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WELCOME FROM THE PROGRAM CHAIR
On behalf of the ASHG Program Committee and the Board of Directors, welcome
to the Society’s 63rd Annual Meeting in Boston! The 2013 Program Committee has
developed an exceptional program. This year, we received
3616
abstracts, from
which
411
were chosen for plenary/platform oral presentations and more than
3100
of the remaining abstracts are being presented as scientific posters. In addition, there
are
21
invited sessions, chosen from proposals submitted this year. The Program
Committee has worked to assemble an exciting and fulfilling scientific program that
balances basic, translational, and clinical research with sessions that address timely
issues. Ample time is also dedicated to computational and statistical problems in
human genetics. The schedule features separate tracks (trainee, clinical, social
issues, and education) to help you select the sessions most relevant to your interests.
The meeting begins on Tuesday at 4:30 pmwith the Presidential Address, “
Just
Another
President’
s Speech: BUT
It’
s All About
You,
by Jeff Murray. The address will be
streamed live on the ASHG website and will be followed by the plenary presentations,
with topics including somatic mutations associated with metastasis in brain cancer,
pathogenic de novo CNVs in children with undiagnosed developmental disorders,
nonrandom introgression of the Neanderthal and Denisovan genomes, and novel
approaches to manipulation of gene dosage effects in Down syndrome.
Each day will feature both concurrent invited and platform presentations. Poster
presentations will be held on each of three mornings immediately prior to the lunch
period, and all posters will remain on display throughout the three days. This year’s
reception is being held on Wednesday, in the exhibit hall, to better encourage
networking — the poster topic categories are natural convening sites if you’re looking
for a colleague in your discipline. This reception, and the Annual Meeting as a whole,
will feature the theme of the 65th year of ASHG as well as milestones in genetics, as
highlighted by the 60th anniversary of the double helix, and the 10th anniversary of the
first draft of the human genome. In response to survey requests from prior meeting
attendees, the Program Committee lengthened the lunch period, added more lunch-
time workshops in a variety of topics, and increased the free time in the evenings
for networking.