ASHG 2015


Members of the GSA staff and leadership will be participating in the annual meeting of our sister society, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). If you’ll be attending ASHG 2015 in Baltimore, please look out for us, including at the following events:


Exhibit Hall

GSA will be at Booth 2008 in the exhibit hall. Come by to learn about the Society or publishing in one of our peer-edited journals, GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics.


Invited session on model organisms

GSA President Jasper Rine and Past President Phil Hieter have organized an invited session on “Understanding Disease Pathogenesis: A Grand Challenge for Model Organisms.” This session will accent the current relevance of model organism studies for the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of human disease, and anticipate the future role of model organisms in human disease research.

Saturday, October 10
1:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Concurrent Invited Sessions II
83. Understanding Disease Pathogenesis: A Grand Challenge for Model Organisms

Room 318/321, Level 3, Convention Center

1:45 pm – Fruit fly/mouse: A fly approach to personalized cancer therapeutics. R. Cagan. Mount Sinai Hosp, New York.

2:15 pm – Fruit fly/mouse: Molecular genetics of tumor suppressor genes and oncogenes. D. Pan. Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Med, Baltimore.

2:45 pm – Nematode worm: Nutritional regulatory networks. M. Walhout. U Mass Med Sch, Worcester.

3:15 pm – Yeast/zebrafish: Genetic models to determine gene function and a potential therapy for an inherited anemia. C. McMaster. Dalhousie Univ, Halifax, Canada.


Publications Workshop

GENETICS Editor-in-Chief Mark Johnston will be participating in the sold-out “Behind the Scenes: Publications Workshop.” Friday, October 9, 12:45 pm, Room 349.



Two GSA members will be honored with awards from ASHG:

  • GSA member Huntington Willard will receive the ASHG Arno Motulsky–Barton Childs Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education. Friday, October 9, 9:30 am, Hall F, Level 1.
  • GSA member Leonid Kruglyak will receive ASHG’s Curt Stern Award, which recognizes genetics and genomics researchers who have made significant scientific contributions during the past decade. Friday, October 9, 10 am, Hall F, Level 1.

In addition, GSA member Carolyn McBride and Maria Barna will be formally honored with the Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award. Funded by The Gruber Foundation and administered by GSA and ASHG, the award is presented to promising early-career women geneticists. Friday, October 9, 8:45 am, Fall F, Level 1H

Finally, Jennifer Doudna, who will be delivering a keynote address at The Allied Genetics Conference next year will be honored with the Gruber Genetics Prize. Doudna and co-recipient Emmanuelle Charpentier will receive a $500,000 cash award in recognition of their development of the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology.



Adam Fagen was formerly Executive Director of the Genetics Society of America.

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