ASHG 2017 Tipsheet: Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

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 on the genetics of neurological and psychiatric disorders:

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1:00-4:00 pm, Room 220B, South Building
ASHG/WCPG Joint Symposium: The Mind Matters: Psychiatry Meets Human Genetics
Moderators: Pamela Sklar and Reid Alisch, ASHG; Michael O’Donovan, ISPG

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 9:00-10:30 am, Room 230C, South Building
Platform Session: Genetics and Epigenetics in Mental Illness
Moderators: Simon Gregory, Duke University; Zachary Kaminsky, Johns Hopkins University

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 11:15-11:30 am, Room 230G, South Building
Platform Presentation: A CRISPR/Cas9 pipeline for functionally characterizing variants of uncertain significance in very early onset psychosis
C.F. Mavros, Boston Children’s Hospital, et al

Thursday, Oct. 19, 9:00-10:30 am, Room 220F, South Building
Platform Session: Repeats and Rearrangements: New Methods, Genes, and Mechanisms in Neurological Disease
Moderators: Christelle Golzio, IGBMC; and Anna Lindstrand, Karolinska Institute

Thursday, Oct. 19, 9:00-10:30 am, Room 310C, South Building
Platform Session: Genetic Architecture of Neurological Traits
Moderators: Megan Y. Dennis, University of California at Davis; and Stephanie L. Bielas, University of Michigan Medical School

Thursday, Oct. 19, 9:45-10:00 am, Room 230G, South Building
Platform Presentation: Gene x environment interactions and causal relationships between obesity and depression
T. Frayling, University of Exeter, et al

Thursday, Oct. 19, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Room 310C, South Building
Platform Session: Gene Discovery and Functional Models of Intellectual Disability
Moderators: Anne Slavotinek, UCSF; and Yaping Yang, Baylor College of Medicine

Thursday, Oct. 19, 11:15-11:30 am, Room 320, South Building
Platform Presentation: Overtransmission of polygenic risk alleles for migraines in 2,048 Finnish trios
K. Veerapen, Massachusetts General Hospital, et al

Friday, Oct. 20, 9:00-10:00 am, Room 310A, South Building
Platform Session: Transcriptomics in Complex Neurological/Neuropsychiatric Disease
Moderators: Minerva Carrasquillo, Mayo Clinic; and Dimitrios Avramopoulos, Johns Hopkins University

Friday, Oct. 20, 10:15-11:15 am, Room 320, South Building
Platform Session: Autism
Moderators: Hilary Coon, University of Utah School of Medicine; and Brian O’Roak, Oregon Health & Sciences University

Friday, Oct. 20, 2:30-4:30 pm, Room 330C, South Building
Invited Session: Clinical Spotlight: Translational Genomics: Psychological and Health Behavior Research Outcomes
Moderator: Barbara B. Biesecker, NHGRI/NIH, Bethesda

Friday, Oct. 20, 2:30-4:30 pm, Room 310C, South Building
Invited Session: Illuminating Somatic Mutations in Neurological Development and Disease
Moderator: Amy C. Lossie, National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH

Friday, Oct. 20, 6:30-6:50 pm, Hall B, South Building
Featured Plenary Abstract: Direct assessment of unexpectedly abundant paternal sperm mosaicism allows for the quantification of recurrence risk in autism
M.W. Breuss, UCSD

Saturday, Oct. 21, 8:30-9:30 am, Room 230C, South Building
Platform Session: Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy
Moderators: Donna Martin, University of Michigan Medical Center; and Kameryn Butler, Emory University

Ongoing: Posters Open for Viewing, Exhibit Hall, South Building
Topics: Genome Structure and Function, Posters 373-438; Epigenetics and Gene Regulation, Posters 1542-1691

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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