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26 Days... until ASHG 2014

Less than one month to go until the American Society of Human Genetics 64th Annual Meeting in San Diego, October 18-22, 2014! If you haven’t yet registered, you have until October 10 to take advantage of our $100 Advance Registration discount.

Is this your first time attending ASHG? Watch our video overview as an orientation to the meeting, and check out the schedule of events to learn about the various tracks and sessions we offer.


October 10: Advance Registration Deadline


Full abstracts are now online and searchable by keyword, author name, session type, and more. You can also download the lists of platform and poster presentations to view and print.

Tip: When browsing, make a note of abstracts that interest you! Our online planner and meeting app, coming soon, will allow you to create a personalized calendar for the meeting that you can use across all of your devices.


If you submitted an abstract to ASHG 2014, assignments to the plenary, platform, and poster sessions are 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.

Presenting a poster? We have teamed up with the FedEx Office and Printer Center in the San Diego Convention Center to offer the option of printing posters on site in San Diego. Files must be uploaded to the FedEx ASHG 2014 microsite in PDF form, measuring 34” horizontal by 44” vertical. The cost is $81.00 including tax on or before October 10, and increases to $145.80 including tax for October 11-17. Orders will not be accepted after October 17.


ASHG 2014 features a number of opportunities to connect with fellow attendees online and in person. For the first time this year, attendees may choose to have their Twitter handles printed on their meeting badges. We are also hosting an #ASHG14 Tweetup sponsored by Integrated DNA Technologies on the evening of Saturday, October 18, where social media users can meet and exchange ideas over drinks and appetizers.

On Sunday, October 19, drop by the Welcome Reception to catch up with colleagues, view posters, explore exhibitor products and services, and enjoy light snacks and drinks. Be sure to visit The American Journal of Human Genetics booth at ASHG Central to celebrate the journal’s 65th year of publication and collect a commemorative lanyard.

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Trainee-specific networking events include the Trainee-Mentor Luncheon on Sunday, October 19, where each table will focus on a different genetics topic and include two mentors; the evening Trainee Networking Session on Monday, October 21, where trainees can mingle with professionals in a variety of fields; and (new this year) the Trainee Peer Networking Breakfast on Sunday, October 19.


We are excited to congratulate the 2014 winners of the 2014 C.W. Cotterman Awards, selected annually by the editorial board of The American Journal of Human Genetics. These awards are given to the authors of two papers published within the previous year that best represent outstanding contributions to the field of human genetics.

Jennifer R. Kulzer, BS
Cotterman Award Winner

Shurjo K. Sen, PhD
Cotterman Award Winner

Winners will be presented with their certificates at the ASHG Business Meeting on Wednesday, October 22.


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 invited 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 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.

View a list of companies exhibiting in San Diego, features of the Exhibit Hall, a list of exhibitors sorted by product/service offered, 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 on Wednesday, October 22 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Join us to learn about and get involved in current and planned ASHG activities. Attendees should read the minutes from last year’s meeting, as they will be voted on during the 2014 Business Meeting.

This year’s Business Meeting will also include a discussion of proposed changes to the ASHG bylaws. Major changes include the following:

  • Replacement of objectives section with the new mission statement
  • Elimination of second past president from the Board of Directors
  • Addition of a trainee and junior faculty member to the Board of Directors
  • Addition of one trainee to each of several standing committees
  • Revision of amendment process
  • Election of treasurer and secretary
  • Description of committees moved to appendices, and
  • Change in status of the communications committee from ad hoc to standing


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 meeting, 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.


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Travel Information
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Follow ASHG on Twitter (@GeneticsSociety), and use the #ASHG14 hashtag to see the latest updates and join the conversation!


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