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The Genomics of Common Diseases 2011
30 August-2 September 2011
Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

Registration has now closed - please see details below to join the waitlist


The Wellcome Trust in association with Nature Genetics is pleased to announce the fifth Genomics of Common Diseases meeting.

Over the past five years the genetic architecture of common diseases has been redefined by results from whole-genome association studies and new sequencing technologies. Together, these have offered new insights into the mechanisms of a wide range of health disorders.

Now, studies are moving to the sequencing of whole genomes, and the ability to do this both rapidly and inexpensively. The focus of common disease genetics is now on the discovery of new disease mechanisms, and how to evaluate and transfer these advances through to potential clinical application.

The Conference programme will address the following topics, across a range of common diseases:

  • Cancer – somatic, germline and diagnostics
  • Infectious diseases
  • Population and statistical genetics
  • Functional genomics
  • Exome and whole genome sequencing
  • Clinical translation and pharmacogenetics
  • Emerging technologies and their applications

Scientific organising committee:
Tim Aitman, Imperial College London, UK
Myles Axton, Nature Genetics, USA
Peter Donnelly, University of Oxford, UK
Michael Dunn, Wellcome Trust, UK
Richard Gibbs, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Mark McCarthy, University of Oxford, UK
Debbie Nickerson, University of Washington, USA
Nazneen Rahman, Institute of Cancer Research, UK
Mary Relling, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA

Keynote speakers:
Mark Daly, Harvard Medical School, USA
Len Pennacchio, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA
Nazneen Rahman, Institute of Cancer Research, UK

Speakers include:
Paul Brennan, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), France
Peter Campbell, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Gonçalo Abecasis, University of Michigan, USA
Leif Andersson, University of Uppsala, Sweden
Ewan Birney, EBI-EMBL, UK
Michael Boehnke, University of Michigan, USA
Sebastian Bonhoeffer, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland
Vivian Cheung, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA
Derrick Crook, University of Oxford, UK
Manolis Dermitzakis, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Richard Durbin, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Doug Easton, University of Cambridge, UK
Robert S. Epstein, Medco Health solutions Inc, USA
William Evans, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA
Michel Georges, University of Liège, Belgium
David Goldstein, Duke University, USA
Lynn Jorde, University of Utah, USA
Sekar Kathiresan, Broad Institute, USA
Nicholas Katsanis, Duke University, USA
Augustine Kong, Decode Genetics, Iceland
Charles Langley, UC Davis, USA
Jonathan Marchini, University of Oxford, UK
Debbie Nickerson, University of Washington, USA
Julian Parkhill, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Munir Pirmohamed, University of Liverpool, UK
John Stamatoyannopoulos, University of Washington, USA

Outline Programme
Session 1:  Exome and Whole Genome Sequencing
Session 2:  Functional Genomics
Session 3:  Clinical Translation and Pharmacogenetics
Session 4:  Cancer
Session 5:  Population and Statistical Genetics
Session 6:  Infectious Disease
Session 7:  Emerging Technologies and their Application

A full programme is now available. Please click here to view/download the programme.

The conference will start on Tuesday, 30 August with registration at 13.00.
The conference will finish around midday on Friday, 2 September 2011.

Registration and Accommodation

Registration Fees:
Student No Accommodation      £450.00
Student  Twin Accommodation  £585.00
Student Single Accommodation   £663.00
Academic No Accommodation  £550.00
Academic Twin Accommodation  £685.00
Academic Single Accommodation  £763.00
Commercial No Accommodation   £650.00
Commercial Twin Accommodation  £785.00
Commercial   Single Accommodation   £863.00

Abstract Deadline: 15 June 2011
Registration Deadline: 3 August

Please note: 

Genomics of Common Diseases 2011 has reached full capacity. At this time we are accepting waitlist requests. 

If you would like to join the waitlist please e-mail .
Payment will not be requested at this time.

The accommodation packages include registration, meals and housing for the nights of Tuesday, 30, Wednesday, 31 August, and Thursday, 1 September 2011.  If you require additional nights this will be at an additional cost and subject to availability, please contact directly for further information. The no accommodation packages include registration and meals only.

Important – limited on-site accommodation
As we have limited bedrooms on-site, bedrooms on the Hinxton campus will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Early registration is recommended. To view more information on the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre accommodation, please click here

Once we have reached capacity on campus, accommodation will be provided off site at either the Holiday Inn Express, Whittlesford or at Homerton College in Cambridge. Complimentary shuttle services will be provided to the Conference Centre in the morning and back in the evening.

Holiday Inn Express, Whittlesford
The newly opened Holiday Inn, Whittlesford, is 3 miles from the Conference Centre. To view more information on the Holiday Inn, please click here 
Homerton College, Cambridge
Homerton College, Cambridge is approximately 11 miles from the Conference Centre. To view more information on Homerton College, please click here

Note: Please select the accommodation you prefer during the registration process 

Travel Visas
If you require a letter of acceptance in order to obtain a travel Visa please e-mail


Abstracts and Posters

Please ensure that you follow the abstract guidelines and upload your abstract during registration. If you are not ready to up-load you’re abstract at the time of registration, please e-mail your abstract document to no later than 15 June 2011.

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.

After the abstract deadline the scientific committee will assess your abstract and you will be notified whether you have been selected for a short talk 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 conference.  



We would like to acknowledge the generous support from the following organisations. If you are interested in sponsoring the Genomics of Common Diseases conference please contact Laura Hubbard at







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