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HGSA Conference 2013

Up-Regulate Your Senses in Queenstown NZ in 2013

We extend a welcome to all in the human genetics community, HGSA members and non-members alike, to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia at the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown, New Zealand, Sunday-Wednesday August 4-7, 2013.

We invite you to “Up-Regulate Your Senses” in the beautiful alpine setting of Queenstown. Your senses of Vision, Taste and Smell will be well exercised by the dramatic mountain surrounds, and the locally-produced wines; and your intellectual appreciation of these senses will be enhanced in sessions on Ophthalmology and Inborn Errors of Metabolism. And those seeking updates on hot topics, controversy, and information of practical value, will find much to satisfy them(see the programme page).

We have an impressive line-up of confirmed international speakers, and ably supported by locals. Prof Evan Eichler, of Seattle, will speak on recent human chromosome evolution, and how this has led to emergence of novel human genes, but also made our species prone to autism and other diseases. Prof Graeme Black, of Manchester, will review the genetics of eye diseases, and will be followed by local contributions from Assoc Prof Robyn Jamieson (Sydney) and Dr Andrea Vincent (Auckland). Prof Rodney Howell (Miami) will take big picture views of the inborn errors of metabolism. Prof Aad Tibben of Leiden will bring to our awareness the practices in the Netherlands concerning end-of-life management in Huntington’s disease. Dr Bob Kuhn (Santa Cruz) will discuss the UCSC Genome Browser, and provide practical navigating advice. Prof Wayne Cutfield (Auckland) will introduce an epigenetic focus, in reviewing life influences in utero. Genetic Counsellors will enjoy presentations from Prof Tibben on cancer; from Ms Mary-Anne Young (Melbourne), who will lead a workshop on genetic counselling with young people; and from Prof Sandy Macleod (Christchurch), who will review aspects of Huntington’s disease.

A satellite, open to all, on ethical, social, and legal issues raised by next-generation sequencing, will be held on the afternoon of Sunday August 4(see the programme page).

Registration open

Costs to attend the meeting fall into the categories of member, non-member and student. Delegates can opt to attend the full 3 day conference or alternatively they can opt to attend just one day.

Please see below for details of all costs:

Full 3 day Conference

Early Bird Member (for bookings made by 17 May) - $890 NZD
Standard Member (for bookings made after 17 May) - $1090 NZD

Early Bird Non-Member (for bookings made by 17 May) - $990 NZD
Standard Non-Member (for bookings made after 17 May) - $1190 NZD

Early Bird Student (for bookings made by 17 May) - $650 NZD
Standard Student (for bookings made after 17 May) - $700 NZD

One Day Conference Only

Early Bird Member One Day (for bookings made by 17 May) - $390 NZD
Standard Member One Day (for bookings made after 17 May) - $520 NZD

Early Bird Non-Member One Day (for bookings made by 17 May) - $470 NZD
Standard Non-Member One Day (for bookings made after 17 May) - $600 NZD

Early Bird Student One Day (for bookings made by 17 May) - $360 NZD
Standard Student One Day (for bookings made after 17 May) - $430 NZD

Announcement! A Satellite on the Ethical, Social and Legal Aspects of Next-Generation Methodologies, with particular reference to managing incidental findings and issues relating to prenatal diagnosis, will be held ahead of the main meeting, from midday to 4 p.m on Sunday August 4. This is jointly sponsored by ESIC (the Ethics and Social Issues Committee of the HGSA), and the NZ Law Foundation and NZ Genomics Ltd. Registration is required, but there is no charge. Enquiries: contact Mr Richman Wee at richman.wee@otago.ac.nz