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Genetics Society of America to host Model Organisms to Human Biology Meeting, June 12-15, 2010

Bethesda, MD The Genetics Society of America (GSA) will host its biennial GENETICS 2010: Model Organisms to Human Biology Meeting, on June 12 to 15, 2010, in Boston, Mass., at the Sheraton Boston. The 2010 MOHB meeting will bring together investigators who study genetic disease models in organisms such as flies, yeast, fungi, mice and other non-human organisms, combined with researchers in human genetics. This meeting will feature discussions on how basic genetics research impacts the study of human diseases, including sessions on stem cells, cancer as a genetic disease, disease models, personal genomics, and more (see list below).

Representatives of the media are cordially invited to attend the scientific keynotes, plenary and poster sessions. Eligible media representatives (see media eligibility requirements below) will receive complimentary press registration. Members of the press may register for the MOHB meeting online at For hotel registration, please visit the meeting Web site at

The scientific sessions and events at the 2010 MOHB meeting will provide participants with the chance to personally meet and talk with top genetics researchers in both the model organism and human genetics fields. This is an opportunity that you won't want to miss!

Keynote Speakers:

  • Saturday, June 12, 2010: 2009 Nobel Laureate, Carol Greider, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) will speak about her work on telomeres and the enzymes that protect them.
  • Sunday, June 13, 2010: 2008 Lasker Award winner, Gary Ruvkun, PhD (Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital) will give a genetic dissection of how worms detect and detoxify chemicals and how this research can be applied in the study of human genetics.
  • Monday, June 14, 2010: Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), Jeremy Berg, PhD (National Institutes of Health) will share the future vision of NIGMS.

Scientific Sessions:

Invited Plenary Scientific Sessions will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about the latest advances in model organism and human genetics research. Some of the major session topics of interest include:

  • Personal Genomics
  • Cancer as a Genetic Disease
  • Models of Disease
  • Analyzing Genomes
  • Sex and Gene Expression
  • Neurogenetics: From Synapses to Senescence
  • Stem Cells: The Genetics of Commitment
  • Modern Approach to Pathogenesis and Infectious Disease
  • Organismal Architecture and Developmental Disabilities

For the complete meeting program and schedule of events, or for more information about the session speakers, visit:

Press Registration:

The Model Organisms to Human Biology meeting is open to media representatives, including those from bona fide print, broadcast, radio, and online venues, and freelance writers on a verifiable assignment from an established news source. Complimentary meeting registration will be available to members of the media who provide appropriate press credentials and identification.

Members of the media may pre-register online for a complimentary press pass to attend the MOHB meeting. To fill out the online application form, please click here. All approved and credentialed members of the media who have pre-registered for the 2010 meeting must check-in at the Registration Area to pick up their official press badge and media materials upon arrival at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

Online press registration will be available until Friday, June 4, 2010. After this date, members of the press who wish to attend this year's meeting must register onsite. All onsite press registrants will also be required to provide proper media identification/credentials before receiving a press badge to access meeting events. Credentials include official media identification/credentials issued by a recognized news organization and a business card, along with some form of personal identification (e.g., a driver's license or passport).

In addition to completing the online registration form, freelancers must send the GSA Communications Office a confirmation of assignment letter from their editor on the news organization's letterhead (Note: All letters must be e-mailed to Sherry Marts at, and Kristen Long at Freelancers who register onsite at the meeting must also present the same type of confirmation of assignment letter to the GSA Press Office staff.


Contact: Sherry Marts, PhD
Genetics Society of America

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