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American Society of Human Genetics 2019 Annual Meeting

Press registration open now

American Society of Human Genetics

WHEN: Tuesday to Saturday, Oct. 15-19, 2019

WHERE: George R. Brown Convention Center

1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010

HOW: Advance press registraton (recommended, and complimentary for eligible press):

Press policies and guidelines:

Hotel reservations: If you plan to make hotel reservations, ASHG recommends that you do so now:

WHAT: The latest research in human genetics and genomics, presented in invited and platform (oral) sessions, posters, and more at the world's largest human genetics meeting.

Examples of ASHG 2019 sessions and topics (more detail available on the schedule of events):

Plenary sessions covering such topics as:

Potential off-target mutations in genome editing

Historical migration, demographic shifts, and infectious disease events

Chemotherapy resistance

The genetics of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Special Events:

Presidential Symposium on Genetic Exceptionalism - What barriers have historically separated geneticists from other researchers and clinicians, and how can we break them down to ensure people everywhere realize the benefits of genetics and genomics research?

Perspectives on Germline Gene Editing Regulation - a special session engaging researchers and leaders of the National Academies-led international commission about future regulatory frameworks of hereditary genome editing.

Award Presentations - recognizing scientists for lifetime and early career achievements, leadership, advocacy, and education.

Hundreds of topics covered over five days:

Health and Disease: Basic, translational, and clinical research findings on cancer, Parkinson's Disease, addiction and behavior, rare disease, reproductive technologies, mental health, cardiovascular disease, and more.

Novel Scientific Understanding: Fundamental discoveries in genome structure and function; bioinformatics, big data, and machine learning; advances in genetic and genomic analysis from single-cell to large cohorts; the use of experimental models.

Therapeutics and Drug Discovery: Pharmacogenomic advances; gene therapies; and integrating genetic evidence into drug development.

Translational and Clinical Research: Patient and research participant experiences; precision medicine approaches and uses; electronic health records for genome-phenome discovery; stakeholder perspectives on genetic testing in health services.

Social and Ethical Implications: Potential emerging applications or misuse of genetics in educational policy; assessing the use and ethics of genetics in forensics, litigation, and border security; the intersection of genetics and the disability rights movement.

Diversity and Inclusion: Increasing diversity in the biomedical research workforce; the importance of diversity in research cohorts; addressing race, gender and identity in genetics.

Population Genetics & Evolution: Novel findings about human history, comparative evolution, migration patterns and global diversity, and more.

Genetic Counseling: Emerging research on best practices in genetic counseling, counseling career paths in research.

Public Engagement & Advocacy: Strategies for enhancing public communication and appreciation of genetics and genomics; enhancing genetic literacy through educational frameworks; successes in advocacy for expanded access to genetic testing and services.

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