Joint Cancer Genetics Meeting & the 15th International Meeting on the Psychosocial Aspects of Hereditary Cancer Brief Information

The Joint Cancer Genetics Meeting and the 15th International Meeting in the Psychosocial Aspects of Hereditary Cancer (IMPAHC) is a multidisciplinary meeting co-organised by Cancer Research Malaysia, the Malaysian Oncological Society, the IMPAHC International Committee and University Malaya Medical Centre. This meeting aims to provide a forum for education in particular for oncologists and cancer genetics researchers on the genetics and psychosocial aspects of hereditary cancer.

The anticipated 150 – 200 international, regional and local delegates will comprise of clinicians, researchers and health professionals from areas such as oncology,  clinical genetics, surgery, psychology, nursing and research

Day and Date: 24th-26th September 2017
Venue: Subang Grand Dorsett, Selangor, Malaysia (Click for MAP)


Sunday, 24th SeptemberMonday, 25th SeptemberTuesday, 26th September

>> Download the full programme by clicking this link (PDF. 583KB)

 The CANCER GENETICS meeting will cover topics such as: 

  • Overview of cancer genetics
  • Inherited predisposition to cancer : which genes and how to test?
  • Panel testing versus targeted testing
  • Somatic mutations to Germline
  • Impact of mutations to treatment and risk management
  • Mainstreaming cancer genetic testing

 The IMPAHC meeting will cover topics such as : 

  • Rapid testing post cancer diagnosis
  • Mainstreaming of genetic testing (including a parallel workshop)
  • Truncated pre-symptomatic counselling for gene testing
  • Psychooncology support and resilience in hereditary cancer
  • Psychosocial effects of risk reducing surgery
  • Psychosocial impact of genetic testing in Asia (as this is the first IMPAHC meeting to be held in Asia, we expect a lot of interest from our colleagues from India, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia)
  • Psychosocial impact of genomics testing

 Parallel Workshops (Sunday, 24th September 2017): 

Limited to 30 participants per session

Workshop 1: Hope-based intervention for individuals susceptible to hereditary cancers
Facilitator: Professor Samuel Ho (Professor of Psychology, City University of Hong Kong)

Workshop 2: Mainstreaming Cancer Genetics : practical aspects of training oncology and surgical health professionals
Facilitator: Margaret Gleeson (Hunter Family Cancer Service, Australia)

Please send an email to if you are interested in either of these workshops which are open to participants who have registered and paid for the full conference.

There are continuous updates to this page, keep checking back to review the latest programme. Confirmed speakers include:

International Speakers

National Speakers

Register as Delegate

If you have any questions about the registration process, please review the following guidelines or contact us on


Abstract submission: 22nd April – 30th June 2017 31st JULY 2017 (DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR POSTER SUBMISSION ONLY)
Early bird registration: 22 April – 31 May 2017
Standard registration: 1 June – 1 Sept 2017


  • Attendance fee
  • Conference materials
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Online access to presentation slides after the Conference (Subject to speaker's permission)

Abstract Submission

If you have any questions about the submission process, please review the following guidelines or contact us on

 Submission Themes and Format 

You will need to submit your abstract in four main sections: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Abstracts must be no more than 300 words long. Tables can be included and any contents do count towards the word limit.
 Your abstract will be categorised into one of the themes you indicated during abstract submission.

  • Psychosocial issues in genetic and genomic testing
  • Psychosocial issues in cancer risk management
  • Cross cultural issues in genetic testing
  • Mainstreaming genetic testing
  • Cancer genetics and genomics (poster only)

Please note that case reports will not be accepted for presentation at this Conference.

 Key dates: 

Abstract submission: 22nd April – 30th June 2017 31st JULY 2017 (DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR POSTER SUBMISSION ONLY)


The poster should be a visual presentation of your submitted abstract. Posters should meet the following criteria:

    The title should reflect the content of your poster and match your abstract submission.
    Name, organisation, telephone number, e-mail address and of the corresponding author and the affiliations of all coauthors should appear on the poster.
  • SIZE
    The poster must be no larger than portrait A0 (841mm × 1189mm).
    The poster should be easily readable at a distance of two metres. Use UPPER and lower case for general content as the use of all-capital text is difficult to read. Avoid using mixtures of type/font styles.

Presenting authors must register for the Conference. You must submit your e-poster in advance. Please ensure that you have registered and paid the appropriate registration fee.

Please advise the IMPAHC Conference team of any substitute presenter by 22nd September 2017


Welcome to the accommodation site for the IMPAHC 2017 Conference taking place at Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia in September 2017.

We have negotiated hotel rates for rooms available for guests attending the conference at Dorsett Grand Subang.

Nestled in the heart of Subang Jaya, Dorsett Grand Subang offers opulent hotel guest rooms and suites in the city's most upscale entertainment hub, shopping district and tourist attraction. Located just 35 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Low Cost Carrier Terminal and Sepang International Circuit, the hotel is just a 15-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur City Centre.

Dining at Dorsett Grand Subang is an endless pleasurable affair with the vast international and local specialities available. For meeting planners and business travelers, the hotel is well-equipped with a full range of facilities and services to cater to every need.

Book Your Hotel Room

Please follow the guideline below on how to book your room at discount price for the conference. For any enquiries, contact us at

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