Curating the Clinical Genome (Virtual Conference)

12–14 May 2021

Wellcome Genome Campus, UK


The 5th Curating the Clinical Genome conference will bring together the clinical genomics and biodata community to discuss best practices for the clinical use of genomic data, including interpretation and clinical utility, and the consensus generation of curated knowledge.

Online sessions will run in afternoons for Europe and Africa | mornings for the Americas, enabling researchers from across the globe to engage with the latest developments.  The programme will be of interest to a wide group of clinicians and clinical scientists practising genomic medicine, medical genomics researchers, companies that are developing solutions for clinical genomics and data scientists interested in genomic data sharing.

The sharing of genetic data from clinical diagnostic testing and the generation of consensus curated knowledge is vital for delivering on the promise of genomic medicine. The growing recognition of the power of global data sharing has led to the establishment of major initiatives, such as ClinGen and DECIPHER consortia, which have spearheaded this conference series.

This year’s event will bring together these and other regional initiatives, to develop common standards, share best practices, integrate the latest research findings and drive patient benefit.

Programme and timetable

The conference will run from Wednesday 12 May until Friday 14 May 2021.
Sessions will start at 13:00 BST and finish at approximately 18:00 BST each day.  See the time where you are here.

Topics will include:

  • Polygenic risk scores across populations
  • Approaches to estimating penetrance
  • Non-invasive pre-natal testing
  • Neonatal screening
  • Precision oncology
  • Patients and treatments
  • Sharing data and associated clinical phenotypes in the genomic era

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Helen Firth
Cambridge University Hospitals, UK

Steven Harrison
The Broad Institute, USA

Subha Madhavan
Georgetown University Medical Center, USA

Gert Matthijs
University of Leuven, Belgium

Sharon Plon
Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Caroline Wright
University of Exeter, UK

Keynote speaker

Sir John Burn
Newcastle University

Speakers confirmed to date

Philippe Aftimos – Jules Bordet Cancer Institute, Belgium
Euan Ashley – Stanford University, USA
Diana Baralle – University of Southampton, UK
Emile Chimusa – University of Cape Town, South Africa
Julia Foreman – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
Yeul Hong Kim – Korea University College of Medicine, South Korea
Pui-Yan Kwok – UCSF, USA
Cathryn Lewis – King’s College London, UK
Anneke Lucassen – University of Southampton, UK
Christa Martin – Geisinger, USA
Heather Mefford – St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA
Anne O’Donnell-Luria – Broad Institute, USA
Kash Patel – University of Exeter, UK
Mike Pishvaian – John Hopkins University, USA
Kris Van Den Bogaert – University of Leuven, Belgium

Conference organisers

Zoey Willard – Conference & Events Organiser
Jane Murphy – Scientific Programme Officer

How to apply

Virtual conference rate  
Student £50
Delegates from LMICs* £50
Academic £100
Commercial £150

The virtual registration package includes access to all live-streamed sessions (including poster sessions and online networking channels), as well as access to all sessions ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event.

*To increase the international diversity of attendees at our meetings, we have reduced fees for delegates from Lower and Middle Income Countries (see list of countries here) If you are in need of financial support would like to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser. When applying for a bursary you will be asked to provide a letter stating financial need and a CV.

Bursary deadline: 28 April 2021

Registration deadline: 5 May 2021

Log in details for the virtual conference portal will be provided on Monday before the event.


We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been selected for an oral or poster presentation.

All abstract submissions accepted for a poster presentation will be given the opportunity to upload a short video describing their work.

Abstract deadline: 16 March 2021

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