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The Genetics Society of America Conferences
Hotel Reservation Deadline:   May 25, 2011



Program Information



Schedule of Events


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Optional Events

Optional Event A – Bioinformatics Workshop



The goal of this tutorial is to demonstrate analysis of next generation sequence data using publicly available tools such as Galaxy; a freely available web-based data analysis framework that contains analysis “modules” which can be linked together in a re-usable (and shareable) workflow. Galaxy makes state of the art sequence analysis tools accessible to the research community without the need for expert knowledge in bioinformatics!

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Optional Event B - Student Satellite Symposium



There will be a satellite meeting on Wednesday, June 22 from 1-5 pm specifically for students to present oral presentations to an audience consisting mainly of other students and post docs. A few selections from these presentations will be asked to present to the main conference and all other student presentations will be presented as posters at the main conference. Please submit your abstract and note your intent to attend this satellite session when registering.



Optional Event C – Awards Banquet and Monuments by Moonlight Tour



Join your colleagues for dinner and the awards banquet at the hotel before boarding private luxury motor coaches for the popular Monuments by Moonlight Tour. Washington, DC has one of the most unique and intriguing skylines and at night it is spectacular. This private tour includes a one of a kind view of the city with stops at some of the most popular monuments along with stories and historical information given by professional tour guides. This event is likely to fill up fast so register early.



Optional Event D – Satellite workshop on Bioinformatics of mutant mouse resources



First day includes overview of Ensembl genome browser, investigating mouse reference gene sets and datamining using Biomart. Second day gives overview of IKMC resources and mining phenotype databases from the EUMODIC resource.


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Student Satellite Symposium

There will be a satellite meeting on Wednesday, June 22 from 1-5 pm specifically for students to present oral presentations to an audience consisting mainly of other students and post docs. A few selections from these presentations will be asked to present to the main conference and all other student presentations will be presented as posters at the main conference. Please submit your abstract and note your intent to attend this satellite session when registering.



Program Book

The entire contents of the Program Book and the text of all abstracts, will be available online by May 2, 2011. This includes the popular abstract search and program planner.

All registrants receive one complimentary copy of the Program Book, with full schedule information including platform and poster session date, time, title, authors, etc. as well as the keyword, speaker/author indexes. Full abstract text will only be available online and will not be printed in the Program Book. You are encouraged to print full abstracts for those sessions of interest before leaving home. If you would like to receive your book in advance, you will have the option of printing the Program Book, including full abstracts in book format, for a fee, through a third-party vendor. Information regarding this option will be sent to registered attendees in mid-March and will also be posted here.



Author Presentation Notifications

Plenary and poster presentation assignments will be posted on this website by April 15, 2011.



Conference Organizers


Maja Bucan   University of Pennsylvania
Gary Churchill   The Jackson Laboratory
Kent Hunter   National Cancer Institute
Terry Magnuson   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Darla Miller   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Klaus Schughart   Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
Karen Steel   Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
David Threadgill   North Carolina State University
Rob Williams   University of Tennessee Health Science Center



Invited Speakers

We are delighted to announce that the following individuals will be giving plenary talks at the Conference:

Keynote Speaker:


Francis Collins

Director, National Institutes of Health


Francis Collins received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Virginia, a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Yale University, and an M.D. with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to coming to the NIH in 1993 to lead the National Human Genome Research Institute, he spent nine years on the faculty of the University of Michigan. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Collins was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007 and the National Medal of Science in 2009. Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project, which successfully completed the first sequence of the human DNA instruction book in 2003. Dr. Collins has served as the Director of the National Institutes of Health since August 17, 2009. 



Plenary Speakers


Allan Balmain

University of California at San Francisco


Allan Balmain earned his PhD in chemistry at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and carried out post-doctoral work at the University of Strasbourg, France funded by a European Program Fellowship, and in Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. Dr. Balmain then led a research group at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Glasgow, and was also Director of Laboratory Research in the Department of Medical Oncology at the University. He moved to the US in 1997 as Vice President of Research at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, and in 1999 to UCSF, where he is presently the Barbara Bass Bakar Distinguished Professor of Cancer Genetics. Dr. Balmain has been a leader in developing strategies to identify genes and pathways associated with cancer susceptibility in different mouse strains and in human populations. His research at present is focused on systems approaches to analysis of cancer susceptibility and progression using computational biology and gene network analysis.



Andrew Benson

University of Nebraska


Andrew Benson received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and was a post-doctoral Fellow at Princeton University, where he demonstrated that a single transcription factor functions as a switch controlling spatial and temporal patterns of gene expression during development of the bacterium Caulobacter crescentus.  In 1996, Dr. Benson joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska in the Department of Food Science and Technology where he began to combine quantitative and population-based approaches with comparative genomics.  Dr. Benson has developed high-throughput genome-based methods for comparative and population genomics of microbes, leading to the creation of the Gut Function Initiative, a discovery-oriented research cluster focused on fundamental characteristics of the gut ecosystem. In 2009, Dr. Benson was awarded the W. W. Marshall Distinguished Professorship in Biotechnology.  His current research program is focused on understanding how the vertebrate host shapes the complex assemblage of microbial species in its gut.



Han Brunner

Radbound University Nijmegen


Han Brunner obtained his medical degree from Groningen University in the Netherlands, followed by a combined MD/PhD from Nijmegen University where he helped discover the gene for myontonic dystrophy. Dr. Brunner is board-certified in Clinical Genetics and has been on the faculty of Nijmegen University Hospital as a clinical geneticist since 1988. He was appointed head of the department of Human Genetics in 1998, and from 2004-2008 was also the chairman of the Division of pediatrics, human genetics, and medical psychology. Dr. Brunner’s research interests include the molecular basis of congenital malformations and their implications in understanding developmental processes including the genetic basis of human brain development, mental retardation, and microdeletion syndromes. Dr. Brunner’s work has demonstrated the utility of grouping phenotypes into syndrome families, underlining the power of accurate phenotyping, as well as the necessity of storing and coding phenotypes in such a way that they become accessible for analysis.



Elaine Fuchs

The Rockefeller University


Elaine Fuchs received her B.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Princeton University. She was a postdoc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the University of Chicago and raising to the Amgen Professor of Basic Sciences. In 2002, Dr. Fuchs moved to Rockefeller University, where she was named the Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor. Dr. Fuchs has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator since 1988. Dr. Fuchs was named one of the Nation’s Outstanding Scientists by the White House in 1985, recevied the National Medal of Science in 2009, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Dr. Fuchs’s lab studies molecular pathways that determine cell fate, and how embryonic and adult stem cells establish unique programs of gene expression that determine when they divide and what types of cells they develop into.



Aviv Regev

Broad Institute


Aviv Regev studied for a direct M.Sc. at the Interdisciplinary Program for the Fostering of Excellence at Tel Aviv University. In her Ph.D. research at Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute, Dr. Regev developed a novel representation language for biomolecular processes based on a computer process algebra - a framework originally developed for studying concurrent computation systems. Before joining the Broad Institute as a core faculty member in 2006, Dr. Regev worked for several years in the biotech industry in Israel and was a fellow at the Bauer Center for Genomics Research at Harvard University. Her current research centers on understanding how complex molecular networks function and evolve in the face of genetic and environmental changes. Dr. Regev is also an assistant professor in the department of biology at MIT and an Early Career Scientist at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In 2008, she received an NIH Director's Pioneer Award.



David Valle

Johns Hopkins University


David Valle earned B.S. and M.D. degrees from Duke University and performed a pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Valle is currently the Henry J. Knott Professor and Director of the Institute of Genetic Medicine and in the Departments of Pediatrics, Ophthalmology and Molecular Biology and Genetics. Dr. Valle is also Director of the Center for Inherited Disease Research. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and past-president of the American Society of Human Genetics. Dr. Valle’s research interests include understanding all aspects of the role of genetic factors in human health and disease.  In particular, his studies involve clinical, biochemical, molecular and therapeutic aspects of specific human genetic diseases as well as more global studies of the network interactions and consequences of the genes and proteins implicated in human disease.


Verne Chapman Memorial Lecture

William Dove

University of Wisconsin


William (Bill) Dove received his A.B. from Amherst College, and Ph.D.
in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. After postdoctoral fellow positions at the University of Cambridge and Stanford University, Dr. Dove joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he currently holds the George Streisinger Professor of Experimental Biology at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research. Throughout his career, Dr. Dove has made numerous seminal contributions to the field of genetics starting with phage lambda, where he was a member of the faculty for the final 'Phage Course' at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, to Physarum polycephalum and most recently mice and rats. Dr. Dove's laboratory discovered and developed the Apc<Min> mouse model of colorectal cancer, which has become the most widely used mouse model of cancer, and recently developed the Pirc rat model. In addition, Dr. Dove has been instrumental in developing efficient procedures for mutagenizing the mouse genome and developing resources for mapping and identifying altered genes, a process that has become an essential tool for mammalian functional genomics. Dr. Dove was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences in 1998 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000.


Careers Luncheon

The Careers Luncheon is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to have informal conversations with senior career scientists regarding the unique challenges and rewards of a scientific career. The luncheon is organized by topic table. Topics may include things like: transition to independence, work-family balance, teaching at undergraduate institutions, non-academic careers for scientists, the when, how, and why of networking, dealing with difficult colleagues, etc.

The senior career scientists include invited speakers at the conference, Society volunteer leaders, and others. Advance registration required.


Audio-Visual Equipment

Standard equipment provided without request in each plenary session room includes an LCD data projector, screen, lectern, pointer and microphone.

All speakers must upload their presentation at least one day in advance of their session. Presentations can be uploaded in advance via the Internet. There will also be a speaker ready room onsite with technicians standing by. Because of the tight timing of over multiple presentations, it is critical that you come by and test your presentation and the equipment in the speaker ready room one day before your presentation. This will insure a flawless presentation from the podium. All speakers will be sent details and reminders via e-mail. Loading your presentation in the meeting room will not be an option. However, speakers are required to be in the meeting room at least one hour in advance of the beginning of the session to become familiar with the equipment.

Each platform presenter will be given 12 minutes for presentation and an additional 3 minutes for questions and discussion.