Genetic Epidemiology

Respiratory Genomics Conference 2023

Respiratory Genomics conference logo. Text reads: Respiratory Genomics Conference 2023Tue 14 & Wed 15 November 2023 Leicester, UK

A conference to engage and inspire the international Respiratory Genetics/Genomics community and promote networking and collaborations. Early career scientists are especially welcome.

Registration is open on our conference platform.

The first time you log on to our Ex Ordo conference platform you'll be asked to set up a user account.

Keynote Speakers include

  • Professor Stephanie London, NIEHS
  • Professor Michael Cho, Harvard
  • Professor Martijn Nawijn, UMCG
  • Dr Iain Kilty, Sitryx
  • Professor Louise Wain, University of Leicester
  • Dr Emma Rawlins, University of Cambridge
  • Oliver Burren, AstraZeneca

At our conference dinner, broadcaster and scientist, Professor Turi King, will recall cracking one of the most famous cold cases of all time: identifying the remains of King Richard III.

At our conference dinner, broadcaster and scientist, Professor Turi King, will recall cracking one of the most famous cold cases of all time: identifying the remains of King Richard III.

Conference Sessions

  • Genomics in drug discovery (Chair: Professor Ian Hall, University of Nottingham)
  • Genetic epidemiology of respiratory disease (Chair: Professor Louise Wain, University of Leicester)
  • From Genetic Epidemiology to Functional Genomics (Chair: Dr Emma Rawlins, University of Cambridge)
  • Multi-omics in respiratory disease (Chair: Professor Ian Sayers, University of Nottingham)
  • Functional genomics in respiratory disease (Chair: Dr Anna Guyatt, University of Leicester)
  • Future frontiers in genomic epidemiology and functional genomics (Chair: Dr Rachel Clifford, University of Nottingham)
  • Integrating genomic epidemiology and functional genomics (Chair: Dr Rachel Clifford, University of Nottingham)
  • Panel discussion (Chair: TBC)
  • Posters and award of prizes

View the provisional Conference programme (PDF, 187kb)

Conference Fees

  • Academic fee - £250
  • Student fee - £200
  • Industry fee - £300

Conference Organisers

  • Professor Martin Tobin (University of Leicester)
  • Professor Ian Hall (University of Nottingham)

Conference Sponsors

  • Oxford Nanopore Technologies (
    Oxford Nanopore Technologies plc was founded in 2005 as a spin-out from the University of Oxford. The company now employs about 900 employees from multiple disciplines including nanopore science, molecular biology and applications, informatics, engineering, electronics, manufacturing and commercialisation. The management teamled by CEO Dr Gordon Sanghera, has a track record of delivering disruptive technologies to the market. Oxford Nanopore has developed a new generation of DNA/RNA sequencing technology. It is the only sequencing technology that offers real-time analysis (for rapid insights), in fully scalable formats from pocket to population scale, that can analyse native DNA or RNA and sequence any length of fragment to achieve short to ultra-long read lengths.

  • Olink (
    Olink offers an unmatched high-multiplex technique to identify actionable biomarkers, with a strong focus on the human plasma proteme. Using minimal sample volume we provide quantifiable results with high-throughout, exceptional sensitivity and specificity, with coverage across a broad dynamic range. Our mission is to accelerate proteomics together with the scientific community across multiple disease areas to enable new discoveries and better understand complex real-time human biology. We are committed to develop our offering and are continuously expanding our protein coverage for a growing number of biological processes and pathways. 

    Olink is well-established in Europe (HQ Uppsala, Sweden) and the USA (HQ Boston, MA), with a rapidly developing presence across Asia. We also work with a growing number of core labs around the world offering analysis and support to an expanding global customer base.

    For more information, please visit  Olink® is a registered trademark of Olink Proteomics AB.

  • British Association for Lung Research (
    The BALR is a community for all types of respiratory scientists, from basic to clinical, to provide a platform to exchange ideas, create collaborations, and further pulmonary research.  We are a registered charity and have been active for over thirty years, and are proud to support respiratory researchers in the UK and abroad.

Abstract Review Committee

Dr Jing Chen, Dr Kath Fawcett, Dr Rob Hall, Dr Catherine John, Dr Richard Packer, Dr Michael Portelli, Dr Katy Roach, Dr Nick Shrine.

Abstract Submission

We encourage and will accept late-breaking abstracts until registration closes, especially in the area of Genetic Epidemiology, Functional Genomics or Target Validation for Drug Discovery. Please do not hesitate to contact the conference team at

Abstract guidelines can be viewed below.

The conference programme will include several plenary sessions, invited talks and a poster exhibition. A full programme will be available in due course.


The conference will be held at St Martins House Conference Centre in the heart of Leicester City. The venue is an elegant mix of period features and contemporary styling, and has ample space for our conference, as well as a boutique hotel on site for those wanting to stay close to the venue.

Getting to the Venue 

St Martins House Conference Centre is located in the historic Cathedral Quarter in the City of Leicester, 10-15 minutes’ walk from Leicester Train Station. 

For parking, please see the relevant accommodation websites below or the Leicester City Council website. St Nicholas Circle, Highcross, and Newarke Street car parks are among those within walking distance. 

Important Dates

  • Registration closes - 3 November 2023

Conference Accommodation

Delegates will need to book their own accommodation. There are a limited number of rooms available at St Martins Lodge (opposite the conference venue), and plenty of other hotels within walking distance of the venue. Please make contact directly:

Several hotels offer a conference discount. Please contact us if you require any further guidance on accommodation options.

The conference committee are grateful for the support of the Wellcome Trust.

Abstract guidelines 

All abstracts must be submitted in English.

Abstracts cannot exceed a limit of 400 words (excluding title, authors, affiliations, references and keywords).

Your abstract must be structured as follows: Introduction, Aims, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusion, References. Any graphs/figures require a legend which counts towards the word limit. Allowance has been given for sub-headings.

Abstract Templates

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Materials and Methods
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Standard abbreviations do not need explanation. Otherwise, abbreviations must be defined in brackets after when first used in the text. Please use the Vancouver referencing style.

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