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March 2019

From the President's Desk
Introducing 2019 President Leslie Biesecker, MD, and the Board of Directors' strategic efforts and priorities.
Executive Update
Creating opportunities for member participation, enhancing diversity offerings, and recognizing excellence.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

International Congress of Human Genetics 2021
ICHG 2021 co-chair Charles Rotimi shares the history of AfSHG and hopes for the upcoming meeting in Cape Town, South Africa.

Ann Reid, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education
Outside Voices: NCSE Executive Director Ann Reid
Ann Reid, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, comments on current challenges related to teaching evolution, such as deeply held beliefs among students and families and the decentralized U.S. education system, and shares opportunities for scientists to participate.

ASHG Joins Efforts Responding to Genome Editing, Exploring Need for Standards
In response to reported genome editing on the embryos of twins, ASHG is taking steps to engage globally and with other scientific organizations in important dialogue around the promise the technology holds and the need to address responsible research and potential misuse.

New Content
With support from H3Africa and NHGRI, the new awards will enable 25 genetics trainees and/or early- to mid-career investigators from Africa to attend ASHG 2019.
In February, staff from ASHG, FASEB, and several other scientific societies came together to discuss diversity in the sciences. Watch an interview with presenter Shirley Malcom, PhD.
Want to attend ASHG 2019 but unsure how to ask? Use our tips to prove the ROI of conference attendance to decisionmakers.
Last month, ASHG relaunched its Genetic Engagement & Education Network: an opportunity for members to share their expertise and enthusiasm with students and the public.
Reflecting the fast pace of genetic research and continuing need for public confidence in study participation, ASHG articulated its support for protections against genetic discrimination worldwide.

Membership for 2019 is now open

Meet the Community
Omer Weissbrod, PhD
Dr. Weissbrod, postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, describes the contributions of genetics and the gut microbiome to complex traits in humans.
 Eve Granatosky
Genetics & Public Policy Fellow Eve Granatosky shares lessons learned and key highlights from the AAAS Annual Meeting in February.

New from AJHG
his month, AJHG editors interviewed Elizabeth Wright about the importance of connecting young students to science, such as by using DNA ancestry tests.
February issue of AJHG

Resource Roundup
Taking place at the New York Academy of Sciences, this symposium will outline challenges and opportunities in translating GWAS hits into successful drug discovery programs. Early bird registration ends March 14.
Registration is now open for Science Talk ’19 at the Tiffany Center in Portland, which features keynotes, workshops, panel discussions, and networking related to science communication.
preLights, a community project in which early-career biologists write blog posts highlighting recent preprints, celebrated its one-year anniversary in February.
Taking place July 8-26, the Summer Institutes address topics including Statistical Genetics and Statistics for Big Data. Registration is now open and scholarships are available.
HCU Network America and HCU Network Australia have announced the first recipient of their cystathionine beta-synthase (CBS) deficiency global grants program.
The UDN is a consortium of sites across the nation aimed at diagnosing patients through a personalized, multidisciplinary approach. Each Grand Rounds session features a description of the clinical phenotype and diagnostic evaluation of one or more UDN participants.
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