Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the International Federation of Human Genetics Societies (IFHGS), we invite you to submit your current research for presentation at the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics (ICHG), which will be held in Montreal, Canada, from Tuesday, October 11 through Saturday, October 15, 2011.


The abstract submission site is now open and the deadline to submit is June 2, 2011.

The 12th ICHG Scientific Program Committee (SPC) is developing an exceptional program that will provide the highest quality of science as well as the latest clinical information to address the needs of this diverse field. As collaborative science increasingly crosses geographic boundaries, and the variation in the world’s population is better understood, the interaction among scientists becomes more vital and vibrant. In 2011, the ICHG will be the major focal point and platform for presentations on the world’s most exciting and current human genetics research. Advances in genomic science, biotechnology, and personalized medicine will make attendance at the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics essential for genetics researchers, clinicians, counselors, public health professionals, and other health care providers.

The scientific program includes plenary talks, invited symposia, panel debates, workshops, platform sessions, and poster presentations. The SPC will select the most meritorious abstracts across disciplines and group them together in thematic and cross-topic platform sessions, meant to encourage interaction among the different subspecialties from around the world. Highlights of the ICHG 2011 scientific program include:

  • 40 sessions consisting of 320 platform (abstract-driven oral) presentations;

  • 2500+ abstract-driven poster presentations;

  • 24 invited symposia sessions that focus on areas such as Analytical Approaches, Clinical Disorders, Ethics, Education, and updates on Molecular Studies;

  • 2 plenary debate sessions on the timely topics of technology advancement and gene patenting;

  • 3 keynote plenary sessions on topics such as epigenetics, the cancer genome project, and genetics in the developing world;

  • ASHG Presidential Address by Lynn Jorde;

  • ASHG Award Presentations and the Gruber Genetics Prize Presentation;

  • Many more interactive events, including ancillary workshops, exhibitor workshops, satellite events and social gatherings that will allow you to be able to take advantage of the endless opportunities to meet and network with colleagues from around the globe.

The Congress will open with an amazing performance by Cirque Éloize and opening remarks from the ASHG and IFHGS leadership, followed by a special panel discussion moderated by Kevin Davies on Personal Implications of Whole Genome Sequencing, featuring invited speakers James Lupski, James Watson, and Seong Jin Kim. In addition, a number of social events are also being planned by the Congress, exhibitors, universities, and affiliated organizations. We hope you continually check the Schedule of Events for updates.


The Congress considers trainee support and participation one of its most important missions. A number of programs are scheduled specific for trainees including the Trainee-Mentor Luncheon, the Career Development Program and Networking Session, and the Publications Workshop. This year, we are pleased to announce several award opportunities for trainees from around the world who submit an abstract to the Congress. The Congress is also pleased to announce that we will be offering scholarship awards for individuals living in countries categorized by the World Bank as having low-income or lower-middle-income economies. We encourage you to visit the Congress Web site for a complete list of awards and scholarships to apply for.

Lastly, we encourage you to communicate your ideas and comments to the Congress Management Office and to share this Call for Abstracts/Meeting Information site with your colleagues. We believe that attracting attendees from other disciplines and professional societies will enhance the scientific, educational, and social interactions within the Congress.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and seeing you later this year in Montreal!


Diana W. Bianchi

Tufts University School of Medicine
2011 Program Co- Chair

David L. Nelson, PhD

Baylor College of Medicine
2011 Program Co- Chair