Big news! Our CEO Prof. Dr. Teo Soo-Hwang is in Kyoto, Japan to represent the organization and Malaysia at the 13th International Congress of Human Genetics in 2016 (ICHG2016).

This ICHG2016 meeting is the first to be held in Asia in its history, hosted by the East-Asian Union of Human Genetic Societies (EAUHGS) in conjunction with the Japan Society of Human Genetics. Recent spectacular advancement in the technologies of genome analyses including next generation sequencing and in the informatics of huge data including genome sequences and medical information, are bringing exceptional opportunities for better understanding our human genome and diseases, and, furthermore, for developing more efficacious treatment for diseases.

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Prof. Dr. Teo Soo-Hwang was part of the CIS6: Cancer Genomics : HBOC discussion with her topic,”The current approach for hereditary breast cancer from the aspect of basic science.”

 UPDATE 1 

Our own Genetic Counsellor, Sook Yee Yoon just now gave her talks on the subject of, “Genetic Counselling and hereditary testing in low and middle income Asian setting” at the 13th International Congress of Human Genetics in Kyoto International Conference Centre, Japan.

 UPDATE 2 

Professor Soo gave her insight on the event:

The talk I liked best was definitely the first plenary session given by Professor Shinya Yamanaka. Prof Shinya won the Nobel Prize in 2012 for discovering that putting in 4 genes could transform a skin cell into a stem cell, leading the way to the development of stem cells for regenerative medicine.

He has now gone on to develop new stem cell based therapies (including retinal cells for age related macular degeneration), to develop new ways of studying development diseases such as dwarfism (and paving the way for the development of new ways to treat patients). Best of all, he shared his own story of how he also runs marathons etc to raise funds to support research and science. Truly inspirational!

Get to know more about ICHG2016 by visiting their awesome website at: http://www.ichg2016.org/index.html

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