Personal Genomes (Virtual Conference)

28 - 30 April 2021Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Abstract deadline 02 March 2021
  • Registration deadline 19 April 2021

Promoting greater diversity and ethical sharing of genome data

  • Summary

    Owing to the ongoing situation with covid-19, this event will be organised as a virtual conference.

    Over the past few years advances in sequencing technology, efforts to mainstream genomics in healthcare systems, increased sharing of genomic information, and direct-to-consumer genetic testing have brought us to the cusp of the long-promised ‘genomics revolution’.

    However, these advances have brought several challenges including the interpretation of results from genetic tests, which are in part amplified by the lack of standards and knowledge on outcomes from such results. In parallel access to direct-to-consumer personal genetic testing has whetted the public’s appetite for genotyping and ancestry testing, which can result in increased enquires with clinicians in public healthcare systems. Sharing personal genomic data could result in access by third parties for unintended purposes. Finally the vast majority of genomes in public databases continue to be of European ancestries, potentially exacerbating existing health disparities.

    The second Personal Genomes conference aims to address these issues. It will bring together geneticists, bioinformaticians, and clinicians from academic and the commercial sector interested in learning the extent to which current genetic testing technologies can help people learn about their personal health and heritage. The meeting aims to democratise access to human genome technologies; facilitate and advocate best practice and governance of personal genomics data access; and promote openness and ethical sharing of personal genome data, while protecting privacy of the individuals.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 1pm 28 April and close at approximately 4pm on 30 April 2021. All times are given in British Summer Time. See the time where you are here.

    Topics will include:

    • Promoting diverse reference genomes
    • Clinical implementation and interpretation
    • Infrastructure and innovation
    • Data sharing: trust and governance
    • Personal genomics and pandemics
  • Organisers/ Speakers

    Scientific programme committee

    Stephan Beck

    Stephan Beck
    University College London, UK

    Manuel Corpas

    Manuel Corpas
    Cambridge Precision Medicine, UK

    Saskia Sanderson

    Saskia Sanderson
    Early Disease Detection Research Project, UK

    Mahsa Shabani

    Mahsa Shabani
    Ghent University, Belgium

    Keynote speakers

    Joanna Mountain

    Joanna Mountain
    23andMe, USA

    Michael Snyder

    Michael Snyder
    Stanford University School of Medicine, USA

    Confirmed speakers

    Jeff Barrett – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
    Jantina de Vries – University of Capetown, South Africa
    Edward Dove – University of Edinburgh, UK
    Segun Fatumo – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
    Deanne Hanchant-Nichols – University of South Australia, Australia
    Mariam Jamal-Hanjani – University College of London, UK
    Thomas Keane – European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
    Eimear Kenny – Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA
    Amit Khera – Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
    Hans Lehrach – Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Germany
    Anna Middleton – Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
    Allan Orozco – University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
    Serena Scollen – Elixir, UK
    Angela Solano – University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Conference organisers

    Lucy Criddle, Conference & Events Organiser
    Treasa Creavin, Scientific Programme Manager

  • Registration
    Standard Fee
    Student £50
    Delegates from LMICs* £50
    Academic £100
    Commercial £150

    The virtual registration package includes access to all live-streamed sessions (including poster sessions and online networking channels), as well as access to all sessions ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event.

    *To increase the international diversity of attendees at our meetings, we have reduced fees for delegates from Lower and Middle Income Countries (see list of countries here) If you are in need of financial support would like to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser. When applying for a bursary you will be asked to provide a letter stating financial need and a CV.

    Registration deadline: 19 April 2021

    Log in details for the virtual conference portal will be provided on Monday before the event.

  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

    Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    All those accepted for a poster presentation will be given the opportunity to upload a short video describing their work.

    Abstract deadline: 3 March 2021

    How to upload an abstract once you have already completed registration:

    1. Log back into your registration account using either Firefox or Internet Explorer as your browser, via link above the ‘Share’ button on the right hand column of this page
    2. Click on ‘Account’ (top right).
    3. Then click on ‘View account history’. This will show a table of your event registrations.
    4. In the right-hand column you will see the option to ‘Upload file’ – click on this and select to upload an abstract.
  • Sponsors

    With thanks to our virtual conference sponsors:

    Cambridge Precision Medicine – sponsors



    If you are interested in supporting this meeting, please contact the conference organiser.

  • Keynote lecture 1 from 2019 meeting

    New technologies and sharing comprehensive personal precision-medicine data - George Church

    Keynote lecture by George Church (Harvard University, USA) at Personal Genomes 2019 (April 2019) oganised by Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences.

  • Keynote lecture 2 from 2019 meeting

    Genetic privacy: friend or foe?

    Keynote lecture by Yaniv Erlich (MyHeritage, Israel) at Personal Genomes conference  (April 2019) organised by Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences.