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.
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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.
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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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9 Sep 2020
The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) will hold its 8th annual Plenary Meeting as an open, free, and virtual in order to encourage participation from the most diverse, globally representative community possible.
The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) will hold its 8th annual Plenary Meeting as an open, free, and virtual event on September 29 and 30. The meeting will occur over the course of four time blocks in order to encourage participation from the most diverse, globally representative community possible.
Formed in 2013 to accelerate the potential of research and medicine to advance human health, GA4GH is an international, nonprofit alliance of more than 600 leading organizations working in healthcare, research, patient advocacy, life science, and information technology. The GA4GH community frames policy and develops technical standards to enable the responsible sharing of genomic and related health data within a human rights framework. Since 2014, the annual GA4GH Plenary Meetings have convened a diverse set of stakeholders to address the complexities of sharing genomic data across traditional bounds.
Typically a fully in-person event taking place at a different global location each year, the 2020 meeting will be held as an entirely virtual event as a result of the ongoing public health crisis related to the SARS-COV2 virus. Plenary sessions will be translated into multiple languages (French, German, Spanish, and Japanese) and live closed captioning in English will be provided for plenary and breakout sessions.
The first day of GA4GH 8th Plenary will focus on the importance of diversity in genomic data and on uniting ethical and technical solutions to harness the power of data. Charles Rotimi, National Human Genome Research Institute) and Laura Paglione (Spherical Cow Group), will deliver keynote talks followed by panel sessions. Day one panelists include: Alice Popejoy (Stanford University), Giorgio Sirugo (University of Pennsylvania), Consuelo Wilkins (Vanderbilt University Medical Center), Jasmine McNealy (University of Florida), Keymanthri Moodley (University of Capetown), and Amel Ghouila (Exaptive, Inc. for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).
Day two of the meeting will focus on real world implementations of GA4GH standards, beginning with an overview of GA4GH work to date, followed by presentations from GA4GH Driver Projects and others that have implemented or deployed approved GA4GH standards. The first day two session will focus on implementations in Europe and the Americas while the second session will focus on implementations in Asia-Pacific. Day two presenters include Shaikh Farhan Rashid (CanDIG), Augusto Rendon (Genomics England), Benilton Carvalho (University of Campinas), Takako Takai (Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development), Tiffany Boughtwood (Australian Genomics), and Oliver Hofmann (University of Melbourne Center for Cancer Research).
In addition to keynotes and panel sessions, the event will include a series of breakout sessions on day two and will be bookended by open working meetings of the GA4GH Work Streams on September 28 and October 1. The newly formed GA4GH Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Group will also host a collaborative session to facilitate broader participation in GA4GH from the global community.
8th Plenary will include a unique virtual poster session with both asynchronous and live components. Posters will be available for viewing and comment on the event website throughout the duration of the meeting and two live sessions for networking and poster presentations will take place at 18:00 UTC on September 29 and 01:00 on September 30. This event will leverage a unique video conferencing platform called Spatial.Chat, with which attendees are encouraged to familiarize themselves prior to the meeting by visiting spatial.chat/s/GA4GH.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to connect with colleagues through Slack and through 1:1 meetings, which they can schedule directly on the event website. The Spatial.Chat lobby will also be available throughout the duration of the meeting for anyone wishing to recreate the experience of “bumping into” colleagues during in person events.
GA4GH has a mandate to support the needs of the international genomic data sharing community, and the virtual nature of its 8th Plenary meeting will allow GA4GH to leverage this unique moment in our global experience to expand participation and awareness of the importance of responsible genomic data sharing for the benefit of all humans.