The Center for Integrative Genomics was inaugurated in 2005, and is a new department of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine at the University of Lausanne. For its inauguration, the Center organized a symposium with speakers of international reputation. Given the success of this event, the CIG decided to set up a yearly symposium on a thematic linked to a research topic of the CIG, with the aims of:
bringing together the best European and non-European scientists working on a particular field
promoting a dialogue between scientists using different approaches to study a similar topic
fostering interactions between junior and senior scientists


The CIG Symposium 2013 is entitled "Genome, disease and evolution". It will gather an exceptional group of world-renowned scientists at the edge of contemporary research who develop and use new statistical, computational and genomic resources to address fundamental questions in biology, anthropology, and medicine.
The meeting will thus be a unique platform to present and enhance synergies between different and new approaches to unravel long-standing questions on the origin of species, the evolution of human and on genomic medicine.


The 7th CIG Symposium will take place on June 6 and 7, 2013 . This allows us to link it with a public lecture aimed at the general public (The John Grace lecture series, see, which this year will be given by Svante Pääbo, Director of the Department of Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.
Sir John Gurdon, who shortly after obtained the Nobel Prize 2012, gave the John Grace lecture 2012.


Henrik Kaessmann, Associate Professor
Henrik Kaessmann received his PhD in 2001 from the University of Leipzig after working on the genetic diversity of humans and the great apes in the laboratory of Dr. Svante Pääbo at the University of Munich and subsequently at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig. For his postdoctoral training, he joined the lab of Dr. Wen-Hsiung Li in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, where he worked on the origin of human genes and gene structures. In 2003, he joined the Center for Integrative Genomics as an assistant professor and was appointed associate professor in 2007. In 2005 he was elected as an EMBO Young Investigator, and was awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant in 2009. In 2010, he received the Friedrich Miescher Award from the Swiss Society for Biochemistry and was elected as group leader of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.
Alexandre Reymond, Associate Professor
Alexandre Reymond carried out his thesis in the laboratory of Dr. Viesturs Simanis at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC) and received his Ph.D. from the University of Lausanne in 1993. After completion of his postdoctoral training with Dr Roger Brent in the Department of Molecular Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital and in the Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School in Boston, he moved to the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) in Milan in 1998 to lead a research group. He joined in 2000 the Department of Genetic Medicine and Development, University of Geneva Medical School. He moved to the Center for Integrative Genomics in October 2004.
Administrative organization: Nicole Vouilloz, CIG assistant director: she received her Diploma in molecular biology from the Biocenter of the University of Basel. She was then a research assistant and laboratory manager at the universities of Basel, Fribourg and Cambridge (UK) for a total of nine years, after which she worked for three years in the Swiss federal administration at the Swiss Science and Technology Council. She joined the CIG as an assistant director in June 2006 and has been in charge of the organization of the CIG Symposium since the first edition.

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