2013 News Feature: NHGRI participates in 63rd Annual American Society of Human Genetics Meeting in Boston, Oct. 22-26

National Human Genome Research Institute

National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Annual American Society of Human Genetics Meeting in Boston, Oct. 22-26

By Raymond MacDougall
Associate Director of Communications, Division of Intramural Research
Visit NHGRI at Booth 840

ASHG 2013 Boston meeting posterThe World Series is just one of the passions heating up in Boston this week. The other is the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) annual meeting, involving DNA bases rather than those on a baseball diamond. Presenters and exhibitors from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will be on hand for the meeting, that runs Oct. 22-26, 2013 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
This year's meeting celebrates three homeruns in the field of genomics: the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the double helix, the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project and the 65th anniversary of ASHG. Booth 840 on the exhibit floor will be home base for NHGRI, while the sessions and poster halls will include science from the bench at NHGRI. NHGRI researchers will make 13 platform presentations, moderate seven sessions, and present almost 25 research posters among the hundreds demonstrating scientific progress in myriad areas of genomics.
Two NHGRI investigators served on the 21-member ASHG program committee this year. Each committee member was responsible for gathering the best scientific content in a designated area. NIH Distinguished Investigator Elaine Ostrander, Ph.D., chief of NHGRI's Cancer Genetics Branch, oversaw the molecular basis of disorders topic. Alexander Wilson, Ph.D., co-chief of NHGRI's Inherited Disease Research Branch, assembled research content about statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology.
The ASHG meeting opens on Tuesday followed by an interactive play co-written by Karen Rothenberg, JD, M.P.A., senior advisor to the NHGRI Office of the Director on genomics and society, and Lynn Bush, Ph.D., Columbia University in New York City. Tickets sold out early for their play, "The Drama of DNA: Anticipating the Future with Whole Genome Sequencing." The play centers on a hypothetical research study that proposes using whole genome sequencing for children who have autism spectrum disorder and their unaffected siblings and parents. Several NHGRI actors, including NHGRI Director Eric D. Green, M.D., Ph.D., will star in the play. 

Over the next four days, the meeting hits its stride with a variety of sessions moderated by NHGRI staff. These include:  
NHGRI staff will also participate in the following presentations:
Posters from laboratories, representing each of the institute's seven intramural branches, include research in the following categories:
Pharmacogenetics Complex Traits and Polygenic Disorders Statistical Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology Evolutionary and Population Genetics Therapy for Genetic Disorders Metabolic Disorders Ethical, Legal, Social and Policy Issues in Genetics Clinical Genetics and Dysmorphology Molecular Basis of Mendelian Disorders Development Cancer Genetics

The ASHG Annual Meeting is the largest human genetics meeting and exposition in the world, expected to draw more than 6,500 scientific attendees.

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Posted: October 22, 2013