ASHG 2016 Tipsheet: Neurogenetics

Media Contact:
Nalini Padmanabhan
ASHG Communications Manager

For Immediate Release
Monday, October 3, 2016
12:00 pm U.S. Eastern Time (UTC-05:00)


Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 18-22, 2016


American Society of Human Genetics 2016 Annual Meeting

Vancouver Convention Centre
999-1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, B.C. V6C 0C3


Invited and platform (oral) sessions and other presentations of the latest research in neurogenetics:

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 10:15-10:30 am, Ballroom A, West Building
Platform Presentation: Levering gene family information in gene discovery, risk assessment and missense variant interpretation in more than 9,000 trios with neurodevelopmental disorders

D. Lal, Broad Institute and MIT, et al

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Room 221, West Building
Invited Session: Augmenting and interpreting genomic data using tissue- and cell-type-specific networks
Moderators: Kasper Lage, Massachusetts General Hospital, Broad Institute, Harvard University; and Daniel Geschwind, UCLA

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 5:30-5:50 pm, Ballroom ABC, West Building
Plenary Presentation: Ultraconservation of DNA sequence provides a new lens for focusing on chromosomal structural rearrangements in neurodevelopmental disorder genomes
R.B. McCole, Harvard Medical School, et al

Thursday, Oct. 20, 9:00-10:30 am, Room 302, West Building
Platform Session: Methods for genome- and transcriptome-wide association studies
Moderators: Noah A. Zaitlen, UCSF; and John Eicher, NHLBI, NIH

Thursday, Oct. 20, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Room 302, West Building
Platform Session: Toward therapeutic discovery in neurological and neuromuscular disorders
Moderators: Susan A. Slaugenhaupt, Massachusetts General Hospital; and M. Chiara Manzini, George Washington University

Thursday, Oct. 20, 11:45 am-12:00 pm, Room 211, West Building
Platform Presentation: Implementation and clinical utility of transcriptome sequencing: Experience from neuromuscular disorders
M.R. Hegde, Emory University, et al

Friday, Oct. 21, 9:00-10:30 am, Room 221, West Building
Platform Session: From gene discovery to mechanism in neurological disease
Moderators: Christelle Golzio, IGBMC; and Carol Saunders, Children’s Mercy Hospital

Saturday, Oct. 22, 9:00-10:00 am, Room 221, West Building
Platform Session: Neuropsychiatric diseases of the young and old
Moderators: Peristera Paschou, Purdue University; and Tao Wang, Johns Hopkins University

Saturday, Oct. 22, 9:15-9:30 am, Room 302, West Building
Platform Presentation: A Drosophila melanogaster model of 16p11.2 deletion supports a complex cis and trans interaction model for neurodevelopmental disorders
M. Singh, Pennsylvania State University, et al

Saturday, Oct. 22, 10:15-11:30 am, Room 221, West Building
Platform Session: Diseases of the nervous system
Moderators: Julie Jurgens, Johns Hopkins University; and William Law, Johns Hopkins University

Saturday, Oct. 22, 10:45-11:00 am, Ballroom B, West Building
Platform Presentation: Personalized medicine for neurometabolic disorders via an integrated ‘-omics’ approach
C. van Karnebeek, University of British Columbia, et al

Saturday, Oct. 22, 11:15-11:30 am, Ballroom A, West Building
Platform Presentation: In vitro human neuronal differentiation validated as genomic model system to study major psychiatric illnesses
A.P.S. Ori, UCLA, et al

Saturday, Oct. 22, 11:15-11:30 am, Ballroom C, West Building
Platform Presentation: GNA11 and GNAQ post-zygotic mosaicism cause an overlapping spectrum of neurocutaneous disorders
V.A. Kinsler, UCL Institute of Child Health, et al

Ongoing: Posters Open for Viewing, Exhibit Hall B, West Building

Complex Traits and Polygenic Disorders, Posters 1179F-1649T

Developmental Genetics and Gene Function, Posters 2158W-2254W

Genome Structure and Function, Posters 3304W-3397W

About the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)

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