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Dear Colleagues and Friends,


It gives me great pleasure to invite you to participate in the Third International Conference on Genomics – History, Medicine and Society taking place on October 2-5, 2018 in Haifa, Israel.


Since the human genome was deciphered, our understanding of genetics has made gigantic strides. The study of founder populations with clusters of disease-related genes has improved our understanding of human genetics, both mechanistically and medically. Major adjustment by the medical teams is needed to translate the vast amount of new knowledge into medical practice. Our society is also undergoing changes in understanding and accepting the role of genetics in our disease profile.



The conference will include sessions on the genetics of populations originating in the Middle East, on translating the genetic findings on populations into historical parallels of movements of Middle-Eastern populations, on the genetics of rare diseases as well as that of complex diseases (such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, psychiatric and cognitive impairments) and incorporating all into the practice of genomic medicine, and will provide a forum for discussions on ethical, social and religious approaches towards genetic developments and genetic testing/screening. 



The northern port city of Haifa, home to a mosaic of populations of the region, is the chosen venue for the conference. Offering a beautiful sea, breathtaking views and interesting cultural and historical sites, Haifa is a prominent example of coexistence in Israel and provides the perfect setting for our Conference.


I look forward to welcoming all our guests to Haifa and to a successful and exciting Conference.




Professor Gadi Rennert, Conference Chair


Clalit National Cancer Control Center

and National Personalized Medicine Program


Professor and Chairman

Dept. of Community Medicine and Epidemiology
Carmel Medical Center

& Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine,

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Haifa, Israel