Learn how GA4GH helps expand responsible genomic data use to benefit human health.
Learn how GA4GH helps expand responsible genomic data use to benefit human health.
Our Strategic Road Map defines strategies, standards, and policy frameworks to support responsible global use of genomic and related health data.
Discover how a meeting of 50 leaders in genomics and medicine led to an alliance uniting more than 5,000 individuals and organisations to benefit human health.
GA4GH Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the global GA4GH community.
To guide our collaborative, globe-spanning alliance, GA4GH relies on a Standards Steering Committee and an Executive Committee.
The Funders Forum brings together organisations that offer both financial support and strategic guidance.
The EDI Advisory Group responds to issues raised in the GA4GH community, finding equitable, inclusive ways to build products that benefit diverse groups.
Distributed across four Host Institutions, our staff team supports the mission and operations of GA4GH.
Curious who we are? Meet the people and organisations across six continents who make up GA4GH.
More than 500 organisations connected to genomics — in healthcare, research, patient advocacy, industry, and beyond — have signed onto the mission and vision of GA4GH as Organisational Members.
These core Organisational Members are genomic data initiatives that have committed resources to guide GA4GH work and pilot our products.
This subset of Organisational Members whose networks or infrastructure align with GA4GH priorities has made a long-term commitment to engaging with our community.
Local and national organisations assign experts to spend at least 30% of their time building GA4GH products.
Anyone working in genomics and related fields is invited to participate in our inclusive community by creating and using new products.
Wondering what GA4GH does? Learn how we find and overcome challenges to expanding responsible genomic data use for the benefit of human health.
Study Groups define needs. Participants survey the landscape of the genomics and health community and determine whether GA4GH can help.
Work Streams create products. Community members join together to develop technical standards, policy frameworks, and policy tools that overcome hurdles to international genomic data use.
GIF solves problems. Organisations in the forum pilot GA4GH products in real-world situations. Along the way, they troubleshoot products, suggest updates, and flag additional needs.
NIF finds challenges and opportunities in genomics at a global scale. National programmes meet to share best practices, avoid incompatabilities, and help translate genomics into benefits for human health.
Communities of Interest find challenges and opportunities in areas such as rare disease, cancer, and infectious disease. Participants pinpoint real-world problems that would benefit from broad data use.
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All GA4GH standards, frameworks, and tools follow the Product Development and Approval Process before being officially adopted.
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Help create new global standards and frameworks for responsible genomic data use.
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Work with like-minded groups committed to better data use in areas like rare disease, cancer, and infectious disease.
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Solve real problems by aligning your organisation with the world’s genomics standards. We offer software dvelopers both customisable and out-of-the-box solutions to help you get started.
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Learn how GA4GH invests in equity, diversity, and inclusion
The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) can only achieve its vision — a truly global organisation, creating common standards used around the world — by investing in equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Founded on the human right to benefit from science, GA4GH has an imperative to produce globally impactful standards. That effort starts with our contributors. We believe that when we see equity, diversity, and inclusion reflected in our teams, we are more likely to see those principles reflected in our standards.
Peter Goodhand, GA4GH Chief Executive Officer
The benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusion are clear, as are the drawbacks of homogeneity. For example, a lack of diverse data slows down life-saving improvements to health care. Striving to share scientific benefits equitably in a range of places produces more flexible standards, which are easier to adopt. Including neglected voices has attracted funding to problems that would otherwise go unnoticed or unresolved.
Yet people of Asian, African, Latino, Middle Eastern, Oceanic, and other Indigenous or non-European ancestries appear in a small percentage of genomic studies — despite making up most of the global population. Women and people from many marginalised groups are underrepresented among scientists and engineers. Individuals from countries of low- and middle-incomes, or where the primary language is not English, hold comparatively few positions in genomic initiatives.
GA4GH recognises that systemic barriers prevent these and other groups from participating fully in the genomics community. Towards eliminating barriers, the EDI Advisory Group works to institute a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion across GA4GH, intentionally engaging a wide range of voices in goal setting and leadership opportunities. The team advises the GA4GH community on how to consider equity, diversity, and inclusion when developing new standards, frameworks, and tools.
We welcome feedback on our practices and encourage partners and organisational members to incorporate equity, diversity, and inclusion in their work.
Following a framework we call “reflected in our teams, reflected in our standards,” the GA4GH Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) Advisory Group addresses EDI at different points in the product development process. If EDI concepts are incorporated successfully into our teams, then the interests of the broader community are more likely to be reflected in the product development process and in the standards, frameworks, and tools themselves.
The EDI Advisory Group was launched in May 2020 with the goal of recognizing and responding to EDI issues raised within the GA4GH community. This group supports GA4GH by finding equitable and inclusive ways to bring diverse ideas into the standards creation process. Pathways to EDI that the group explores include:
See an archive of meeting minutes from all EDI Advisory Group and REWS Diversity Subgroup meetings.
To ensure that new community members can engage and participate fully, the GA4GH EDI Advisory Group launched an onboarding program to help newcomers gain the knowledge they need to start participating fully in GA4GH Work Streams. To participate in the Onboarding Programme, email connor.graham (at) www.ga4gh.org.
Under development with GA4GH Work Streams, the Best Practices document will provide contributors with suggestions for creating an inclusive working environment that facilitates diverse participation.
The EDI Advisory Group and REWS Diversity Subgroup developed a living definition of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). The definition is based on the understanding that EDI are three interrelated concepts that begin with the absence of exclusion and are founded upon an ethos of intention and advocacy.
This plan forges a path towards a more equitable, inclusive, and ethically sound genomics ecosystem. Developed collaboratively with valuable insights from the GA4GH community, this plan outlines three fundamental priorities that anchor our mission and shape our future initiatives.
In this keynote presentation at the GA4GH 8th Plenary meeting, Laura Paglione discussed building an intentional community for standards development.
At the GA4GH 9th Plenary meeting, the EDI Advisory Group shared progress made to date.
The GA4GH Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Advisory Group gathered at a Cambridge Genomics meetup to share more about GA4GH, the EDI Advisory Group, and upcoming projects.
In this interview on the GA4GH OmicsXchange podcast, Laura Paglione discusses the importance of amplifying underrepresented voices in the genomics and health data community.