Center of Genomics, Evolution and Medicine

Geneforum 2019

Geneforum 2019

Geneforum 2019

30-31 August, 2019

Tartu, Estonia

The Institute of Genomics of University of Tartu and Estonian Genome Foundation cordially invite you to attend the 19th Annual International Gene Forum 2019 to be held on August 30-31, 2019, in Tartu, Estonia.

Gene Forum 2019 ( is an annual international high-level scientific conference including exhibition on genetics and genomics. Being also a major event in the Baltics, it provides an excellent opportunity to establish and renew contacts in this region of the European Union.

Gene Forum 2019 subtitled as “Genomics – Towards Improving Medicine” is covering a broad spectrum of topics:

  • prediction of disease risk and drug response in personalized medicine;
  • gene regulation and epigenetic;
  • metabolic traits and gene-gene interactions;
  • cancer biology and new cancer therapeutics;
  • host-gut microbiome interactions;
  • evolution of complex traits.

The keynote speakers are Dr. Dan Roden (Vanderbilt University) and Dr. Heidi Rehm (Broad Institute) from US. Dr. Roden will talk about how large biobanks provides an important scientific infrastructure for personalized medicine. Dr Rehm is a genomic medicine researcher who discuss how to implement genomic discoveries in clinical practice. Dr. Peer Bork(EMBL, Germany) and Dr. Alexanda Zhernakova (Groningen University, Netherland) share the latest research on host-gut microbiome interactions. Dr. Mathew Garnett (Sanger, UK) introduce functional genomics approaches to identify targetable dependencies in cancer cells, Dr. Henk-Jan Guchelaar (Leiden University, Netherland) and Dr. Lili Milani (University of Tartu) will talk about implementation of pharmacogenetics in routine health care.

Gene Forum 2019 speakers are:

Alexandra Zhernakova, University of Groningen, The Netherlands;
Carina Schlebusch, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden;
Dan Roden (keynote), Vanderbilt University, USA;
Erik Eliasson, Karolinska Institute, Sweden;
Frode Norheim, University of Oslo, Norway;
Harri Alenius, Karolinska Institute, Sweden;
Heidi Rehm, Broad Institute, USA;
Henk-Jan Guchelaar, University of Leiden, The Netherlands;
Iain Mathieson, University of Pennsylvania, USA;
Kerrin Small, King’s College, UK;
Lili Milani, Institute of Genomics, University of Tartu, Estonia;
Lluis Quintana Murci, Institut Pasteur, France;
Margit Mahlapuu, University of Gothenburg, Sweden;
Mathew Garnett, The Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK;
Ole Andreassen, University of Oslo, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Norway;
Peer Bork, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany;
Stefan Fröhling, NCT Heidelberg, Germany;
Vardhman Rakyan, Blizard Institute, University of London, UK.

Poster session

A separate poster session will be organized during the event. Posters must be displayed prior to the poster session on August 30th and will remain displayed till the end of the conference. The presenting author is expected to be present at the poster during the poster sessions. Each author will have a maximum area of 118 cm height by 84 cm wide (A0 format) to display their poster. However, we encourage authors to bring a smaller version of their poster to share with other participants in case the authors are comfortable with it. Should you need additional information regarding the poster session, please contact conference secretariat at 


All the interested organisations and companies are invited to participate in the Gene Forum 2019 Exhibition. Exhibition will be held as a parallel event during the meeting in the spacious lobby area of the conference centre. Minimum exhibit space is 6 square meters (3×2 m). The price (500 EUR excluding VAT 20%) includes basic furnishings in the booth (tables and chairs). Additional furnishings are available upon request. Exhibit space will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to book exhibit space, please contact Maris Väli-Täht (e-mail: 


May 31st is deadline for early-bird registration. In order to register to the Gene Forum 2019, please complete the registration form. The registrations can be made:

Participation fee

Conference fee includes full attendance, exhibition, conference materials, coffee/tea breaks, lunches and Buffet Dinner in August 30th.

  • Participation fee until May 31st: Commercial fee 259 EUR, Academic fee 209 EUR.
  • Special fee for graduate students until May 31st: 139 EUR.
  • Participation fee from June 1st: Commercial fee 309 EUR, Academic fee 259 EUR, fee for graduate students 159 EUR (excluding VAT 20%).

Additional information about the program and registration details is available at

Welcome to Tartu, Estonia!Yours sincerely
Gene Forum 2019 Organising Committee