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Genomic Disorders 2013: From 60 years of DNA to human genomes in the clinic

10-12 April 2013

Homerton College, Cambridge, UK

This conference is oversubscribed - please see details below to join the waitlist

The 7th Wellcome Trust Genomic Disorders conference will present an exciting blend of genomic science and clinical medicine. This meeting aims to bring together scientists and clinicians interested in genomic variation in humans and the mechanisms by which it exerts its phenotypic effects.

Genomic Disorders 2013 will discuss the latest findings relating to the genomic basis of rare disorders as these can provide such powerful insights into human biology. Genome-wide analyses, including array Comparative Genomic Hybridization (aCGH) and Whole Exome Sequencing (WES), are proving to be of great value in discovering the genetic basis of rare disorders and illustrate the heuristic power of humans as a model organism. A particular focus of this meeting will be on bioinformatics approaches used to interpret genomic variants and on therapeutic targets for rare genetic diseases.

Please note that due to building works to expand the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre at Hinxton, Genomic Disorders 2013 will take place at Homerton College - part of the historic University of Cambridge.

Scientific sessions will include:
Natural variation
Developmental genetics
Animal models of rare disorders
Interpretation of genomic variants

A copy of the programme can be viewed here

Special events

This year’s meeting coincides with the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA by Watson and Crick in Cambridge in April 1953. To commemorate this, the meeting will include a special session celebrating this discovery. We will also hold an exhibition focusing on some of the Cambridge sites connected with this remarkable discovery, which laid the foundation for genomic science.

Scientific organisers
Han Brunner Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands
Helen Firth Cambridge University Dept. of Medical Genetics, UK
Matthew Hurles Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Jim Lupski Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Invited speakers:
Gonçalo Abecasis University of Michigan, USA
Les Biesecker NIH, USA
Ewan Birney EMBL-EBI, UK
Johan den Dunnen Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands
Santhosh Girirajan Pennsylvania State University, USA
Robert C. Green Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA
Tamar R. Grossman ISIS Pharmaceuticals, USA
Monica Justice Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Ben Lehner, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
Jennifer Lentz LSU Health Sciences Center, USA
John Mattick Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia
Serena Nik-Zainal Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Wolf Reik Babraham Institute, UK
Renata Salecl University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Annette Schenck Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands
Nicole Soranzo Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Chris Tyler-Smith Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Brunhilde Wirth University of Cologne, Germany

Abstracts from all areas of genomic medicine are welcome, several talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

The conference will open with registration from 15:00 on the 10 April with talks starting at 17:00. The conference will close at approx. 17:00 on 12 April.


Registration and Accommodation

Registration Fees


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The accommodation packages include registration, meals and housing for the nights of the 10 and 11 April 2013. The option of dinner and staying overnight on the 12 April is available at the cost of £97.50 – please indicate your preference during registration. The 'no accommodation' package includes registration and meals only.

Please note:
Genomic Disorders 2013 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.

A limited number of registration bursaries are available. To apply, please send:
Covering letter
Letter from supervisor
to the conference organiser Jemma Beard at by 20 February 2013.


Abstracts and Posters

Abstracts from all areas of genomic medicine are welcome, several talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Abstract submission
Abstract submission is now closed.
Please ensure that you follow the abstract guidelines and upload your abstract during registration. If you are not ready to up-load your abstract at the time of registration, please e-mail your abstract document to no later than 20 February 2013.

Please Note: abstracts will not be accepted if the presenting author is not registered.

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. 

Travel Visas
If you require a letter to support your visa application, please contact Jemma Beard on



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