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  Welcome Reception
  The Genetic Portrait Project
  Genome Exhibit: San Diego Science Center



ASHG/ASBH Joint Satellite Symposium: From Clinical to Community Sequencing: Emerging Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Genomics

Saturday, October 18

10:30 am–2:30 pm

San Diego Convention Center, Room 30, Upper Level

This symposium is free to registrants of the ASHG and ASBH meetings. You must wear your ASHG or ASBH meeting badge to gain admittance. Pre-registration is not required. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Moderator: Eric Juengst, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This symposium is designed to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration through the discussion of new studies and policy developments related to genetics and social, ethical, and legal issues. The presenters will discuss three emerging topics as outlined below.

Organizers: NIH CEER Consortium
Co-sponsors: American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) ELSI Affinity Group; American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Social Issues Committee.

Refreshments sponsored by ASBH ELSI Affinity Group/Stanford University Center for Bioethics.

10:30 am: New guidance on pediatric genetic testing
ASHG is sponsoring a new committee to update its recommendations on genetic testing in children. This statement should be complete by the fall of 2014. This committee will address the recent controversy over the ACMG statement on reporting incidental findings in sequencing. The AAP/ACMG published an update to its statement on genetic testing in children in 2013. This discussion will present the recommendations of each group and highlight similarities and differences. 

  • ASHG Social Issues Committee Recommendations. Jeff Botkin, Univ. of Utah
  • AAP/ACMG Recommendations. Howard Saal, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • Parental Perspectives on Return of Pediatric Results. Joon-Ho Yu, Univ. of Washington
  • Sequencing and Return of Results in Newborn Screening. Aaron Goldenberg, Case Western Reserve Univ. 

11:40-11:55 am: Break


11:55 am: Genomics and preventive genomic sequencing
The falling costs of DNA sequencing are making it possible to contemplate the integration of targeted or WES sequencing into preventive screening protocols for newborns and adults to benefit population health, in both clinical and public health contexts. This session will survey the new research efforts assessing these proposals and discuss the issues that are emerging for such efforts. 

  • Participant Preferences and Reactions to Return of Results of Whole Exome Sequencing. Wendy Chung,
    Columbia Univ.  
  • Preventive Genomic Screening in Adults. Gail Henderson, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Physician/Patient Responses to Pharmacogenetic Testing. Malia Fullerton, Univ. of Washington 
  • Issues in Immunogenic Screening for Infection Risk. Gail Geller, Johns Hopkins Univ. 


1:00-1:15 pm: Break

1:30 pm: The future of an individualistic ethic for genomic medicine
As genomics research moves to the population level, is translated into population health services, and is rebranded as offering “precision” rather than “personalized” medicine, challenges are emerging for our individualistic traditions in research and clinical ethics. Building on the discussions of the first two panels, this session will probe the deeper ethical and legal implications of recent trends regarding:

  • The Role of Consent in Stewardship Models of Research Governance. Barbara Koenig, Univ. of California, San Francisco
  • Genetic Testing Disclosures in the Context of Families. Robert Klitzman, Columbia Univ.
  • Crowdsourced Research via Consumer Genomics Services. Sandra Lee, Stanford Univ.
  • Genomic Sovereignty Claims and International Genomic Research Policies. Shubha Chandrasekharan, Duke Univ.


Integrated DNA Technologies#ASHG14 Tweetup

Saturday, October 18

7:30-9:30 pm

The Tipsy Crow, 770 Fifth Avenue,
San Diego, CA 92101


Ever wonder what all of those people tweeting at ASHG 2014 are like in person? Here's your chance to find out. Join the members of the ASHG communications committee and any other ASHG attendees who use social media like Twitter – or anyone who wants to learn – for appetizers, drinks, and conversation in the upstairs lounge. Sponsored by Integrated DNA Technologies, this event is open to all ASHG attendees, including press and exhibitors. The first 75 people to arrive will receive a complimentary drink.


Join Us for the Welcome Reception

Sunday, October 19
6:00-7:00 pm

Exhibit Hall, San Diego Convention Center


The Welcome Reception is open to all scientific registrants, exhibitors, and paid guests and offers an atmosphere in which attendees can become acquainted with new colleagues or reacquainted with former colleagues. Network with other attendees, visit exhibitor booths, and view posters; the poster areas offer a logical way to find colleagues with shared interests. At the same time, enjoy light snacks and one complimentary drink ticket. Only scientific registrants will receive a drink ticket, which can be exchanged for a soft drink, beer, or wine only. A cash bar with will also be available.






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