Events

We run events and courses to encourage informed discussion and debate about genomics and to develop the clinical genomics workforce.

Future events

Event                                                                                                              Event details and registration

Sydney Genomics Collaborative Scientific Symposium

The Sydney Genomics Collaborative (SGC) is a program funded by NSW Health, with three programs: the Medical Genome Reference Bank, the NSW Genomics Collaborative Grants and the Genomic Cancer Medicine Program. This year, there will be a focus on the value of sequencing disease-focused cohorts.

The goals of this Symposium are to:

•   Update attendees on the Collaborative’s programs and progress;
•   Hear from each of the research teams who have been awarded NSW Genomics Collaborative grants; and
•   Connect members of the research and clinical community to establish or enhance strategic collaborations.


Date: 16 December, 2016

Time: 8:30 registration, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, informal reception and networking to follow.

Location: John Shine Room,
The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, 
370 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Draft program

This symposium is free of charge but registration is essential.

For more information and registration:

https://register.gimr.garvan.org.au/sgc/

For enquiries about this event, please contact on 02 9355 5842

Past events

EventEvent details and registration

Inaugural Annual Australian Clinical Genomics Symposium:

Advancing Genomics into Clinical Practice: Perspectives, Challenges and Opportunities

For: clinical geneticists, genetic counsellors, genetic pathologists, clinical scientists, medical specialists with an interest in genomics.

...RECEIVE an update on the latest national and international developments in genomic medicine for the diagnosis of genetic conditions.

...HEAR renowned international thought leaders such as Dr Stephen Kingsmore and Dr Richard Scott as well as respected local speakers sharing their perspectives and experiences and investigating the current strategies for integrating genomics into clinical practice.

...GAIN valuable insights from best practices and challenges facing the implementation of genomic medicine in Australian.

...LEARN about variant curation and reporting, when sequencing should be applied in a patient’s journey as well as management of patients’ experiences and expectations. 

...DISCUSS key topics including the strengths and weaknesses of current genetic and genomic tests.

...MEET and SHARE your knowledge and experiences with experts and thought leaders in the field of genomics.

 

Nov 19 Nov 20, 2016 

Location: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney
Contact: For further enquiries please email Khoi Huynh ()

 

For more information and registration:

https://www.garvan.org.au/aacgs

Genomics: from the cell to the city and outer space

An interactive discussion with A/Prof Chris Mason for science teachers and interested non-experts (aged 15+).

The pace of technological and scientific development means that we can now explore ourselves and our world at the genomic level. In this seminar and discussion, A/Prof Chris Mason will talk about the enormous impact of genomics, taking us on a journey from the single cell to the city and outer space.

Chris is Associate Professor of Computational Genomics and Neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medicine, NY, and has held positions at a wide range of organisations: from the American Museum of Natural History to Yale Law School.

Chris is known for his work in cancer, genetic evolution and the urban metagenome. He is also involved in projects with NASA using molecular tools to study human physiology with a view to preparing for long-term human space travel.

His work demonstrates the power of connecting scientific fields, and the impact of science on today’s pressing problems as well as humanity’s future.

Thursday, 13 October 2016
6:00pm - 7.30pm

Venue: John Shine Room,
The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, 
370 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Registration is free, but please RSVP (for catering)
by Monday 10 October to: 
or 02 9355 5842

 

Download flyer here.

The UK 100,000 Genomes Project – a conversation with Professor Mark Caulfield

Professor Mark Caulfield graduated in Medicine in 1984 from the London Hospital Medical College and trained in Clinical Pharmacology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital where he developed a research programme in molecular genetics of hypertension and translational clinical research. In 2007, 2009 and 2011, his research has been independently rated amongst the top ten scientific discoveries in his field. Since 2008, he directs the Barts National Institute of Health Research Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit. He was appointed Director of William Harvey Research Institute in 2002 and was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008 and was President of the British Hypertension Society (2009-2011). In 2014 he became one of the top 200 most highly cited researchers in the world in genomics according to Thomson Reuters. 


Wednesday, 3 August 2016

4.00 - 5.15 pm (presentation followed by Q&A moderated by Professor Chris Goodnow, Deputy Director Garvan Institute of Medical Research)
Drinks and nibbles available afterwards 

This event is primarily for clinicians and researchers interested in genomics. See flyer for details.

Venue: Auditorium (Level 2)
Garvan Institute of Medical Research, 384 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

This event is now closed.

Genome Gazing: DNA's Science, Art and Personal Impact

Join three leading researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research to explore the future, personal impact and artistry of our genomic information. Then contribute to a 3D virtual flythrough with your own creations, thoughts and questions. Professor Chris Goodnow, Dr Marcel Dinger and Dr Kate Patterson will each highlight different facets of the fast-moving area of DNA science and genomics.

Marcel, head of the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics will examine possible visions of the future based on what we know, and what we know we don’t know about the human genome. Chris, Garvan’s Deputy Director, will explore the personal impact of genomic science on patient care through connecting disciplines and removing roadblocks in medical research. Kate will take you on a visual journey to witness the molecular masterpiece of the genome and to see how scientific data can be transformed by blending storytelling with art and the tools of cinematography.

Your DNA carries your code, now you can contribute to ours: come along to be part of the ‘community code’ and be part of Garvan's #MyBase creation. This event has been supported by Inspiring Australia.


Thursday 11 August, 6:00-7:30 PM

Venue: Garvan Institute of Medical Research, 384 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

The event is suitable for adults and young adults aged 15 and over.


This event is now closed.

For any enquiries, please contact the Garvan Research Foundation on 02 9295 8110 or foundation@garvan.org.au.

Clinical Genomic Data Analysis: A Practical Course (2016)

Convenor: Dr Tony Roscioli

Suitable for:

Clinical geneticists, genetic counsellors, pathologists, laboratory scientists, bioinformaticians and clinician-researchers who: (1) receive genomic reports, are interested in understanding variant filtering, pathogenicity assignment, quality metrics; and (2) may be interested in becoming genomic data analysts.

Learning Objectives:

To explore and examine clinical genomic data in depth; 
To develop an understanding of processes that underpin clinical genomic data analysis; 
To obtain hands on experience in identifying variants and deducing their impact.

More information is at http://www.bioplatforms.com/clinical_genomics_2016/

 

This course ran 18-22 July, 2016.

Venue: Garvan Institute of Medical Research, 384 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Please register your interest for other 2016/2017 courses online

or email

Towards an Undiagnosed Diseases Program in NSW

Convenor: Professor Andreas Zankl

The Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP) aims to solve the most challenging medical mysteries by bringing together a multidisciplinary team of experts and providing access to the latest technologies. Starting as a program in the U.S. administered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the program is now being extended internationally through the Undiagnosed Diseases Network International (UDNI). The Australian Undiagnosed Disease Program was launched in Perth in 2015. We are now hosting an event to kickstart the establishment of an Undiagnosed Disease Program in NSW. The event will consist of a series of presentations in the morning and an afternoon workshop to discuss lessons learned from WA's experience and the next steps required to establish a similar initiative in NSW. The event is open to everyone, but in particular to medical professionals and researchers who are interested in participating in such an initiative. 

This event was held on 27 June 2016 9.30am - 4.00pm. See the program.

Venue: John Shine Room, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, 370 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010.

Clinical Genomic Data Analysis: A Practical Course (2015)

Convenor: Dr Tony Roscioli

Suitable for:

Clinical geneticists, genetic counsellors, pathologists, laboratory scientists, bioinformaticians and clinician-researchers who: (1) receive genomic reports, are interested in understanding variant filtering, pathogenicity assignment, quality metrics; and (2) may be interested in becoming genomic data analysts.

Learning Objectives:

To explore and examine clinical genomic data in depth; 
To develop an understanding of processes that underpin clinical genomic data analysis; 
To obtain hands on experience in identifying variants and deducing their impact.

More information is at http://www.bioplatforms.com/clinical_genomics_2015/

and http://www.bioplatforms.com/clinical_genomics_2016/

 

This course ran 14-18 December, 2015.

Venue: Garvan Institute of Medical Research, 384 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Please register your interest for 2016 courses online or email kccgeducation@garvan.org.au

Sydney Genomics Collaborative Scientific Symposium

The Sydney Genomics Collaborative (SGC) is a program funded by NSW Health, with three programs: the Medical Genome Reference Bank, the NSW Genomics Collaborative Grants, and the Genomic Cancer Medicine Program.

This one-day symposium will bring together the NSW genomics community and provide updates on the SGC programs and activities of the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics (KCCG) at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

This event is now closed.

Register your interest for the 2016 event by emailing m.gonzalez@garvan.org.au.

The 2015 event ran 9:00 am - 6:30 pm on Monday 7th December, 2015. See the program.

Venue: Garvan Institute of Medical Research, 384 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Delve into DNA: genomic insights and issues 

Information encoded within your DNA provides insights into your ancestry, identity and health. Join our guest speaker, Stanford University's Professor Kelly Ormond, for an interactive event at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research where we will explore genetic information, its potential and pitfalls. You will have the opportunity to tell us what you think about the value of DNA data, how you think this information should and could be used, and how and when you think it should be shared.

New technologies can now process all of a person's genetic information -- the six billion DNA letters that make up their genome -- in weeks rather than years. Thousands of people around the world have now had their genomes read or 'sequenced'. Researchers are ploughing through this avalanche of data to try to understand all of the information it contains.
 
Information that is already understood has power in the clinic: it can be used better diagnose and predict the future risk of having some diseases. Genomic information is also beginning to help doctors to personalise medicine by predicting a patient's response to treatment.
 
Increasingly, people around the world have decided to buy genetic tests online or to have their entire genomes sequenced. During this event, Professor Ormond, who is an ethicist, genetic counsellor and educator, will use publicly available genomes to explore the promise and consequences of this data.
This event is part of the Sydney Science Festival and National Science Week

Time: 5-6 pm

Date: Thursday 20th August, 2015

This event is now closed.

Genomics in Healthcare: Assessing the role of genomics in the transformation of medicine and healthcare

The Genomics in Healthcare conference explored the current uses of genomics and forecast the potential for the discipline. It covered the policy, economics, legal and social aspects of genomics.

FEATURING A MINISTERIAL ADDRESS FROM:
The Honourable Jillian Skinner MP, Minister for Health, NSW Government

SPEAKERS:
·   Professor John Mattick AO FAA, Executive Director, Garvan institute of Medical Research
·   Adjunct Professor Nik Zeps, Director of Research, St. John of God Subiaco Hospital
·   Dr Damien Bruno, Deputy Director, Victorian Clinical Genetics Services
·   Emeritus Professor David Weisbrot AM, Emeritus Professor of Law and Honorary Professorial Fellow in Medicine, University of Sydney
·   Vanessa Tyrell, Senior Project Manager: DNA Sequencing Project, Royal College of Pathologists Australia (RCPA)

Time: 8.30 am -- 6.30 pm

Date: Thursday, 13 November, 2014.

Venue: Swissotel Sydney
68 Market Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000

This event is now closed.

See the agenda. Download the brochure.

Garvan Institute hosts the first Australian Illumina Inc. Understand Your Genome event

The Garvan Institute hosted this event to initiate informed discussions about the benefits, ethics and economics of whole genome analysis for medicine and health.

Attendees were thought leaders in medicine, research, business, healthcare,
health policy, ethics and governance. Some of the attendees had their own genomes sequenced and received a clinical report covering approximately 1600 genes and 1200 conditions. Registrants who were sequenced were required to consult a registered genetic specialist.

Dates: 7-8 April, 2014.

This event is now closed.

See the media on our News & Announcements page.

For more information see the Illumina Inc. Understand Your Genome movement site.

Genomics in medicine: Where are we at? Where are we going?

(for medical students and clinicians)

Genomic medicine – or the use of genomic information to inform clinical practice – is being increasingly widely discussed in the journals and media. A decade after the first human genome sequence was published, it is now possible to generate a whole genome sequence in a few days at a base cost of less than 1,000 USD. What could an influx of genomic information mean for clinical practice now and in the future?

Presentations were followed by a Q&A session.

Speakers:

A/Prof Marcel Dinger, Head, Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia

Ms Erica Ramos, Clinical Genomics Specialist and Certified Genetic Counselor at Illumina, Inc., San Diego, USA.

 

Time:  12 noon – 1 pm

Date:   Wednesday 9 April, 2014

Venue: John Shine Room, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, 370 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

This event has now closed.

Links: flyer and speaker biographies