2024 Preview: ASHG Digital Learning Programs

Ninad Oak, PhD, Chair of Digital Learning Committee
Ninad Oak, PhD, Chair of Digital Learning Committee

As we look forward to the new year, ASHG is excited to announce an array of digital programs designed to empower and engage our members in 2024. ASHG’s Digital Learning Committee (DLC) continues to provide its input in building and maintaining ongoing year-round professional education programs as well as coordinating with other committees on content to foster professional development, support career growth, and promote advocacy, public education, and more.

“In the dynamic landscape of human genetics and genomics, characterized by continuous innovation and profound scientific revelations, it is imperative for members of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) to stay up to date of the latest research developments. The Digital Learning Committee collaborates seamlessly with other esteemed ASHG committees to meticulously curate year-round digital programming. Over the next year, the DLC plans to innovate new ways to deliver cutting-edge scientific content to ASHG members. This endeavor will be undertaken with a commitment to ensuring a rich diversity of research topics and speakers, encompassing a spectrum of ethnicities, career paths, and career stages. By fostering inclusivity and embracing innovative approaches, the committee aims to elevate the educational experience for ASHG members.” – Ninad Oak, PhD, Chair, DLC

The development of these new initiatives will expand the current portfolio of content beyond webinars, podcasts, workshops, and other resources that can already be found on ASHG’s Learning Center. With that in mind, here is a preview of what you can expect in 2024:

A New Season of Genetically Speaking

One of the highlights of ASHG’s upcoming digital programs is the eagerly awaited third season of our podcast, Genetically Speaking.

This season will feature diverse voices from within the ASHG community as we explore the multifaceted intersections of careers, advocacy, and the pursuit of inclusive genetics and genomics. Host, Eli Roberson, engages in candid conversations with nine individuals who have made significant contributions to both their scientific fields and the ongoing quest for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). You will not only hear their unique perspectives on the challenges of advocacy, but also learn more about the meaning of DEI for each of these advocates, and how those values are woven into their work and research. You can register to receive an email update when this season begins in 2024 or subscribe to Genetically Speaking on your favorite podcast platform to stay up to date.

In case you missed it, be sure to check out our previous mini-series, “The Future of Genomics and Precision Health”, a look into the work of the Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health. The six episodes explore its working groups and their views on the topics concerning the future of genomics and precision health in innovation, adoption, equity, and dialogue.

You can also check out previous seasons on the ASHG Learning Center or your favorite platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and RSS feed. We are currently re-visiting Season One “Career Chats” with updated episodes every Monday. With a diverse lineup of remarkable guests from all facets of the human genetics and genomics field, each conversation is an exploration of the intersections in science, mentorship, and community.

Upcoming Webinars

In 2024, ASHG will also continue its work to host educational webinars on topics ranging from the newest science in the field of human genetics and genomics to career development, advocacy, ELSI, and more. We will kick off the year with a webinar from the Career Development Committee on February 1 titled “Industry Insights: Early-Stage Companies and Venture Capital in the Biotech Sector”. Register now so you don’t miss it!

The ever-popular monthly journal club events will continue to highlight articles from ASHG’s journals, American Journal of Human Genetics (AJHG) and Human Genetics and Genomics Advances (HGGA). The first journal club webinar of the year will take place on January 10 at 12 pm ET. Register now before your busy holidays and you will receive a reminder a week before the event to get your new year started with interesting scientific research.

Looking further out, you can expect content from the Professional Practice & Social Implications Committee (PPSI), the Public Education & Awareness Committee (PEAC), and more! The PPSI will be hosting a new series titled “Navigating the Use of Population Descriptors in Human Genetics and Genomics Research.” This series of three educational webinars will highlight both a scientific and ELSI perspective on why the appropriate and responsible use of population descriptors matters in genomics research. Panelists will provide their unique perspectives and guide group discussion using case studies as examples.

Whether you’re a trainee, post-doc, or seasoned professional, these webinars and journal clubs will provide a unique opportunity to connect, learn, and grow within the field of human genetics.

Interactive Workshops: Hands-On Learning and Skill Development

ASHG is also excited to host more interactive workshops in 2024, continuing to offer hands-on experiences and skill development opportunities. These workshops aim to provide practical insights into various aspects of genetics and genomics, equipping attendees with the tools and knowledge they need to thrive in their careers.

As we look forward to these enriching programs, please note that submissions for workshops, both online and in-person, will open in mid-December. This is your chance to contribute, share your expertise, and actively shape the content of these valuable learning experiences. We encourage our members to seize this opportunity and be part of the programs that will define ASHG’s landscape in 2024.


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