2017 New Initiatives and Special Features

The ASHG 2017 Annual Meeting features several new initiatives and special features to help attendees connect with the latest human genetics science – and one another – in novel, productive ways.

ASHG and ISPG Joint Symposium: The Mind Matters: Psychiatry Meets Human Genetics

This special symposium is organized jointly by ASHG and the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG) on Tuesday, October 17, 1:00-4:00 pm. This session is intended to increase interactions between these two related communities and thereby increase the prospects for productive collaborations. Speakers and session details are available here. This event requires a separate ticket, available on the registration form to attendees of either ASHG 2017 or the World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics (WCPG). Plan to arrive Tuesday and register early! We anticipate this event being popular and selling out quickly.

Poster Talks Return

Poster Talks Return

The Poster Talks return to this year’s meeting on Tuesday, October 17, 7:15-9:15 pm. This session gives you a sneak peek at some of the top-scoring posters across a variety of topics through rapid-fire presentations. Arrive early to network with your fellow attendees over light refreshments. Conversations with the presenters will continue at the Poster Sessions throughout the meeting. The event is open to all scientific registrants.

Friday Networking Lunch with Thought Leaders

New this year, attendees can register for a networking lunchtime roundtable, from 1:15-2:15 pm on Friday, October 20. These roundtables are an opportunity to engage in interesting conversations led by top scientists, policy experts, and industry leaders on topics such as genetic counseling, clinical cytogenetics, and changing career paths.Visit this webpage to sign up and see full descriptions of each topic. Roundtables are free of charge but require advance sign-up. Space is limited, so sign up now!

Roundtable Discussion Leaders


Robin Bennett, MS, CGC
University of Washington

Genetic counseling in the age of WES and WGS

Charles Lee, PhD
Director of Genomic Medicine, Jackson Laboratory

Mentorship and changing career paths and opportunities at the Jackson Laboratory

Derek Scholes, PhD
ASHG Director of Policy

Discussion on DTC Testing

Jun Shen, PhD
Associate Lab Director, CytoGenomics

Future of and trends in clinical cytogenomics

Larry Brody, Division Director for the Division of Genomics and Society, NHGRI
Carolyn Hutter, Acting Division Director for the Division of Genome Sciences, NHGRI

Overview of NHGRI genomics programs and funding opportunities

Sean Hoffher, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Jane Juusola, PhD
Director Clinical Genomics Program, GeneDx

Crossing to the dark side of industry isn't so different after all…the similarities between academic and industry genetics.

Child Care at Meeting

ASHG is pleased to continue partnering with KiddieCorp to offer on-site child care at the meeting. Please see General Information for details.

Diversity Breakfast

The purpose of the Diversity Breakfast, Wednesday, October 18, at 7:15 am, is to mentor trainees from underrepresented minority groups, and to share information on training and career opportunities in genetics and genomics, including medical genetics. To ensure that advances in genomics are translated into precise and individualized medical care for persons of all backgrounds, there is a need for a culturally diverse workforce of physicians and biomedical researchers. To attend this event, a separate ticket must be purchased in advance during the registration process.

Exhibit Hall is Your Solutions Hub

Exhibit Hall is Your Solutions Hub

Enhance your experience by attending bite-size, 30-minute talks in the Co-Labs in the Exhibit Hall, Wednesday through Friday. ASHG and exhibitors will hold mini-sessions during the lunch period and Poster Sessions each day. For example, on Wednesday, October 18, The American Journal of Human Genetics will present on how best to submit to AJHG and editors will be available to answer your questions. CoLabs will also feature an industry challenge each day, where attendees will be encouraged to participate and brainstorm solutions. There are three theaters, each with an over-arching theme: Laboratory, Clinical, and Data. Sessions run concurrently; there’s something for everyone!

Boxed Lunches for Purchase

New for 2017! We now offer the option to purchase a boxed lunch for pick-up in the Exhibit Hall, Wednesday through Friday, October 18-20. You must purchase your lunch in advance during the registration process. There are multiple options available, including vegetarian, gluten-free, and kosher selections.

Registration and Workshop Fees

The Board of Directors approved a modest increase in registration fees for members and nonmembers for the first time since 2010. This increase was implemented due to rising meeting costs. As a benefit to members, workshop fees for members decreased from $25 to $15 (the fee for non-members remains at $25). So, remember to renew your ASHG membership before registering for the meeting!

Opening Reception with Matching Game and Music from Ethidium Spill

On Wednesday, October 18, from 7:00-9:00 pm after a full day of science, ASHG invites you to enjoy an evening of fun with your fellow colleagues. Celebrate genetics at ASHG 2017 with lawn games, refreshments, and a new matching game. When you arrive at ASHG 2017, your meeting bag will have a button (badge) of an iconic image in genetics. At the Opening Reception, you’ll find your match, make a friend, and win a prize!  

ASHG2017 Matching Game
The reception will feature a very special musical guest: Ethidium Spill, whose members include genetic rock stars Francis Collins, Anthony Antonellis, and Elliott Margulies. Party with old friends and new colleagues and get amped up for another outstanding meeting! This event is open to all registered attendees. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a cash bar.

Early Career Award

ASHG has introduced the Early Career Award to its line-up of prestigious awards. This award recognizes scientists in the early stages of their careers as independent investigators. This year’s recipient will be honored on Friday, October 20, at 5:15 pm immediately prior to the Plenary Abstract sessions.