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American Society of Human Genetics - San Diego - October 18-22, 2014 Contact Search


As a result of the ASHG strategic planning process that took place in 2013, we will implement a number of new initiatives at the 2014 Annual Meeting.

65 Years of AJHG
Although The American Journal of Human Genetics is not a new initiative, 2014 is nonetheless a special year for the premier publication of ASHG, which has been publishing the highest quality human genetics research since 1949. Meet the journal’s scientific editors in the AJHG booth in ASHG Central and pick up a limited edition lanyard celebrating 65 years of AJHG. Each attendee will receive a compilation of classic papers from the past 65 years in AJHG.


Poster Walks (Monday and Tuesday; Exhibit Hall)
On Monday and Tuesday, prominent scientists in the field will lead poster walks in eight different topic areas, each of which will feature three posters. The leaders will offer context and highlight the most significant and thought-provoking aspects of the research. Poster walks required advance registration and were available only to trainee members. All poster walks are fully subscribed.


Click here for a list of all the selected posters. Congratulations to the authors.


Monday, October 20, 12:45-1:45 pm
Epigenetics: Led by Haig Kazazian
Clinical Genetics and Dysmorphology: Led by Judy Hall
Bioinformatics and Genomic Technology: Led by Ross Hardison
Clinical Genetic Testing: Led by David Ledbetter


Tuesday, October 21, 12:45-1:45 pm
Statistical Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology: Led by Aravinda Chakravarti
Metabolic Disorders: Led by David Valle
Molecular Basis of Mendelian Disorders: Led by Lou Kunkel
Ethical, Legal, Social, and Policy Issues in Genetics: Led by Wylie Burke



Featured Presentations (Monday and Tuesday; Hall B1)
Featured presentations (25 minutes each) kick off the mornings of Monday and Tuesday. Along with the four featured presentations at the opening plenary session on Saturday evening, these six talks represent the year’s highest-scoring submitted abstracts.


ASHG/ESHG Building Bridges Session: Evolving Uncertainties in Genomic Medicine
(Tuesday; Hall B1)

There is a critical need for further research into the various uncertainties inherent to genomic sequencing, and into understanding how laboratory scientists, genetics providers, and patients perceive, respond to, and manage these uncertainties. This session will focus on five dimensions of uncertainty:


History of Uncertainty in Genomic Medicine (Reed Pyeritz)

Effectively Communicating Uncertainty to Patients (Paul Han)

Management of Uncertainty in Assigning Pathogenicity to Variants (Les Biesecker)

Perceptions of Uncertainties in Consenting to Participate in Sequencing Studies and Receiving Results
(Barb Biesecker)

Managing the Ambiguity and Complexity of Uncertainty by Patients (Aad Tibben)


Trainees-Only Lounge (Sunday through Tuesday; Exhibit Hall)
Relax in the new Trainee Lounge in the Exhibit Hall, a space specifically designed for our early-career meeting attendees. Meet up with friends and colleagues, discuss the best sessions and posters you've seen, find out what ASHG has to offer trainees at the meeting, and more.



Trainee Peer Networking Breakfast (Sunday, Room 25ABC)
New this year, this event gives you dedicated time to network with other meeting attendees at similar stages in their careers. Meet potential collaborators, make new friends, and participate in an icebreaker game to be entered to win prizes!


Reach MD Audio Interviews
ASHG is working with ReachMD, a medical communications company that offers certified learning programs to busy healthcare professionals via radio and online, on a special series of 15-minute segments focusing on genetics. ReachMD radio will be next to ASHG Central, and the radio hosts plan to interview attendees on a variety of topics ranging from hereditary cancers to the clinical implications of whole genome sequencing.




Genetics in Motion Film Screenings (Sunday through Tuesday; Professional
Development Theater)

ASHG is thrilled to welcome two filmmakers and their projects for exclusive screenings and sneak previews.



Kristen Powers’ documentary Twitch (2011) explores the impact of genetic testing on a young person whose mother has Huntington disease and examines the basic science of the disease itself.

Director Joanna Rudnick follows former fashion photographer Rick Guidotti in On Beauty (2014) as he photographs people with genetic conditions who have traditionally been excluded from the mainstream definition of beautiful. The film follows Sarah, born with the neurological and skin disorder Sturge-Weber syndrome, and Jayne, called a “walking bank note” in Eastern Africa, where people with albinism are hunted by witch doctors for their body parts. Sarah and Jayne represent the 350 million people around the world with rare diseases.



The filmmakers will introduce their documentaries and will answer questions from the audience.
Twitch Screening Sunday, October 19; 2:30-3:45 pm with Kristen Powers
On Beauty Sneak Preview Tuesday, October 21; 10:30-11:30 am with Rick Guidotti



The Genetics Portrait Project: An Interactive Art Exhibit (Saturday through Tuesday; Ballroom 20 Foyer)
How do you think genetics research will affect the future? This initiative is based on an ongoing photo documentary by Stefan Petranek, an assistant professor at Indiana/Purdue University. Attendees wishing to participate will use a small poster board to describe the impact of genetics on the future and will be photographed with the final product. Portraits taken during the course of the conference will be displayed as an evolving exhibition.




ASBH/ASHG Symposium: From Clinical to Community Sequencing: Emerging Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Genomics (Saturday; Room 30)
This symposium/panel will discuss three emerging topics (below) of widespread interest to members of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) and ASHG. Free to registrants of either meeting, it is designed to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration through the discussion of new studies and policy developments related to genetics and social, ethical, and legal issues.


*New statement from ASHG on pediatric genetic testing
*Genomics and preventive genomic sequencing
*Future of an individualistic ethic for genomic medicine



Genome Exhibit at the Fleet Science Center
The traveling exhibit GENOME: UNLOCKING LIFE’S CODE will be in San Diego during the 2014 Annual Meeting, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. ASHG and NHGRI have partnered to provide attendees and their families a 20% discount on tickets to the exhibit. Ticket sales for this exhibit will be available in Lobby E.


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