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.
See all our products — always free and open-source. Do you work on cloud genomics, data discovery, user access, data security or regulatory policy and ethics? Need to represent genomic, phenotypic, or clinical data? We’ve got a solution for you.
All GA4GH standards, frameworks, and tools follow the Product Development and Approval Process before being officially adopted.
Learn how other organisations have implemented GA4GH products to solve real-world problems.
Help us transform the future of genomic data use! See how GA4GH can benefit you — whether you’re using our products, writing our standards, subscribing to a newsletter, or more.
Help create new global standards and frameworks for responsible genomic data use.
Align your organisation with the GA4GH mission and vision.
Solve your real-world data problems with support from this valuable network of global institutions.
Work with like-minded groups committed to better data use in areas like rare disease, cancer, and infectious disease.
Share your thoughts on all GA4GH products currently open for public comment.
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.
Learn more about upcoming GA4GH events. See reports and recordings from our past events.
Speak directly to the global genomics and health community while supporting GA4GH strategy.
Be the first to hear about the latest GA4GH products, upcoming meetings, new initiatives, and more.
Questions? We would love to hear from you.
Read news, stories, and insights from the forefront of genomic and clinical data use.
Attend an upcoming GA4GH event, or view meeting reports from past events.
See new projects, updates, and calls for support from the Work Streams.
Read academic papers coauthored by GA4GH contributors.
Listen to our podcast OmicsXchange, featuring discussions from leaders in the world of genomics, health, and data sharing.
Check out our videos, then subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content.
View the latest GA4GH updates, Genomics and Health News, Implementation Notes, GDPR Briefs, and more.
Discover all things GA4GH: explore our news, events, videos, podcasts, announcements, publications, and newsletters.
10 Dec 2018
It is with great enthusiasm and gratitude that we announce several changes to the GA4GH leadership team: Heidi Rehm replaces David Haussler as Vice Chair; Moran Cabili and Tommi Nyrönen replace Ravi Pandya and Anthony Philippakis as DURI Work Stream Leads; Michael Baudis replaces Harindra Arachchi as Discovery Work Stream Lead; and Jean-Pierre Hubaux replaces Paul Flicek as Data Security Work Stream Lead.
It is with great enthusiasm and gratitude that we announce several changes to the GA4GH leadership team.
First, we would like to formally thank outgoing GA4GH Vice Chair David Haussler, Scientific Director of the University of California Santa Cruz Genomics Institute, for serving GA4GH from its infancy and providing invaluable vision and guidance to the data sharing community. David’s contributions include planning and participating in the initial scoping meeting in 2013, co-authoring the White Paper that set the mandate for what became the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, serving as co-chair of the Data Working Group from 2014 to 2017, and dedicating time, resources, and person power to the GA4GH Working Groups, Work Streams, and original Demonstration Projects — particularly the BRCA Challenge. David has passionately advocated for GA4GH in his many speaking engagements, bringing significant support and recognition to the organisation. Needless to say, David has been critical to our success and we look forward to continued engagement with him and his talented team.
David is succeeded by Heidi Rehm, an institute member at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and chief genomics officer at Massachusetts General Hospital. Heidi joins Kathryn North as a GA4GH Vice Chair. Heidi is by no means a newcomer to our community. Over the years she has served a variety of roles at GA4GH including founding co-lead of the former GA4GH Demonstration Project Matchmaker Exchange (MME), Driver Project Champion for both MME and ClinGen, Steering Committee Member, 5th Plenary Programme Committee Chair, and frequent contributor to a number of Work Streams, including Discovery, Genomic Knowledge Standards, and Clinical and Phenotypic Data Capture.
In addition to these executive level changes, there have been a few transitions among GA4GH Work Streams Leads. Both Ravi Pandya (Microsoft) and Anthony Philippakis (Broad Institute) have stepped down as Co-Chairs of the Data Use and Researcher Identities Work Stream, to be replaced by Moran Cabili, Associate Director of Data Strategy and Alliances at Broad Institute’s Data Science Platform, and Tommi Nyrönen, Head of the ELIXIR Finland Node, which is hosted at CSC-IT Center for Science Finland.
Harindra Arachchi stepped down as Co-Lead of the Discovery Work Stream when he began a new role at the commercial company Editas Medicine in Cambridge, MA. Harindra is succeeded by Michael Baudis, a professor of bioinformatics (theoretical cytogenetics and oncogenomics) at the University of Zurich UZH and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics SIB.
Finally, After more than four years of leadership, Paul Flicek, a senior scientist and team leader at EMBL-EBI, is stepping down as Co-Chair of the Data Security Work Stream. Paul has been an instrumental member of the GA4GH community, having contributed to the GA4GH White Paper and serving as the founding Co-Chair of the Security Working Group. We will continue to work with Paul’s wider group at EMBL-EBI, in particular via Andy Yates’ continued leadership in the Genome Knowledge Standards Work Stream.
Paul is succeeded by Jean-Pierre Hubaux, Professor of Computer and Communication Science and Head of the Computer Communications and Applications Laboratory at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. Jean-Pierre (JP) leads the Data Protection For Personalized Health project. He has co-organised the GenoPri event alongside GA4GH plenaries over the last couple of years, and we look forward to his practical and academic interest in security.
We would like to thank every one of these individuals for their service to GA4GH over the past four years and into the future. Without passionate, dedicated contributors like them our organisation and its important work would not be possible.