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poster presentations. Four top-scoring abstracts were selected for plenary time
on Wednesday and Saturday. The response by the world genetics community to
Congress has been remarkable!
Congress Highlights
The Congress will commence at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, October 11 with a spe
genetics-themed performance by Cirque Éloize. The Opening Ceremony/Welco
Remarks will be immediately followed by a panel discussion on Whole Gen
Sequencing. The panel of four geneticists (James Lupski, Seong-Jin Kim, Ja
Watson and Marjolein Kriek) will describe the impact of having their own geno
sequenced while offering their expert perspective on the future of sequen
technology on genetics.
We have introduced two debate sessions: Technology (Thursday at 4:15 pm)
Gene Patenting (Friday at 8:00 am). In addition, there are two plenary sessions
a mix of invited and abstract-driven speakers. The first plenary session is Wedne
(8:00 am) on the topic of Epigenetics (Douglas Wallace and Emma Whitelaw).
second plenary is Saturday (10:30 am) on the topic of Populations and Evol
(Lalji Singh and Michael Stratton). A special workshop, entitled “Clinical Gen
and Molecular Services in Developing Countries” (Wednesday, 12:30 pm) will pro
opportunities for education, networking, and participation in epidemiologic rese
The Congress will conclude on Saturday with the plenary session by Peter Si
titled “The Grandest Challenge: Bringing Life Sciences from Lab to Village,” follo
by closing remarks from the Congress, ASHG and IFHGS leadership.
ASHG Presidential Address and Awards
On Wednesday evening starting at 6:15 pm, we have scheduled the ASHG Preside
Address fromPresident Lynn Jorde and presentation of the ASHG Award for Excell
in Human Genetics Education, the ASHG Victor McKusick Leadership Award,
ASHG Business Meeting, the ASHG Trainee Award Winner Announcements and
C.W. Cotterman Award Winner Announcements. On Thursday during the lunch pe
starting at 12:30 pm, we have scheduled the ASHG Curt Stern Award Presenta
the ASHG William Allan Award Presentation, and the Gruber Genetics Prize A
The Congress is focused on trainee academic development. Specific event
trainees are marked with a mortar board symbol in the program, and include: (1)
Undergraduate Faculty Genetics Education Workshop, (2) the Trainee-Me
Luncheon, (3) the Trainee Development Program and Networking Reception, (
Publications Workshop, and (5) FASEB Career Resources. Please refer to page 3
the “Trainee Meeting within the Meeting” schedule.
Social Events, Networking and Sightseeing Opportunities
We recognize the importance of needing to relax at the end of a long day. We
arranged for a private concert at the Notre-Dame Basilica, scheduled for Thur
evening (starting at 7:30 pm). Canada’s star countertenor, recording artist Daniel Ta
will perform to an audience of 1000 ICHG delegates. We hope you participate in