Welcome to the African Society of Human Genetics (AfSHG)

The African Society of Human Genetics is a forum for scientists interested in Human Genetics in Africa to meet, interact, network and collaborate. The Society's aim is to equip the African scientific community and policymakers with the information and practical knowledge they need to contribute to the field of genetics research and to attract global attention to the efforts of African scientists.

A major goal of the society is the organization of a series of annual workshops and meetings in various parts of Africa.

Our next meeting will be held in Dakar in Senegal from May 15-17th 2016. The theme will be 'Strengthening Human Genetics Research in Africa'. This meeting will be attended by many people and as in previous years, will be an excellent learning and networking opportunity for our members and visitors alike. More details about the meeting are available here.

After the election process, we are happy to announce that Professor Michele Ramsay is our new president. Michele is Director of the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, and a Professor in the Division of Human Genetics at Wits. Her research interests range from unraveling the basis of monogenic disorders in South African populations to understanding the evolutionary processes that have shaped the genomic, epigenetic and environmental interactions that predispose Africans to complex diseases and how this may be translated into tangible health benefits. She has extensive experience in training and capacity building in Africa and has held senior roles with several organisations, including the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Consortium and the Southern African Human Genome Programme. She was a former chair of the Southern African Society for Human Genetics and has been a member of the AfSHG for many years.

Please keep us updated with your contact details by sending your up-to-date email address or sending a membership form with your current affiliation to: membership@afshg.org

Contact details in case you would like to get in touch:

AfSHG is grateful for support from:

Galton Institute 

National Human Genome Research Institute