Doctoral student Richard Ahn, M.A., was invited by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) to present his research findings on Fine-scale association mapping of the xMHC-region in celiac disease cases and controls while at ASHG's 61st conference held in Montreal, Canada during October, 2011. Invitations are highly competitive and intended to spotlight exceptional graduate student researchers. This year's conference was one of the largest gatherings of human geneticists, with 7,500 attendees from more than 85 countries worldwide,
The ASHG's mission is to promote the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas relating to human genetics. Entering the 21st century, the ASHG envisions a membership committed to becoming fluent in the language of the genome, understanding the complexities of human variation, committed to ethical research and promoting the public health. As this knowledge is transferred to the next generation of genetics professionals and the public, the these new findings and ideas will translate into improved clinical practice, too.
As such, one of ASHG's key roles is to identify promising young scientists and stimulate them to conduct important research into new areas of human genetics. Invitations to present are extended to a select few graduate students with the intent to showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of graduate-level research across the nation. In addition, these invitations provide students like Richard Ahn with the opportunity to practice their communication skills with other scientists in the discipline.
Research presented was entitled: “Fine-scale association mapping of the xMHC-region in celiac disease cases and controls." R. S. Ahn, A. Adamson, X. Deng, H. Gao2, C. Garner, S. Neuhausen.
For more information about this research, contact Richard Ahn at the University of California, Irvine.