AfSHG President welcome Note

Welcome from the President of the AfSHG 2018


Dear AfSHG and H3Africa members, colleagues and students,

A warm welcome to the 11th Conference of the African Society of Human Genetics in Kigali.

We are delighted to be partnering with the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Consortium for their 12th meeting and look forward to welcoming members of these two primary African Human Genetics communities to share their research findings and learn from one another.

Our theme this year is: Building skills and resources for genomics, epigenetics and bioinformatics research for Africa. We have invited an excellent cast of African and International speakers to highlight human genetics research at the cutting edge, on the continent and in the global arena. This year we have several discussion forums and encourage your active participation. It is an opportunity to meet your friends and colleagues in the field of Human Genetics on the African continent and to discuss pertinent issues of mutual interest.

This meeting serves to bring together members from country-specific Societies of Human Genetics in Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Mali, Rwanda and South Africa and we hope to attract those from other African countries and to encourage them to form societies to strengthen the discipline locally. It is our aim to actively build capacity by inspiring our young students, investigators, clinicians and genetic counsellors to train and to work in the field of Human Genetics.

I wish to thank all those involved in the organisation of the Conference for their hard work, dedication and commitment to making this a memorable meeting of our Society. In particular, I wish to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the main conference chairs here in Rwanda, Leon Mutesa and Stefan Jansen, who have made this conference possible by balancing their many obligations to ensure success. My appreciation also to the members of the International Scientific Committee who give generously of their time.

Please visit our new website at and tweet about the meeting to reach a wider audience. If you have not yet registered on the website, please do so soon. I encourage you to enjoy, engage, participate and learn from your peers, mentors, colleagues and friends. Remember that we are united in our quest to explore the treasure trove of African genetic diversity while promoting an understanding of the contributions that African populations can make to understanding global health and disease.

With my warm wishes for a highly successful and enjoyable meeting.

Professor Michèle Ramsay
President of the African Society for Human Genetics