Page 10 - ASHG 2013 Program Guide

The Society’s Board of Directors and the Program Committee continue to share a
strong commitment for academic development of trainees. The Program offers
several events designed to assist our trainee members in their transition toward
professional independence. Please refer to page 32 for the “trainee meeting-within-
the-meeting” schedule.
The meeting will conclude on Saturday with the Distinguished Speakers Symposium,
Medical Systems
from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm. The session will provide the
ASHG community with an update from a trio of trailblazing experts who are developing
applications of systems biology to medical genetics. Aviv Regev, Marc Vidal, and Garry
Nolan will provide varying perspectives on the use of genomics data to build predictive
models of physiological states of the cell and the organism, including disease states.
To determine whether the programmatic changes we 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. As this
year demonstrates, we DO use your feedback to continually improve our meeting.
Developing a program for the ASHG Annual Meeting is a complex process, requiring
the coordinated efforts of many individuals over thousands of person-hours. This past
year, I have had the privilege of working with a truly exceptional Program Committee—
each member generously volunteering his or her expertise and time to develop an
outstanding scientific program. I am also grateful to the Information and Education,
Social Issues, and Awards committees for their valuable contributions to the meeting.
Finally, my deepest appreciation goes to our ASHG administrative staff 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 Boston!
Andrew G. Clark, PhD
Program Committee Chair
Cornell University