GSA News

April 7, 2010   


Today is the first day of GSA’s 51st Annual Drosophila Research Conference ( in Washington, D.C.  More than 1600 fly researchers are expected to attend.

Submit your abstract now before the deadline rush of April 24, 2010 for the Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting (, July 27-August 1, 2010 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  Don’t miss what will be an exciting conference with three Nobel laureates and a former Canadian astronaut, who is now a Canadian Member of Parliament.

Discounted registration is available until May 10 for the GENETICS 2010:  Model Organisms to Human Biology  (, June 12-15, in Boston Massachusetts.  Register now and sign up for your hotel room within the GSA room block at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.  Housing reservations made before May 10 for stays from June 12-15 are eligible to win a complimentary weekend at this hotel.  The Sheraton Boston is convenient to Back Bay, The Pru Center and Copley Place shopping, Boston Common and most importantly, Fenway Park

GSA now has a YouTube Channel!  Check out the current action on the site provided by the Drosophila Image Award finalists.


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is creating a Genetic Testing Registry  ( to centralize information about the ever increasing number of genetic tests available and to make this information available to researchers, patients, consumers, health care providers and others.  The registry, which is expected to be online in 2011, will rely on voluntary information from test developers and manufacturers.  For more information and to comment about this site, visit the links above.

If you do community outreach to high school students or teach undergrads, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has launched a Genomic Careers Resource  ( that can help you direct these students to potential careers in genetics and genomics.   Dozens of video interviews with scientists and descriptions of career paths, beginning with one for a bacterial geneticist/genomicist, are available at this site.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Office of Communications and Education has launched a new, free, quarterly cancer genomics newsletter OCG e-News ( Visit the website above to sign up to learn about developments in the field of cancer genomic research.


The recession has not been kind to U.S. academics and researchers according to survey results released last month, that indicated nearly one-third of faculty members had salary reductions averaging 3% in 2009-2010.  The survey, conducted by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources was published March 18, 2010 in Nature (

Ever wonder what’s discussed at the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology (PCAST)?  PCAST, which includes 22 leaders in science and engineering from academia, government and business, advises President Obama and the Executive Office on science and technology issues.  Get a bird’s eye view of the March 12, 2010 meeting here.  Check out the agenda and brief webcast at this Office of Science and Technology Policy website.

Other Meetings

Sunny California is the venue for the 2010 Santa Cruz Developmental Biology Meeting, June 30-July 3, on the University of California-Santa Cruz campus. Saturday, May 1, 2010 is the deadline for both registration and abstract submission . Organizers are Dominique Bergmann, Ken Cho, and Susan Strome.

The 12th International Congress of Human Genetics (ICHG) (, to be held in Montreal, Canada, October 11-15, 2011 is calling for proposals for Invited Sessions.  The early submission deadline is May 21, 2010. Proposals may be submitted at the link above.  The American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting will be subsumed by the 2011 ICHG.

    Upcoming Important Dates:

April 14, 2010
: Abstract Submission Deadline

April 15, 2010
: Abstract Revision Deadline

May 10, 2010
: Meeting Registration Deadline

May 10, 2010
: Housing Reservation Deadline



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