American Society of Human Genetics 2019 Annual Meeting

Published: Monday, August 12, 2019, 3:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time

Media Contact: Ann Klinck, 301.634.7342,


Tuesday to Saturday, Oct. 15-19, 2019


George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010


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The latest research in human genetics and genomics, presented in invited and platform (oral) sessions, posters, and more at the world’s largest human genetics meeting.

Examples of ASHG 2019 sessions and topics (more detail available on the schedule of events):

Plenary sessions covering such topics as

  • Potential off-target mutations in genome editing
  • Historical migration, demographic shifts, and infectious disease events
  • Chemotherapy resistance
  • The genetics of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Special Events:

Presidential Symposium on Genetic Exceptionalism – What barriers have historically separated geneticists from other researchers and clinicians, and how can we break them down to ensure people everywhere realize the benefits of genetics and genomics research?

Perspectives on Germline Gene Editing Regulation – a special session engaging researchers and leaders of the National Academies-led international commission about future regulatory frameworks of hereditary genome editing.

Award Presentations – recognizing scientists for lifetime and early career achievements, leadership, advocacy, and education.

Hundreds of topics covered over five days:

Health and Disease: Basic, translational, and clinical research findings on cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, addiction and behavior, rare disease, reproductive technologies, mental health, cardiovascular disease, and more.

Novel Scientific Understanding: Fundamental discoveries in genome structure and function; bioinformatics, big data, and machine learning; advances in genetic and genomic analysis from single-cell to large cohorts; the use of experimental models.

Therapeutics and Drug Discovery: Pharmacogenomic advances; gene therapies; and integrating genetic evidence into drug development.

Translational and Clinical Research: Patient and research participant experiences; precision medicine approaches and uses; electronic health records for genome-phenome discovery; stakeholder perspectives on genetic testing in health services.

Social and Ethical Implications: Potential emerging applications or misuse of genetics in educational policy; assessing the use and ethics of genetics in forensics, litigation, and border security; the intersection of genetics and the disability rights movement.

Diversity and Inclusion: Increasing diversity in the biomedical research workforce; the importance of diversity in research cohorts; addressing race, gender and identity in genetics.

Population Genetics & Evolution: Novel findings about human history, comparative evolution, migration patterns and global diversity, and more.

Genetic Counseling: Emerging research on best practices in genetic counseling, counseling career paths in research.

Public Engagement & Advocacy: Strategies for enhancing public communication and appreciation of genetics and genomics; enhancing genetic literacy through educational frameworks; successes in advocacy for expanded access to genetic testing and services.


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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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