American Society of Human Genetics 2015 Annual Meeting

ASHG Media Advisory

Media Contact:
Nalini Padmanabhan
ASHG Communications Manager

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
2:00 pm U.S. Eastern Time (UTC-05:00)


Tuesday to Saturday, Oct. 6-10, 2015


Baltimore Convention Center, 1 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201


Invited and platform (oral) sessions and other presentations of the latest research in human genetics. Examples of ASHG 2015 sessions and topics:

Plenary sessions featuring high-scoring abstracts on regulatory factors that affect risk of lactose intolerance and Type 2 diabetes, the impact of rare noncoding variants, breast cancer risk assessment, and more (Wednesday, Oct. 7, 9:50-10:30 am, and Saturday, Oct. 10, 8:55-10:15 am)

Invited sessions on the genetics of cancer, epilepsy, the microbiome, as well as related issues of policy, community engagement, and translation of research into the clinic (Wednesday, Oct. 7, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, and Saturday, Oct. 10, 1:45-3:45 pm)

Neuropsychiatric diseases of childhood (Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2:30-4:30 pm) and adulthood (Thursday, Oct. 8, 2:30-4:30 pm)

Advances in epigenetics that address aging, changes to chromosome structure, and effects of lifestyle and environment (Thursday, Oct. 8, 2:30-4:30 pm)

Genetics related to reproduction and fertility, including genetic counseling of parents and newborn health (Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:00-7:00 pm)

Changing landscape of genomic testing, featuring discussion of new tools and the actionability of results (Friday, Oct. 9, 4:30-6:30 pm)

Genes and proteins related to schizophrenia and brain development (Friday, Oct. 9, 4:30-6:30 pm)

Human history, evolution, and differences among ancient and modern populations (Friday, Oct. 9, 4:30-6:30 pm and Saturday, Oct. 10, 10:30 am-12:30 pm)

Data- and technology-driven approaches to human genetics and genomics, including crowdsourcing, open access, and cloud-based tools (Saturday, Oct. 10, 10:30 am-12:30 pm)

#ASHG15 Tweetup, an informal gathering for drinks, appetizers and conversation among people using social media at the meeting (Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7:00-9:00 pm, Pratt Street Ale House)

Joint panel discussion with the European Society of Human Genetics on regulation of next-generation sequencing techniques and perceptions of clinical sequencing in the US and EU (Wednesday, Oct. 7, 8:45-9:45 am)

Distinguished Speakers Symposium on science communication, featuring presentations on blogging, journalism, storytelling, and patient advocacy (Thursday, Oct. 8, 9:00-10:30 am)


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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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