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American Society of Human Genetics to host 12th International Congress of Human Genetics

BETHESDA, MD August 16, 2011 The world's top scientists and clinicians in the human genetics field will gather to present their latest research findings at the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics (ICHG) / 61st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), which will be held on October 11-15, 2011, in Montreal (Quebec), Canada, at the Montreal Convention Center.

Founded in 1948, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide, representing nearly 8,000 researchers, academicians, clinicians, genetic counselors, nurses and others with a special interest in this area. The Society's Annual Meeting is the world's largest gathering of human genetics professionals and a forum for renowned experts in the field to share their latest research results. The International Congress of Human Genetics (ICHG), which is sponsored by ASHG in partnership with the International Federation of Human Genetics Societies (IFHGS), is the foremost meeting of the worldwide human genetics community and is held every five years. In 2011, the 12th ICHG Meeting will be the major focal point and platform for the world's most exciting research, and attendance at this year's meeting is anticipated to be more than 7,000 delegates from over 60 countries around the world.

With more than 300 platform and plenary presentations, 3,500 posters, 24 invited sessions, special symposia and panel debate sessions, as well as onsite press briefing events that will be webcast to the media, the ICHG/ASHG 2011 Meeting will provide journalists with information on the most important and recent developments in human genetics and genomics research. In addition, nearly 250 U.S. and international exhibitors will offer an unprecedented opportunity to view the latest advances in cutting-edge genetics products, services, and technology, many of which have been derived from work presented at previous ASHG meetings.


ASHG will be hosting several press briefing events onsite in the Montreal Convention Center during the week of the ICHG/ASHG 2011 Meeting. The Society will also be webcasting this year's press briefings to allow credentialed members of the media who are unable to attend the meeting in-person to view the webcasts online.

If you cannot attend the ICHG/ASHG 2011 Meeting in Montreal this October, but still wish to receive embargoed press releases from ASHG and/or register to view online webcasts of the Society's press briefing events, please e-mail your request to Kristen Long at, and include your press affiliation, title, and contact information.

The scientific sessions and press briefings at the ICHG/ASHG 2011 Meeting will feature presentations from prominent experts in the field on a diverse range of the latest topics of interest in human genetics and genomics, including the following:

  • 1000 Genomes Project
  • Biotechnology
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Clinical & Medical Genetics / Translational Research
  • Ethical, Legal, Social, & Policy Issues
  • Epigenetics & Genomics
  • Evolution & Population Genetics
  • Family Health History
  • Gene Therapy & Genetic Disease Treatments
  • Gene Patenting
  • Genetic Testing
  • Common & Rare Disease Genetics
  • Genome Architecture (CNVs & Structural Variation)
  • Genome Sequencing & Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS)
  • Neurogenetics & Psychiatric Genetics
  • Pharmacogenetics (Drug Response & Dosage)
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Public Health Genomics & Education Initiatives
  • Stem Cell Research

To view the schedule of events and scientific sessions, please visit the ICHG 2011 Meeting Web site at: For general information about the ICHG/ASHG 2011 Meeting program, speakers, and the full schedule of events, visit:


Contact: Kristen Long
American Society of Human Genetics

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