American Society of Human Genetics 2016 Annual Meeting

ASHG Media Advisory

Media Contact:
Nalini Padmanabhan
ASHG Communications Manager

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
12:00 pm U.S. Eastern Time


Tuesday to Saturday, Oct. 18-22, 2016


Vancouver Convention Centre
999-1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 0C3


Invited and platform (oral) sessions and other presentations of the latest research in human genetics. Examples of ASHG 2016 sessions and topics:

Plenary sessions featuring high-scoring abstracts on cancer and aging, large-scale genome sequencing studies, the use of electronic health records in genetics research, and more (Tuesday, Oct. 18, 5:00-6:20 pm; Wednesday, Oct. 19, 4:30-5:50 pm; and Friday, Oct. 21, 4:30-5:50 pm)

Invited sessions on CRISPR/Cas9 and gene editing, developments in DNA forensics, effects of natural selection on the modern human genome, genetics education and public engagement, genetic counseling, and translation of research into the clinic (Wednesday, Oct. 19, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, and Friday, Oct. 21, 11:00 am-1:00 pm)

Genetics of obesity and body fat distribution, including data from diverse, international populations (Wednesday, Oct. 19, 9:00-10:30 am)

Insights from very large cohorts (Wednesday, Oct. 19, 9:00-10:30 am, and Thursday, Oct. 20, 11:00 am-1:00 pm)

Integration and usefulness of whole genome/exome sequencing in the clinic, plus related issues of patient expectations, costs, and carrier screening (Wednesday, Oct. 19, 9:00-10:30 am; Friday, Oct. 21, 9:00-10:30 am, and Saturday, Oct. 22, 9:00-10:00 am)

Genes and mechanisms (Friday, Oct. 21, 9:00-10:30 am) and therapeutic developments (Thursday, Oct. 20, 11:00 am-1:00 pm) related to neurological disease

Diagnostics for hereditary (Thursday, Oct. 20, 11:00 am-1:00 pm) and somatic cancers (Saturday, Oct. 22, 9:00-10:00 am)

Heart health and disease, as affected by single-gene mutations (Friday, Oct. 21, 9:00-10:30 am) and genetic expression (Saturday, Oct. 22, 10:15-11:30 am)

Mosaicism and disease, from origins of mutations through resulting phenotypes and testing recommendations (Saturday, Oct. 22, 10:15-11:30 am)

Joint symposium with the American Physiological Society on the intersection between genetics and physiology, with a spotlight on cardiovascular diseases (Tuesday, Oct. 18, 1:00-4:00 pm)

#ASHG16 Tweetup, an informal gathering for drinks, appetizers and conversation among people using social media at the meeting (Thursday, Oct. 20, 6:30-8:30 pm, Mahony & Sons)


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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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