Human evolution in the genomic era: Origins, populations and phenotypes

Molecular studies of human evolution have undergone an extraordinary transformation in the last decade. The analysis of human genetic diversity has shifted from locus-specific to genome-wide, with new molecular techniques and informatic methods, and their application in large-scale collaborative projects. This revolution is providing new insights into the human past, into mutation rates and recombination processes, and into adaptation and the molecular and evolutionary basis of genetic disease. This EMBO Conference aims to provide an accessible opportunity for early-career researchers and PhD students to exchange ideas and knowledge with each other, and with key senior investigators who have contributed some of the major advances. The meeting represents a dynamic and stimulating forum for discussing the state of the art and future of this field.
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This EMBO Conference aims to explore the impact of these new developments on a wide variety of topics. These will include:
Human genome sequence variation
New frontiers in sequencing technologies
Processes shaping human genome diversity
Making inferences from genome diversity
Humans as apes
What genetic changes made us human?
The function of the human genome
Origins of modern humans
Crossing disciplinary boundaries
The global distribution of genome diversity
Migrating out of Africa
The impact of agriculture
Into new-found lands
Phenotypic variation among humans
Evolutionary aspects of simple and complex disease
The personal genome
The format will include an interdisciplinary 'round table' discussion, and a 'research clinic' - an informal opportunity for participants (students in particular) to discuss their questions about data analysis, methodology, sampling etc. with speakers and organizers.
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PROGRAMME
1 APRIL
15.00-16.00
registration, poster hanging

16.00-16.15
welcome

16.15-17.15
opening lecture: Human evolutionary genetics – Guido Barbujani

17.15-18.00
Topic 1 plenary: Human genome sequence variation – Richard Durbin

18.00-20.00
conference reception



2 APRIL
9.00-9.45
Topic 2: New frontiers in sequencing technologies - speakers tba

9.45-10.30
Topic 3 plenary: Processes shaping human genome diversity - Graham Coop

10.30-11.00
coffee break

11.00-11.40
2 short talks Topics 1-3

11.40-12.15
6 poster talks Topics 1-6

12.15-13.00
Topic 4 plenary: Making inferences from genome diversity – Garrett Hellenthal

13.00-14.00
lunch

14.00-16.00
poster session and coffee break – Topics 1-6

16.00-16.45
Topic 5 plenary: Humans as apes - Tomas Marques-Bonet

16.45-17.45
3 short talks Topics 4-6

17.45-18.30
Topic 6 plenary: What genetic changes made us human? - Pascal Gagneux

19.30-21.30
informal research clinics



3 APRIL
9.00-9.45
Topic 7 plenary: The function of the human genome – Ewan Birney

9.45-10.30
Topic 8 plenary: Origins of modern humans - Brenna Henn

10.30-11.00
coffee break

11.00-11.40
2 short talks Topics 7-9

11.40-12.00
4 poster talks Topics 7-9

12.00-13.00
Topic 9 round table: Crossing disciplinary boundaries – Aylwyn Scally, Turi King, Mark Pagel

13.00-14.00
lunch

14.00-16.00
poster session and coffee break Topics 7-11

16.00-16.45
Topic 10 plenary: The global distribution of genome diversity – Enza Colonna

16.45-17.45
3 short talks Topics 10-11

17.45-18.30
Topic 11 plenary: Migrating out of Africa – Sohini Ramachandran

19.30-21.30
conference dinner



4 APRIL
9.00-9.45
Topic 12 plenary: The impact of agriculture – Lounes Chikhi

9.45-10.30
Topic 13 plenary: Into new-found lands – Carlos Bustamante

10.30-11.00
coffee break

11.00-11.40
2 short talks Topics 12-14

11.40-12.15
6 poster talks Topics 12-16

12.15-13.00
Topic 14 plenary: Phenotypic variation among humans – Mark Shriver

13.00-14.00
lunch

14.00-16.00
poster session and coffee break Topics 12-16

16.00-16.45
Topic 15 plenary: Evolutionary aspects of simple and complex disease – speaker tba

16.45-17.45
3 short talks Topics 15-16

17.45-18.30
Topic 16 plenary: The personal genome – Joanna Mountain

1 Apr - 4 Apr 2014
Leichester
United Kingdom
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