I am so proud to serve once again as the scientific secretary in 3rd international and 15th Iranian Genetics congress. Rapid advances in the field of Genetics and related disciplines of sciences have been amazing and unimaginable in recent years which is known as post-genomics era. Decoding the human genome is by sure the most important scientific achievement of human being. However, this accomplishment did not stop there, but proceeded towards development of technologies used in next generation sequencing (NGS). NGS not only opened the way for decoding the genomes of other creatures, but also made it possible to decode the genomes of extinct species, including our close relatives (Neanderthals and Denisovans). Identification of various disease-causing genes, developing medicinal biotechnology, expanding bioinformatics applications, production of transgenic plants and animals, personalized medicine, and genome editing by means of CRISPR-Cas are the most important cutting-edge researches nowadays. In this context, it is necessary to work harder and to draw a new road map for Genetics progress in our country, coordinated by the rapid progress of Genetics worldwide. In order to achieve this goal, we are following two major strategies in recent congress. 1- To create a network of genetic researchers and students nation-wide to coordinate the education and research activities in different universities and research institutions. Creating the provincial cores of Genetics Society of Iran was the first step to achieve this aim. 2- Expanding international academic cooperation. Holding up the current meeting as a joint program with German Society of Genetics is a novel feature of the current congress. On the sidelines of this cooperation, we hope to expand and develop scientific collaborations with the European Union. Finally, I hope that the 3rd international and 15th national congress of Iranian genetics provides a dynamic and productive environment to exchange a variety of opinions, and experiences among students and researchers.
With best regards,
Seyed Javad Mowla
Vice-president and co-scientific secretary of the 3rd international and 15th Iranian Genetics congress