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The American Society of Human Genetics hosts 58th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia
Date:10/10/2008

ither of the Society's two press briefing events scheduled for Thursday, November 13, 2008 (see details below), please e-mail your request to Kristen Long at klong@ashg.org, and remember to include your contact information.

The press briefing sessions at the ASHG 2008 meeting will feature presentations from prominent experts in the field on a diverse range of "hot" topics and issues in human genetics, including the following:

Wednesday, November 12, 2008:

  • "Advancing Our Understanding of Genetic Disease: New Findings from Genome-Wide Association Studies" will highlight a selection of the most interesting and exciting GWAS abstracts presented at the ASHG 2008 Meeting. This session will feature a panel of top scientists in the field discussing their novel GWAS findings that help advance our understanding of the many different genetic variants associated with common complex genetic diseases, including autism, type 2 diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Thursday, November 13, 2008: (WEBCAST SESSIONS)

  • The recently-appointed ASHG Ancestry Testing Task Force Committee plans to unveil the Society's new "ASHG Ancestry Testing Statement and Recommendations: Guidelines for Understanding the Issues and Implications Involved" at the 2008 Annual Meeting in a press briefing session featuring principal members of the Task Force Committee, including the current president of ASHG, Aravinda Chakravarti, PhD, and president-elect, Edward McCabe, MD, PhD.
  • Francis Collins, MD, PhD, world-renowned author, physician-geneticist and former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, will moderate a press briefing session on "Genome-Wide Association Studies and the 1000 Genomes Project: Implications and Clinical Applications." This session will feature the following panel of distinguished speakers discussing GWA studies' i
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Contact: Kristen Long
klong@ashg.org
240-281-2386
American Society of Human Genetics
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