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Media advisory: American Society of Human Genetics 2015 Annual Meeting

American Society of Human Genetics

WHEN:

Tuesday to Saturday, Oct. 6-10, 2015

WHERE:

Baltimore Convention Center, 1 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

WHAT:

Invited and platform (oral) sessions and other presentations of the latest research in human genetics. Examples of ASHG 2015 sessions and topics:

Plenary sessions featuring high-scoring abstracts on regulatory factors that affect risk of lactose intolerance and Type 2 diabetes, the impact of rare noncoding variants, breast cancer risk assessment, and more (Wednesday, Oct. 7, 9:50-10:30 am, and Saturday, Oct. 10, 8:55-10:15 am)

Invited sessions on the genetics of cancer, epilepsy, the microbiome, as well as related issues of policy, community engagement, and translation of research into the clinic (Wednesday, Oct. 7, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, and Saturday, Oct. 10, 1:45-3:45 pm)

Neuropsychiatric diseases of childhood (Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2:30-4:30 pm) and adulthood (Thursday, Oct. 8, 2:30-4:30 pm)

Advances in epigenetics that address aging, changes to chromosome structure, and effects of lifestyle and environment (Thursday, Oct. 8, 2:30-4:30 pm)

Genetics related to reproduction and fertility, including genetic counseling of parents and newborn health (Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:00-7:00 pm)

Changing landscape of genomic testing, featuring discussion of new tools and the actionability of results (Friday, Oct. 9, 4:30-6:30 pm)

Genes and proteins related to schizophrenia and brain development (Friday, Oct. 9, 4:30-6:30 pm)

Human history, evolution, and differences among ancient and modern populations (Friday, Oct. 9, 4:30-6:30 pm and Saturday, Oct. 10, 10:30 am-12:30 pm)

Data- and technology-driven approaches to human genetics and genomics, including crowdsourcing, open access, and cloud-based tools (Saturday, Oct. 10, 10:30 am-12:30 pm)

#ASHG15 Tweetup, an informal gathering for drinks, appetizers and conversation among people using social media at the meeting (Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7:00-9:00 pm, Pratt Street Ale House)

Joint panel discussion with the European Society of Human Genetics on regulation of next-generation sequencing techniques and perceptions of clinical sequencing in the US and EU (Wednesday, Oct. 7, 8:45-9:45 am)

Distinguished Speakers Symposium on science communication, featuring presentations on blogging, journalism, storytelling, and patient advocacy (Thursday, Oct. 8, 9:00-10:30 am)

HOW:

Advance press registration: http://www.ashg.org/2015meeting/pages/press_registration.shtml

Press policies and guidelines: http://www.ashg.org/2015meeting/pages/press_guidelines.shtml

Hotel reservations: If you plan to make hotel reservations, ASHG recommends that you do so now: http://www.ashg.org/2015meeting/pages/hotel.shtml

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