Dr Brendan Jacka – Latent class analysis for complex datasets

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Berg Family Foundation Seminar Room, Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building, UNSW Sydney.

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Dr Brendan Jacka  

Dr Brendan Jacka

Research Associate, Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program, The Kirby Institute


About your speaker

Dr Brendan Jacka has been with the Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program since 2009 as a research assistant, postgraduate student, and laboratory coordinator. With a background in laboratory diagnostic, Brendan combines phylogenetic analysis with epidemiological methods to examine transmission of hepatitis C virus in at-risk populations. Brendan also patterns of drug use at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney.



Latent class analysis identifies unobservable subgroups within a population based on available data. This analysis could be used to understand complex behaviour patterns and variables that predict high-risk behaviour, and to identify the subgroups that are most at-risk. With this information, scientists can develop interventions that target the neediest individuals. Brendan will provide examples of latent class analysis in the area of substance misuse and infectious disease.