We are looking forward to seeing you at the American Society of Human Genetics 63rd Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, October 22-26, 2013. Please take a few minutes to read the September issue of the eNews and find reminders, highlights, and tips to help you plan your travel and maximize your opportunities at ASHG 2013.


Use the online Abstract Search and Itinerary Builder to plan your week! You can search invited and platform sessions, poster sessions, and more.



Spotlight on Plenary Abstracts & Authors

ASHG congratulates the top six abstracts and authors. Plan to arrive in time to see them present on Tuesday, October 22 in Hall B2 starting at 5:00 pm.

Whole exome sequencing of 94 matched brain metastases and paired primary tumors reveals patterns of clonal evolution and selection of driver mutations. S. L. Carter, Broad institute
Pathogenic de novo SNVs, indels and CNVs in 1,000 children with undiagnosed developmental disorders. M. Hurles, Wellcome Trust Sanger Inst, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Chromatin loops and CNVs: The complex spatial organization of the 16p11.2 locus. M. N. Loviglio, Center for Integrative Genomics (CIG)
Fine-mapping GWAS followed by genome editing identifies an essential erythroid enhancer at the HbF-associated BCL11A locus. D. E. Bauer, Boston Children's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
Translating dosage compensation to Trisomy 21: A novel approach to Down syndrome. J. B. Lawrence, University Massachusetts Medical School
Insights into population history from a high coverage Neandertal genome. D. Reich, Neandertal Genome Consortium

Plenary Author's Corner

Meet these plenary authors and ask your questions in a less formal setting at ASHG Central, in the Exhibit Hall, booth 627:

Wednesday, October 23

1:00-1:30 pm Maria Nicla Loviglio
1:30-2:00 pm David Reich
4:30-5:00 pm Jeanne B. Lawrence

Thursday, October 24

12:00-12:30 pm Matthew Hurles
12:30-1:00 pm Daniel E. Bauer

Friday, October 25

1:30-2:00 pm Scott L. Carter

Each session will be moderated by a member of the Program Committee.

Congratulations to the Cotterman Award Winners

Each year, two people are recognized for the best contributions to The American Journal of Human Genetics by trainees:

Alleles of a Polymorphic ETV6 Binding Site in DCDC2 Confer Risk of Reading and Language Impairment, Natalie R. Powers, Yake Univ.

Length Distributions of Identity by Descent Reveal Fine-Scale Demographic History, Pier Francesco Palamara, Columbia Univ.

Attend the award presentation Saturday, October 26 at 8:20 am in Hall B2.

Celebrate with ASHG at the Welcome Reception - Network 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, a bar (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, the person with "Experiments on Plant Hybridization" on their badge will want to find someone with Gregor Mendel on their badge. When you find your discovery or discoverer, 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 and Membership Meeting (Friday, October 25, 5:30 pm). Yes, you must be present to win!

ASHG 2012 Business Meeting

Members of ASHG should read the minutes from last year’s meeting as they will be voted on at the ASHG Business and Membership meeting, which will be held on Friday, October 25 in Hall B2, 5:30-6:30 pm in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Remember - There are Two Convention Centers in Boston!

There are two convention centers in Boston: The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the Hynes Convention Center. ASHG 2013 is at the BCEC!

When you are telling a cab or shuttle driver your destination, or asking for directions, or even looking at signs, you should be specific. Ask for the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center or the BCEC on Summer Street!

Click here for more information on getting to the BCEC including directions on public transportation.

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 on attending 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 members!




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