For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 10:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time
Media Contact: Kara Flynn, (202) 257-8424, firstname.lastname@example.org
ROCKVILLE, MD–Thousands of human genomics and genetics researchers, clinicians, counselors, public health experts and others will attend the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) in Los Angeles, California, October 25-29. Journalists covering ASHG 2022, the world’s largest and most influential human genetics and genomics meeting, will have access to thousands of scientific papers and oral presentations, workshops, and collaborative events. The annual meeting fosters discussion about individual research and the big picture of cutting-edge science across the field. It is a remarkable opportunity to meet sources, chart trends and uncover story ideas.
This year’s meeting will offer in-person opportunities for networking, sharing the latest scientific findings with nearly 400 live presentations, more than 2,500 published posters, and over 200 exhibitors. A post-meeting virtual program will capture highlights, provide additional learning, and feature live networking for those unable to attend in person.
“ASHG is thrilled to bring together attendees in person for the first time in three years to present, learn and discuss the most recent findings in human genetics and genomics in the world’s largest venue for geneticists on earth,” said ASHG President Charles Rotimi, PhD. “The breadth of science being presented at this year’s meeting reflects the expansive reach of genomics in all areas of research and its role to help promote health and prevent disease.”
This year’s program features exciting sessions highlighting many breakthroughs in research progress and ongoing field dialogue on emerging issues that can realize benefits of this research for science, health, and society. Learn more in the online planner.
“COVID-19 in the Post-Pandemic Era: Long COVID, Vaccine Response, and Beyond” – This event will share information about the contributions of human genetic variation to susceptibility to COVID and risk of long COVID as well as response to vaccines.
Tuesday, October 25, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
“Presidential Symposium on H3Africa and the African Genomics Ecosystem” — This event featuring former NIH Director, Francis Collins, MD will highlight Africa, a profoundly dynamic and diverse continent, and its major advances, new directions and goals, emerging scientific leadership, exciting investment in technology infrastructure, and more. How can and will genomics in Africa “spread its wings” and what areas are most exciting?
Thursday, October 27, 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
“Upset the Set Up: Moving from Community Engagement to Community Empowerment” – The overarching objectives of this session are to: (1) examine ongoing efforts that break the mold of transactional community engaged research; and (2) explore remaining needs for community empowered research in genetics and genomics. It does so by bringing together diverse stakeholders in the field to consider the need to transition from community engagement to community empowerment.
Friday, October 28, from 8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.
Research presented at the annual meeting will also cover:
- Bioinformatics – Discover new tools and strategies for investigating the human genome, including artificial-intelligence guided approaches and innovative analytical frameworks.
- Evolution and Population Genetics—Investigate human history through a genetics lens; see how genetic variation shaped human adaptation and continues to influence health and disease.
- Precision Medicine—View the future of medicine that harnesses the power of genetic information to improve human health.
- Cancer—Learn how genomics research generates new models for how cancers form and empowers diagnostic and therapeutic breakthroughs.
- Complex Traits and Polygenic Disorders—Explore the complex genetic patterns that give rise to common disorders such as cardiovascular disease, autism, and diabetes.
- Hundreds of other human genetics and genomics topics.
In addition, ASHG will hold a special media availability session with geneticists from ASHG’s Public Education and Awareness Committee on Wednesday, October 26 from 9:45-10:15 a.m., exclusively for registered media. During this discussion, presenters will highlight new initiatives; findings related to basic, translational, and clinical genetics; therapeutics and drug discovery; population genetics and evolution; and more. Media can register for credentials here.
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About the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)
Founded in 1948, the American Society of Human Genetics is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. Its community of nearly 8,000 members include researchers, academicians, clinicians, laboratory practice professionals, genetic counselors, nurses, and others with an interest in human genetics. The Society serves scientists, health professionals, and the public by providing forums to: (1) share research results through the ASHG Annual Meeting and in The American Journal of Human Genetics and Human Genetics and Genomics Advances; (2) advance genetic research by advocating for research support; (3) educate current and future genetics professionals, health care providers, advocates, policymakers, educators, students, and the public about all aspects of human genetics; and (4) promote genetic services and support responsible social and scientific policies. For more information, visit: http://www.ashg.org.