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Last Updated: 03/16/15

The GTEx Symposium: All things considered — biospecimens, ‘omics data, and ethical issue

The Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) program is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund study. The overall goal of the GTEx project is to increase our understanding of how changes in our genes contribute to common human disease, in order to improve health care for future generations. To achieve that goal, GTEx has been collecting and analyzing biospecimens from over 900 post mortem donors. With over 800 cases of the total collection completed and analyzed to date, the GTEx program stands poised to make a significant impact on the understanding of human biology and disease. GTEx is a unique program that can provide a deep understanding of normal gene expression, gene mutation, and variation.

For more information about the GTEx program, please visit:

The Symposium

This 2 day symposium will cover a broad range of topics that focus on the collection of normal biospecimens for GTEx. Topics include an overview of the GTEx program, the biospecimen challenges for GTEx, establishing the approach for GTEx prospective collections, new systems that were developed to implement the program, ethical, legal, and societal investigations within the program, and scientific outcomes from the work thus far.


The symposium is being held on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland on Wednesday May 20th, 2015 and Thursday May 21st, 2015 in the Natcher Auditorium — Building 45.


For more information, please visit the following websites:

Meeting Website