The Human Genome Meeting 2015 Conference held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia from 14 – 17 March 2015. The theme this year was “Transforming Human Genomics for a Sustainable Tomorrow”. The event was attended by a total of 386 participants from 47 countries. It served as a viable platform for geneticists, clinicians, bioinformaticians, and other health-care professionals to deliberate, exchange views and experiences in sharing and discussing the latest discovery of their research to the world. A total of 36 oral and 164 poster presentations were made at the conference.
Dr. Nirmala D. Sirisena, Senior Lecturer & Clinical Geneticist of the Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo was awarded an International Travel Grant by the National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka to deliver an oral presentation of a paper titled – “Initial Experience in Implementation of a Cancer Gene Panel Test to Determine the Aetiology of Breast Cancer in a Developing Country”. Other highlights at the conference included keynote addresses by various distinguished speakers on topics such as epigenomics, non-coding & RNA biology, analysis of complex diseases using integrative ‘omics’ technologies, use of single cell genomics/transcriptomics, translating genetic information into personalized therapy, retinal regenerative medicine using induced pluripotent stem cells, microbial genomics and population genetics.