Gene Forum 2018, June 11-12, 2018
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The 18th International Gene Forum 2018

June 11-12, 2018, in Tartu, Estonia

An annual international high-level scientific conference on genetics and genomics, the major event in the Baltics, provides an excellent opportunity to establish and renew contacts in the region.

Due to its interdisciplinary scope, Gene Forum 2018 brings together 17-18 distinguished experts from Europe and US for discussion of the progress in the field.

The leading theme for Gene Forum 2018 is precision diagnostics and prevention – with the focus on genomic, blood metabolites, lifestyle and environmental factors in health and disease. Speakers will discuss wide range of topics from personal complete DNA sequence data and potential in medical genomics applications in cancer and complex diseases. Topics to be discussed include functional genomics as path towards tools for precision medicine, gut microbiome role in health and disease from early childhood to late life, as well as genetic breakthroughs in understanding normal cognitive function and ageing.

This year we will have again a special session on CRISPR-Cas9 technology, a breakthrough “gene editing”-tool which promises a cure for rare diseases, novel drug discoveries and fast interpretation of genomic variation. Gene Forum 2018 will again have a strong industry presentation, including leaders in biotechnology, pharmaceutical industry and advanced computational techniques empowered tools.

The conference incorporates also an exhibition aimed at biotechnology related companies.

As the organizers, we hope that the forthcoming Gene Forum will create an inspiring environment to exchange ideas and experiences. The conference will take place in Tartu, the second biggest city of Estonia, rich in academic and historical traditions. We hope that your stay in Tartu will be both enjoyable and professionally stimulating.

Important Dates:

  • Final program available: May 10, 2018
  • Early Bird registration: June 6, 2018

Scientific Program Committee:

  • Tõnu Esko (chair)
  • Elin Org
  • Maris Laan
  • Andres Metspalu
  • Mait Metspalu
  • Jaak Vilo