Dear members of the Belgian Society of Human Genetics,
The Annual Meeting of our Society held on Friday 6 March 2015 at the Centre for Fine Arts in Charleroi was a great success. We thank our colleagues from IPG, who organized this thought-provoking event, attended by over 350 participants and supported by our sponsors, to whom we are most grateful.
We have the pleasure to announce that the next Meeting of the BeSHG will be in combination with our Dutch sister organization, the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Humane Genetica (www.nvhg-nav.nl). This Joint Meeting will take place on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th FEBRUARY 2016 in Leuven.
The theme will be "GENETICS and SOCIETY".
The confirmed Invited Speakers are:
Dian DONNAI, Professor Em., Dept of Medical Geneticst, University of Manchester, UK (Dysmorphologist, Founder of Nowgen - a centre for genetics in healthcare - public engagement)
Doug EASTON, Professor/ Director, Centre for Cancer Genetic Epidemiology, University of Cambridge, UK (Genetic Susceptibility to Common Cancers / Gene-Environment / Modifiers of BRCA1/2)
Evan EICHLER, Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, USA (Variation and Disease/ Genome Evolution and Mechanism of Origin)
Peter VAN LOO, Francis Crick Institute, London, UK (Bio-informatics / Massive Parallel Sequencing in Carcinogenesis and Cancer Evolution)
After a one-year break, the BeSHG organizes the Permanent Education Course in Human Genetics in collaboration with the different Human Genetic Centers and their universities during this academic year 2015-2016. This postgraduate course intends to fulfill the need of a growing number of professions (from industry as well as from health care, for diagnostic or for research purposes) in which theoretical bases of all aspects of human genetics are useful or required. This course provides a uniform and adequate theoretical background for all those taking up responsibilities in human genetics-related activities within the different Belgian genetic centers.
This course is organized one Friday per month by each Human Genetics Center successively. It is limited to 50 students for practical reasons. Registration will be effective when payment of the registration fee (200 €) is received. Registration will subsequently be done at the University or the Genetic Center mentioned in the payment communication.