21st Gene Forum 2022

Tartu, Estonia

September 2-3, 2022 (Hybrid meeting)


The Institute of Genomics of the University of Tartu and Gene Center cordially invites you to The 21st International Gene Forum 2022 on September 2-3, 2022

After two years not being able to organize a traditional conference, we are glad to announce that this year we organizing a hybrid meeting at the Estonian National Museum.

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

Due to its interdisciplinary scope, Gene Forum 2022 brings together 21 distinguished experts from Europe and US for discussion of the progress in the field. Speakers will discuss wide range of topics like personalized medicine in psychiatry, microbiome and population genomics, Parkinson disease and epigenetics.

As the organizers, we hope that the forthcoming Gene Forum 2022 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.

End of registration to the conference will be on August 25, 2022.

Register now


Friday, September 2nd, 2022
Time (EET) in hrs Theme Moderator Speaker Talk title
08:45 – 09:15 REGISTRATION
09:15 – 09:30 OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE Welcome by Toomas Asser, Rector, University of Tartu, Estonia
09:30 – 11:30 Personalized medicine in psychiatry Lili Milani and Kelli Lehto Brenda Penninx
Amsterdam UMC
Using genetics to unravel the heterogeneity of depression
Henrik Larsson
Örebro University
Psychiatric epidemiology using national register data: Challenges and opportunities
Christiane Gasse
Ahrus University
From associations to clinical utility: impact of functional CYP2C19 and CYP2D6 gene variants on treatment in patients with depression: a Danish cohort study
Lu Yi
Karolinska Institute
A multidisciplinary approach to better understand treatment resistant depression
11:30 – 12:30 LUNCH BREAK
12:30 – 14:00 A tour at the Estonian National Museum
14:00 – 16:00 Immunology and Epigenetics Pärt Peterson and Ana Rebane Dario Greco
University of Tampere
Integrated approaches to chemical safety assessment and drug design
Ulf Andersson Vang Orom
Aarhus University
m6A RNA modifications, splicing and cancer
Benjamin Fairfax
University of Oxford
United Kingdom
Exploring the interplay between germline genetic variation and responses to cancer immunotherapy and chronic viral infection across a large patient cohort
Anne Puel
French Institute of Health and Medical Research
Autoimmune phenocopies of inborn errors of immunity underlying infectious diseases
16:00 – 16:30 COFFEE BREAK
16:30 – 18:30 Genetic and phenotypic variance Kaur Alasoo Ewan Birney
United Kingdom
Big data in biology: what the pandemic has taught us
Claudia Langenberg
University of Cambridge/ Berlin Institute of Health at Charité
United Kingdom/Germany
From molecules to health records: utility of omics at population scale
Dietmar Frey
CLAIM – the Charité Lab for AI in Medicine
The Challenge of Translational Research
Elo Madisson
Wellcome Sanger Institute
United Kingdom
A spatial multi-omics atlas of the human lung reveals a novel gland-associated immune niche
19:00 – 00:00 DINNER at Estonian National Museum
Saturday, September 3rd, 2022
Time (EET) in hrs Theme Moderator Speaker Talk title
09:30 – 10:30 Immunology and Epigenetics Kaur Alasoo Michael Simpson
Kings College London
United Kingdom
Driving discovery in inflammatory skin disease with human genetics
Presentation by Illumina

Tiffany Morris

Kalina Cetnar

Illumina toolkit for PGx and PRS
10:30 – 11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00 – 12:30 Parkinson Disease Andres Metspalu Mart Saarma
University of Helsinki
Search for new molecules to cure Parkinson’s disease
Alastair Noyce
Queen Mary University of London
United Kingdom
Determinants of Parkinson’s disease – genes, environment and interactions
Toomas Toomsoo
Confido Medical Center
Polygenic risk score for Parkinson’s disease and probability of substantia nigra hyperechogenicity in “healthy” adults
12:30 – 14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00 – 17:00 Microbiome and population genomics Mait Metspalu and Elin Org Paul Wilmes
University of Luxembourg
Systems Ecology of Human-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease
Leo Lahti
Univerity of Turku
Emerging computational approaches in population studies of the human microbiome
Adrian Tett
University of Vienna
The impact of Westernization on the human gut microbiome
15:30 – 16:00 COFFEE BREAK
Microbiome and population genomics(continued…) Mait Metspalu and Elin Org Hannes Schroeder
University of Copenhagen
Challenges and prospects in ancient metagenomcis
Jon Anders Eriksson
University of Tartu
The influence of population admixtures on the
evolution of complex human traits: insights from genomic, phenotypic and functional data
17:00 – 17:15 CLOSING REMARKS

Scientific Program Committee

Prof. Mait Metspalu (Chair)

Prof. Andres Metspalu

Prof. Tõnu Esko

Prof. Pärt Peterson

Prof. Ana Rebane

Lect. Kaur Alasoo

Assoc. Prof. Elin Org