The Genomics of Common Diseases

06 - 09 September 2017Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    The Wellcome Genome Campus in association with Nature
    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

    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

    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.

  • Programme

    The Genomics of Common Diseases 2017 conference will start at
    approximately 13:00 on Wednesday, 6 September and finish on Friday
    evening, 8 September 2017.

    The joint “Big Data Analytics for Genetics in Personalised Medicine”
    symposium will start at 9:30 and finish at 12:30 on Saturday, 9
    September. Details of the programme and registration can be found here.

    Topics will include: 

    • Identifying novel genes and pathways
    • Genome engineering (e.g. CRISPR)
    • Innovative approaches to complex trait analysis
    • Regulatory variation of complex human diseases
    • Advances in large-scale functional annotation
    • Using human genetics to inform drug development
    • Bringing genomics into clinical use

    The draft programme is now available.

  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Orli Bahcall Nature, USA

    Peter Campbell
    Wellcome Trust Sanger
    Institute, UK
    Aravinda Chakravarti Johns Hopkins
    University School of Medicine, USA
    Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
    Teri Manolio
    National Human Genome Research
    Institute, USA
    Nicole Soranzo
    Wellcome Trust Sanger
    Institute, UK
    Kyle Vogan
    Nature Genetics, USA

    Keynote Speakers
    Anna Gloyn University of Oxford, UK
    deCODE genetics, Iceland
    Sarah Teichmann Wellcome Trust Sanger
    Institute, UK

    Confirmed Speakers
    Zhengming Chen University of Oxford, UK

    John Danesh
    University of Cambridge, UK
    Susan Domchek University of Pennsylvania,
    Nancy Cox
    Vanderbilt University, USA
    Broad Institute, USA
    Caroline Fox Merck, USA
    Moritz Gerstung EMBL-EBI, UK
    Jim Hughes University of Oxford, UK
    Simon Jackson Amgen, USA
    Helena Kilpinen University College London,
    Pui Yan Kwok University of California, San Francisco, USA
    Claudia Langenberg University of Cambridge, UK
    Ruth Loos Icahn School of Medicine at Mount
    Sinai, USA
    Nuria Lopez-Bigas IRB Barcelona, Spain
    Jonathan Marchini University of Oxford, UK
    Vijay Sankaran Boston Children’s Hospital/
    Broad Institute, USA
    Robert Scott GSK, UK
    Francois Spitz Institut Pasteur, France
    Peter Visscher
    University of Queensland, Australia
    Joachim Weischenfeldt Biotech Research &
    Innovation Centre (BRIC), Denmark

    Conference organiser
    Laura Hubbard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Student No accommodation £370.00
    Student On site twin accommodation £522.00
    Student On site single accommodation £616.00
    Academic No accommodation £470.00
    Academic On site twin accommodation £622.00
    Academic On site single accommodation £716.00
    Commercial No accommodation £570.00
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £722.00
    Commercial On site single accommodation £816.00

    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 6, 7, 8 September 2017.
    Please note: there is limited onsite 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
    Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to
    confirmed registrants.

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK. 
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website and information for general visitors and business

  • 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.

    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 can be viewed here.

  • 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.

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • Abstract
    • CV
    • Covering letter
    • Letter from supervisor

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: Closed

  • Sponsors

    The organisers would like to thank the following companies for their