ASHG 2018 Tipsheet: Ancient DNA/Human Origins

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. U.S. Pacific Time

Media Contact:
Ann Klinck


Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 16-20, 2018


American Society of Human Genetics 2018 Annual Meeting
San Diego Convention Center
111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101


Invited and platform (oral) sessions and other presentations of the latest research exploring the implications of ancient DNA and human origins.

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

4:15-5:00 p.m., Hall C, Ground Level
ASHG Welcome and Presidential Address: Who Are We?

5:00-5:15 p.m., Hall C, Ground Level
Award Presentation: ASHG Victor A. McKusick Leadership Award Presentation and Lecture: Rare Variation of Genes and Genomes – Disease Traits, Clan Genomics, and Clinical Genomics: Insights into Disease Biology and Human Evolution

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

4:15-5:15 p.m., Room 6E, Upper Level
Session: Natural Selection and Human Phenotypes

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

9:15-9:30 a.m., Room 6A, Upper Level
Presentation: Widespread transcriptional scanning in testes modulates gene evolution rates.
B. Xia, NYU School of Medicine, et al

10:00-10:15 a.m. Room 6A, Upper Level
Presentation: Inferring past generation times from changes in the mutation spectrum in human evolution.
P. Moorjani, University of California, Berkeley, et al

10:15-10:30 a.m., Ballroom 20 BC, Upper Level
Presentation: Identification and characterization of adaptive regulatory variation in diverse human populations.
J.J. Vitti, Broad Institute & Harvard University, et al

5:00-6:30 p.m. Hall C, Ground Level
Presidential Symposium: Origins of Our Species: Advances in Our Understanding of Ancient Humans in Africa

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

9:45-10:00 a.m., Room 6A, Upper Level
Presentation: Disease heritability enrichment of regulatory elements is concentrated in elements with ancient sequence age and conserved function across species.
M.L.A. Hujoel, Harvard University, et al

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ballroom 20BC, Upper Level
Session: Impact of Natural Selection on the Genetic Architecture of Complex Traits

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018

8:30-8:45 a.m., Room 6B, Upper Level
Presentation: Reorganization of 3D genome structure may contribute to gene regulatory evolution in primates.
I.E. Eres, University of Chicago, et al

10:45-11:00 a.m., Room 6E, Upper Level
Presentation: Genome-wide association analysis identifies 27 novel loci associated with uterine leiomyomas revealing common genetic origins with endometriosis.
A. Claringbould, University Medical Centre Groningen, et al

10:45-11:00 a.m., Room 6E, Upper Level
Plenary Presentation: Uganda genomes resource enables inferences into population history and genomic discovery in Africa.
D. Gurdasani, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, et al

Ongoing: Posters Open for Viewing, Exhibit Hall, Halls D-H, Ground Level
Topic: Evolution and Population Genetics, Posters 2665-2786

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