Workshops/Trainee Events




International Genetics Education Network (IGEN) Workshop: Genetics, Primary Care, and Developing Countries

Tuesday, October 11
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: McGill University (Room TBD)

The International Genetics Education Network (IGEN) will conduct a full-day workshop on genetics in developing countries on October 11, 2011 in Montreal, immediately prior to the start of the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics (ICHG)/61st American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting. The workshop is hosted by Genome Quebec at McGill University.

The workshop, which emerged from discussions held during the 11th ICHG in Brisbane (2006), will bring together teams of two from developing countries and an expert faculty to consider the integration of genetic medicine into mainstream clinical practice and to develop general plans for the improvement of genetics education and practice in each country. Each team will comprise a clinical geneticist and a non-geneticist physician. The congress organizers have agreed to waive the congress registration fee for any of workshop participants that wish to stay for the full Congress.

Applications are now being accepted. The application deadline is June 24, 2011. Please contact Sylvia Metcalfe at for further information.

Thank you to our sponsors: Genome Quebec, the American Society of Human Genetics, the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists, the European Society of Human Genetics, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and the McLaughlin Centre (Toronto).




High School Workshop (for Montreal students and teachers)

Advance sign-up required

Tuesday, October 11
8:15 am – 2:30 pm, Room 524
The High School Workshop, organized by the ASHG Information and Education Committee, will be held on Tuesday, October 11, at the Montreal Convention Center. Students and teachers will interact with genetics researchers and learn about the field of human genetics. The workshop will comprise several inquiry-oriented genetics lessons. Further details will be available in July 2011.

Attendance will be limited to 150 participants. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Registration will begin in September. Please click here to view this year’s agenda. Contact Donna Green at to signup and for further information.



Undergraduate Faculty Genetics Education Workshop

Advance sign-up required

Tuesday, October 11

8:00 am – 3:00 pm, Room 519

This is a special session for undergraduate faculty organized by the ASHG Undergraduate Subcommittee before the commencement of the annual meeting. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 11, at the Montreal Convention Center. The workshop will cover human genetics content and pedagogies for undergraduate faculty teaching biology courses with significant genetics content. The overarching goal is to encourage effective teaching of human genetics so that it contributes to improving the genetic literacy of students.
The cost of the workshop is $25 USD. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Registration will begin in late August. Please click here to view the agenda. Contact Donna Green at for further information.




Trainee-Mentor Luncheon

Separate advance registration required. Please check the appropriate box on the meeting registration form.
Wednesday, October 12
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, Room 524, Level 5
The Trainee-Mentor Luncheon is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, October 12 at the Montreal Convention Center. This is a wonderful opportunity for trainees (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and clinical fellows) in the field of human genetics to meet and talk informally with senior members of the Society about career options, goals, and professional opportunities. The luncheon is held on the first day of the meeting so that students can continue their discussions with these mentors at other times during the course of the meeting.


To see a list of confirmed Mentors, please click HERE.

The cost of a boxed lunch is included in the $25 USD registration fee. Seats may be reserved only by registering in advance. Tickets will be issued along with your meeting badge. Tickets are non-refundable.
(NOTE: Mentors who are invited to participate should not order tickets for themselves when completing the online registration form.)



Clinical Genetics and Molecular Services in Developing Countries Workshop


Wednesday, October 12

12:30 – 2:00 pm, Room 510, Level 5

This special workshop is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, October 12 in the Montreal Convention Center. Pre-registration is required. The $10 fee includes refreshments.

This workshop will: (1) Provide information about clinical genetics and diagnostic services, research, and education in developing countries ; (2) Encourage communication and interaction among professionals; (3) Encourage participation of developing countries in epidemiological studies to determine the prevalence of disorders and the frequencies of genetic variants associated with diseases; (4) Promote the benefits of new genetic technologies in genomic medicine.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Those interested in promoting and enhancing genetic services in developing countries (e.g., clinicians, researchers, trainees, educators and advocates).

Raj Ramesar, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
Aída Falcón de Vargas, Hospital Vargas, Caracas, UCV (Venezuela)

Ambroise Wonkam, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
Xue Zhang, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College (China)
Shubha Phadke, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (India)
Gustavo Rojas Martinez (Mexico)
Carmencita Padilla, Institute of Human Genetics (Philippines)


Click HERE to view the history/background for programming this workshop.




Trainee Development Program and Networking Session

Separate advance registration required. Please check the appropriate box on the meeting registration form.
Thursday, October 13 
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Room 710A, Level 7
This event, organized by the ASHG Professional Development Committee, is scheduled for Thursday evening, October 13, at the Montreal Convention Center. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will participate in workshop-oriented career development. Light refreshments will be provided.


The networking session, which will follow the workshop session and will include drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres, is open to all trainees who would like to meet and network with representatives from industry, academe, nonprofits, education, law, science policy, forensics, counseling, etc. Bring your business cards.


The event is limited to 250 attendees and a registration fee of $10 USD is required. Tickets are non-refundable. 



Publications Workshop

Separate advance registration required. Please check the appropriate box on the meeting registration form.
Friday, October 14
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, Room 710A, Level 7
This event is presented by the editorial staff of The American Journal of Human Genetics (Kathryn Bungartz, Kathryn Garber and Sara Cullinan). Speakers at this session—Cynthia Morton, Sanjay Shete, and John Carey—are the editors of genetics journals (American Journal of Human Genetics, Genetic Epidemiology, and American Journal of Medical Genetics, respectively). Topics for discussion include guidance about the publication and review of manuscripts, selection of an appropriate journal for your work, organizing and discussing data, and understanding peer review. Lunch will be served. Tickets are nonrefundable. Please remember to bring your ticket with you.



Diagnostic Challenges: Review and Discussion of Unique Cases

Especially for Clinicians and Counselors
Friday, October 14

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Montreal Convention Center
, Room 524, Level 5

Diagnostic challenges is organized and moderated by Karen Gripp. The session provides an opportunity for registrants to present cases to a group of expert clinical geneticists. Please remember to bring your cases to the session. The setting allows discussion of unusual cases in an informal setting. A light lunch will be provided. Cases may be diagnostic dilemmas, or consultation may be sought for confirmation of a suspected diagnosis. The consultants have expertise in dysmorphology, rasopathies, metabolic disorders, skeletal dysplasia, brain malformations, etc.

Each case will be presented using PowerPoint slides, with a limit of six slides and three minutes per presentation. Best suited are “visuals” with plenty of images. You may bring more than one case. Label each PowerPoint file with your own name, and a number if you have more than one case. Any slides depicting patient information or images must have the consent of the patient. It is each presenter’s responsibility to obtain consent prior to sharing identifiable information. The discussion by the expert panel will follow the presentation. Audience participation is encouraged. Discussion will be limited to 5 minutes. When you enter the session room, please load your case into the computer at the front of the room (before the session begins).


Friday, 12:30 pm–2:00 pm Area of special interest
Cynthia Curry Dysmorphology
Micheil Innes Dysmorphology, ciliopathies
Marilyn Jones Craniofacial anomalies
Karen Gripp Rasopathies, dysmorphology
Stephen Kahler Metabolic Disorders
David Rimoin Skeletal dysplasia
Pedro Sanchez LDDB, Possum Database
Anne Slavotinek Eye malformation; Diaphragmatic hernia
Alain Verloes Rasopathies, dysmorphology


If you have questions or suggestions, you may contact Karen Gripp via e-mail at