The Wellcome Genome Campus in association with Nature Genetics is pleased to announce the 11th annual Genomics of Common Diseases (GCD) conference. This year’s exciting programme focuses on emerging technologies, particularly those enabling fundamental insights into human diseases, with the potential to develop clinical therapies. 

There is a growing use of genomic tools for making clinical decisions; its contribution is likely to increase significantly in the near future. To accelerate this progress, further work is needed to characterise new disease mechanisms and to identify innovative approaches for data mining and drug therapeutic targeting. This conference will provide an excellent platform for scientists moving from GWAS into biological function and disease mechanisms. The meeting will highlight leading examples of using deep genome sequencing and direct genome engineering (e.g. CRISPR) to discover genes and to enhance functional annotation. The programme will feature recent advances in analytical tools to detect polygenic susceptibility and its genetic implications for drug therapeutic targeting. We will also discuss the growing use and current challenges of merging electronic health records along with genomic data in clinical practice.

This event will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of clinicians, research scientists, bioinformaticians and technology developers interested in using genomic advances to develop and deliver therapies for patients with common diseases (e.g. cancer, autoimmunity, brain disorders, endocrine and cardiovascular diseases, among others).

We also are pleased to announce a joint symposium titled “Big Data Analytics for Genetics in Personalised Medicine” in association with the GCD committee, Nature Genetics and the International Genetic Epidemiology Society (IGES) committee. The joint symposium will focus on recent developments in analytical tools and resources that are facilitating big data integration, exploration and usage in medicine. It will follow on directly after the GCD conference; further information and registration details can be found here.

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