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9 Days... until ASHG 2014

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the American Society of Human Genetics 64th Annual Meeting in San Diego, October 18-22, 2014! Register soon; you have until Friday, October 10 to take advantage of our $100 Advance Registration discount.

This year’s meeting kicks off on Saturday, October 18 with ASHG President Cynthia Casson Morton’s presidential address, “The Time of Our Lives,” followed by four opening plenary presentations selected from the top-rated abstracts. The next four days will feature over 400 platform presentations, 3100 poster presentations, invited sessions, symposia, workshops, and numerous other events and networking opportunities.

If this is your first time attending ASHG, this may seem overwhelming. Check out our video overview of the meeting and schedule of events to learn about the tracks and sessions we offer.


October 10: Advance Registration Deadline


On-site scientific registration for ASHG 2014 begins at noon on Saturday, October 18 in Lobby D of the San Diego Convention Center. Registration hours are as follows:

Saturday: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Sunday: 7:00 am-5:00 pm
Monday: 7:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:30 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am-10:00 am

Registered attendees may pick up their printed Program Book and other materials in San Diego during the above hours. These materials will not be mailed in advance.

One-day registration is available for students and trainees. You may register in this category for Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday only. Multiple one-day registrations are not permitted. Poster authors and invited speakers are not eligible for one-day registration.

Guest registration will be available on site for family members of registered scientific attendees. The fee is $125 per guest and includes admission to the Exhibit Hall and the Welcome Reception on Sunday. It does not include access to scientific sessions.


Full abstracts are now online and searchable. Download the lists of platform and poster presentations to view and print.

To access your meeting schedule while on the go, create an account on the meeting website to save abstracts of interest using our online planner or the 2014 Meeting App, now available for iOS and Android devices. As long as you use the same account, you can use any device to view and edit your schedule, share your calendar with colleagues, find your way around the Convention Center, and more!


We have implemented a number of new initiatives at ASHG 2014, some of which you’ll notice as soon as you arrive. This year, attendees who provided their Twitter handles when registering will have them printed on their badges. In an ongoing effort to save paper, the 2014 Program Book will be reduced in size, and the popular Program-at-a-Glance will be consolidated with the notebook.

The 2014 meeting includes new, collaborative events with partner organizations and others working in genetics and genomics:

  • The ASHG-ASBH Joint Satellite Symposium on Saturday addresses emerging ELSI issues in genomics

  • The ASHG-ESHG Building Bridges Session on Tuesday morning addresses evolving uncertainties in genomic medicine

  • The Genetic Portrait Project, an interactive art exhibit on display throughout the meeting, asks attendees, “How do you think genetic research will affect the future?”

  • Movie screenings of Twitch (2011) and On Beauty (2014), both about people with genetic conditions, feature introductions and Q&A with the filmmakers

2014 also marks the 65th anniversary of The American Journal of Human Genetics. Drop by the AJHG booth in ASHG Central for a commemorative lanyard and your copy of AJHG Classics, a compilation of historical papers published in the journal since 1949.


We have received many questions about the new policy issued by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) concerning logos on slides at CME-eligible events. We have clarified the rules concerning commercial and non-commercial interests with our colleagues at the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG), which provides CME credits for the ASHG meeting. The rules that govern our meeting are as follows:

  1. As defined by ACCME, “a commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.”
  2. A speaker whose work is supported by a commercial entity may credit that support at the outset of the presentation using text only. Company branding may not be used throughout the presentation, e.g., logo or color scheme.
  3. A speaker from a non-commercial entity may credit the organization(s) using logos on the acknowledgment slide, preferably the last slide. The speaker may not brand the overall presentation with logos or designs from the organization(s).

These regulations are non-negotiable.

For details, including specific definitions of commercial and non-commercial entities, please see the ASHG 2014 Logo Policy for Slides.


Thinking about the next stage in your genetics career? ASHG 2014 features several opportunities to explore your goals and ways to attain them. Coaches from FASEB Career Resources will be on hand to provide career guidance, including interview tips and resume/CV critiques - be sure to stop by their booth in the Exhibit Hall to make your appointment. For a sense of the variety of jobs out there, check out the job listings on, a joint initiative of ASHG and the Genetics Society of America.

For more specific guidance, trainees are encouraged to attend 45-minute, lunchtime workshops on Nailing the Job Talk & Interview Prep, Negotiating Strategies for Scientists, and How to Choose Your Ideal Career.


Photo, video, and audio recording of scientific sessions and Exhibit Hall activity - including posters - will not be permitted. Note that meeting attendees who violate this policy may be asked to leave.

By default, presentation content can be shared via social media such as Twitter and Facebook. However, speakers may opt out of this for part or all of their talk. See the speaker guidelines for details.

Trainee Icon EXHIBITS

Over 240 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 for a list of companies exhibiting in San Diego, features of the Exhibit Hall, a list of exhibiting companies by product/service keyword, and an interactive floor plan. And check for the Exhibitor Event symbol highlighting 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!


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.


The ASHG 2014 Business and Membership meeting will be held the morning of Wednesday, October 22. Join us to get involved in current and planned ASHG activities, discuss proposed changes to the ASHG bylaws, and vote on the minutes from last year’s meeting.


San Diego is one of the most vibrant and beautiful convention cities. A number of landmarks are within walking distance of the Convention Center, 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.

The San Diego International Airport, serviced by 22 airlines, is a ten-minute drive from downtown San Diego. Taxis, buses, and trains service both the airport and the Convention Center. Visit our Travel page for details as you plan your trip, and explore nearby cities 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% discount on tickets to the exhibit. Tickets can be purchased from the counters in Lobby D Saturday through Tuesday.


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