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Wednesday, October 12
7:00
PM
–7:30
PM
SESSION 23 – ASHG Membership/Business Meeting
and Announcement of the ASHG Trainee Award
Winners and the C.W. Cotterman Award Winners
Room 210, Level 2, Convention Center
ASHG members and others are invited to attend and
hear reports highlighting current Society business. The
minutes of the previous meeting will be presented for
approval. Committee chairs will report on their
activities for the year and discuss future plans. Those
retiring from positions of leadership will be thanked for
their service.
The ASHG Trainee Award Winners and C.W.
Cotterman Award Winners will be announced during
the business meeting.
The C.W. Cotterman Awards are presented to pre- or
postdoctoral trainees and ASHG members who are
first authors of the best papers published in the
American Journal of Human Genetics
during the
previous year. Each September, the editorial board of
the Journal selects the articles that best represent
outstanding contributions to the field of genetics. Two
awards are presented annually.
For outstanding trainee research in 2011, ASHG
awarded approximately 79 travel awards at $500 each
to semifinalists, based on abstracts scores. Of those
79 semifinalists, 18 finalists (top scorers) also received
complimentary registration. These 18 finalists’
presentation slides/posters were reviewed by the
ASHG Awards Committee and six winners have been
chosen to receive an additional $400. The winners
names will be announced during the business
meeting.
Cameras and all other recording devices are
strictly prohibited
in all session rooms. Thank you for your cooperati
Thursday, October 13
8:00
AM
–10:00
AM
Concurrent Invited Session II (24-29)
SESSION 24 – Emerging Ethical Issues in Large-Scal
International Genomics Research Collaborations
Room 511, Level 5, Convention Center
Moderators:
Jean E. McEwen, NHGRI/NIH, USA; Pil
N. Ossorio, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Large-scale genomics research projects—especially
those that involve plans for the broad release of samp
and data—raise many ethical issues. These issues are
heightened in the context of international collaboration
(for example, the International HapMap Project, the 10
Genomes Project, and The Cancer Genome Atlas, an
the International Human Microbiome Consortium), wh
different sets of cultural values and norms, and differe
legal and regulatory requirements, may have to be
reconciled. For example, approaches to recruitment,
informed consent, and individual autonomy and privac
vary considerably in different parts of the world.
Attitudes about the role (if any) for community
consultation or engagement and the appropriateness
particular research governance mechanisms can also
differ. In addition, people in different parts of the worl
(and often even in the same part of the world) may ha
very different views about whether, or how, research
results or incidental findings should be returned to
participants in genomics research studies (where the
samples and data have not been anonymized). The
scope of the right to withdraw samples or data from
repositories or databases is also an area of potential
difference—especially where full realization of a projec
end goals depends on having the samples and data
available through a central repository to multiple
researchers over an extended period of time. This
session will explore these and other ethical issues tha
arise in large-scale international genomics research
collaborations. Perspectives will be presented from
several continents and countries.
8:00
AM
Introduction.
J. E. McEwen. NHGRI/NIH
USA.
8:05
AM
Ethical issues in international genomic
research collaborations: Perspectives from
Canada.
B. M. Knoppers. McGill Univ., Canada.
8:25
AM
Ethical issues in international genomic
research collaborations: Perspectives from Sub-
Saharan Africa.
C. Rotimi. NHGRI/NIH, USA.
8:45
AM
Ethical issues in international genomic
research collaborations: Perspectives from the
U.K.
J. Kaye. Univ. of Oxford, U.K.
9:05
AM
Ethical issues in international genomic
research collaborations: Perspectives from Japa
E. Suda. Natl. Inst. for Envrn. Studies, Tsukuba,
Japan.
9:25
AM
Ethical issues in international genomic
research collaborations: A global perspective.
A.
Chakravarti. Johns Hopkins Univ. Sch. of Med., US
9:45
AM
Discussion.
P.N. Ossorio. Univ. of
Wisconsin-Madison, USA.