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May 10, 2013


African Society of Human Genetics


Welcome to the African Society of Human Genetics (AfSHG) Home Page

The African Society of Human Genetics provides 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.

The next meeting of the AfSHG will hold in Accra, Ghana, from May 19 - 21, 2013. The theme is: "Advancing Genomics Research in Africa". More information about the meeting, including registration, may be found here. A pdf of the meeting program is posted here. Hotel information is available on the meeting page. Please contact the hotel(s) directly to make a reservation. Abstract submission is closed and authors have been informed of the format of their presentations. Oral presentations are now reflected in the program. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the H3Africa Consortium meeting

Sponsors of AfSHG 2013 include:














National Human Genome Research Institute 


AfSHG is proud to be to be part of H3Africa: The Human Heredity and Health in Africa project. The project is a partnership between The National Institutes of Health, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Wellcome Trust. The initiative will support population-based genetic studies in Africa of common, non-communicable disorders such as heart disease and cancer, as well as communicable diseases such as malaria. The project was formally launched on Tuesday June 22, 2010 at a press conference in London, UK. Watch the full press briefing at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0H8KwmWaAY or read a transcript of the press conference at: http://www.genome.gov/Pages/Newsroom/Webcasts/Transcript-H3-AfricaPressConference.pdfDo check the H3Africa website for news and funding opportunity announcements.

The last conference, The 2011 Joint Meeting of the African Society of Human Genetics (AfSHG) and Southern African Society of Human Genetics (SASHG) took place in Cape Town on March 6-9, 2011. The theme of the meeting was: Building Capacity for Genomic and Translational Research in Africa. The sub-themes were: The Microbiome and HealthTranslational Research: Pharmacological and Forensic Applications of GeneticsNetworks for Research, Training and Capacity BuildingData/Benefit Sharing and BiorepositoriesNorth-South and South-South Collaborations in Genetics ResearchGenomics and Infectious Diseases. The conference website is at:  http://www.humangenetics2011.org


Support for previous meetings has been provided by the:

National Institutes of Health John E. Forgarty International Center
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Affymetrix Affymetrix
Illumina logo Illumina, Inc
Sequenom logo Sequenom, Inc
hngc logo National Human Genome Center at Howard University
jsu logo Jackson State University, Missisipi, USA
deCODE deCODE Genetics
Applied Biosystems Applied Biosystems
Oxford University Press Oxford University Press
Cambridge University Press Cambridge University Press

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Photos from past conferences can be found here.

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