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.
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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.
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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13 Sep 2021
The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) will hold its 9th annual Plenary Meeting on September 28 and 29, 2021. Open, free, and virtual, 9th Plenary aims to bring together the global genomics and health community to address the complexities of sharing genomic and related health data across traditional bounds. This year, Dr. Harold Varmus and Dr. Alan Christoffels will join GA4GH 9th Plenary as keynote speakers.
The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) will hold its 9th annual Plenary Meeting on September 28 and 29, 2021. Open, free, and virtual, 9th Plenary aims to bring together the global genomics and health community to address the complexities of sharing genomic and related health data across traditional bounds.
This year, Dr. Harold Varmus and Dr. Alan Christoffels will join GA4GH 9th Plenary as keynote speakers.
Dr. Varmus, the Lewis Thomas University Professor at Cornell and an associate member of the New York Genome Center, is also Chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Science Council and the GA4GH Scientific Advisory Board. He previously served as Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, President of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Over the course of his scientific career, Dr. Varmus has made significant contributions to the fields of retrovirology and cancer biology. At 9th Plenary, Dr. Varmus will speak on the WHO’s approach to genomics in his talk, “A new appraisal of genomics at the World Health Organization (WHO).”
Dr. Christoffels is Director of the South African National Bioinformatics Institute based at the University of the Western Cape. His research focuses on infectious diseases and building computational tools for analyzing high throughput genomics data. Dr. Christoffels also serves as Director of the Public Heath Alliance for Genomic Epidemiology (PHA4GE) and is a member of the founding working group of H3Africa. At 9th Plenary, Dr. Christoffels will discuss PHA4GE in his talk, “The Role of the Public Health Alliance for Genomic Epidemiology in response to barriers in global (pathogen) data sharing.”
“We crafted this year’s programme to reflect the urgent need for responsible data sharing in these times and to bring the community together to solve important challenges”, said Dr. Melanie Courtot, Metadata Standards Coordinator at EMBL-EBI and Chair of the 9th Plenary Programme Committee.
GA4GH 9th Plenary is centered around four thematic tracks across two daily time blocks to optimize global participation:
If you are new to GA4GH, the GA4GH Secretariat will host an introductory webinar on September 21 to provide an overview of the organization and answer your questions ahead of Plenary.
“While we still cannot meet in person, we look forward to utilizing our virtual platform to engage even more communities around the globe,” said Peter Goodhand, CEO of GA4GH. “We look forward to welcoming everyone soon!”
Learn more and register for GA4GH 9th Plenary today.