ASHG 2017 Tipsheet: Genetics and the Immune System

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 latest research on the genetics of the human immune system:

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 10:15-10:30 a.m., Room 230G, South Building
Platform Presentation: Human immune defense mechanisms drive rapid genome evolution in vaccinia virus
T. Sasani, University of Utah, et al

Thursday, Oct. 19, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 220F, South Building
Platform Session: Advances in the Genetics of Autoimmune Disease
Moderators: Chris Cotsapas, Yale School of Medicine; and Soumya Raychaudhuri, Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Broad Institute

Friday, Oct. 20, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Room 330C, South Building
Platform Session: Transcriptomic Analysis of Genetic Variation and Disease
Moderators: Graham McVicker, Salk Institute for Biological Studies; and Margaret Taub, Johns Hopkins University

Friday, Oct. 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Room 220B, South Building
Invited Session: ASHG/ESHG Building Bridges: Zika: From Virus to Host Response to Vector Control
Moderators: Peter C. Scacheri, ASHG 2017 Program Committee Chair; and Joris Veltman, ESHG 2017 Program Chair

Friday, Oct. 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Room 310A, South Building
Invited Session: High-throughput Sequencing of Adaptive Immune Receptors: Insights into Disease Mechanisms and Treatment
Moderators: Ronald Hause, Juno Therapeutics, Inc.; and James Crowe, Vanderbilt University

Saturday, Oct. 21, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Room 330A, South Building
Platform Session: Host-Pathogen Interactions in the Genetics of the Immune System
Moderator: Hanna Ollila, Stanford University

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

Ongoing: Posters Open for Viewing, Exhibit Hall, South Building
Topics: Mendelian Phenotypes, Posters 846-1180; Epigenetics and Gene Regulation, Posters 1542-1691; and Complex Traits and Polygenic Disorders, Posters 1796-2280

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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