About Us

Background and Objectives

The Asia Pacific Society of Human Genetics (APSHG) is a non-profit organization, founded in 2006, comprising persons involved or interested in the study of human genetics in the Asia Pacific Region. The membership which include scientists, clinical geneticists, genetic counselors and students, has steadily increased over the past years and it welcomes members from all the major countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

APSHG was registered in Singapore on February 17, 2006 after the inaugural meeting on November 12, 2005 in Bangkok, Thailand. 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. The APSHG held its first Summer School and Bioinformatics Course in Hong Kong in 2016, and an Autumn School of Clinical Genetics in Singapore in 2018. 

The objectives of the Society are:
1. to promote research in basic and applied human and medical genetics;
2. to integrate professional and public education in all areas of human genetics;
3. to provide a forum where scientists can share their research findings as well as increase or spread knowledge and understanding of human genetics among the various professionals including health professionals, health policy makers, legislators and the general public.

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

Past Presidents

  • Pornswan Wasant, Thailand  (2006-2008)
  • Carmencita Padilla, Philippines  (2008-2010)
  • Stephen Lam, Hong Kong  (2010-2012)
  • Meow-Keong Thong, Malaysia  (2012-2015)
  • Lai Poh-San, Singapore  (2015-2017)

Executive Committee

​President Eva Maria Cutiongco-de la Paz, Philippines 
​​President-​​Elect Thanyachai Sura, Thailand 
​Immediate Past President ​Lai Poh-San, Singapore
Secretary Brian Chung, Hong Kong
​Treasurer Breana Cham, Singapore
Auditor Seema Kapoor, India 

Board Members

Mercy Laurino, Philippines
Sultana Faradz, Indonesia
Duangrurdee Wattanasirichaigoon, Thailand
Yin-Hsiu Chien, Taiwan
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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