We are delighted to welcome you to the 2019 edition of the Human Genetics and Genomics Gordon conference, a tradition that started in 1995 and continues strong. We will be coming together in an idyllic setting to take stock of the field as it continues to grow apace and to imagine where we are headed. There is no question that Human Genetics is at a proverbial crossroads, pulled in three overlapping, but sometimes competing directions: 1) the ever-increasing acquisition of genetic/genomic data, sometimes but not always accompanied by phenotypic information; 2) the pressing need to interpret variation at the level of allele, gene, macromolecular complex, and signaling cascade; and 3) the delivery of relevant data to the clinic to potentiate medical decisions and to develop therapeutics. The nexus of these three pivotal questions will be the focus of our conference. In the celebrated tradition of the Gordon Research Conferences, we look forward to welcoming both leaders of our field and neophytes, from academia and industry, to debate, openly and vigorously, the questions that define our time in genetics. At the end of our week, we hope to have learned from each other, to have challenged our respective preconceived notions and adages, and to have found a modicum of directionality that will help inform the design of our future endeavors.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by October 15, 2018. Please check back for updates.
- Keynote Session: The Human Genome at 18: Lessons Learned and Aspirations for the Future
- Medical Genomics: The 'Solved' Problem and Other Challenges
- Continued Lessons from Genome Evolution
- Genomics Beyond the Nucleus
- Big Data, Really Big Data and the Challenges of Population Scale Genomics
- From Sequence to Function: Questions of Scaling and Relevance
- Improving Delivery of Genomic Medicine to the Clinic
- The Lagging Strand: Genome Therapeutics and Their Implementation
- The Human Genome at Midlife and Its Impact on Medicine and Society