Sunday, September 28, 2014, Arizona Biltmore Mesa Room

Description: Ancestry Informative Markers (AIMs), which are SNPs that help identify populations, are extremely useful in ancestry and genealogy studies. Blocks of linked SNPs are helpful for determining biological relationships in ancestry studies. Algorithms to analyze the data generated from SNP data from arrays and sequencing have shown great precision in identifying the origin of our ancestors. This Workshop discusses some of the latest techniques used to establish ancestry and genealogy.

Objectives: HITA Workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand why AIMs are useful for ancestry and genealogy studies.
  • Understand how blocks of linked SNPs can help identify distant relatives.
  • Understand how algorithms can provide the power to connect people and identify the geographic origins or their ancestors.


Time Topic Speaker
1:00 – 1:10 Welcome and Introductions Dr. Michael BairdDNA Diagnostics Center 
1:10 – 1:45 Current Problems and the Promise of Sequencing in Estimating Ancestry Dr. Kenneth KiddYale University
1:45 – 2:20 Detecting Relatives Near and Far: Lessons Learned from Genotyping 400,000 US Residents Dr. Catherine
2:20 – 2:55 The Power of Genetic Genealogy: Reuniting Relatives, Solving Mysteries and Extending Family Branches CeCe MooreYour Genetic Genealogist 
2:55 – 3:20 BREAK
3:20 – 3:55 Reaching the Holy Grail of Biogeography – from Genome to Home Village Dr. Eran ElhaikThe University of Sheffield
3:55 – 4:30 Methods for Inferring Recent Admixture in Plants and Animals Dr. Tatiana TatarinovaKeck School of Medicine, USC
4:30 – 5:00 Panel Discussion – Where the Technology is Headed Panel