HUGO Newsletter - April 2024
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Thank you for your attention and support at HGM2024!


- Total Participants: 571, Delegates: 369, Students: 254

- Submitted Abstracts: 235, Accepted Posters: 206, Oral Presentations: 29

- Countries: 48, Industries/Exhibitors: 66, Sponsors: 34 with 27 booths













HGM2025 will be held in Durban, South Africa on 12 - 14 March, 2025.

The symposiums, exhibition, welcome reception will be held in the many meeting venues at Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani Hotel, an iconic hotel in Durban. Enjoy exploring the natural landscapes and all the charms Durban has to offer.

Visit our website and register your interest!








2025 HUGO Awards

Call for Nomination


Nominate yourself or your colleagues for the prestige awards!

Don't forget to fill in the form and submit until the deadline.




Download Nomination Form





Announcement of HUGO Executive Board 2024 Members


We would like to introduce the HUGO Executive Board members, starting terms from April 1st, 2024. We extend our sincere appreciation to those who graciously agreed to fulfill their obligations as the HUGO Executive Board member.





HUGO 15th International Symposium on Variants in the Genome

13 - 15 May 2024
Porto, Portugal 

We’re super excited to announce the inspiring program of the HUGO 15th International Symposium on Variants in the Genome (isv24).

✅ Stellar lineup of keynote speakers
✅ Opportunity to share your work
✅ Networking Opportunities




Please visit our symposium website for more information and to register for the event. You don’t want to miss this! 

We look forward to welcoming you to Porto and sharing in the exchange of ideas and research in genomics.






The 3rd Symposium on Genomic & Precision Medicine, 20th June 2024

Willoughby Lecture Theatre, Charterhouse Campus, Queen Mary University of London

“Genomics and Multi-OMICS for Precision Healthcare”


You are all invited to participate in the third biennial symposium on genomic precision medicine and healthcare. The symposium aims to discuss and explore importance of emerging novel multi-OMICS approaches for in delivering the precision medicine and healthcare. Renowned global Faculty will deliver the excellent programme including the Professor Sir David Weatherall Oration (2024). The conference is held in person hosted by the William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London, England. UK.



0930       Welcome / Registration
               Tea / Coffee
1000       Introduction
               Prof. Dhavendra Kumar, WHRI, QMUL, UK
               Medical Director, Genomic Medicine Foundation UK
               Chair: Programme & Organising Committee
1015       Session I: Genomic and OMIC technologies
               Chair: Professor Patricia Munroe, WHRI, QMUL, UK
                   • ‘Genomics and Multi-OMICS testing in NHS Genomic Laboratory’
                      Prof. Mike Hubank, NHSE North London Genomic Laboratory, UK
                   • Pathogen genomics in multi-OMICS healthcare’
                      Prof. Tom Connor, Pathogen Genomics Unit, NHS Wales, Cardiff
                   • ‘The importance of artificial intelligence/machine learning in the multi-OMICS medicine’
                      Dr. James Timmons, WHRI, QMUL, London, UK
1130       Tea / Coffee Break

1150       Session II: Scope of the Multi-OMIC Medicine
               Chair: Prof. Panos Deloukas, Director, WHRI, QMUL, UK
                   • ‘Elements and Challenges for the Multi-OMICS Medicine
                      Prof. Matt Brown, Chief Scientist- Genomics England, UK
                   • ‘Multi-OMIC approaches for drug target discovery and repurposing’
                      Prof. Maik Pietzner, Precision Healthcare Unit, QMUL, London, UK
                   • ‘Pharmacogenomics in the Multi-OMICS practice of Medicine’
                      Prof. Sir Munir Pirmohamed, Univ. of Liverpool, England, UK
1300        Lunch

1345        Session III: Organisation and Development of Multi-OMICS Medicine
                Chair: Prof. Dame Sue Hill, Chief Advisor, NHSE Genomics Service
                    • ‘Delivering the multi-OMICS Medicine in clinical practice’
                       Prof. Sir Mark Caulfield, Vice Principal (Research), QMUL
                    • ‘Education and training for Genomic/OMIC healthcare’
                       Prof. Dhavendra Kumar, WHRI, QMUL, London, UK
                    • ‘Genetic Nurses/Counsellor’s role in multi-disciplinary genomic/OMIC healthcare’
                       Dr. Tootie Bueser, Director for Nursing & Midwifery, South East Genomic Medicine
                      Service Alliance, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS
Foundation Trust, London, UK

1500         Tea / Coffee Break
1520         Session IV: ‘The Professor Sir David Weatherall Oration - 2024”
                 Chair: Prof. Sir Munir Pirmohamed, Patron, GMF-UK
                 ‘DECIPHER – 20 years of mapping the clinical genome’
                 Delivered by – Professor Helen Firth, Sanger Genome Centre, Hinxton, UK

1630         Discussion / Reflections / Vote of Thanks – Professor Sir Pirmohamed

1645         Close


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8th Variant Effect Prediction Training Course

14 - 16 Oct.

Palermo, Italy


The countdown is on. There are only 10 places available at the super earlybird price which ends 30th April.

Join us 14 - 16 October in Palermo, Italy for the 8th Variant Effect Prediction Training Course.

You will learn how to predict the functional effects of genetic variants with confidence.

Suitable for researchers, clinicians, and students who want to gain a deeper understanding of how genetic variants affect protein function and disease risk. Our expert instructors will guide you through the latest methods and tools for variant effect prediction.

Over the course of three days, you will learn how to:
      • Evaluate the pathogenicity of genetic variants using various
        bioinformatics tools
      • Interpret and communicate the results of variant effect predictions
      • Ultimately improve the quality of your genetic diagnostic process

Our course is highly interactive and hands-on, with practical exercises and case studies that will help you apply what you learn to real-world scenarios. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other attendees and instructors in a supportive and engaging learning environment.

Don't miss this chance to boost your knowledge and skills - enroll in our course today and take your research or clinical practice to the next level.


Lock in your place

Are you ready to learn? Register now to secure your spot; our 2023 course was sold out!

Secure your place here

See you in Palermo!

The VEPTC2024 Team



UTS Cancer Genetic Counselling microcredential is now open for enrollments!


The Genetic Counselling team at University of Technology Sydney have been working on a new offering of online genetic counselling skills focused training. The subject site can be found here Cancer Genetic Counselling.


We’ve designed this subject to provide applied learning in cancer genetic counselling covering an introduction to cancer and genetic testing, including an overview of genetic testing technologies, genetic counselling and working with families, risk assessment and communication in cancer genetic counselling and applying evidence to practice, including working through case studies. The subject will introduce learners to resources that are used across our region and we are developing case studies with support from colleagues internationally.



HUGO Clinical Genomics & Genomic Medicine
Educational Sub-committee Survey

Dear Colleagues,

The Human Genome Organization (HUGO) Clinical Genetics and Genomics Education sub-committee is seeking input on use of genetic and genomic data and resources from practicing physicians.

The survey is intended for a wide range of physicians; however, if you are a clinical geneticist or medical geneticist, this survey is not intended for you. The survey data will be used to develop clinical and general education resources for healthcare providers across the globe. Data collected will be aggregated in a de-identified fashion.  Please assist HUGO’s education effort by taking the survey at the QR Code or link below.

Importantly, please also share the survey across your professional network of physicians or appropriate professional societies

The survey can be completed at this link, hosted by The Jackson Laboratory:

On behalf of the Human Genome Organization, thank you.



HUGO is open for future biddings!

The Human Genome Organization (HUGO) is open for biddings from cities for future HGMs!

If you would like to host the HGM, please refer to the Request to Bid Document. 

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