ATC-ACLF Annual Colloquia
27-29 September 2021 - WTC Congress Centre - Grenoble
We look forward to seeing you from 27 to 29 September 2021 for the 30th ATC (Association of Cytogenetic Technicians) and the 25th ACLF (Association of French-speaking Cytogeneticists) colloquia. These biennials are an opportunity to bring together nearly 400 people (medical or pharmaceutical practitioners, scientists, engineers, technicians, genetic counsellors) around cytogenetics and through its various fields: constitutional (pre- and post-natal), onco-haematological or tumour. These days will be an opportunity to update our knowledge on both fundamental and practical subjects concerning chromosomes and their pathologies. Current topics and innovative techniques will be at the heart of this congress as well as the most recent collaborative studies.
The scientific programme of the next conference will focus on some of the major advances that have marked the last few years, such as the discovery of the existence of genome interaction regions like topologically associated domains (TADs), epigenomics, genome-editing technologies like CRISPR and access to new technologies (massive sequencing, single cell studies, etc.). These developments lead us to constantly reconsider our vision of what genome expression is and of the genotype/phenotype relationships that are at the heart of genetic thinking. Furthermore, this congress will also be an opportunity to apprehend the new era of artificial intelligence and its application in health and genomics. AI has indeed become today the promise of an aid to diagnosis and therapeutic decision, of an improvement in the management and follow-up of patients and of a better understanding of the molecular causes of constitutional and acquired genetic diseases. Finally, we will also discuss the latest current issues, notably the revision of the bioethics law and its expected developments around prenatal diagnosis and stem and embryonic cell research.