Scholarship and Discounted Abstract Deadline August 8 for Leveraging Genomic Diversity Conference in Africa

You still have time – until August 8, 2018 – to submit scholarship applications and save on the abstract fee for our first conference on "Leveraging Genomic Diversity for Animal and Human Health." This is part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
November 25–29, 2018
Speke Resort &
Conference Centre
Kampala, Uganda
Michèle Ramsay, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Han Brunner, Radboud UMC, Netherlands
Appolinaire Djikeng, Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health, University of Edinburgh, UK

Genomic variation is a driving force of animal and human health, and susceptibility to disease. Yet our knowledge rarely spans human ethnic genomic diversity and genomic variation between animal breeds, limiting their translational impact. This conference will explore the translation of genomic research in animals and humans, high and low-resourced environments, ethnic diversity, and cultural context. Identifying common strands in animal and human health opens up opportunities for repurposing of ideas and applications, and for finding innovative solutions for translational genomics through cross-boundary communities of practice.

In summary, the four-day conference will:

  • Present and discuss how genomic diversity is used in the context of translational genomics in humans and animals (ranging from clinical medicine to animal breeding for health and productivity);
  • Explore synergies across the human and animal fields in terms of translational comparative genomics;
  • Examine opportunities to leverage genomic diversity and the many data sets now available as a result of large-scale genomics initiatives (e.g., Genome England, Human Heredity and Health in African Consortium) for the purpose of promoting health.
A unique opportunity the conference will afford is a workshop consisting of 10 five-minute talks selected by the organized based on a 200-word statements attendees can submit when they register of a simple solution to a complex genomics problem that can be implemented at an affordable rate in a low- and middle-income setting. In addition, there will be short talks, chosen from abstracts submitted by August 23, in other sessions of the conference.

The conference will feature a diverse array of the following confirmed invited speakers from academia, government and industry, representing 12 countries:

Niklas Blomberg, Elixir, UK
Bassirou Bonfoh, Afrique One-African Science Partnership for Intervention Research Excellence, Côte D'Ivoire
Han G. Brunner, Radboud UMC, Netherlands
Gerard Davis, BioInfo Consulting and Investment Pty Ltd, Australia
Appolinaire Djikeng, Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health, University of Edinburgh, UK
Evan E. Eichler*, HHMI/University of Washington, USA
Michel A.J. Georges, University of Liège, Belgium
Christian T. Happi, Redeemer's University, Nigeria
John M. Hickey, University of Edinburgh, UK
Nicholas Katsanis, Duke University Medical Center, USA
Susan J. Lamont, Iowa State University, USA
Elizabeth Marincola, African Academy of Sciences, Kenya
Collen Masimirembwa, African Institute of Biomedical Science
and Technology, Zimbabwe
Stephen T. McGarvey, Brown University, USA
Farai C. Muchadeyi, Agricultural Research Council, South Africa
Karen E. Nelson, J. Craig Venter Institute, USA
Michèle Ramsay, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Charles N. Rotimi, National Institutes of Health, USA
Eamonn G. Sheridan, University of Leeds, UK
Lea M. Starita, University of Washington, USA
Kári Stefánsson, deCode Genetics, Iceland
Bruce Whitelaw, University of Edinburgh, UK
Brunhilde Wirth, University Hospital Cologne, Germany

*Keynote speaker

Who should attend?
Agricultural Scientists • Biotechnologists • Developmental Biologists • Food Scientists • Geneticists • Genomicists • Global Health Specialists • Infectious Disease Researchers • Veterinary Scientists
Additional Information
  • Click here to view the program and click here to download the program flyer.
  • Deadlines are at midnight US Mountain Time.
  • Scholarships are for graduate students and postdocs and fund reimbursement of up to 1,200 USD in conference-related costs.
  • Discounted abstract submission saves 50 USD and discounted registration saves 200 USD on the later fees.
  • Presenting a poster is an excellent way to gain feedback on your work. Abstracts submitted by the August 23 abstract deadline will be considered for short talks on the program.
  • Please note that the first advertised meeting date is the date of arrival and registration, and the last date that of the last organized sessions.