Arbeitsgemeinschaft Für Gen-Diagnostik e.V.

Annual Meeting of the AGD 2018 in Potsdam,
October 5–6

Topic: New insights gained by single-cell genomics

Dear Members and Friends of the AGD,

The last years have seen enormous progress towards single-cell genomics approaches. These days, researchers can elucidate transcriptional and epigenetic regulation on a global scale for each individual cell. We are witnessing a new revolution in genomic research, which is one more time transforming life sciences. Albeit still very young, the Human Cell Atlas — an international consortium project aiming at specifying all human cell types by taking advantage of the new single-cell approaches — is already mentioned in the same breath together with the periodic table in chemistry and the decoding of the human genome. Singlecell sequencing technologies are of major interest to study the cellular heterogeneity of the immune system and cancer. Furthermore, they are highly instrumental in linking transcriptional regulation, epigenetic states and the resulting cell biology under physiological conditions and in chronic inflammatory diseases, which is another key topic of current research. This meeting will provide a selection of exciting stories how single-cell genomics is expanding our knowledge of molecular mechanisms in health and disease to an unprecedented level of resolution.

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2018 AGD meeting, held in Potsdam on October 5 and 6, 2018. The meeting will address the above issues in four sessions:

Session 1 — The diversity of the human immunome
Session 2 — The Human Cell Atlas and beyond
Session 3 — From genomes to epigenomes — the multiomics path
Session 4 — Tumor heterogeneity and CTCs

From the presentations given at the meeting and from the discussions, we expect fruitful impulses for future developments, not only in research but also in our health care system.

We are convinced that the meeting program is very attractive, and that the excellent speakers will manage to inspire you and your future work. The pleasant atmosphere of the »Seminaris SeeHotel Potsdam« and of its surroundings at the Templiner See are ideally suited for this high-profile scientific meeting.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Potsdam.

Sincerely yours,

Joachim L. Schultze
Chair, Program Committee
Peter Nünberg
President, AGD e.V.