Important Dates

October 4
Abstract Submission and Registration Open
November 7
Workshop Application Deadline
November 15
Abstract Submission Deadline
December 21
Larry Sandler Award Application Deadline
December 31
Poster Abstract Deadline
January 10
Early Registration Deadline
February 1
Late Abstract Submission Deadline
March 5
Hotel Reservation Deadline
March 20
Advance Registration Deadline

Meeting Organizers

Michael Buszczak, Chair
Rachel Cox
Helmut Kramer
Harmit Malik

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Conference Policies


GSA is committed to assisting attendees with special needs. If you have accessibility questions or requests please e-mail If you have difficulty in walking long distances, consider renting a scooter from Scoot Around. They will deliver your scooter to your hotel and pick it up when you no longer need it. For more details, visit or call (888) 441-7575.

Children at the Meeting

On the second floor of the hotel in Pearl 3, there is a Family Room for nursing mothers. Please note that parents and guardians are responsible for providing infant care supplies. The Family Room is unsupervised and the Genetics Society of America is not responsible for any accidents or injuries that may occur.

Onsite childcare services may be available by contacting the hotel concierge. Please check with your hotel for additional information.

The parent(s), guardian, legal guardian, or individual requesting childcare services is responsible for screening caregivers and determining whether caregivers are appropriate. The Genetics Society of America does not screen any of the childcare services and assumes no responsibility with respect to these services and accepts no liabilities. If you are having difficulty finding a babysitter, you can visit or contact one of the companies recommended by Visit Dallas. Please note that GSA has no affiliation with these services.

Parents or guardians must accompany children at all times in the Exhibit Hall. Under no circumstances are children under the age of 18 allowed in the Exhibit Hall during set-up and dismantle times.

Diversity and Inclusion

GSA is committed to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion to create greater opportunity for any individual to fulfil their scientific potential, irrespective of their background, gender, or circumstances. This diversity leads to innovation by attracting the widest possible talent to the community and fostering a greater diversity of ideas, approaches, and perspectives. The Organizing Committee aims to select speakers and session chairs that represent the breadth and diversity of the discipline and conference participants. GSA especially encourages the Committee to select excellent speakers from groups traditionally underrepresented in science, for example:

Code of Conduct

GSA expects attendees and exhibitors to respect each other, GSA staff, and hotel staff, and to behave in a courteous fashion. Attendees should adhere to common sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Abusive, harassing, or threatening behavior towards any other attendee, GSA staff, or hotel staff will not be tolerated. When at the meeting, immediately report any incidents in which you feel a meeting attendee is abusive, insulting, intimidating, bothersome, or acting in an unsafe or illegal manner at the meeting registration desk or to Suzy Brown at Please contact: if you need to file a formal complaint. The Code of Conduct is under review and will be updated in 2019.

Social Media/Photo/Video Policy

Live tweeting of presentations is allowed unless the speaker explicitly opts out by stating so at the start of his or her talk. Taking or sharing photos or videos of posters is permitted only with the presenter’s consent during the assigned poster session. Taking photos of posters while the presenter is not present is strictly prohibited. By attending a GSA conference, you grant GSA the right to use your photograph, name, and likeness for use in GSA educational, news, or promotional materials.