Bill Gates and Francis Collins to Speak at ASHG 2017

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
9:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time

Media Contact:
Nalini Padmanabhan
ASHG Communications Manager

Presidential Symposium to Feature Discussion of Global Health and Genomics


Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, 5:00-6:30 pm
WHERE:Orange County Convention Center, South Building, Hall B
9800-9899 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819


The Presidential Symposium at the American Society of Human Genetics 2017 Annual Meeting (ASHG 2017) will feature speakers Bill Gates, Co-chair and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. This 90-minute symposium will address global health and genomics in an informal, conversational format.

“We look forward to welcoming these modern-day legends of health and science to the genetics community at ASHG, and sharing their perspectives with our members and attendees,” said Nancy J. Cox, PhD, President of ASHG.

Peter C. Scacheri, PhD, chair of the ASHG 2017 Program Committee, added, “We are excited to engage with Dr. Collins and Mr. Gates on the latest breakthroughs, efforts, and challenges in our field, as well as explore future opportunities.”


This event is open to all ASHG scientific registrants, including press registrants.

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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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