The 12th International Conference of Canine and Feline Genetics and Genomics (ICCFGG) will be held from Sunday, 9th to Wednesday, 12th June, 2024, including talks, posters, keynotes, and fun social events. The scientific program has been evaluated and developed based on the submitted abstracts by the SAB. No streaming of the conference due to low interest and high cost.

Sunday, 9 June 2024

Sunday at 10:00-18:00

8-12 Registration

10:00-10.15 Welcome and introduction

 Hannes Lohi, Olli Peltoniemi, Johnny Li

10:15-11:55 Session: Disease genetics  Chair: Eva Furrow and Lucy Davison

10:15-10:35 The genetic architecture of canine blood phenotypes, Adam Boyko

10:35-10:55 A feline model of human LDLR-dependent atherosclerosis, Marjo Hytönen

10:55-11:15 Meta-analysis of canine obesity GWAS: identifies novel obesity genes in multiple dog breeds, Liang Ming

11:15-11:35 GWAS in Labrador retrievers identifies novel obesity genes in dogs and humans, Eleanor Raffan

11:35-11:55 GWAS and selection signatures indicate involvement of synaptic genes in Addison’s disease, Elizabeth Greif

11:55-13:25 Lunch

13:25-15:05 Session: Genetics of neurological disorders and longevity Chairs: Leigh Anne Clark and Jacquelyn Evans

13:25-13:45 A study of over 15,000 dogs identifies the major locus for canine non-generalized tonic-clonic seizures, Tiina Harmas

13:45-14:05 Idiopathic epilepsy in the Border Collie: identifying common and rare genetic risk factors, Christopher Jenkins

14:05-14:25 Complicated structural variant causes familial adult-onset ataxia in Toy Poodles, Keijiro Mizukami

14:25-14:45 Increasing the dimensionalities of canine compulsive disorder with factor and genetic analyses, Katarina Tengvall

14:45-15:05 Exploring the genetics of longevity with the Dog Aging Project, Elinor Karlsson

15:15-15:45 Coffee break

15:45-16:15 Poster flashtalks Chair: Marjo Hytönen

Suspected autosomal recessive primary ciliary dyskinesia in a colony of Labrador Retriever guide dogs, Katy M Evans

Polymyositis in Kooiker dogs is associated with a 39 kb deletion upstream of the IL21/IL2 genes, Peter Leegwater       

A Chromosome-Scale Assembly of a Domestic Cat Felis catus of American Shorthair Breed, Yasukazu Nakamura

Homozygous DSG4 missense variant in a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with hair shaft dystrophy, Jana Gresova

An inherited Robertsonian translocation in Entlebucher mountain dogs reduces  Fertility, Claude Schelling      

16:15-17:30 Poster session 1

17:30-18:00 Coffee break

18:00- 20:00 Reception at Little Finlandia

Monday, 10 June 2024

8-12 Registration

8:30-8:45 Announcements

8:45-10:45 Session: Genetics of morphology and disease Chairs: Jeff Schoenebeck and Suvi Mäkeläinen

8:45-9:05 Within clade genome sequence analysis from 389 breeds identifies new genes controlling morphologic variation, Heidi Parker

9:05-9:25 A genotype first approach for discovery of trait-associated variants in dogs, Reuben Buckley

9:25-9:45 Lessons from genome-wide association studies using data from electronic medical records, Jonas Donner

9:45-10:05 Short-spine dogs: a modern and historical phenotype definitively characterized, Kari Ekenstedt

10:05-10:25 Determination of the genetic etiology of bilateral anterior hemimelia in the Chihuahua, Danika Bannasch  

10:25-10:45 Functional investigation of felid color pattern mechanisms in transgenic mice, Kelly A McGowan

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-12:15 Keynote, Aarno Palotie, Finngen project, Chair: Hannes Lohi

12:15-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:00 Poster flashtalks, Chair: Tomas Bergström

EFNB3 frameshift variant in Weimaraner dogs with synchronous bunny-hopping Gait, Cleo Schwarz

Novel candidate genes for retinal degeneration in dogs and humans, Sara Mikkonen

PAX3 haploinsufficiency in Maine Coon cats with dominant blue eyes and hearing loss, Gabriela Rudd Garces

Gene variants identified and associated with polycystic kidney disease in Siberian and Neva Masquerade cats, Åsa Ohlsson

Identification of an RBCK1 splice site donor variant in Basset Hounds with glycogen storage disease, Jeanna Blake

14:00-15:15 Poster session 2

15:15-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-17:10 Session: Gene regulation Chairs: Jennifer Meadows and Chris Kaelin

15:30-15:50 Canine brain atlas: epigenetic and single nuclei transcriptome profiling across eleven dog brain regions, Matthew Christmas

15:50-16:10 Gene Expression Patterns in Dog and Wolf Brain Regions, Faezeh Mottaghitalab

16:10-16:30 Enhancer-mediated gene regulation in the dog genome, Carsten Daub

16:30-16:50 The canine eQTL project: the role of gene expression in shaping canine body size, Reuben Buckley

16:50-17:10 Transcriptomic and Intervention Evidence Reveals Domestic Dogs as a Promising Model for Anti-inflammatory Investigation, Min Zeng

Adjourn, enjoy Helsinki

SAB meeting 19-21

Tuesday, 11 June 2024

8-12 Registration

8:30-8:45 Announcements

8:45-10:25 Session: Evolution and population genetics Chairs: Adam Boyko and Leslie Lyons

8:45-9:05 Genetic analysis of 60,000 domestic cats reveals fine-scale population structure and its geographic origins, Jason Huff

9:05-9:25 A 3,500-year Human-Leopard Cat Commensalism Preceded the Arrival of Domestic Cats in China, Yu Han 

9:25-9:45 Comparative functional analysis of SINEs in canines and felines, Emily Koch

9:45-10:05 Remapping to a Greenland Wolf assembly normalizes canine divergence, Anthony Nguyen

10:05-10:25 Ancient genomes reveal the evolutionary history of Australian dingoes, Lachie Scarsbrook

10:25-10:55 Coffee break

10:55-12:15 Session:  Population genetics and genome biology Chairs: Johnny Li and Xu Wang

10:55-11:15 The genomic history of Arctic sled dogs from past to present, Heather Huson

11:15-11:35 Ancient mitochondrial genomes reveal northwest China as crossroad in Eurasia of dog dispersal, Shaojie Zhang

11:35-11:55 A phylogenetic estimate of the rate of retrotransposition in canines, Matthew Blacksmith

11:55-12:15 A role for host genetic-microbe interactions in canine inflammatory 

bowel disease, Jeffrey Brockman

12:15-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:15 Poster flashtalks, Chair: Noora Salokorpi

A single nuclei characterization of dorsal root ganglia to study canine degenerative myelopathy, Wes Warren

The evolutionary genomics of wildcats in northwest China and their admixture with local domestic cats, Shu-Jin Luo

The GOLDogs project: genomics of longevity in dogs, Thomas Derrien

Characterization of canine oral melanoma and histiocytic sarcoma cell lines: 

Resources for rare human cancers, Benoit Hedan

Dipping a paw in the fishbowl: diving into the genetic risk factors of feline Diabetes, Jessica Hayward

14:15-15:45 Poster session 3

15:45-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-16:45 Keynote, Guillaume Bourque, Genomics 2.0 Chair: Christophe Hitte

19:00-24:00 Conference dinner at Klippan Island

Wednesday, 12 June 2024

8:30-8:45 Announcements

8:45-10:45 Session: Cancer Genetics Chairs: Claire Wade and Bianca Haase

8:45-9:05 Comparative analysis of non-coding constraint mutations in canine and human osteosarcoma, Raphaela Pensch

9:05-9:25 Canine diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: a comprehensive study of coding and non-coding regions using whole-genome sequencing, Anna Darlene van der Heiden

9:25-9:45 Bayesian analysis and selection scans for gastric cancer identify multiple risk loci, Jacquelyn Evans

9:45-10:05 Reference Genome and Annotation for Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumor, Brian Davis

Session: Genetics of eye disorders Chair: Christophe Hitte

10:05-10:25 An RCN1 frameshift mutation is associated with rapidly progressive, adult-onset cataracts in Miniature American Shepherds, Shawna Cook

10:25-10:45 A novel form of inherited retinal degeneration in Lagotto Romagnolo 

dogs, Thomas Simon

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-12:35 Special session: new technologies and approaches Chairs: Greg Barsh

11:15-11:35 Utilization of Pangenome Graphs for Identification of Novel Variation in Canidae, Brian Davis

11:35-11:55 Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells to Model Gene Function in Dogs, Jeffrey Schoenebeck

11:55-12:15 Leveraging community science for canine cancer: developing genetic screening and genomic selection tools in dogs, France Chen           

12:15-12:35 Biological age clocks predict health trajectory and mortality risk in dogs, Alix Zollinger  

12:35-12:50 Presentation awards

12:50-13:00 Closing remarks

13:00-13:30 Lunch