Indicates Education-related events. This track highlights sessions, events, and workshops falling into two categories. The first category encompasses research and best practices in genetics education at all levels. The second category includes content presented at a level accessible to those without specific expertise in the session/event/workshop topic.
Indicates Trainee-related events. This track highlights sessions, events, and workshops focused on skills development, career development, and networking that may be of particular interest to trainees (graduate student, post doc, fellow, resident).
Indicates Clinical-related events. This track highlights sessions, events, and workshops focused on clinical aspects of human genetics.
Indicates Social Issues-related events. This track highlights sessions, events, and workshops focused on social, legal, and ethical issues in basic and clinical human genetics.
Indicates Exhibitor Education Events. The Exhibitor Events Track highlights educational programming by companies exhibiting at ASHG 2016. Topics range from presentation of new research, case studies, and best practices.
Indicates CME/CEU-eligible events. This track highlights sessions, events, and workshops that are eligible for continuing education credits.
Session Type Descriptions
Plenary: These events have no concurrent sessions or activities. The Presidential Address, Presidential Symposium, and Featured Plenary Abstract Sessions are all plenary events. Featured Plenary Abstract Sessions include a diverse set of presentations selected from the top-rated abstracts.
Invited: These sessions are developed and proposed by ASHG members around a particular topic of interest and run in concurrent timeslots. Typically, they include four talks and an optional introduction of the topic.
Platform: These abstract-driven sessionsare concurrent sets of talks grouped together by a central theme. They feature approximately the top 10% of abstracts submitted.
Poster: Poster sessions are abstract-driven, occurring at dedicated times when poster presenters are at their poster boards. Posters remain in the poster hall for three days (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday). Some posters are selected for Poster Talks. These short, rapid-fire presentations on Tuesday night provide a sneak peek into top-scoring posters across topics.
Workshops/Ticketed Events: Interactive invited workshops are proposed and developed by ASHG members. They frequently feature commonly used software or broadly applicable techniques related to genetics and genomics. ASHG also offers a slate of skill-building workshops and ticketed events. Attendance is by advance ticket purchase only, with a $10 discount for members.
Ancillary Events: These are non-ASHG-sponsored events. Examples include business meetings, social gatherings, receptions, committee meetings, product demonstrations, and guest speaker sessions.
Exhibitor Education Events: These are non-ASHG-sponsored events held during breakfast or lunch at one of the co-headquarter hotels (Hilton Orlando or Hyatt Regency). Both venues are connected to the Convention Center.
Exhibit Hall Education: These are 30-45 minute learning opportunities in three Exhibit Hall theaters called CoLabs, organized by category: Clinical, Data, and Laboratory. CoLab sessions are organized by ASHG and/or exhibiting companies.
Awards: These are presentations scheduled at the Annual Meeting for ASHG’s prestigious awards and usually occur prior to plenary sessions each day. After being presented with their award, recipients typically deliver a short talk about their work.
Special Events: These are plenary sessions that vary year to year, and have included joint symposia with other organizations and the Late-Breaking Abstract Session.
ASHG Committee Meetings: These are closed ASHG Committee and Board meetings. Attendance is by invitation only.