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Friday, June 15, 2018

Teach the Teacher:  HGVS nomenclature

Friday June 15, Milan (Italy)

A course on HGVS nomenclature, organised with financial support of the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG), in collaboration with the Human Variome Project (HVP and the ESHG Education Committee.

HGVS nomenclature, currently supported by the HGVS, HVP, HUGO and GA4GH, is the language by which diagnostic reports as well as scientific reports on human genetic variation are drafted. Understanding this language and knowing how to use it is crucial for mutual understanding between geneticists and for the accuracy of diagnostic and scientific reporting in Human and Medical Genetics. A correct use of the HGVS recommendations prevents miscommunication and ensures that variants can be efficiently retrieved from existing data repositories facilitating variant annotation and classification.

The aim of the course is to give participants a detailed overview of the HGVS nomenclature. i.e. the recommendations for the description of sequence variants (Den Dunnen et al., 2017, Hum.Mutat. 37:564; http://varnomen.HGVS.org). The course will have a “Teach the Teacher” format, i.e. after the course participants should be able to teach HGVS nomenclature to others. Registration to the course is free, but limited to 16-20 participants. Participants will be selected based on their willingness to act as a local (national) teacher and their expertise in the field. In addition we want to make sure participants are spread internationally, covering all continents on the globe.

The ESHG Education Committee will provide a number of fellowships to support participants to follow the course. Fellowships will preferably be awarded to participants from low and middle income countries (Central and Eastern Europe, Middle and South America, Africa, Middle East and Asia). The fellowships can be used as a contribution to cover travel expenses.

The entire course will be recorded (sound and/or video) and used to develop educational tools on HGVS nomenclature, including an e-learning module.

Applications closed on April 20, 2018.