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8-Sep-2010

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Contact: Kristen Long
klong@ashg.org
301-634-7346
American Society of Human Genetics
@GeneticsSociety

American Society of Human Genetics to host 60th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

World's top genetic scientists to present latest research findings at ASHG 2010 Meeting, Nov. 2-6, at D.C. Convention Center

BETHESDA, MD - September 8, 2010 - The world's top scientists and clinicians in the human genetics field will gather in Washington, D.C., to present their latest research findings at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, from Tuesday, November 2, through Saturday, November 6, 2010, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C.

Founded in 1948, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide, representing nearly 8,000 researchers, academicians, clinicians, genetic counselors, nurses and others with a special interest in this area. The Society's Annual Meeting is the world's largest gathering of human genetics professionals and a forum for renowned experts in the field to share their latest research results.

With more than 260 platform and plenary presentations, 2,828 posters, 24 invited sessions and special symposia, as well as press briefing events that will be webcast to the media, the ASHG 2010 Annual Meeting will provide journalists with significant information about cutting-edge developments in human genetics and genomics research. In addition, nearly 250 U.S. and international exhibitors will offer an unprecedented opportunity to view the latest advances in genetics-related products and services derived, in part, from work presented at previous ASHG meetings.

PRESS BRIEFING SESSIONS:

ASHG will be hosting press briefing events onsite in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center during the week of the 60th Annual Meeting. The Society will also be webcasting this year's press briefing sessions to allow credentialed members of the media who are unable to attend the ASHG 2010 meeting in-person to view the events through an online Web portal.

If you cannot attend this year's Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., but still wish to receive embargoed press releases from ASHG and/or register to view online webcasts of the Society's press briefing events, please e-mail your request to Kristen Long at klong@ashg.org, and remember to include your press affiliation and contact information.

The press briefing events and scientific sessions at the ASHG 2010 meeting will feature presentations from prominent experts in the field on a diverse range of "hot" topics of interest in human genetics, including the following:

Please see the ASHG 2010 meeting Web site for the full schedule of scientific sessions and events at: http://www.ashg.org/cgi-bin/2010/ashgSOE.pl/. The 2010 meeting site also contains an abstract search database that will allow you to search by keyword, topic, author/presenter name, etc. for scientific research abstracts related to specific areas of interest in human genetics that will be presented at this year's meeting at: http://www.ashg.org/2010meeting/abstracts/fulltext/index.html/.

PRESS REGISTRATION INFORMATION & GUIDELINES:

The ASHG 2010 Annual Meeting is open to print, online and broadcast news media, as well as health, medical and science reporters, and freelance writers on a verifiable assignment from an established news source. Complimentary meeting registration will be available to members of the media who provide appropriate press credentials and identification. The Society offers reporters many resources onsite at the meeting, including news releases, press conferences, media interviews with top experts in the field, and a press room with free Internet access and complimentary refreshments.

Press attendees are strongly encouraged to pre-register online for the 2010 meeting in advance; however, we will continue to offer onsite press registration in the ASHG Press Office as well (located on the ground level of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Room 102B).*

To pre-register to attend the ASHG 2010 meeting, please complete the online press registration application form at: http://www.ashg.org/2010meeting/pages/press_register.shtml/.

For more information about ASHG's press guidelines, policies, and online press registration for the 2010 Annual Meeting, as well as details about this year's press briefing sessions, webcasts, speakers and experts available for interview, and other special media events and opportunities at the meeting, please visit: http://www.ashg.org/2010meeting/pages/press.shtml/. For general information on the 60th Annual Meeting, please visit: http://www.ashg.org/2010meeting/.

SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATES:

Members of the media and general public can also receive news about the ASHG 2010 Annual Meeting by following @GeneticsSociety on Twitter. All posts related to the 2010 meeting will have the following hashtag: #ASHG2010.

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ABOUT THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HUMAN GENETICS

Founded in 1948, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. The nearly 8,000 members of ASHG include researchers, academicians, clinicians, laboratory practice professionals, genetic counselors, nurses and others with a special interest in human genetics. The Society's mission is to serve research scientists, health professionals and the public by providing forums to: (1) share research results through the Annual Meeting and in The American Journal of Human Genetics (AJHG); (2) advance genetic research by advocating for research support; (3) educate future genetics professionals, health care providers, advocates, teachers, students and the general public about all aspects of human genetics; and (4) promote genetic services and support responsible social and scientific policies. For more information about ASHG, please visit http://www.ashg.org/.

*Please note that all onsite press registrants will be required to provide appropriate media credentials and identification to ASHG Press Office staff before receiving a press badge to access meeting events.



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