The Genomics of Common Diseases

02 - 05 September 2015Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    The Wellcome Trust in association with Nature Genetics is pleased to
    announce the 9th annual Genomics of Common Diseases.
    Genome-wide association studies and the emergence of new sequencing
    technologies has helped refine our understanding of the genetic
    architecture of disease. This past year has seen a continuing increase in
    the scale of genomic data sets and important strides in identifying
    functionally and clinically relevant genetic variation.

    This year’s conference will feature leading examples of genetic discovery
    efforts for common diseases using a range of technologies, including
    genotyping arrays, as well as targeted-, exome- and whole-genome
    sequencing. We will also focus on approaches to characterize regulatory
    variation, how to use model organisms as a way to move from association
    to function and increase the mechanistic understanding of disease. The
    meeting will highlight important recent efforts in clinical translation
    and survey a range of global genomic medicine programmes.

    The meeting will address the following topics, across a range of common

    • Autoimmunity
    • Cancer genomics
    • Clinical translation
    • Evolutionary and population genomics
    • Genetic discovery
    • Genome technology
    • Genome medicine
    • Genomic architecture
    • Mechanisms of disease
    • Model organisms
    • Neuropsychiatric disorders
    • Regulatory variation
  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 13.00 on Wednesday, 2
    September and close at approximately 14.00 on Saturday, 5 September 2015.

    Scientific sessions

    • Integrative genomics
    • Genetic discovery
    • Regulatory variation
    • Clinical genetics & translation
    • Cancer genomics
    • Genome technology
    • Genome medicine
    • Population genomics
  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Myles Axton
    Nature Genetics, USA
    Orli Bahcall Nature Genetics, USA
    Wendy Bickmore University of Edinburgh, UK
    Peter Campbell Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
    Aravinda Chakravarti Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
    Michael Dunn Wellcome Trust, UK
    Sekar Kathiresan Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
    Teri Manolio National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA
    Mark McCarthy
    University of Oxford, UK

    Keynote speakers
    George Church
    Harvard Medical School, USA
    Anne Ferguson-Smith
    University of Cambridge, UK
    Vanessa Hayes
    Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia

    Confirmed speakers
    Rene Bernards Netherlands Cancer Institute, The
    Erwin Bottinger
    Mount Sinai Hospital, USA
    Han Brunner
    Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, The
    Wasun Chantratita
    Mahidol University, Thailand
    Rory Collins
    University of Oxford, UK
    Manolis Dermitzakis
    University of Geneva Medical School,
    Peter Donnelly
    University of Oxford, UK
    Evan Eichler
    University of Washington, USA
    David Fitzpatrick
    University of Edinburgh, UK
    Mathew Garnett
    Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
    Doug Higgs
    University of Oxford, UK
    Gail Jarvik
    University of Washington, USA
    Jan Korbel
    EMBL, Germany
    Yuk Ming Dennis Lo
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong
    Steven McCarroll
    Harvard Medical School, USA
    Miles Parkes
    University of Cambridge, UK
    Heidi Rehm
    Partners HealthCare and Harvard Medical School,
    Gad Rennert
    Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
    John Rioux
    Université de Montréal, Canada
    Nitzan Rosenfeld
    University of Cambridge, UK
    Albin Sandelin
    University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    Nicole Soranzo
    Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
    Charles Swanton
    The Francis Crick Institute, UK
    Sarah Teichmann
    John Todd
    University of Cambridge, UK

    Conference organiser
    Laura Hubbard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Student No accommodation £370.00
    Student On site twin accommodation £515.00
    Student On site single accommodation £606.00
    Student Single accommodation Holiday Inn Express £643.00
    Academic No accommodation £470.00
    Academic On site twin accommodation £615.00
    Academic On site single accommodation £706.00
    Academic Single accommodation Holiday Inn Express £743.00
    Commercial No accommodation £570.00
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £715.00
    Commercial On site single accommodation £806.00
    Commercial Single accommodation Holiday Inn Express £843.00

    The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster
    sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments
    during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have
    booked accommodation.

    Registration deadline: Closed


    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 2, 3, 4 September 2015.
    Please note there is limited on-site accommodation and this will be
    allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Therefore, early
    registration is recommended.
    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference
    dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

    Travel visas
    Please contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to
    support a travel visa application. Note that letters will be provided to
    confirmed registrants.

  • 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.

    Please register prior to submitting your abstract. Abstracts will not be
    considered from anyone who has not registered to attend the conference.
    Please follow the guidelines below when submitting your abstract.

    Please specify which session(s) you would like your
    abstract to be
    considered for by saving the document with the
    presenter’s last name
    followed by the session name.

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

    Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0-
    portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the
    conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the

    Abstract deadline: Closed

    Abstract guidelines

    • Format & Font: Prepare your abstract in Microsoft Word in 11-point Ariel Font.
    • Title: The title should be concise and be in bold, sentence case.
    • Author names: The presenting author’s name must be the first name to appear on the list of authors. Underline the name of the presenting author. For each author give the forename followed by the surname.
    • Affiliations: Please list the authors and affiliations directly under the title, separated by one empty line, and followed on additional lines as necessary. Indicate each author’s affiliation with a superscript numeral following the surname.
    • Abstract length: should not exceed one 1.5-spaced page. The total word limit is 400 words (to include title, authors, affiliations and abstract narrative).
    • Abstract narrative: must be clear and concise. Clearly describe the problem you are addressing, the results to date and any conclusions you can draw from them, so that your abstract can be evaluated by the programme committee. Avoid saying in effect ‘a solution to XYZ problem will be presented’. Please ensure that your abstract is checked for correctness of spelling and grammar in advance of submission.
    • Subheadings: Please avoid the use of subheadings in the abstract narrative.
    • References: A separate list of references at the end of the abstract is not necessary.
    • File name: should be the same as the surname of the presenting author.
    • Download a sample abstract document (Microsoft Word), which can be used for formatting purposes.
  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students
    to attend this conference (up to 50% of the registration fee) from
    Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

    Bursary deadline: Closed

  • Sponsors

    We thank for the following organisations for their support.