ASHG is looking forward to welcoming you to Boston in one week for the American Society of Human Genetics 63rd Annual Meeting. As of October 15, we have over 6,100 scientific registrants and 1,000 exhibit personnel!

The meeting will kick off on Tuesday, October 22, at 4:30 pm with “Just Another President’s Speech (BUT It’s All About You)” by ASHG’s President, Jeff Murray, of the University of Iowa. The top six scoring abstracts will immediately follow the President’s Address.

You can look forward to an exciting few days. The scientific program consists of invited, platform, and poster presentations by leading researchers and will bring you up-to-date with the latest developments in human genetics and genomics. In addition, you can choose from a variety of affiliated events and workshops. Please check the schedule of events  and use the Abstract Viewer and Itinerary Builder to help plan your week.

The meeting will provide you with the opportunity to meet with colleagues to discuss your work and to develop new collaborations and friendships. ASHG hopes you have an informative, rewarding, and enjoyable Annual Meeting.


 

Government Shutdown and Effects on ASHG 2013

With its annual meeting only one week away, ASHG is making contingency plans to deal with the implications of the ongoing shutdown of the federal government.

We are monitoring the situation closely and are hoping for the best, but we are operating under the assumption that the shutdown will continue through the meeting.

If the shutdown continues through the meeting, additional impacts on our program would be as follows:

  • unable to attend: 7 invited speakers, 13 speakers in platform sessions, 11 session moderators, and 115 poster presenters
     
  • Because of the uncertainty surrounding the shutdown we already have cancelled the NCBI workshop on navigating clinical genomic resources (200 attendees).
     
  • cancelled: 4 NIH exhibit booths

During the meeting itself, we will remind participants of the reason for absences and cancellations.

If you would like to leave a message for ASHG staff, or talk to a staff member about the impact of the shutdown on the Boston meeting, please call the following number: 301.634.7302.

To view a recent email action alert from FASEB about the shutdown and its impact on scientific research, click here.

 


 

What's New at ASHG 2013?

ASHG is excited to bring several new features to the meeting this year:

Celebrate with ASHG at the Welcome Reception - Celebrate several important anniversaries with ASHG and your colleagues over drinks, refreshments, networking, and a matching game; Exhibit Hall, Wednesday, October 23, 4:30-6:00 pm.

Ribbons to Assist in Networking - There are "First-Timer" ribbons for those attending their first ASHG meeting, which can serve as an icebreaker amongst colleagues. Also, ASHG Central will have specialty ribbons for attendees, such as Cancer Genetics or Epigenetics. Wear your specialty ribbon and find like-minded colleagues or use it as an icebreaker when meeting new people.

Authors' Corner - Meet the plenary authors of the highest-scoring six scoring abstracts in a less formal atmosphere, Wednesday-Friday, at ASHG Central. See addendum for the schedule. ASHG Central, Exhibit Hall.

Meet the AJHG Editor - Meet David Nelson, editor of the American Journal of Human Genetics, from 11:00 am-12:00 pm Wednesday and Thursday.  ASHG Central, Exhibit Hall.

Exhibit Theater Presentations - Get even more education, right on the show floor! Exhibitors will lead 45-minute presentations on a variety of subjects; check schedule and topics here. Exhibit Hall, Exhibit Theater.

Professional Development Theater - Organized by the trainee-comprised ASHG Professional Development Committee. The format will consist of two independent, 45-minute workshops  on the Exhibition Hall floor. The workshops  will address topics relevant to the career development of trainees (graduate students, postdocs, fellows, etc.). Space is limited to 50 participants per workshop, on a first-come, first-served basis. Exhibit Hall, Professional Development Theater, 12:30-2:00 pm, Wednesday-Friday.


If YOU are New to ASHG 2013, We Suggest...

Plan ahead: Look through the Schedule, the Abstract Viewer and Itinerary Builder, the Program-At-A-Glance, the Mobile App, and even the Program Book once you arrive in Boston. Determine the sessions you would like to attend and make your own agenda. Remember that you can move from one contributed-paper session to the next, catching the first presentation in one, the second in another, and the third in another.

Set your goals: The meeting is quite large, with many things happening at the same time. Write down what you want to get out of the meeting, plan sessions accordingly, and refer to your list throughout the week to make sure you are meeting those goals.

Make connections:  Collaborations can happen anywhere and anytime during ASHG 2013. Have a 10-second introduction of yourself ready for when you meet your colleagues. ASHG has planned sessions for networking, such as the Trainee Networking Lunch and the Opening Reception, and time in the evenings for you to plan get togethers. You can even strike up conversations with fellow attendees at a poster.

Bring business cards: You can share these with colleagues and exhibitors to help you communicate again after the meeting. If you don't have cards, you can use card stock and print some of your own. You want to be ready to share your information - with colleagues and for chances to win prizes!

Get involved in the social media conversations: check out the Facebook page, use the #ASHG2013 hash tag on Twitter – get involved early and hear all the conversations, meet others online. There's even a TweetUp on Tuesday evening!

Attire: The meeting attire is business casual. We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes, as there is much ground to cover in the convention center, and dress in layers, so you can adjust to temperatures in the different rooms of the convention center.

Pace yourself! If you try to be everywhere in the first day or two, you will run out of energy (and interest) by the end of the meeting.


Career Resources and Trainee Development Theater, Exhibit Hall

Career Resources, in partnership with the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), offers a place for job seekers to connect with potential employers. Those looking to fill positions can use Career Resources to find their next employee.

There will be a Professional Development Theater with multiple sessions from 12:30 pm-2:00 pm daily. Check the daily schedule online for details on sessions.


Meet Your Match at ASHG 2013 and Win!

The Welcome Reception will take place Wednesday, October 23, in the Exhibit Hall from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Join your colleagues for refreshments, drinks (every scientific attendee receives one drink ticket), and a lock-and-key networking game.

In 2013, ASHG celebrates 65 years of ASHG, 60 years since the discovery of the double helix, and 10 years since the completion of the Human Genome Project. To honor these milestones in genetics and to encourage networking amongst attendees, you will find an important genetic discovery or a genetic luminary in the upper right-hand corner of your badge.

For example, a person with "Experiments in Plant Hybridization" on his or her badge will want to find someone whose badge reads Gregor Mendel. When you find your match, go to ASHG Central during the Welcome Reception to register to win a pair of iPad Minis. Five teams will be chosen and awarded their prizes at the Business Meeting (Friday, October 25, 5:30 pm). Yes, you must be present to win!

The first few matching teams to arrive at ASHG Central will also receive prizes such as gift certificates to local restaurants and a special sweet treat!


ASHG Central

There is something for everyone at ASHG Central!

  • Enter yourself and your match into the iPad mini drawing;
  • Ask Membership questions;
  • Take home ASHG giveaways;
  • Get information on ASHG 2014 in San Diego. Plan ahead for the ASHG 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego and secure your hotel accommodations while you're in Boston at ASHG Central, or at the onPeak Housing Counter in the North Lobby. Visit the 2014 website for details;
  • Sit and network with colleagues;
  • Meet the plenary speakers in the Authors' Corner (see addendum for schedule);
  • Recharge your devices;
  • Meet the Editor of the American Journal of Human Genetics, David Nelson on Wednesday, October 23, from 11 am-12 pm and Thursday, October 24 from 11 am-12 pm.


Free Silver Line Bus between South Station and Logan Airport

The Silver Line SLI1 is a free bus service that runs between Logan Airport and South Station, which is located less than one mile from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, and centrally located in Downtown Boston. The Silver Line bus stops at each terminal at Logan to pick up and drop off. The Silver Line SL1 is handicapped-accessible and runs from approximately 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. every day of the week.


Dinner Trolley Service at the BCEC

Experience Boston’s neighborhood restaurants by taking the complimentary trolley service from the BCEC Wednesday through Friday between the hours of 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm, to Chinatown, South Boston, and the Waterfront. Reservations are recommended. Return service available before 7:00 pm. Stop by the visitors' counter in the Northwest Lobby, Level 1 (near the food court) for further details. Click here for the flyer and a list of participating restaurants.


Exhibits & Exhibit Hall

View the companies that are exhibiting in Boston and click on the interactive floor plan to help you navigate your way through the show.

Plan to attend exhibitor-led presentations daily in the Exhibit Hall. You can find Exhibit Theater Presentation listings, along with other information about Exhibits, by clicking here.


Have a Wicked Good Time in Boston!

Explore Boston and what you can do while you are in town on the ASHG 2013 microsite here. Remember, you can show your badge to get dining discounts!

Or get restaurant recommendations from Boston-based ASHG members!


 

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