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Call for research presentation and discussion session proposals: Regional meeting on ‘Emerging themes in clinical genethics’

30 April 2012


The PFGS is delighted to announce our next Regional Meeting of 2012:


THEME: ‘Emerging themes in clinical genethics’ 

DATE: 8 June 2012 

VENUE: Department of Public Health, University of Oxford



– Abstract submission deadline (research presentation AND discussion session proposals): 14 May 2012

– Registration: 10-20 May 2012

– Conference date: 8 June 2012

Since its inception in 1998, the Postgraduate Forum in Genetics and Society has sought to provide a supportive environment for postgraduate students involved in Life Sciences, Ethics and Society. Funded by the ESRC through the Genomics Forum, the online community and regional meetings give postgraduates the opportunity to meet and network, and to present their research in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.



We cordially invite contributions for the next PFGS meeting for 2012, to be held at the University of Oxford on the theme of ‘Emerging themes in clinical genethics’. ‘Genethics’ refers to the ethical, social, and legal issues (ELSI) relating to genetics and genomics, which have become increasingly important in light of rapidly emergent research applications such as genome-wide assay studies and direct-to-consumer genetic testing. As such, this PFGS meeting will focus on exploring the relationship between research developments and clinical applications in light of ethical considerations for both genetics research and practice.


Postgraduates are warmly invited to submit proposals that touch on any aspect of genethics, such as fairness in the use of genetic information by third parties, concerns about pre-implementation genetic diagnosis, or uncertainties associated with genetic tests for complex conditions. Proposals should be made in one of two categories:

  • Informal research presentations: Give a 10-15 minute presentation (or paper) highlighting an aspect of your own work, segueing into a short question-and-answer session about ethical considerations influencing current and future research directions and clinical applications.
  • Discussion-based sessions: Lead a 20-30 minute discussion around a current topic in genethics, including how research advances in that area might influence future clinical work.


Proposals for research presentations or discussion sessions should include the names, affiliations, and contact details (including e-mail addresses) for all authors, as well as a brief (max. 200 words) abstract and title.

Proposals should be sent to caroline.huang[at] by 14 May 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by 16 May 2012.


All postgraduate students registered at a British university are eligible to participate. The conference is free, and we offer a limited number of travel bursaries, up to advance purchase price for rail or coach fare within the UK.

Please do not hesitate to get in contact with the organising team if you have any questions by e-mailing caroline.huang[at] For more information about joining PFGS email pfgsmtgs[at]

We will post again with information about how to register for the event on 10 May. In the meantime, good luck with your proposals and we look forward to meeting many of you in June!



Caroline Huang, Regional Meeting Organizer.

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