About Us


Prior to the formation of the APSHG, the members of the human genetics fraternity held the First Asia Pacific Conference on Human Genetics (APCHG) in July, 1994 in Bangkok, Thailand. This was organized by Professors Suthat Fucharoen & Pornswan Wasant and the event was supported by Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand & International Center for Medical Research, Kobe University, Japan. This informal grouping of medical and human geneticists then held regularly regional conferences with the 2nd APCHG and 3rd APCHG conferences held in Jakarta, Indonesia (1995) and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1996), respectively. Due to the economic crisis in 1997, the conference was postponed.

In October 2000, the 4th APCHG was held in conjunction with the 3rd HUGO Pacific meeting in Shanghai China. Following the success of the Shanghai meeting, this APCHG-HUGO Pacific joint conference was followed by biennial meetings in Bangkok, Thailand (2002), Singapore (2004), Taipei, Taiwan (2006) and Cebu, the Philippines (2008). By 2010, the APSHG held the 9th APCHG by itself in Hong Kong (2010) and 10th APCHG in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2012).

The inaugural meeting of the Asia Pacific Society of Human Genetics was held on November 12, 2005 in Bangkok, Thailand and the APSHG was registered in Singapore on February 17, 2006. The APSHG was accepted as Full Member of the International Federation of Human Genetics Societies (IFHGS) on August 6, 2006 in Brisbane, Australia during the 11th International Congress of Human Genetics (ICHG)

Some of the events held by the APSHG include setting up a Working Group on Consolidating Newborn Screening, training workshops on birth defects surveillance and dysmorphology and co-hosting the Federation of Asia Oceania Biochemistry and Molecular Biology conference.

Founding Members

  • Hong Kong (China) (Chen Zhu & Stephen Lam)​
  • Indonesia (Sangkot Marzuki & Herawati Sudoyo)
  • Malaysia (M Nizam Isa & Thong Meow-Keong )
  • Philippines (Carmencita Padilla & Eva Maria Cutiongco-De La Paz)
  • Singapore (Lai Poh-San & Ivy Ng )
  • Taiwan (ROC) (Chen Yuan-Tsong & Paul Hwu Wuh-Liang)
  • Thailand (Suthat Fucharoen & Pornswan Wasant)

Executive Committee members:

​President Dr​. Poh-San Lai
​​President-​​Elect Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco-dela Paz
Secretary Dr. Brian Chung
​Treasurer Dr. Hai-Yang Law
​Immediate Past President ​Dr​​. Meow-Keong Thong
Board Member Dr. Thanyachai Sura
Board Member Dr. Stephen Lam
Board Member Dr. Mercy Laurino
Auditor Dr. Dung Vu Chi
Webmaster ​Dr. Ivan Lo
Board Members

Current and past exco members and country representatives. Photo taken during 10th APCHG Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 6-8th December 2012​​

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