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ISCA, DbVar). In addition, there will be a session on how scientists can use social
media to benefit their career as well as a workshop on Diagnostic Dilemmas, with
presentation of rare and unknown cases.
The Society’s Board of Directors and the Program Committee continue to share a
strong commitment for trainee academic development. Therefore, this year,
we have
increased the value of trainee awards.
The awards were also renamed to honor the
late Charles J. Epstein. We continue to offer several events designed to assist our
trainee members in their transition toward professional independence. These events
include: (1) the Undergraduate Faculty Genetics Education Workshop, (2) the Trainee-
Mentor Luncheon, (3) the Trainee Development Program and Networking Reception,
and (4) a Mock NIH Study Section Workshop. Please refer to page 29 for the “trainee
meeting within the meeting” schedule.
The meeting will conclude on Saturday with a special closing symposium entitled,
Human Genetics 2012 and Beyond: Present Progress and Future Frontiers
pm to 1:00 pm. This symposiumwill feature a panel of five outstanding geneticists
with diverse perspectives: Han Brunner, Hal Dietz, Dian Donnai, Lynn Jorde, and Jay
Shendure. The panel will address exciting advances presented at this year’s meeting
and will discuss the opportunities and challenges for the coming years. Attendees will
have opportunities to ask questions of the panelists during the session in person and
through social media. Chris Gunter will also pose relevant questions to attendees via
social media during the meeting, and summarize the responses at the opening of
the session.
To determine whether the programmatic changes implemented were successful, and
to gather suggestions for future meetings, we will be sending an online survey after
the meeting to all attendees. Please take the time to complete the survey and provide
us with valuable feedback that we can consider for future meetings.
Developing a program for the ASHG Annual Meeting is a complex process, requiring the
coordinated efforts of many individuals over thousands of person-hours. A description
of how the Program Committee puts together the scientific content of the meeting can
be found on page 327. This past year, I have had the privilege of working with a truly
exceptional Program Committee — each member generously volunteering his/her
expertise and time to develop an outstanding scientific program. I am also grateful to
the Education, Social Issues, and Awards committees for their valuable contributions
to the meeting. Finally, my deepest appreciation goes to our ASHG administrative staff
with a special note of thanks to Peggi McGovern, Pauline Minhinnett, and Dr. Joann
Boughman) for their enthusiastic dedication and tireless work in making our Annual
Meeting the success that it is.
I hope that you enjoy the meeting, and again, a warm welcome to San Francisco!
Joel N. Hirschhorn, MD, PhD
Program Committee Chair
Boston’s Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Broad Institute