We aim to be the national and an international leader in genomic medicine to advance research and improve human health

News & Events

Swiss Genomics Forum 2019

The Swiss Genomics Forum – #SGF19 – organized by the Health 2030 Genome Center, brought together researchers, clinicians, patient communities, and other stakeholder groups to meet and discuss the future of genomics.

The following themes were explored at the SGF2019:

  • Genomics: opportunities and challenges
  • Diseases: latest genomics-based diagnostic and therapeutic approaches
  • Personalized Health: relevance and impact of genomic medicine
  • Data: legal and ethical issues around sharing patient data
  • Collaboration: strategic partnerships

Background of the event:Genomic analysis is at the forefront of research and clinical developments around the world. Leading countries in research including the USA and the UK have made substantial public and private investments in developing sequencing capacity and the necessary data analysis tools for research and clinical use.

Existing genome centers with ambitious projects have offered exceptional resources to the research and clinical communities and have led efforts to integrate genome sequencing in clinical practice.

As genome analysis becomes commonplace in research and clinics, Switzerland has much to offer in terms of scientific strength, quality of its healthcare system (including universal coverage), and detailed patient phenotyping.


09:00 Registration & Welcome Coffee

10:00 – 10:15 Swiss Genomics Opening – Welcome Address

10:15 – 11:45 Invited keynote speakers

  • Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas, University of Lausanne and SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, CH « Insights into human evolution from ancient DNA »
  • Alexandre Reymond, Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne, CH « Personalized health and genome architecture: the 16p11.2 paradigm »
  • Judith Zaugg, EMBL Heidelberg, DE « From epigenetics variation across individuals to disease mechanisms »

11:45 – 13:00 Lunch Break and Poster Session

13:00 – 14:30 Invited keynote speakers

  • Cecilia Lindgren, University of Oxford, UK « Genomics of common disease – what is next? »
  • Emmanouil Dermitzakis, University of Geneva and Health 2030 Genome Center, CH « Genetic variation in the 3D genome and its implications to disease susceptibility and cancer »
  • Judy H Cho, Mount Sinai, USA « Precision Medicine Roadmap: a New York City & IBD-centric viewpoint »

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 – 15:30 Flash talks:

  • Caterina Marconi (004) « Identification of structural variants on whole-genome sequencing data for clinical purposes »
  • Sylvan Caspar (021) « Pharmacogenetics from whole genomes: at the leading edge of precision medicine using the medication safety card »
  • Ambra Sartori (002) « Single-cell analysis of immune cell diversity in atherosclerotic plaques »
  • Dylan Lawless (006) « Rare variants in antiviral response genes drive severe viral respiratory infections in children »

15:30 – 16:15 Panel Discussion: How Multiomics is transforming Science

16:15 – 17:00 Panel Discussion: How Multiomics is transforming Health

17:00 – 18:30 Cocktail Dinner

Photos of the event

Gold sponsor: Frontiers in Genetics

Silver sponsor: SLIMS by Genohm, a Part of Agilent

Exhibitors: Twist Bioscience, QIAGEN, PerkinElmer and Tecan


To stay informed of our news, register to join our distribution list