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The Genomics of Common Diseases 2013
7-10 September 2013
Keble College, Oxford, UK

Abstract submission has now closed | Registration has now closed WAITLIST AVAILABLE


Over the past seven years, our understanding of the genetic architecture of disease has been progressively redefined by genome-wide association studies characterizing common variation, the fine mapping of these associated regions, the emergence and growth of new sequencing technologies and the assessment of rare-variant association.

This past year has seen a continuing increase in the scale of genetic data sets, using genotyping array approaches as well as targeted exome and whole-genome sequencing. This conference will include presentations representing the latest applications of these approaches across a range of common diseases, with a focus on understanding the genetic and mechanistic basis of these diseases and moving toward clinical translation. We will consider what we have learned from studies on large numbers of individuals and challenges faced in study design, technology and analysis. This conference will also include presentations on a range of approaches to characterize regulatory variation and to use model organisms in order to move from association to function and increase the mechanistic understanding of disease.

The Wellcome Trust and Nature Genetics are pleased to announce the seventh annual Genomics of Common Diseases meeting, which will address the following topics, across a range of common diseases:

• Exome and whole-genome sequencing
• Clinical and targeted sequencing
• Genomic architecture of disease
• Progress in moving from association to mechanism
• Contribution of somatic variation to human disease
• Cancer genomics
• Regulatory variation
• Pharmacogenomics and clinical translation
• Model organisms
• Infectious disease and autoimmunity
• Statistical and evolutionary genetics
• Regional population genomics


Orli Bahcall, Nature Genetics, USA
Aravinda Chakravarti, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
Michael Dunn, Wellcome Trust, UK
Teri Manolio, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA
Mark McCarthy, University of Oxford, UK
Nazneen Rahman, Institute of Cancer Research, UK
Mary Relling, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA

Keynote Speakers:
Wendy Bickmore, MRC Human Genetics Unit, UK
Mel Greaves, The Institute of Cancer Research, UK
David Weatherall, University of Oxford, UK

Nadav Ahituv, UCSF, USA
Allan Bradley, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Margit Burmeister, University of Michigan, USA
John Burn, Newcastle University, UK
Anna Di Rienzo, University of Chicago, USA
Georg Ehret, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
Paul Flicek, EMBL-EBI, UK
Michael Goddard, University of Melbourne, Australia
Martin Hibberd, Genome Institute of Singapore, Singapore
Mark McCarthy, University of Oxford, UK
Makedonka Mitreva, Washington University School of Medicine, USA
Charles Mullighan, St Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA
Simon Myers, University of Oxford, UK
Christopher Newton-Cheh, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
Magnus Nordborg, Gregor Mendel Institute, Austria
Sharon Peacock, University of Cambridge, UK
Josh Peterson, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA
Munir Pirmohamed, University of Liverpool, UK
Shaun Purcell, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
Heidi Rehm, Partners Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine, USA
Jonathan Sebat, University Of California, USA
Eran Segal, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Mike Stratton, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Gert Jan van Ommen, Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands
Joris Veltman, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Netherlands
Hugh Watkins, University of Oxford, UK

Please note: Due to building work to expand the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre at Hinxton, this conference will be held at
Keble College, Oxford, UK - part of the historic University of Oxford.

Conference Programme:
Please click here for a copy of the conference programme,
The conference will start at 13.00 on Saturday, 7 September and close at 12.30 on Tuesday, 10 September 2013.


Clinical translation and pharmacogenetics
Genetic discovery - cardiovascular, metabolic
Regulatory variation
Genetic discovery – psychiatric
Model organisms and genetic architecture and mechanisms of disease
Infectious disease
Population genomics

Registration and Accommodation

Please note: 
Genomics of Common Diseases 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.

Registration Fees:

Student No accommodation £413.00
Student Twin accommodation £578.00
Student Single accommodation £623.00
Academic No accommodation £513.00
Academic Twin accommodation £678.00
Academic Single accommodation £723.00
Commercial No accommodation £613.00
Commercial Twin accommodation £778.00
Commercial Single accommodation £823.00

Accommodation at Keble College has now sold out. We would suggest the Visit Oford website to look for alternative accommodation

If you have already booked accommodation at Keble College, your accommodation packages include registration, meals and housing for the nights of the 7, 8 and 9 September 2013.
If you require additional nights this will be at an additional cost, please book directly with Keble College via the below link:

The no accommodation package includes registration and meals only.

Registration has now closed.


Abstracts and Posters


Abstract submission is strongly encouraged as a several presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts.

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 Laura on no later than 26 June 2013. Registration must be completed in order for your abstract to be considered.

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.

Abstract Submission has now closed.

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

Conference organiser contact details:
Laura Hubbard
Direct dial: +44 (0) 1223 495110
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 495023


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