The 23rd Gene Forum 2024

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Toimumiskoht: Eesti Rahva Muuseum (Muuseumi tee 2, Tartu) / VEEB
Toimumisaeg: T, 24. September 2024 - K, 25. September 2024
Korraldaja: Institute of Genomics, University of Tartu

The Institute of Genomics of the University of Tartu and the Estonian Genome Foundation cordially invite you to The 23rd International Gene Forum 2024 on September 24th – 25th, 2024 at the Estonian National Museum.

We are delighted to invite you to the European Capital of Culture Tartu for an annual international high-level scientific conference on genetics and genomics, a major event in the Baltics, which provides an excellent opportunity to establish and renew contacts in the region.

Due to its interdisciplinary scope, Gene Forum 2024 brings together distinguished experts from Europe, Australia, and the USA for discussion on the progress in the field. Our program committee has arranged an agenda featuring insightful talks that delve into a range of pertinent subjects, such as the implementation of personalized medicine in clinical practice, genomics based clinical trials, pharmacogenomics, psychiatric genomics, functional genomics, microbiome and evolutionary genomics.



Tuesday, September 24th, 2024   


08:45-09:15 Registration


  • Welcome by Toomas Asser, Rector, University of Tartu
  • Welcome by Mait Metspalu, Director of the Institute of Genomics of the University of Tartu

9:30-10:15 Keynote

  • Moderator Andres Metspalu
  • Stephen Kingsmore President and CEO of Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine, USA. “Solving the problem of rare childhood genetic disease with genome sequencing”.

10.15-11.45 - Genetic epidemiology

  • Moderator Mait Metspalu
  • Peter Visscher, professor at the University of Queensland, Australia. “Height as a model trait in human complex trait genetics”
  • Zoltan Kutalik, professor at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and honorary senior lecturer at at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. "Mendelian Randomisation: connecting diseases, omics layers, drugs and even humans"
  • Janis Klovins, professor at the Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Centre, Latvia. “Building the Latvian Genomic Reference: Insights into Genetic Diversity and Applications of Disease risk Prediction”

Lunch Break (11:45-14:00) and a tour at the Estonian National Museum (12:30-14:00)

14:00-15:00 Psychiatric genomics

  • Moderator Kelli Lehto
  • Naomy Wray, professor at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom and University of Queensland, Australia. “Important opportunities for polygenic risk scores in psychiatry need in-clinic research”
  • Katherine Musliner, associate professor at the Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark . Polygenic risk and clinical outcomes in patients with severe mental illness”  

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-17:00 Pharmacogenomics

  • Moderator Lili Milani
  • Andrea Gaedik, director at Pharmacogenetics Core Laboratory and PharmVar, professor at the Univeristy of Missouri, United Stated of America . "Pharmacogenetics of CYP2D6: why you should care about this gene and PharmVar"
  • Julia Stingl, professor at the University Hospital of RWTH Aachen, Germany . "Precision dosing: phenotypic model based prediction of pharmacogenetic dose adjustments in situations of polypharmacy"  
  • Thorsten Lehr, professor at the Saarland University, Germany

Dinner at Estonian National Museum


Wednesday, September 25th, 2024    


9:00-10:30 Microbiome

  • Moderator Elin Org
  • Tommi Vatanen, associate professor at the University of Helsinki. “Interplay between gut bacteria, secondary metabolites and infant development”
  • Lars Engstrand, professor and director at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. “Large-scale translational microbiome research - the value of population-based metagenomic data from the perspective of personalized medicine”
  • Marcus Claesson, Associate Professor, University College Cork and CEO at SeqBiome, Ireland

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:00 Population genetics, Evolutionary and functional genomics

  • Moderators Michael Dannemann
  • Tuuli Lappalainen, professor at the SciLifeLab, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and New York Genome Center, United States of America. “Functional variation in the human genome: Lessons from the transcriptome”
  • Kay Prüfer, Max Planck Institute, Germany. “Ancient Genomes of Neandertals and Modern Humans in Europe”
  • Toomas Kivisild, professor at the KU Leuven, Belgium, associate professor at the University of Tartu, Estonia. “Impact of medieval demography and plague pandemics on the genetic make up of Northern Europe”

12:00-13:00 Lunch Break

13:00-15:00 Genomics based Clinical Trials

  • Moderator Sander Pajusalu
  • Bettina Ryll, Melanoma Patient Network Europe, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
  • Paolo Rossi, Director of the Epidemiology Unit, Azienda USL - IRCCS di Reggio Emilia, Italy. Theory and practice of risk-based screening: insights from MyPeBS trial”
  • Chen Du, Dr, MD, Hannover Medical School, Germany. “Expediting genetic diagnosis in critically ill children by ultra-rapid genome sequencing”

 Closing remarks 


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