Functional Regulatory Genomics & Disease

Functional Regulatory genomics & disease, Edinburgh 2022 conference poster
Hybrid meeting 11 April, 2022 - 13 April, 2022

General Information

The photos from this meeting are available here.

Registration closed on 11/03/2022

Complex heritable conditions such as obesity, diabetes, alcohol abuse, schizophrenia and depression affect a significant proportion of the UK population.

It has become clear over the past five years that the genetic basis of these diseases does not primarily affect regions of the human genome that code for proteins. Instead, genetic changes may affect the much larger part of the genome, called the regulatory genome, that controls where, when and by how much the expression of genes is turned on and off.

However, compared to protein coding sequences, which make up only 1.5% of the human genome, the regulatory genome remains poorly understood.

Thus, the focus of this conference will be to invite international leaders in the interdisciplinary study of the genetics of disease, the exploration of the regulatory genome and the in-depth biology of its activity and function, to interact and discuss their work.

By doing so it is hoped that we can reach a consensus on how we might coordinate international interdisciplinary efforts to understand the role of the regulatory genome in health and disease.

Meeting sessions

The meeting will have four themed open sessions over the three days, each featuring invited speakers together with contributed talks and posters selected from submitted abstracts.

The full programme is available here.

The meeting will be followed by a public lecture Genomic “Dark Matter” and its role in health and disease.

Join the Genetics Society to take advantage of the membership registration fees:

  • Full Conference – Genetics Society Full Member: £130
  • Full Conference – Non-Member: £230
  • Conference dinner: £60

Registration fees for remote attendance are the same.

If you are interested in sponsoring any sections of the meeting or social activities, please contact the Genetics Society for more information.

Carer’s Award

In recognition of carer’s responsibilities, an award of (up to) £60/day will be made available to enable members and selected speakers to attend Genetics Society scientific meetings and events. Awardees can spend this money as they think will best support their attendance. Applications can be made through the mySociety portal.

The photos from the meeting are available in our Gallery.

Meeting organisers:

  • Dr Alasdair Mackenzie, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen
  • Professor Stefan Hoppler, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen
  • Professor Robert Hill, MRC Human Genetics Unit and MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Laura Lettice, MRC Human Genetics Unit, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr William Davies, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cardiff
  • Dr Michelle Holland, Department of Medical & Molecular Genetics, King’s College London
  • Dr Kay Boulton, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh


  • Professor Marcelo Nobrega, University of Chicago
  • Professor Axel Visel, University of California
  • Dr Emma K Farley, University of California
  • Professor Marc S Halfon, University at Buffalo
  • Professor François Spitz, Institut Pasteur
  • Professor Ruth Loos, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Dr Renée van Amerongen, University of Amsterdam
  • Professor Gert Jan Veenstra, University of Nijmegen
  • Professor Robert Hill, The University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Laura Lettice, The University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Tatjana Sauka-Spengler, University of Oxford
  • Professor Douglas Higgs, University of Oxford
  • Professor Jim Hughes, University of Oxford
  • Dr Eilis Hannon, University of Exeter
  • Professor Boris Lenhart, UCL
  • Professor Rebecca Oakey, King’s College London
  • Professor John Quinn, The University of Liverpool
  • Dr Erola Pairo-Castineira, Roslin Institute, University  of Edinburgh
  • Professor Chris Ponting, The University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Andrew McIntosh, The University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Stefan Hoppler, University of Aberdeen
  • Dr Alasdair MacKenzie, University of Aberdeen
  • Professor Wendy Bickmore, MRC Human Genetics Unit, Edinburgh
  • Dr Michelle Holland, King’s College London
  • Dr Chris Murgatroyd, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr Kathy Evans, The University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Hannah Long, The University of Edinburgh