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With over 2,500 genetics professionals in attendance, 150+ exhibitors, and the presentation of the latest science, advances and management approaches via scientific sessions, oral abstract and poster presentations, the ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting is recognized as the educational and networking event in the rapidly evolving field of medical genetics and genomics and its integration into healthcare.  Contact Kathy Beal at to stay up-to-date on the latest news and information about the ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting by joining our press list.

Do you cover genetics, genomics, healthcare or medicine? Health, science and genetics reporters are invited to register now for the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting, April 10-12, 2018 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Credentialed media representatives on assignment are invited to attend the ACMG Annual Meeting on a complimentary basis. Contact Kathy Ridgely Beal, MBA at for the Press Registration Access Code.

The focus of the ACMG Annual Meeting is on the actual practice of genetics and genomics in healthcare today and in the future. The conference will showcase the latest breakthroughs in genetics research and their applications to medical practice and public health. The ACMG Annual Meeting attracts medical and scientific leaders from around the world who are working to apply research in genetics and the human genome to the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of genetic conditions and rare and common diseases in patients in the clinical setting.

Reporters will hear about the latest medical genetics research; have the opportunity to interact with doctors, laboratory professionals and genetic counselors to discuss what is happening right now in genetics and genomics; and view the latest products available in the extensive exhibit hall.

Topics range from common conditions to rare diseases. Sessions include information of interest to the general public, to health professionals and to the industry/trade.

The ACMG Meeting is the genetics meeting most focused on the practical applications of genetic discoveries to clinical medicine. 

ACMG Press Embargo Guidelines:  All presentations, abstracts and related materials at the 2018 ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting are strictly embargoed until the date and time of the presentation at the Annual Meeting.

Short Courses:
Tuesday, April 10, 12:30 – 5:30 pm

Variant Interpretation from the Clinician's Perspective
Authorization for Genetic testing: A Primer for Genetic Professionals
Bringing Personalized Genomic Medicine to Prenatal Care

General Sessions:

  • Presentation of the 2018 ACMG Foundation Awards and the March of Dimes Colonel Harland Sanders Award and the ACMG Presidential Plenary Session - Harnessing the Power of Us All - An Interactive Plenary
  • Hot Topics: Genome Editing: Genetic Therapy for Genetic Diseases - Promises and Challenges
  • TED-Style Talks Session
  • Closing Plenary Session: Hot Topics in Neurogenetics Across the Life Span

Scientific sessions:

  • Adult and Cancer Diagnostic Challenges 
  • Cardinal Signs of Selected Genetic Conditions 
  • Creating Quality and Consistency in Variant Interpretation
  • Educating the Next Generation of Genetic Service Providers
  • Genomic-Based Population Screening of Adults: If? When? How? - R. Rodney Howell Symposium 
  • Heritable Cancer: A Realm of Evolving Understanding and Clinical Implications
  •  ICU Consult: Rhabdomyolysis and Other Metabolic Myopathies 
  • Implementation of Medical Genomics Across the Healthcare Continuum: Lessons from Clinical Cancer Genetics
  • It's All in the Brain: Neurometabolic Disorders Not To Miss
  • Laboratory Diagnostic Challenges (Constitutional and Neoplastic Cases in Molecular, Cytogenomic, and Biochemical Genetics Specialties) 
  • Maximizing the Value of Genetic Testing: From Preauthorization to Results 
  • Navigating the Tension Between Research and Clinical Testing
  • Prenatal Diagnostic Challenges
  • The Next Frontier of Sequencing Diagnostics – Single Cells, Microbial Metagenomics, and Cell-Free DNA
  • Therapeutics for the Overgrowth Disorders of the PI3K/AKT/mTOR and Related Signaling Pathways
  • Traditional and Novel Approaches for Generating and Applying Evidence to Inform High-quality Clinical Genetics and Genomic Medicine Practice
  • Update on Advances and Dispelling Myths about Sex Chromosome Disorders (SCD)

Other program highlights:

  • Oral Platform and Poster Presentations
  • Featured Platform Presentations
  • Genetic Counselor’s Forum and Luncheon –  Rapid Technological Advances are Changing Scope of Practice; Exploring Ethical and Practical Opportunities for Re-Contacting Patients to Improve Care
  • Trainee Workshop – Writing Your Manuscript: Practical Tips on How To Get Published
  • Special Student Session – Careers in Medical Genetics: An Informational Session for Students
  • Satellite Symposia
  • Special Interest Group Forums - Adult Genetics, Public Health Genetics

To see the complete program, visit the Education Section of the ACMG Annual Meeting website:

Press Embargo Guidelines:  All presentations, posters, abstracts and related materials at the 2018 ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting are strictly embargoed until the date and time of the presentation at the Annual Meeting.

Onsite Press Room: There will be a press room available to registered media at the 2018 ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Charlotte.  Reporters will be able to pick up press kits and news releases and talk with ACMG Communications staff. 

Photo/TV Opportunity: The ACMG Foundation will present bicycles to local children with rare genetic diseases at the Annual Day of Caring event on Friday, April 13 at 10:30 am sharp, in the Exhibit Hall.

Social Media: As the ACMG Meeting approaches, journalists can stay up-to-date on new sessions and information by following the ACMG Social Media pages on Facebook, Twitter and by using the Twitter hashtag #ACMGMtg18 for meeting-related tweets.

Exhibitors:  ACMG does not share the media list attending the meeting, but we invite any exhibitor to leave news releases and press kits in the onsite Press Room for reporters to peruse.  Registered reporters can then choose which exhibitors they would like to contact.  We encourage you to tweet using #ACMGMtg18  because a number of media are following that feed.  Exhibitors are also able to upload news releases related to the Meeting in your company profile.  These are then listed in your booth profile and the Press and Media page of  To complete these process log in to the Exhibitor Console and click the “Manage Press Releases” link.

About the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics and the ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine

Founded in 1991, the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics advances the practice of medical genetics and genomics by providing education, resources and a voice for more than 1,750 biochemical, clinical, cytogenetic, medical and molecular geneticists, genetic counselors and other healthcare professionals committed to the practice of medical genetics. ACMG’s activities include the development of laboratory and practice standards and guidelines, advocating for quality genetic services in healthcare and in public health, and promoting the development of methods to diagnose, treat and prevent genetic disease. Genetics in Medicine, published monthly, is the official ACMG peer-reviewed journal. ACMG’s website ( offers a variety of resources including Policy Statements, Practice Guidelines, Educational Resources, and a Find a Geneticist tool. The educational and public health programs of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics are dependent upon charitable gifts from corporations, foundations, and individuals. The ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a community of supporters and contributors who understand the importance of medical genetics and genomics and genetic counseling in healthcare.  Established in 1992, the ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine supports the American College of Medical Genetics and Gemonics' mission to “translate genes into health” by raising funds to promote the profession of medical genetics and genomics to medical students, to support the development of practice guidelines for practicing physicians, to advance the awareness and understanding of medical genetics and genomics in the general public, and much more.