Belgian Society for Human Genetics


First Joint Meeting


Leuven, 4-5 February 2016

Genetics & Society

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Dian DONNAI, Professor Em., Dept of Medical Genetics, University of Manchester, UK (Dysmorphologist, Founder of Nowgen - a centre for genetics in healthcare - public engagement)

Genetics and Genomics: from Back Room to Centre Stage!

Doug EASTON, Professor/ Director, Centre for Cancer Genetic Epidemiology, University of Cambridge, UK (Genetic Susceptibility to Common Cancers / Gene-Environment / Modifiers of BRCA1/2)

Breast Cancer Genetics, common and rare BRCA to GWAS to Panels

Jan HOEIJMAKERS, Professor of Genetics, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Human Repair Disorders, DNA Repair and Aging/ Neurodegeneration), Laureate of the 2016 NVHG Galjaard Award

Maintaining Nature’s Perfection: DNA Repair, Cancer, Aging and Longevity

Ingrid JAGENEAU, President, RadiOrg Belgium, Umbrella organisation of the support groups

The Role of Rare Disease Patient Organisations in the Centres of Expertise

Evan EICHLER, Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, USA (Variation and Disease/ Genome Evolution and Mechanism of Origin)

Autism: New genes, Pathways and Genetic subtypes

Peter VAN LOO, Francis Crick Institute, London, UK (Bio-informatics / Massive Parallel Sequencing in Carcinogenesis and Cancer Evolution)

Molecular Archaeology of Cancer

Thierry VOET, Centre for Human Genetics, KU Leuven, Belgium (Single cell analysis)

Single-cell Sequencing to Study the Biology of Cellular Heterogeneity in Health and Disease

Liesbeth LAGAE, Professor in Nanotechnology at KU Leuven, co-founder and R&D Program Manager Life Sciences Technologies, IMEC, Belgium. Nano-electronics in detection and surveillance of disease

Miniaturization of Biosensors and Fluidics for truly Personalized Healthcare

Cisca WIJMENGA, Professor of Human Genetics, University Medical Centre Groningen, The Netherlands. Genomics, GWAS and variation, databanks

The Role of Gut Bacteria in controlling Health and Disease

Important Dates

01 November 2015
Registration and Abstract submission opens
16 December 2015
Abstract submission closure
08 January 2016
Abstract selection disclosure
24 January 2016
Registration Closure

Registration fee
50 euro (one or two days)
Meeting Party
Thursday, 4th February at 19h00 at Faculty Club, Leuven – dinner/ dance, 50 euro (limited to 350 participants, deadline January 5)
Photographic Exhibition
Rick Guidotti, the world renowned fashion photographer, founder and director of the Positive Exposure organisation, will address the Meeting delegates regarding his exhibition of photographs of individuals with syndromes and disabilities at the Opening Reception on Thursday 4th February 2016


Thomy de Ravel de l'Argentière, President
Sonia Van Dooren, Secretary
Lut Van Laer, Treasurer