Bill Gates ASHG

Bill Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director, National Institutes of Health

Yet again, it’s time for the largest human genetics meeting and exposition in the world. This year will be the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics and is expected to attract over 6,500 scientific attendees, plus over 200 exhibiting companies.

Today the ASHG announced that this year’s Presidential Symposium will feature a discussion of global health and genomics between two absolute legends in the health and science world: Bill Gates, Co-chair and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

During the 90-minute symposium, taking place Wednesday, October 18, 5:00-6:30 pm, Dr. Collins and Mr. Gates will address these topics and selected audience questions in an informal, conversational format.

“We look forward to welcoming these modern-day legends of health and science to the genetics community at ASHG, and sharing their perspectives with our members and attendees,” said Nancy J. Cox, PhD, President of ASHG. 

Peter C. Scacheri, PhD, chair of the ASHG 2017 Program Committee, added: “We are excited to engage with Dr. Collins and Mr. Gates on the latest breakthroughs, efforts, and challenges in our field, as well as explore future opportunities.” 

This year’s Annual Meeting will be held at the Orange County Convention Center South Building in Orlando, Florida, 17th – 21st October 2017. 

ASHG members and leading scientists from around the world are selected to present their research findings at invited, platform, and poster sessions. Abstracts presented at the Annual Meeting are published online and are citable. ASHG’s Annual Meeting also features a trade show floor that offers attendees the opportunity to view state-of-the-art medical and laboratory equipment, products, services, and computer software designed to enhance human genetics research, teaching, and consultation.