Amish Health Conference in Millersburg, OH (2019)

Before graduate school, I was only vaguely aware of the Amish.  And frankly, I kind of only associated them with horse and buggies and baked goods sold at the local farmer’s market.  Or was that the Mennonites?  Anyway, in a previous post long, long, pre-pandemic ago, I confessed that everything I knew about the Amish […]

3rd Personalized Medicine Conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (2019)

¡Hola Precision Medicine–Bienvenidos a México! The 3rd Personalized Medicine Conference, organized by Fusion Conferences Limited, was held May 30 – June 2, 2019 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Chaired by Drs. Marylyn Ritchie, David Roth, and Mike Snyder, this two and a half day conference covered all things precision medicine, including sequencing, electronic health records, artificial […]

Total Exposure Health, Bethesda, MD, September 6-7, 2018

For those of us trained in human genetics, we know that pretty much any trait or disease has a heritable component.  Yet, no matter how big, we also know heritability (additive genetics) is only part of story.  The environment, alone and in combination or interaction with genetics, and gene-gene interactions also affect phenotypes.  It’s complex, […]

One Million Genomes: From Discovery to Health, Keystone Symposia, Hannover, Germany, June 4-8, 2018

The little paper that could.  What that might be?  You know, that little project based on a small sample size that generated big opportunities.  Ever had one of those?  Well, we recently did. The “we” in this post was our MetroHealth/Institute for Computational Biology Pilot study, affectionately known as MIPs.  Collaborators Drs. John Sedor and […]

The 2018 Wrap Up

What can I say–this end-of-the-year update is extremely late.  I mean, it’s February and 2019 is well underway.  I blame it on the polar vortex.  Actually, this was supposed to be a 2018 summer update, so it is not fair to blame the CLE winter for my tardiness. Ah, summer (Figure 1).  Where did you […]

2018 Precision Genomics Midwest Conference

As you may or may not know, I organize the annual Cleveland Institute for Computational Biology (CICB) annual symposium, otherwise and affectionately known as the North Coast Conference on Precision Medicine (Figure 1).  I organized the first one-day symposium in 2015, and I was pretty proud of it as we were the only ones in […]

2018 NIH All of Us Research Priorities Workshop

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that NIH has launched the largest effort to date to establish a cohort in the United States.  Chatter about the need for a nationally representative cohort bubbled up more than ten years ago in a commentary by Dr. Francis Collins (PMID:15164074), then head of the […]

2018 Joint Summits on Translational Science

For the second year in a row, I attended the Joint Summits on Translational Science, rebranded as the AMIA Informatics Summit (Figure 1).  Despite the name change, the locale was the same (San Francisco, CA) with slightly different conference dates (March 12-15, 2018), and the scope of the science remained highly relevant:  data science, translational […]

American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2017 in Orlando, FL

I love ASHG, but I have to admit that when I noticed that the 2017 meeting was in Orlando, I kinda groaned.  I think a lot of geneticists groaned, especially since the 2016 meeting was in the oh-so-cool Vancouver, Canada.  Aside from those totally excited about Harry Potter World at Universal Studios, the rest of […]

2017 CWRU SOM Faculty Diversity Award

Promotions, tenure, and awards are a big deal, and they should be celebrated as the big deal that the are. CWRU School of Medicine (SOM) totally gets that. Each year, the SOM hosts a gathering to celebrate those who have reached an academic milestone (Figures 1 and 2). In the same gathering, the SOM awards […]

2017 Translational Bioinformatics Conference, Long Beach, CA

The Translational Bioinformatics Conference (TBC) was established in 2011 as a partnership between Asian and US  investigators with the goal of bringing together scientists with the diverse expertise that contribute to the new and growing field of translational bioinformatics.  The first conference, led by Dr. Ju Han Kim, Professor and Chair of the Division of […]