A summit focused exclusively on genomics was held in Ireland for the first time on Thursday 23rd January at the Aviva Stadium Dublin. Genomics Summit 2020, co-hosted by Genuity Science (formerly Genomics Medicine Ireland) and University College Dublin Research & Innovation, was an engaging day of talks and panel discussions related to the genomics revolution sweeping Ireland and the globe.

The event brought together Irish and international thought leaders and renowned experts to speak on topics that addressed the challenges and opportunities in realising the potential of genomics in healthcare. Over 350 people attended on the day, with audience members active and engaged throughout the event, providing colour and context to the high-level, informative talks given from the stage.

See below for the full agenda and line-up for the day!


23rd January, 2020

08.00 – 08.55 | Registration - tea, coffee and light breakfast available

09.00 – 09.15 | Jonathan McCrea & Dr. Anne Jones, Genomics Medicine Ireland

Welcome and introductory remarks

09.15 – 09.40 | Prof. Owen P. Smith CBE, University College Dublin

Swapping acuity for chronicity and its associated complexity: tales from paediatrics

09.40 – 10.05 | Dr. Charles A. Steward

A parent’s and genomic scientist’s perspective on genomic medicine

10.05 – 10.50 | Dr. Howard Jacob (Keynote speaker)

Leveraging 1 million genomes to build precision medicine.

10.50– 11.15 | Prof. Mark Lawler

Addressing Europe’s cancer challenge through a data-enabled lens:

The time to act is NOW!

11.15 – 11.40 | Tea and coffee

11.40 – 12.25 | Dr. David Bentley

Genomes for Healthcare

12.25 – 13.00 | Panel 1 facilitated by Triona McCormack, Director of Research, UCD

The skills required to build a genomics infrastructure

Panel members:

Prof. Cathal Seoighe | Dr. Darrin Morrissey

Dr. Elaine Kenny | Dr. James O’ Byrne

13.00 – 13.55 | lunch, Sponsored by Illumina

14.00 - 14.40 | Panel 2 facilitated by Dr. Howard Jacob, AbbVie

Genomics and the diagnostic odyssey- where do patients go next?

Panel members:

Prof. Mary King | Dr. Shane McKee | Noreen Doyle

14.40 – 15.25 | Prof. Robert C. Green (Keynote Speaker)

The Path to Preventive Genomics

15.25 - 15.30 | Closing remarks

Speakers and Panellists

Dr. Robert C. Green, MD, MPH

Director, genomes2people Research Program; Professor of...

Dr. Howard J. Jacob, PhD

Vice President and Head of Genomic Research at AbbVie...

Jonathan McCrea

TV and radio broadcaster for Newstalk and founder of Wh...

Prof. Owen P. Smith CBE

Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Univ...

Dr. Charles A. Steward

Genomic researcher and father of a family affected by r...

Prof. Mark Lawler

Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor of Digital Hea...

Dr. David Bentley

Vice President and Chief Scientist at Illumina Inc. ...

Dr. Triona McCormack PhD

Director of Research, University College Dublin (UCD)...

Prof. Cathal Seoighe

Professor of Bioinformatics, NUIG and Director of the C...

Dr. Darrin Morrissey PhD

Chief Executive of the Health Research Board

Dr. Elaine Kenny PhD

Co-founder and CEO of ELDA biotech and Director the Tri...

Dr. James O'Byrne

Consultant Clinical/Biochemical Geneticist in The Mate...

Noreen Doyle

CEO The Irish Biltong Company Ltd and parent of two chi...

Prof. Mary King

Professor and Consultant, Paediatric Neurology at Templ...

Dr. Shane McKee

Chief Clinical Information Officer & Consultant in Gene...