2021 NSHG-PM

8-9 Nov 2021

The two day interactive event is presented by the Nordic Society for Human Genetics and Precision Medicine (NSHG-PM).




4 Nov 2021

The one-day interactive event is organized by the NSHG-PM and co-sponsored by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.




Please join us for the Nordic Society of Human Genetics and Precision Medicine’s 2nd biennial meeting hosted online on 8-9 November 2021. While we very much hoped and planned for our event to reconnect us in-person in beautiful Helsinki, hosted by the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, the pandemic travel restrictions forced us to pivot the event to a virtual one. Nevertheless, our Program Committee has regrouped most efficiently and rebuilt the event in a digital format where our audience will have extensive opportunities to interact with top researchers in the field of human genetics and precision medicine.

Over the span of two days, leading academic and industry scientists, clinical researchers, academic leaders, funding organizations, and other stakeholders will gather to discuss national overviews of precision medicine initiatives, research and clinical sequencing, health and other register data, as well as important issues in the return of results from genetics studies. The conference ill feature a combination of invited keynotes, podium presentations, panel discussions, virtual posters, short talks selected from submitted abstracts, and mentoring sessions.

We are also hoping that you will join us for the 2021 Research Response to COVID-19 in the Nordic Countries Workshop which we will host online on Thursday, 4 November.

Please take a moment to review the program, consider submitting an abstract for the conference or the workshop and register now for these events. Our organizing committees have extended complimentary registrations to all as we wish to turn the decision to host the event virtually into an opportunity to engage with a wider, global audience. We very much hope that you will take this offer to connect with other cutting-edge researchers, learn from each other, and exchange ideas to further accelerate your research and the field.

We are grateful to our generous support of our, now, virtual host, the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, the event sponsors, and to our presenters, members, organizing committees and all the registrants.

Looking forward to seeing you online this November,

Kári Stefánsson
Nordic Society of Human Genetics and Precision Medicine
Mark Daly
Director, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland



It is a great pleasure to welcome you to a virtual Workshop on the Research Response to COVID-19 in the Nordic countries, organized by the Nordic Society of Human Genetics and Precision Medicine. The current global health crisis showed us the crucial contribution of science and technology in addressing the healthcare challenges brought about by COVID-19, but also in supporting the society and economy in a time of a major turmoil. Our virtual event is a good example.

This pandemic has demonstrated that research preparedness and response are essential for an effective response to large-scale crises. The pandemic has underscored how research must be an integral part of the operational response, both for clinical practice and for broader public health interventions. On the one hand, the volume and speed of new research and development have been unprecedented, as has the rapid translation of research into policy and practice. For vaccine development, for example, research preparedness in terms of pre-existing technology, infrastructure, and plans has been critical.

The workshop will focus on the Nordic countries’ research responses and their successes as well as opportunities across basic research, epidemiology and interventions research.  We ask systemic but also policy questions while we try to draw out specific lessons in the fields of human genomics and precision medicine.

Join us for a half-day event highlighting presentations from Nordic countries, panel discussions across borders, and virtual posters.


Camilla Stoltenberg, Director, Norwegian Institute of Public Health Kári Stefánsson, President, Nordic Society of Human Genetics and Precision Medicine


  • Ole Andreassen, University of Oslo
  • Mark Daly, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM
  • Thomas Folkmann Hansen, Copenhagen University Hospital
  • Hakon Heimer, NSHG-PM, University of Copenhagen
  • Sara Hägg, Karolinska Institute
  • Lili Milani, University of Tartu
  • Aarno Palotie (chair), Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM
  • Markus Perola, University of Helsinki
  • Samuli Ripatti, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM
  • Hreinn Stefánsson, deCODE genetics

2021 Workshop on Research Response to COVID-19 in the Nordic Countries

  • Camilla Stoltenberg, Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NO), Co-chair
  • Kári Stefánsson, deCODE genetics (IS), Co-chair
  • Tove Fall, Uppsala University (SE)
  • Hakon Heimer, University of Copenhagen (NSHG-PM) (DK)
  • Páll Melsted, deCODE genetics (IS)
  • Lili Milani, Estonian Genome Center (EE)
  • Hanna Olila, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM (FI)
  • Ole Pedersen, Zealand University Hospital, Køge (DK)


at the 2021 Nordic Society for Human Genetics and Precision Medicine Meeting



Six Nordic countries will present summaries and focused presentations and will address questions from the audience.



Issues in the return of results from genetics studies will be discussed as a panel consisting of top Nordic scientists.



Virtual poster presentations will be showcased on their own page with top submissions selected for “Hot Topic” presentations in the live program. Top award will have a special spotlight.



15 Presentations

1 Keynote



8 Presentations

1 Keynote

What is NSHG-PM?

The Nordic Society of Human Genetics and Precision Medicine (NSHG-PM) was created in order to: 

– establish a Nordic framework for research into the genetics of human diseases, as well as into human evolution and population history;

– accelerate discovery of disease susceptibility genes and genes protecting from disease through integrated analyses using multiple large-scale datasets and a range of experimental designs;

– translate these findings so that they can be used for precision medicine to improve public health;

– and uphold and promote the highest legal, regulatory, social, and ethical standards.

We do this by working with pertinent experts and other stakeholders at local, national and regional levels.

Important Dates

4 October – deadline to submit an application for poster presentation

22 October – deadline to upload a 3-5 minute recorded presentation of the poster

4 November – NSHG-PM’s COVID19 Workshop

8 -9 November – NSHG-PM 2021 Meeting


Will the event be recorded?

Yes. However, only the Society members will have first access to the on-demand recordings. 

What is the COVID-19 Workshop?

The COVID19 Workshop scheduled for the 4th of November will feature wide-ranging experiences and implications for future research and Nordic collaboration. Registration remains open and free for all. Review program here and register here.


Registration Now Open

Reserve your seat now for the NSHG-PM 2021 Meeting and/or the Workshop on the Research Response to COVID-19 in the Nordic Countries

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