One (2011-2012), Pop Studies (2009), Science (2014).
· Deputy member of the Icelandic Science and Technology Council and of both the Science Committee and the Technology Committee (2012-present)
· Editorial board of scientific journals: Investigative Genetics (2010-present), Journal of the North Atlantic (2010-present)
· Reviewer of funding applications for scientific projects: Icelandic Research Fund (2007, 2008, 2011), University of Iceland Research Fund (2011-2012), Wellcome Trust (2008, 2013), European Science Foundation (2006, 2008, 2010), The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) (2013)
· Selection committee member for the University of Iceland grant scheme: Special support for strong research teams (2008)
· Various teaching and supervision responsibilities at the Univ. of Iceland at the undergraduate and postgraduate level (2000-present)
· PhD examiner for Pompei Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain; University of Copenhagen, Denmark; University of Adelaide, Australia, University of Oxford, UK.
GRANTS, AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
· Students’ Creative Research Fund, Icelandic Ministry of Education, 1992
· Postgraduate Research Fund, Icelandic Ministry of Education, 1994–1995
· Erasmus Student Mobility Scheme, European Union, 1994–1995
· Overseas Research Scheme (ORS) Award, Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of Universities and Colleges in the United Kingdom, 1997–1999
· Cambridge Overseas Trust, bursary award, 1997
· Nordic Environmental Research Progrmme (NERP), research grant, 1996-1997
Award of Young Researcher’s Prize for best
lecture, at the Third Biennial Euroconference of the European Human Genome
Diversity Project, “Human Diversity in Europe and Beyond: Retrospect and
Icelandic Council for Science and Technology
· Icelandic Research Fund for Graduate Students – Salary (1 year) for Masters student 2007, 2011, 2012
· Icelandic Research Fund – Salary (2 years) for Post-doc 2011
· European Union Marie Curie Initial Training Network PhD position (ESR) in EUROTAST project starting May 2012 (Salary and expenses 3 years)
· University of Iceland Research Fund 2002-2004, salary for PhD student 2014-2017, 2015-2018
64 articles in refereed scientific journals
Power, R.A., Steinberg, S., Bjornsdottir, G., Rietveld, C.A., Abdellaoui, A., Nivard, M.M., Johannesson, M., Galesloot, T.E., Hottenga, J.J., … Helgason, A., Kong, A., Kiemeney, L. A., Koellinger, P., Boomsma, D. I., Gudbjartsson, D., Stefansson, H., Stefansson, K. (2015). Polygenic risk scores for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder predict creativity. Nature Neuroscience 18, 953-+.
Helgason, A., Einarsson, A.W., Gudmundsdottir, V.B., Sigurdsson, A., Gunnarsdottir, E.D., Jagadeesan, A., Ebenesersdottir, S.S., Kong, A., and Stefansson, K. (2015). The Y-chromosome point mutation rate in humans. Nature Genetics 47, 453-U438.
Sulem, P., Helgason, H., Oddson, A., Stefansson, H., Gudjonsson, S.A., Zink, F., Hjartarson, E., Sigurdsson, G.T., Jonasdottir, A., Sigurdsson, A., Magnusson, O. T., Kong, A., Helgason, A. et al. (2015). Identification of a large set of rare complete human knockouts. Nature Genetics 47, 448-U430.
Gudbjartsson, D.F., Helgason, H., Gudjonsson, S.A., Zink, F., Oddson, A., Gylfason, A., Besenbacher, S., Magnusson, G., Halldorsson, B.V., Hjartarson, E., … Helgason, A., Sulem, P., and Stefansson, K. (2015). Large-scale whole-genome sequencing of the Icelandic population. Nature Genetics 47, 435-U420.
Sveinbjornsson, G., Mikaelsdottir, E., Palsson, R., Indridason, O.S., Holm, H., Jonasdottir, A., Helgason, A., Sigurdsson, S., Sigurdsson, A., Eyjolfsson, G.I., et al. (2014). Rare mutations associating with serum creatinine and chronic kidney disease. Human Molecular Genetics 23, 6935-6943.
Steinthorsdottir, V., Thorleifsson, G., Sulem, P., Helgason, H., Grarup, N., Sigurdsson, A., Helgadottir, H.T., Johannsdottir, H., Magnusson, O.T., Gudjonsson, S.A., Justesen, J.M., Harder, M.N., Jørgensen, M.E., Christensen, C., Brandslund, I., Sandbæk, A., Lauritzen, T., Vestergaard, H., Linneberg, A., Jørgensen, T., Hansen, T., Daneshpour, M.S., Fallah, M. S., Hreidarsson, A.B., Sigurdsson, G., Azizi, F., Benediktsson, R., Masson, G., Helgason, A.,… Stefansson, K. (2014). Identification of low-frequency and rare sequence variants associated with elevated or reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Nature Genetics, 46, 294-8.
Praetorius, C., Grill, C., Stacey, S. N., Metcalf, A. M., Gorkin, D. U., Robinson, K. C., van Otterloo, E., Kim, R. S. Q., Bergsteinsdottir, K., Ogmundsdottir, M. H., Magnusdottir, E., Mishra, P. J., Davis, S. R., Guo, T., Zaidi, M. R., Helgason, A. S., … Steingrimsson, E. (2013). A polymorphism in IRF4 affects human pigmentation through a tyrosinase dependent MITF/TFAP2A pathway. Cell, 155, 1022-1033.
Styrkarsdottir, U., Thorleifsson, G., Sulem, P., Gudbjartsson, D. F., Sigurdsson, A., Jonasdottir, A., Jonasdottir, A., Oddsson, A., Helgason, A., … Stefansson, K. (2013). Nonsense mutation in the LGR4 gene is associated with several human diseases and other traits. Nature, 497, 517-520.
Sun, J.X., Helgason, A., Masson, G., Ebenesersdottir, S.S., Li, H., Mallick, S., Gnerre, S., Patterson, N., Kong, A., Reich, D., Stefansson, K. (2012). A direct characterization of human mutation based on microsatellites. Nature Genetics 44, 1161-1165.
Kong, A., Frigge, M. L., Masson, G., Besenbacher, S., Sulem, P., Magnusson, G., Gudjonsson, S. A., Sigurdsson, A., Jonasdottir, A., Wong, W. S., Sigurdsson, G., Walters, G. B., Steinberg, S., Helgason, H., Thorleifsson, G., Gudbjartsson, D. F., Helgason, A., Magnusson, O. T., Thorsteinsdottir, U., Stefansson, K. (2012). Rate of de novo mutations and the importance of father's age to disease risk. Nature 488, 471-475.
Sulem P, Gudbjartsson DF, Walters GB, Helgadottir HT, Helgason A, Gudjonsson SA, Zanon C, et al. (2011) Identification of low-frequency variants associated with gout and serum uric acid levels. Nature Genetics 43:1127-1130
Holm H, Gudbjartsson DF, Sulem P, Masson G, Helgadottir HT, Zanon C, Magnusson OT, Helgason A, et al. (2011) A rare variant in MYH6 is associated with high risk of sick sinus syndrome. Nature Genetics 43:316-320
Price AL, Helgason A, Thorleifsson G, McCarroll SA, Kong A, Stefansson K (2011) Single-tissue and cross-tissue heritability of gene expression via identity-by-descent in related or unrelated individuals. PLoS Genetics 7:e1001317
Ebenesersdottir SS, Sigurdsson A, Sanchez-Quinto F, Lalueza-Fox C, Stefansson K, Helgason A (2011) A new subclade of mtDNA haplogroup C1 found in Icelanders: evidence of pre-Columbian contact? American Journal of Physical Anthropology 144:92-99
Hrafnkelsson B, Helgason A, Jonsson GF, Gudbjartsson DF, Jonsson T, Thorvaldsson S, Stefansson H, Steinthorsdottir V, Vidarsdottir N, Middleton D, Petersen HS, Martinez C, Snaedal J, Jonsson PV, Bjornsson S, Gulcher JR, Stefansson K (2010) Evaluating differences in linkage disequilibrium between populations. Annals of Human Genetics 74:233-247
Kong A, Thorleifsson G, Gudbjartsson DF, Masson G, Sigurdsson A, Jonasdottir A, Walters GB, Jonasdottir A, Gylfason A, Kristinsson KT, Gudjonsson SA, Frigge ML, Helgason A, Thorsteinsdottir U, Stefansson K (2010) Fine-scale recombination rate differences between sexes, populations and individuals. Nature 467:1099-1103
Stacey SN, Sulem P, Zanon C, Gudjonsson SA, Thorleifsson G, Helgason A, Jonasdottir A, et al. (2010) Ancestry-shift refinement mapping of the C6orf97-ESR1 breast cancer susceptibility locus. PLoS Genetics 6:e1001029
Thorleifsson G, Walters GB, Hewitt AW, Masson G, Helgason A, DeWan A, Sigurdsson A, et al. (2010) Common variants near CAV1 and CAV2 are associated with primary open-angle glaucoma. Nature Genetics 42:906-909
Helgason A, Stefansson K (2010) The past, present, and future of direct-to-consumer genetic tests. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience 12:61-68
Price AL, Helgason A, Palsson S, Stefansson H, St Clair D, Andreassen OA, Reich D, Kong A, Stefansson K (2009) The impact of divergence time on the nature of population structure: an example from Iceland. PLoS Genetics 5:e1000505
Helgason, A., C. Lalueza-Fox, S. Ghosh, S. Sigurethardottir, M. L. Sampietro, E. Gigli, A. Baker, J. Bertranpetit, L. Arnadottir, U. Thorsteinsdottir, and K. Stefansson (2009) Sequences from first settlers reveal rapid evolution in Icelandic mtDNA pool. PLoS Genetics 5:e1000343.
Helgason, A., S. Palsson, D. F. Guðbjartsson, P. Kristjansson, and K. Stefansson. (2008) Response to Comments on "An Association Between the Kinship and Fertility of Human Couples". Science 322:-.
Palsdottir A, Helgason A, Palsson S, Bjornsson HT, Bragason BT, Gretarsdottir S, Thorsteinsdottir U, Olafsson E, Stefansson K (2008) A drastic reduction in the life span of cystatin C L68Q carriers due to life-style changes during the last two centuries. PLoS Genet 4:e1000099
Gudbjartsson, D. F., P. Sulem, S. N. Stacey, A. M. Goldstein, T. Rafnar, B. Sigurgeirsson, K. R. Benediktsdottir, K. Thorisdottir, R. Ragnarsson, S. G. Sveinsdottir, V. Magnusson, A. Lindblom, K. Kostulas, R. Botella-Estrada, V. Soriano, P. Juberias, M. Grasa, B. Saez, R. Andres, D. Scherer, P. Rudnai, E. Gurzau, K. Koppova, L. A. Kiemeney, M. Jakobsdottir, S. Steinberg, A. Helgason, S. Gretarsdottir, M. A. Tucker, J. I. Mayordomo, E. Nagore, R. Kumar, J. Hansson, J. H. Olafsson, J. Gulcher, A. Kong, U. Thorsteinsdottir, and K. Stefansson. (2008) ASIP and TYR pigmentation variants associate with cutaneous melanoma and basal cell carcinoma. Nature Genetics 40:886-891.
Stacey, S. N., D. F. Gudbjartsson, P. Sulem, J. T. Bergthorsson, R. Kumar, G. Thorleifsson, A. Sigurdsson, M. Jakobsdottir, B. Sigurgeirsson, K. R. Benediktsdottir, K. Thorisdottir, R. Ragnarsson, D. Scherer, P. Rudnai, E. Gurzau, K. Koppova, V. Hoiom, R. Botella-Estrada, V. Soriano, P. Juberias, M. Grasa, F. J. Carapeto, P. Tabuenca, Y. Gilaberte, J. Gudmundsson, S. Thorlacius, A. Helgason, T. Thorlacius, A. Jonasdottir, T. Blondal, S. A. Gudjonsson, G. F. Jonsson, J. Saemundsdottir, K. Kristjansson, G. Bjornsdottir, S. G. Sveinsdottir, M. Mouy, F. Geller, E. Nagore, J. I. Mayordomo, J. Hansson, T. Rafnar, A. Kong, J. H. Olafsson, U. Thorsteinsdottir, and K. Stefansson. (2008) Common variants on 1p36 and 1q42 are associated with cutaneous basal cell carcinoma but not with melanoma or pigmentation traits. Nature Genetics 40:1313-1318.
Sulem P, Gudbjartsson DF, Stacey SN, Helgason A, Rafnar T, Jakobsdottir M, Steinberg S, et al. (2008) Two newly identified genetic determinants of pigmentation in Europeans. Nature Genetics 40:835-837
Helgason A, Palsson S, Gudbjartsson DF, Kristjansson T, Stefansson K (2008) An association between the kinship and fertility of human couples. Science 319:813-816
Emilsson V, Thorleifsson G, Zhang B, Leonardson AS, Zink F, Zhu J, Carlson S, ... Helgason, A et al. (2008) Genetics of gene expression and its effect on disease. Nature 452:423-428
Kong A, Thorleifsson G, Stefansson H, Masson G, Helgason A, Gudbjartsson DF, Jonsdottir GM, et al. (2008) Sequence Variants in the RNF212 Gene Associate with Genomewide Recombination Rate. Science 319:1398-1401
Goldstein AM, Stacey SN, Olafsson JH, Jonsson GF, Helgason A, Sulem P, et al. (2008) CDKN2A Mutations and Melanoma Risk in the Icelandic Population. Journal of Medical Genetics
Gottfredsson M, Halldorsson BV, Jonsson S, Kristjansson M, Kristjansson K, Kristinsson KG, Love A, Blondal T, Viboud C, Thorvaldsson S, Helgason A, et al. (2008) Lessons from the past: Familial aggregation analysis of fatal pandemic influenza (Spanish flu) in Iceland in 1918. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 105:1303-1308
Sulem P, Gudbjartsson DF, Stacey SN, Helgason A, Rafnar T, Magnusson KP et al. (2007) Genetic determinants of hair, eye and skin pigmentation in Europeans. Nature Genetics 39:1443-1452
Gudbjartsson, D. F., D. O. Arnar, A. Helgadottir, S. Gretarsdottir, H. Holm, A. Sigurdsson, A. Jonasdottir, A. Baker, G. Thorleifsson, K. Kristjansson, A. Palsson, T. Blondal, P. Sulem, V. M. Backman, G. A. Hardarson, E. Palsdottir, A. Helgason, et al. (2007). Variants conferring risk of atrial fibrillation on chromosome 4q25. Nature 448:353-357.
Helgason, A., S. Palsson, C. Lalueza-Fox, S. Ghosh, S. Sigurdardottir, A. Baker, B. Hrafnkelsson, L. Arnadottir, U. Thornorsteinsdottir, and K. Stefansson. 2007a. A Statistical Approach to Identify Ancient Template DNA. Journal of Molecular Evolution 65:92-102.
Gudmundsson, J., P. Sulem, A. Manolescu, L. T. Amundadottir, D. Gudbjartsson, A. Helgason, et al. (2007). Genome-wide association study identifies a second prostate cancer susceptibility variant at 8q24. Nature Genetics 39:631-637.
Gudmundsson, J., P. Sulem, V. Steinthorsdottir, J. T. Bergthorsson, G. Thorleifsson, A. Manolescu, T. Rafnar, D. Gudbjartsson, B. A. Agnarsson, A. Baker, A. Sigurdsson, K. R. Benediktsdottir, M. Jakobsdottir, T. Blondal, S. N. Stacey, A. Helgason, et al. (2007). Two variants on chromosome 17 confer prostate cancer risk, and the one in TCF2 protects against type 2 diabetes. Nature Genetics 39:977-983.
Helgason, A., S. Palsson, G. Thorleifsson, S. F. Grant, V. Emilsson, S. Gunnarsdottir, A. Adeyemo, et al. (2007). Refining the impact of TCF7L2 gene variants on type 2 diabetes and adaptive evolution. Nature Genetics 39:218-225.
Stacey, S. N., A. Manolescu, P. Sulem, T. Rafnar, J. Gudmundsson, S. A. Gudjonsson, G. Masson, M. Jakobsdottir, S. Thorlacius, A. Helgason, et al. (2007). Common variants on chromosomes 2q35 and 16q12 confer susceptibility to estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. Nature Genetics 39:865-869.
Amundadottir LT, Sulem P, Gudmundsson J, Helgason A, Baker A, Agnarsson BA, Sigurdsson A, et al. (2006) A common variant associated with prostate cancer in European and African populations. Nature Genetics 38:652-658
Stacey SN, Sulem P, Johannsson OT, Helgason A, Gudmundsson J, et al. (2006) The BARD1 Cys557Ser Variant and Breast Cancer Risk in Iceland. PLoS Medicine 3:e217
Helgason A, Pálsson G, Sloth
Petersen H, Angulalik E, Gunnarsdóttir ED, Yngvadóttir B, Stefánsson K (2006) mtDNA
variation in Inuit populations of
Grant SFA, Thorleifsson G, Reynisdottir I, Benediktsson R, Manolescu A, Sainz J, Helgason A, et al. (2006) Variant of transcription factor 7-like 2 (TCF7L2) gene confers risk of type 2 diabetes. Nature Genetics 38: 320-23.
Helgadottir A, Manolescu A, Helgason A, Thorleifsson G, Thorsteinsdottir U, Gudbjartsson DF, Gretarsdottir S, et al. (2006) A variant of the gene encoding leukotriene A4 hydrolase confers ethnicity-specific risk of myocardial infarction. Nature Genetics 38:68-74
Goodacre S, Helgason
A, Nicholson J, Southam L,
Stefansson H, Helgason A, Thorleifsson G, Steinthorsdottir V, Masson G, Barnard J, Baker A, et al. (2005) A common inversion under selection in Europeans. Nature Genetics 37: 129-137
Helgason A, Yngvadottir B, Hrafnkelsson B, Gulcher J, Stefansson K (2005) An Icelandic example of the impact of population structure on association studies. Nature Genetics 37: 90-95
Soldevila M, Calafell F, Helgason A, Stefansson K, Bertranpetit J (2005) Assessing the signatures of selection in PRNP from polymorphism data: results support Kreitman and Di Rienzo's opinion. Trends in Genetics 21:389-391
Helgason A and Stefansson K (2003) Erroneous claims about the impact of mtDNA sequence database errors. American Journal of Human Genetics 73: 974-975.
Helgason A, Nicholson G, Stefansson K, Donnelly P (2003). A reassessment of genetic diversity in Icelanders: Strong evidence from multiple loci for relative homogeneity caused by genetic drift. Annals of Human Genetics 67: 281-97.
Helgason A, Hrafnkelsson B, Gulcher JR, Ward R, Stefansson K (2003). A population-wide coalescent analysis of Icelandic matrilineal and patrilineal genealogies: Evidence for a faster evolutionary rate of mtDNA lineages than Y-chromosomes. American Journal of Human Genetics 72: 1370-88.
Pálsson G and Helgason A (2003) Blonds, Lost and Found: Representations of Genes, Identity, and History. Developing World Bioethics 3: 159-169
Soldevila M, Calafell F, Andres A, Yagüe J, Helgason A, Stefánsson K, Bertranpetit J (2003) Prion susceptibility and protective alleles exhibit marked geographic differences. Human Mutation 22: 104-5.
Qamar R, Ayub Q, Mohyuddin A, Helgason A,
Mazhar K, Mansoor A, Zerjal T, Tyler-Smith C, Mehdi SQ (2002). Y-chromosomal
DNA variation in
Mohyuddin A, Ayub Q, Qamar R, Zerjal T, Helgason A, Mehdi SQ, Tyler-Smith C (2001) Y-chromosomal STR haplotypes in Pakistani populations. Forensic Science International 118:141-6.
Helgason, A., Hickey, E.,
Goodacre, S., Vega, E., Bosnes, V., Stefánsson, K., Ward, R., Sykes, B. 2001.
mtDNA and the islands of the
Gulcher, J., Helgason, A., Stefánsson, K. 2000. Genetic homogeneity of Icelanders (Correspondence). Nature Genetics 26: 395
Sigurðardóttir, S., Nicholson, J., Sykes, B., Hill, E., Bradley, D.G., Bosnes,
V., Gulcher, J.R., Ward, R., Stefánsson, K. 2000. Estimating Scandinavian and
Gaelic ancestry in the male settlers of
Sigurðardóttir, S., A. Helgason, J. Gulcher, K. Stefánsson and P. Donnelly 2000. The mutation rate in the human mitochondrial DNA control region. American Journal of Human Genetics 66: 1599-1609
Monsalve, M.V., A. Helgason,
and D.V. Devine 1999. Languages, geography and HLA haplotypes in Native
American and Asian populations. Proceedings
of the Royal Society of
Pálsson, G. and A. Helgason 1999. Kvótakerfið: kenning og veruleiki. Skírnir 173: 8-12.
Pálsson, G. and A. Helgason 1998. Schooling and Skipperhood: The Development of Dexterity. American Anthropologist 100(4): 908-923.
Helgason, A. and G. Pálsson 1997. Contested commodities: The moral landscape of modernist regimes. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, incorporating Man (NS) 3(3): 451-471.
Pálsson, G. and A. Helgason 1995. Figuring fish and measuring men: The ITQ system in the Icelandic Cod Fishery, Ocean and Coastal Management 28 (1-3): 117-146.
6 chapters in edited books
Helgason A (2004) Uppruni Íslendinga (The origin of the Icelanders), in Hlutavelta tímans: Menningararfur á Þjóðminjasafni, eds Árni Björnsson and Hrefna Róbertsdóttir, Reykjavík: Þjóðminjasafn Íslands
Helgason, A. and G.
Pálsson 1998. Cash for quotas: Disputes over the legitimacy of an economic
model of fishing in
Helgason, A. 1997. Uppruni Íslendinga: Vitnisburður prótínafbrigða, hvatbera DNA og sögulegrar lýðfræði (The origin of the Icelanders: Evidence from serology, mtDNA and historical demography), in Við og hinir: Rannsóknir í mannfræði, eds Gísli Pálsson, Haraldur Ólafsson og Sigríður Dúna Kristmundsdóttir. Reykjavík: Mannfræðistofnun Háskóla Íslands.
Pálsson, G. and A. Helgason
1996. The politics of production: Equity, efficiency and enclosure, in Images of contemporary
Pálsson, G. and A. Helgason
1996. Property rights and practical knowledge: The Icelandic quota system, in Fisheries management in crisis: A social
science perspective, eds D. Symes and K. Crean.
PRESENTATIONS AT SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS AND ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
Ancient DNA and the settlement of Iceland: Assessing authenticity and continuity (Invited Speaker). Integrating Genomics and Human History: Challenges and Opportunities. Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. March 19th -20th 2015.
The Y chromosome point mutation rate in humans (Invited Speaker). The Human Mutation Rate Meeting. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
February 25-27th 2015.
Assessing the authenticity of clonal sequence reads from ancient samples: A case study from Iceland (Invited Speaker). Ancient DNA applications in human evolutionary history, The Royal Society, Chicheley Hall, 20th-21st November 2013.
Dissecting the genetic history of a human population: A decade of research about Icelanders (Invited speaker). Genetic diversity and origins of Europeans. Closing conference of COST Action BM0803. Geneva, Switzerland 15th -16th January 2013.
Dissecting the genetic history of a human population: A decade of research about Icelanders (Opening lecture, invited speaker). XXXIII Nordic Congress in Clinical Chemistry. Reykjavik, Iceland. 12th-15th June 2012.
The population genetics and history of the Icelanders (Invited speaker). Gene diversity in historical Norway and its present day applications. Symposium organized by the Sig. K. Thoresen Foundation and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Drammensveien 78, Oslo, Norway. 2nd November 2011.
Using IBD segments to study admixture and population structure in Iceland (Invited speaker). ICHG Satellite Workshop: Populations of the New World - Impact of founder effects on health. Montréal Convention Center, Montréal, Canada. October 11th 2011.
Human population structures and the genetic anthropology of Icelanders by DNA sequence analysis (Invited speaker and tutor). EMBO Course: Computational Biology: Genomes, Cells & Systems. University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. 6th -13th August, 2011.
Lumping and splitting humans: The current view from population genomics (Invited speaker and tutor). EMBL|EMBO Science and Society Summer School: The Human Animal: Scientific, Social and Moral Perspectives. EMBL Heidelberg, Germany. 1st-6th August 2011.
A statistical approach to evaluating the authenticity of ancient DNA sequences (Invited speaker). DNA a revolution in archaeology? Research seminar at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 21st-22nd October 2010.
Authentication of aDNA – statistical approaches; and Peopling of Iceland – messages from aDNA analysis (Invited speaker – two talks). Finnish Population Genetic Graduate School - Ancient DNA course. Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland. 7th-8th October 2010
Tracing the genetic impact of the
Viking Age on the people of the
Ancient DNA and the settlement of
Large scale studies at fine scale:
The study of micro-evolutionary
patterns using genealogical data: Humans as a model organism (Invited speaker). The
The study of micro-evolutionary
patterns using genealogical data: Humans as a model organism (Invited seminar). Mathematical Genetics
and Bioinformatics Seminar, Department of Statistics,
The study of micro-evolutionary
patterns using genealogical data: Humans as a model organism (Invited seminar). DNA and History Seminar
Series. Department of History,
In what sense are genetic variants
“normal”, “advantageous” or “pathological”? (Invited speaker). EMBL E4S PhD and Post-Doc Summer School.
The study of micro-evolutionary
patterns using genealogical data: Humans as a model organism (Invited speaker). Annual meeting of the
Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution 2008.
deCODEme: The making and use of a
personal genome service (Invited speaker).
The Personal Genome - Hopes, Facts and Fears
The study of micro-evolutionary
patterns using genealogical data: Humans as a model organism (Invited seminar). The Wellcome Trust
Sanger Institute, Hinxton,
Dissecting the genetic history of a
human population: A decade of research about Icelanders (Keynote speaker). The
Sanger-EBI-Cambridge PhD Symposium (SCAMPS), The Wellcome Trust Sanger
The genetic history of the
Icelandic population (Invited speaker).
Dissecting the genetic history of
the Icelandic population (Invited seminar).
Topmaster mini-symposium on Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Centre for
Ecological and Evolutionary Studies,
Tracing the footprints of natural
selection in the human genome: Implications for understanding common diseases (Invited seminar). Centre for Ecological
and Evolutionary Studies,
Refining the impact of TCF7L2 gene
variants on type 2 diabetes and adaptive evolution (Invited speaker). Human Evolution and Disease, EMBO Workshop,
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology,
A statistical approach to identify
ancient template DNA (Invited speaker).
Human Evolution and Disease, EMBO Workshop, Centre for Cellular and Molecular
Assessing the degree of population
stratification in association studies: An example from
Using genetics to trace the impact
of Norse activities in the
The role of evolutionary
anthropology in medical genetic research: Some examples from deCODE Genetics in
A common inversion conferring selective advantage in Europeans (Oral presentation). Co-authors: H. Stefansson, G.Thorleifsson, V.Steinthorsdottir,
G. Masson, J.Barnard, A.Baker, A.Jonasdottir, A.Ingason, V.G. Gudnadottir, N.Desnica,
A.Hicks, A.Gylfason, D.F. Gudbjartsson, G.M. Jonsdottir, J.Sainz, K.Agnarsson,
B.Birgisdottir, S.Ghosh, A.Olafsdottir, J.B.Cazier, K.Kristjansson, M.L.
Frigge, T.E. Thorgeirsson, J.R. Gulcher, A.Kong, K.Stefansson. Genomic studies
and the HapMap, International HapMap Project,
Geographic stratification in the
ancestry of breast cancer patients and carriers of the BRCA2-999del5 founder
The genetic legacy of the sexes in
Using genetic data to study human
history (Invited seminar). The University of Greenland (Ilisimatusarfik), Nuuk,
The genetic history of
Inuit genetic history (Oral presentation) Co-authors: Pálsson
G, Pedersen HS, Angulalik E; Stefánsson K. The 12th International Congress of
Circumpolar Health (ICCH12) Nuuk,
LD patterns in
the Xq25 region of the X-chromosome in three European populations (Poster presentation). Co-authors: B
Pálsson, B Hrafnkelsson, C
A method to
evaluate the statistical significance of LD differences between populations (Poster presentation). Co-authors: B
Hrafnkelsson, H Stefánsson, GF Jónsson,
gathering genes: implications of the genealogical approach to human history (Oral presentation). Co-author: Gisli
Palsson. Ninth International Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies.
Session 8: Beyond universalism and relativism.
legacy of the Vikings: Mitochondrial DNA and the footprints of Norse Settlement
patterns in the
of Inuit Populations (Oral presentation). 2nd Nordic Arctic
Research Programme Symposium: “The Arctic in the Anthropocene: The North
Atlantic Arctic in Focus, The Stefansson Arctic Institute - Sólborg Campus,
genealogies indicate that mtDNA lineages drift faster than Y-chromosomes (Oral presentation). Co-authors: R Ward,
JR Gulcher and K Stefánsson. Inherited Disorders and their Genes. European
Research Conference (Euresco).
contributions to Icelandic origins (Invited
oral presentation). Irish Origins: The Genetic History & Geography of
and the origin of the Icelanders: Deciphering signals of recent population
history (Oral presentation).
Co-authors: S. Sigurðardóttir, J. Gulcher, R. Ward and K. Stefánsson. Third
Biennial Euroconference of the European Human Genome Diversity Project, “Human
Diversity in Europe and Beyond: Retrospect and Prospect”,
portrait of mtDNA variation in the Icelandic population (Poster presentation). Co-authors: S. Sigurðardóttir, J. Gulcher and
K. Stefánsson. 1999. Inherited disorders and their genes in different European
populations. European Research Conference (Euresco). Obernai,
origins: Reconstructing the genetic and demographic history of the Icelanders.
(Invited oral presentation). 1998
Nordic Meeting of Biological Anthropologists; Clara Lachmann Symposium.
Analysis of HLA
class II haplotypes in Native American aboriginal and Asian populations. (Poster presentation). Co-authors: M.V.
Monsalve, D.V. Devine. Sixth Annual Meeting: Society for Molecular Biology and
Genetic drift in
commodities: Mapping the moral landscape of exchange. (Oral presentation). Co-author: G.Pálsson. 4th EASA
(European Association of Social Anthropologists) Conference,