The world is facing a challenge greater than anyone could have anticipated . The Covid-19 pandemic that has led to the loss of loved ones for so many all over the world has called on us all to display unusual strength and resilience in responding to a constantly changing environment. The ICHG 2021 congress “Coming Home” will be a time for us to reunite with one another on African soil to recommit ourselves to a global agenda for improving health through genetics and genomics. Registration is open and the organisers remain committed to ensuring this meeting provides that opportunity. Hoping to see you all safe and well in Cape Town in 2021!

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The African Society of Human Genetics (AfSHG) and the Southern African Society for Human Genetics (SASHG) are very proud to be hosting the ICHG 2021 in Cape Town, which will be held from 7 to 11 March 2021.

This is the first time the International Congress of Human Genetics will be held on the African continent.

South Africa has a remarkable history, with the achievement of democracy two decades ago serving as an inspiration to many around the world. This congress presents an opportunity to showcase Genetics/Genomics across the world, bringing together international experts, as well as young postgraduates addressing challenges in human health and highlighting how genomic technologies are being harnessed to address such challenges.

The meeting will offer a diverse, relevant and cutting-edge scientific program, numerous educational opportunities for trainees and unprecedented networking opportunities for anyone wishing to understand the current status of genomics and human health.

Cape Town is quite simply a stunningly beautiful city and we encourage you to take a few days before or after the meeting to explore the proximal beauty of Table Mountain and the Peninsula, the Winelands, and the Garden Route. In addition, your visit to Africa should be supplemented with possible visits to other continental destinations e.g. Cradle of Human Kind (South Africa), Kruger National Park (South Africa), Okavango swamps (Botswana), Masai Mara (Kenya/Tanzania), Mt Kilimanjaro (Kenya/Tanzania), or the great pyramids of Egypt before or after the meeting.

We invite you to start preparing now for what promises to be an unprecedented combination of science and destination – and look forward to meeting you in Cape Town in 2021 – on behalf of the Executive Committees of the African and Southern African Societies of Human Genetic

CAPE TOWN, YOUR PROUD HOST DESTINATION

Cape Town is often described as the Mother City of South Africa and the Western Cape
is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world.


Returning incidental findings in African genomics research "... there is a need for a consolidated approach to the return of individual genetics research results in African genomics research" says Prof Wonkam and Prof de Vries

Read full article here👉 https://t.co/GvgG4JCQV7 https://t.co/yyCqrTT0Hm
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Targeted next-generation sequencing identifies novel variants in candidate genes for Parkinson’s disease in Black South African and Nigerian patients https://t.co/noUde0Il7Z https://t.co/Pu6LRGb6Hz ICHG2021 photo

Genetics of schizophrenia in the South African Xhosa. “Individuals with schizophrenia were significantly more likely than controls to harbor private, severely damaging mutations in genes that are critical to synaptic function....". https://t.co/MoPXto2HF5

Meet the steering committee members for @ICHG2021
Prof Raj Ramesar is the HOD of Human Genetics at the @UCT_news and the Director of the Research Unit for Genomic and Precision Medicine @MRCza

Interest: Complex chronic and sensory disorders, cancers and psychiatric genetics. https://t.co/sU53n3fZVx
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