Human Genome Meeting Heads to First U.S. Destination – Houston – in 2016

April 22, 2013

For the very first time, the Human Genome Meeting will be held at a U.S. Destination – Houston – in 2016 through joint efforts by the Texas Medical Center and Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau worked hand-in-hand with Texas Medical Center to secure this high profile medical conference,” said GHCVB President and CEO Greg Ortale.

He added, “The Texas Medical Center is certainly unique with its concentration of medical, research, and educational institutions. Houston is the obvious location for health care professionals to gather, interact, and learn.”

 Organized by the Human Genome Organisation, the Human Genome Meeting will be held June 12-14, 2016, in Houston and is expected to draw approximately 1,000 physicians, health care professionals, and researchers from around the world.

The event was launched several years ago to assist the Human Genome Project map the genome.

After the completion of that effort, the Human Genome Meeting has evolved into a large scientific conference for all genetic and genomic researchers and a platform for industry partners, biotech companies and pharmaceutical companies.

“Though the practice of medicine has always sought to personalize care and treatment of patients, the field of genomics generates so many possibilities in finding new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat illnesses in Americans, and people worldwide,” said Robert C. Robbins, M.D., Texas Medical Center president and CEO.

He added, “Bringing the Human Genome Meeting to Houston means the Texas Medical Center will continue to be front and center in this exciting new field of medicine.”

Bringing the Human Genome Meeting to Houston is part of a strategic effort by Texas Medical Center and GHCVB to attract more medical meetings and trade shows to the city.

The goal is to utilize the strengths of Texas Medical Center institutions and professionals to bring major medical and health care events to Houston.

In February, the GHCVB and Texas Medical Center also announced a new medical conference and tradeshow, Medical World Americas, to take place annually in Houston beginning April 2014 as part of their joint partnership.

Medical World Americas Conference and Expo will be the North American branch of German-based MEDICA, billed as the largest medical trade show in the world.

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