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A PERSONAL NOTE FROM THE 2011 PROGRAM CHAIRS
On behalf of the Scientific Program Committee (SPC), we welcome you to the
International Congress of Human Genetics (ICHG) and the 61
st
American Socie
Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting in Montreal. The
ICHG
is the world’s fore
meeting of the international human genetics community, and is held every five y
with the goal of gathering research and clinical geneticists to share their latest re
and to discuss common chal lenges. The fi rst Congress was held in 195
Copenhagen, Denmark, and subsequent venues have included major cities f
around the world.
INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF HUMAN GENETICS
PAST CONGRESS CITIES
Year
City
1956
Copenhagen
1961
Rome
1966
Chicago
1971
Paris
1976
Mexico City
1981
Jerusalem
1986
Berlin
1991
Washington, DC
1996
Rio de Janeiro
2001
Vienna
2006
Brisbane
Planning for the Congress
The SPC has assembled a comprehensive array of invited speakers, abstract-dr
platform speakers and poster presenters to address topics that span the diverse r
of interests in human genetics. The SPC consists of 26 members from 17 coun
representing the following International Federation of Human Genetic Soci
(IFHGS): African Society of Human Genetics, American Society of Human Gene
Asia-Pacific Society of Human Genetics, East Asian Union of Human Gene
Societies, Human Genetics Society of Australasia, and the Latin American Net
of Human Genetics Societies. See page 9 for a complete list of SPC members.
In 2009, the SPC sent out a call for invited scientific sessions and received
proposals. After extensive review and discussion, the SPC selected 24 propo
with speakers from 15 countries. These sessions address basic research and cli
practices and form the backbone of the program along with a few invited ple
speakers. The abstract submission site opened in February 2011. We were delig
to receive a record number of abstracts (nearly 3900), submitted by authors from
85 countries including over 25 developing nations. All abstracts were scored
independent reviewers constituting a panel of nearly 100 reviewers assembled f
40 different countries. Based on the scores, 324 abstracts were chosen for ple