American Society of Human Genetics 2017 Annual Meeting

For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 27, 2017
12:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time

Media Contact:
Nalini Padmanabhan
ASHG Communications Manager


Tuesday to Saturday, Oct. 17-21, 2017


Orange County Convention Center, South Building
9800-9899 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819


Invited and platform (oral) sessions, posters, and other presentations of the latest research in human genetics. Examples of ASHG 2017 sessions and topics:

Plenary sessions featuring high-scoring abstracts on gene expression, risk factors for breast cancer and melanoma, genetic factors associated with autism, and more (Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5:30-7:00 pm; Friday, Oct. 20, 5:30-7:00 pm; Saturday, Oct. 21, 11:00 am-12:30 pm)

Invited sessions on diversity in genomics research, human brain evolution, single-cell genomics, complex traits, and more (Thursday, Oct. 19, 4:15-6:15 pm, and Friday, Oct. 20, 2:30-4:30 pm)

Joint symposium with the World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics on the genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders, brain development, copy number variation, and genetic counseling for psychiatric disorders (Tuesday, Oct. 18, 1:00-4:00 pm)

Genetics of cancer, including novel genes and rare variants (Wednesday, Oct. 18, 11:00 am-12:30 pm; Thursday, Oct. 19, 9:00-10:30 am), penetrance of cancer risk genes (Wednesday, Oct. 18, 9:00-10:30 am), definition of risk (Thursday, Oct. 19, 11:00 am-12:30 pm), and effects of noncoding variants (Thursday, Oct. 19, 11:00 am-12:30 pm)

Detection and impact of mosaicism in human disease, from identifying and quantifying variants to assessing health effects (Wednesday, Oct. 18, 9:00-10:30 am)

Issues related to genetics in the clinic, including analysis of variants of unknown significance (Wednesday, Oct. 18, 11:00 am-12:30 pm), data sharing to improve such analysis (Friday, Oct. 20, 9:00-10:00 am), return of sequencing and carrier status findings to patients (Friday, Oct. 20, 9:00-10:00 am), and stakeholder perspectives on the use of these technologies (Thursday, Oct. 19, 11:00 am-12:30 pm)

Microbiome and host genetics, including variation across geographic areas, among species, and within families (Thursday, Oct. 19, 9:00-10:30 am)

Gene-by-environment interactions in the study of metabolic traits (Friday, Oct. 20, 9:00-10:00 am) and other phenotypes (Friday, Oct. 20, 10:15-11:15 am)

Analysis of the transcriptome in neurological/neuropsychiatric disease (Friday, Oct. 20, 9:00-10:00 am) and transcriptome-wide association studies (Saturday, Oct. 21, 9:45-10:45 am)

Approaches to the genetics (Saturday, Oct. 21, 8:30-9:30 am) and gene expression (Friday, Oct. 20, 9:00-10:00 am) of Type 2 diabetes

#ASHG17 Tweetup, an informal gathering for drinks, appetizers and conversation among people using social media at the meeting (Thursday, Oct. 19, 6:45-8:45 pm, The Pub Orlando)


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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 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; (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:

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