ASHG 2017 Tipsheet: Beyond GWAS

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
10:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time

Media Contact:
Nalini Padmanabhan
ASHG Director of Communications and Marketing


Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 17-21, 2017


American Society of Human Genetics 2017 Annual Meeting
Orange County Convention Center
9899 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819


Invited and platform (oral) sessions and other presentations of the host of technologies leveraging genome-wide association study (GWAS) technology, including PheWAS, EWAS, TWAS, and others:

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 9:45-10:00 a.m., Room 230C, South Building
Platform Presentation: Genome-wide methylomic analysis of neonatal blood from Danish twins discordant for mental illness
S. Weinsheimer, iPSYCH, et al

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 9:45-10:00 a.m., Room 330A, South Building
Platform Presentation: Large-scale phenome-wide scan in twins helps identify candidate variants associated with seborrheic keratosis
S. Hebbring, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, et al

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 230C, South Building
Platform Session: Advances in Association Analysis
Moderators: Leyao Wang, Yale University; and Ching-Ti Liu, Boston University

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 11:00-11:15 a.m., Room 310A, South Building
Platform Presentation: Redrawing the map of blood pressure genes in a transcriptome-wide association study of over 301,000 participants in the Million Veterans Program and 145,000 from UK Biobank
D.R. Velez Edwards, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, et al

Thursday, Oct. 19, 5:45-6:15 p.m., Room 330C, South Building
Invited Presentation: Assessing the phenome-wide consequences of genetically regulated molecular traits
H. Im, University of Chicago, et al

Thursday, Oct. 19, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 310C, South Building
Platform Session: Polygenic Risk Scores and Genetic Correlation in Complex Disease
Moderators: Nilanjan Chatterjee, Johns Hopkins University; and Jennifer Brody, University of Washington

Friday, Oct. 20, 9:00-9:15 a.m., Room 220F, South Building
Platform Presentation: Neanderthal introgression reintroduced thousands of ancestral alleles lost in the out of Africa bottleneck
J. Capra, Vanderbilt University, et al

Friday, Oct. 20, 10:15-10:30 a.m., Room 310C, South Building
Platform Presentation: Multi-omics profiling for individualized precision wellness using blood and saliva
G.I. Mias, Michigan State University

Saturday, Oct. 21, 9:00-9:15 a.m., Room 330A, South Building
Platform Presentation: Multi-omics and deep-phenotyping integration predicts cytokine response to pathogens
Y. Li, University Medical Centre Groningen, et al

Saturday, Oct. 21, 9:15-9:30 a.m., Room 220B, South Building
Platform Presentation: Epigenetic modifications of innate immunity genes impact early-stage non-small cell lung cancer survival: An integrative analysis of epigenome and transcriptome in Caucasian population
R. Zhang, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, et al

Saturday, Oct. 21, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Room 220B, South Building
Platform Session: Transcriptome-wide Association Studies
Moderators: Hae Kyung Im, University of Chicago; and Alexander Gusev, Harvard University

Saturday, Oct. 21, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Room 330A, South Building
Platform Session: Advancing Drug Discovery by Genetic Analysis in Large Cohorts
Moderator: Dana Crawford, Case Western Reserve University

Saturday, Oct. 21, 12:00-12:20 p.m., South Hall B, South Building
Featured Plenary Abstract: Phenomewide association study of life course health events: Analyzing 50 years of hospitalization, prescription drug use and death data  
S. Ripatti, Institute of Molecular Medicine Finland, et al

Ongoing: Posters Open for Viewing, Exhibit Hall, South Building
Topics: Bioinformatics and Computational Approaches, Posters 1181-1457; Complex Traits and Polygenic Disorders, Posters 1796-2280; Statistical Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology, Posters 2761-3020

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