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We hope you are as excited as we are to attend the American Society of Human Genetics 64th Annual Meeting in San Diego, October 18-22, 2014. A number of key events take place this month, including the Early Registration and Hotel Reservations deadlines this Friday, August 29. Don’t miss out on our discounted registration and specially negotiated hotel rates!

Did you know that ASHG membership saves you at least $200 on meeting registration? It’s not too late to become a 2014 member – join now to receive the meeting discount as well as a subscription to The American Journal of Human Genetics and other benefits.

Submitted abstracts have now been programmed. Visit the ASHG 2014 website for details on your Abstract Assignment. The schedule of events now lists all invited, platform, and poster presentations.

Also online are details on this year’s Distinguished Speakers’ Symposium, which will address questions related to big data, and joint Building Bridges Session with the European Society of Human Genetics, which will explore various aspects of genomic uncertainty.

Is this your first time attending ASHG? Check out the schedule of events to learn about the various tracks and sessions we offer, and watch our video overview of the schedule to help you plan your time in San Diego.


August 29: Early Registration
August 29: Hotel Reservations
September 12: Registration Refund Deadline


If you submitted an abstract to ASHG 2014, assignments to the plenary, platform, and poster sessions are now online and listed by the first author’s last name. As you prepare your presentations, refer to our instructions for speakers and posters and guidelines on preparing effective slides.


We are proud to announce the 2014 winners of ASHG’s four prizes in human genetics!

Stuart H. Orkin, winner of the 2014 William Allan Award

Suzanne B. Cassidy, winner of the 2014 Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education

David Valle, winner of the 2014 Victor A. McKusick Leadership Award

Gonçalo R. Abecasis, co-winner of the 2014 Curt Stern Award

Mark J. Daly, co-winner of the 2014 Curt Stern Award

The 2014 awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting on Monday, October 20, from 8:30-10:00 am.

We’d also like to congratulate the semifinalists and finalists of the ASHG Charles J. Epstein Trainee Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research, who will receive complimentary registration and a cash prize. Winners will be announced at the ASHG 2014 Business Meeting on Wednesday, October 22, from 11:15 am-12:30 pm.


Students/Trainees (both members and non-members) may register in this category at the rate of $95 for a one-day registration pass. You can register in this category for Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday only.

Note that multiple one-day registrations are not permitted, and poster authors and programmed speakers are not eligible for one-day registration.


Did you know that members of ASHG receive $200 off the price of trainee registration to the Annual Meeting and $250 off regular registration? If you regularly attend ASHG but are not yet a member of the Society, join now to qualify for these discounts and receive paper or online access to The American Journal of Human Genetics for the rest of the year!

We have several new membership options, including options for two, three, five, or ten years, and joint membership with the European Society of Human Genetics, which offers access to both Societies’ journals and 20 percent off dues for the second society.

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Over 225 U.S. and international companies will be exhibiting at ASHG 2014 in the biggest Exhibit Hall ever, offering attendees a chance to see the latest innovations in genetics-related products, services, and publications.

Click here to view the companies that are exhibiting in San Diego, read about the features of the Exhibit Hall, and use the interactive floor plan to navigate your way through the show.

Don’t forget to look for the Exhibitor Event symbol highlighting the range of educational sessions by exhibitors during lunch and the ExpoEd Exhibitor Theater presentations in the Exhibit Hall. View the full track here. You’ll continue to learn even after official ASHG scientific sessions!



ASHG 2014 features several events specific to trainees, networking, and career development. The Trainee Professional Development Program, presented by FASEB Career Services on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, includes workshops on choosing a career, prepping for interviews, and negotiating with potential employers. Career services staff will also be available for one-on-one guidance and resume critiques in the Exhibit Hall.

New this year are eight topic-specific poster walks led by prominent scientists in the field. The leader of each walk will select three posters to visit and will offer context and highlight key aspects of the research.

Trainees will have a variety of opportunities to network at ASHG 2014. The Trainee-Mentor Luncheon, on Sunday, October 19, features tables organized by scientific topic with two mentors at different stages of their career. The evening Trainee Networking Session, on Monday, October 21, allows for informal mingling with professionals representing a variety of fields.

Peer networking opportunities new to ASHG 2014 include the Trainee Peer Networking Breakfast on Sunday, October 19, and the Trainee-only Lounge open from Sunday through Tuesday, a space in the Exhibit Hall dedicated to early-career attendees.

Advance registration is required for many of these programs.


Attendees may report CME and CEU credits at the conclusion of the meeting via ASHG’s computerized self-reporting system. To apply for credits, check the appropriate box on the registration form.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) and the American Society of Human Genetics. ACMG is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


San Diego is one of the most vibrant and beautiful convention cities. From the time you arrive at the airport and take the five-minute drive into downtown, you will find everything you need within walking distance, such as the city’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, waterfront parks, restaurants and cafes, and PETCO Park.

Learn more about San Diego at the Convention Center’s customized ASHG microsite, which includes discounts to many local restaurants and attractions. Looking to travel beyond city limits? Explore potential destinations using our travel distance map.

The traveling exhibit GENOME: UNLOCKING LIFE’S CODE will be in San Diego during the 2014, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. ASHG and the National Human Genome Research Institute have partnered to provide attendees and their families a 20 percent discount on tickets to the exhibit.


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