ASHG 2018 Tipsheet: Polygenic Risk Scores

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 on polygenic risk scores, which are personalized, genomic scores that estimate a person’s genetic likelihood of a particular trait or disease.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

9:00-9:15 a.m., Room 6A, Upper Level
Presentation: Mosaic chromosomal alterations increase proliferative loads from rare coding variants and common polygenic risk.
P. Loh, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, et al

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ballroom 20BC, Upper Level
Session: Clinical Spotlight: Realizing the Promise of Common Genomic Variation in Rare and Common Disease: Clinical Implementation of Polygenic Risk Scores

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

8:30-8:45 a.m., Ballroom 20D, Upper Level
Presentation: Evaluating geographic differences in polygenic risk in Finland.
S. Kerminen, University of Helsinki, et al

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

9:00-9:15 a.m., Room 6E, Upper Level
Presentation: Predicting incident cardiometabolic and cancer events using highly polygenic risk scores.
N. Mars, University of Helsinki, et al

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018

8:30-9:30 a.m., Ballroom 20D, Upper Level
Session: Biases of Polygenic Risk Scores

10-10:15 a.m., Room 6A, Upper Level
Presentation: Leveraging gene expression to understand the consequences of polygenic risk scores for disease in healthy individuals.
A. Claringbould, University Medical Centre Groningen, et al

Ongoing: Posters Open for Viewing, Exhibit Hall, Halls D-H, Ground Level
Topics: Complex Traits and Polygenic Disorders, Posters 2115-2664;
and Statistical Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology, Posters 3250-3567

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