NHGRI Scientists to Showcase Research at Annual American Society of Human Genetics Meeting in Hawaii

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NHGRI Scientists to Showcase Research at Annual American Society of Human Genetics Meeting in Hawaii

A S H G 54th Annual Meeting Honolulu Hawaii
Scientists and staff from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will catch a wave of genetics and genomics research in Honolulu, Hawaii at the 59th annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), Oct. 20-24, 2009. From plenary sessions to research posters, leading-edge NHGRI genomic research will be prominently showcased.

The meeting is one of the most anticipated opportunities throughout the year for NHGRI investigators to convene with colleagues in the genomics field from across the nation and around the world. This year's meeting, billed as a rich resource of new information about cutting-edge developments in human genetics and genomics research, will include more than 260 platform and plenary presentations, 2,828 posters and 24 invited sessions and special symposia.

Investigators and staff from NHGRI's Division of Intramural Research and the Office of the Director will play significant roles as organizers, moderators and presenters.

"NHGRI investigators participate in the ASHG annual meeting to report their research contributions in human genetics and genomics and to exchange insights with other geneticists," said NHGRI Scientific Director Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D. "The academic exchange among colleagues has an energizing effect on the research being pursued at NHGRI."

Leslie Biesecker, M.D., chief of NHGRI's Genetic Disease Research Branch, is the program committee chairperson for this year's meeting. Over the past year, the committee has worked to put together the meeting's immense scientific program, which draws upon 23 topic areas, ranging from cancer genetics to cytogenetics, from pharmacogenetics to therapy for genetic disorders. Dr. Biesecker will co-moderate Wednesday's plenary session featuring highlighted research. On Saturday, he will also moderate a special symposium commemorating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of Darwin's seminal publication, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.

NHGRI Acting Director Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D., is a participant in the Presidential Symposium on Implementing Personalized Medicine. A panel of six speakers will discuss how the fields of healthcare and medicine will benefit from discoveries made as a result of the Human Genome Project. The symposium will explore the challenges, as well as the progress, in implementing personalized medicine.

A number of other NHGRI researchers will present research and act as moderators in the various sessions described below.

ASHG is the primary professional membership organization for human geneticists worldwide and represents more than 8,000 researchers, clinicians, genetic counselors and nurses.

Learn more about NHGRI research being presented at the ASHG annual meeting. Information about the 2009 ASHG meeting can be found at American Society of Human Genetics.

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