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The mission statement of the American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG) is “to advance human genetics and genomics in science, health, and society through excellence in research, education, and advocacy.” In that effort, the organization works to propel research forward by creating opportunities for human genetics professionals to share research findings, clinical and research applications, and new technology toward the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide number of childhood and adult health conditions.

At their Annual Meeting, which draws an average of 7,000 international attendees each year, ASHG welcomes scientific researchers, academics, clinicians, genetic counselors, health advocates, and others to participate in symposia, plenary and poster sessions, exhibitions, networking events, and public policy sessions over a five-day period that has grown to become the largest annual gathering of human genetics professionals and stakeholders on Earth.

For its second year, the NIH Common Fund-supported Gabriella Miller Kids First Data Resource Center (Kids First DRC) is excited to participate in this event, which will be held October 15 to 19, 2019 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX.

Throughout the Annual Meeting, the Kids First DRC will work to highlight its efforts in fostering collaboration and data sharing throughout the research community to accelerate discoveries and new treatments in childhood cancer and structural birth defects; as well as to showcase new data, functional improvements, and analysis capabilities recently added to Kids First Data Resource Portal.

A number of Kids First DRC and other Kids First investigators will present posters to highlight their most recent research findings. In addition, the Kids First DRC will host a booth in the Annual Meeting’s Exhibitor Hall – Booth #233 – where Kids First experts in platform development and genomic and phenotypic harmonization; as well as representatives from the NIH; will be on-hand to hold live demonstrations and walkthroughs of the Kids First Data Resource Portal, and provide additional information. Meeting attendees will also have the opportunity to learn how they can apply for cloud storage and compute credits to support analysis of Kids First data on Cavatica.

Gabriella Miller Kids First Poster Session: Accelerating Pediatric Genomics Research through Collaboration

For the 2019 ASHG Annual Meeting, the NIH Common Fund’s Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program will host an Ancillary Poster Session on Tuesday, October 15 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel. The poster session is open to the public; however, we encourage attendees to register to facilitate planning: Attendees are not required to register for the main ASHG meeting to attend the Kids First poster session.

This Poster Session will bring Kids First researchers together to meet and interact with a growing community of current and potential collaborators to hasten the discovery of genetic causes of childhood cancers and structural birth defects toward developing new treatments and improving outcomes for children everywhere.

During the session, attendees will learn about Kids First childhood cancer and structural birth defects whole genome datasets, progress of Kids First X01 projects, tools and functionalities of the Kids First Data Resource Portal, and collaborations that can amplify the impact of Kids First research efforts.

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