On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I take great pride in welcoming all the participants to this 13th Malaysia International Genetics Congress (MiGC13). This congress is organized by Genetics Society of Malaysia and will be held on 19-21st November 2019 in Bangi Resort Hotel, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia. The Congress aims to create a platform for the advancement of genetic knowledge transfer and collaboration among researchers from regional and international institutions, academia, and the industry.
The introduction of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies is rapidly catalysing many new discoveries in genetics research. However, the massive amount of big data generated from NGS also presents significant challenges to researchers to analyse the data, store and managing the data, and translating the data to practical applications. Realizing the importance of addressing such challenges, it is hope that this Congress would bring together researchers as well as experts from the industries to explore on new innovations in solving those challenges. Hence, the theme for this year’s Congress is “Exploring Innovation in Genetics”.
It has been a tradition in the past where the Congress will have four different tracks, namely ‘Human’, ‘Animal’, Plant, and Microbial. In this Congress, the Organising Committee decided to replace the tracks with three new tracks, namely ‘Medicine & Health Sciences’, ‘Food & Agriculture’, and ‘Forestry, Conservation & Biodiversity’. We strongly feel that researchers will benefit more with the creation of these new tracks as they are no longer restricted to research sharing on certain groups of organisms. Reuniting researchers under the big umbrella of these three different research tracks will definitely allow greater knowledge sharing among geneticists from different field of genetics i.e. human, animal, plant and microbial genetics.
We welcome you to this conference and look forward to your participation in the Congress.
Associate Professor Dr. Chan Soon Choy
Chair of the Organizing Committee
13th Malaysia International Genetics Congress