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.
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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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27 Sep 2021
The GA4GH is soliciting nominations for co-leads of both the Data Security Work Stream (DSWS) and the Federated Analysis Systems Project (FASP).
The Data Security Work Stream (DSWS) of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) is soliciting nominations for a second co-lead. The successful candidate will replace outgoing co-lead Jean Pierre Hubaux, who will retire from his post as professor and head of the Laboratory for Data Security at EPFL at the end of the year. The new co-lead will work alongside David Bernick, Chief Data Security Officer at the Broad Institute, to shepherd the development of technology standards and best practices for protecting data and services.
GA4GH is also seeking nominations for co-leads of the Federated Analysis Systems Project (FASP), a cross-work stream initiative to test GA4GH standards working together to facilitate real-world, scientific use cases.
Both of these open calls for nominations are part of a recently launched pilot process to expand global representation among the GA4GH Steering Committee. In order to fulfill its vision to be the global leader in genomics standards development, GA4GH leadership must represent the broad stakeholder community. The Steering Committee includes all Work Stream (WS) and cross-Work Stream initiative (xWS) co-leads and one representative Champion from each of the 24 GA4GH Driver Projects. While GA4GH does not play a role in identifying Driver Project Champions, it does decide the 20 WS and xWS co-leads. Right now, the majority of co-leads reside in primarily English speaking countries and identify as male. GA4GH recognizes that this pattern does not effectively represent the global community, nor does it demonstrate the values upon which the organization is built.
The new effort is part of an overarching self-evaluation around equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) within GA4GH. An advisory group on the topic was launched in 2020 to address lack of representation among the entire GA4GH community, including leadership, contributors, and speakers. The GA4GH EDI Advisory Group is led by Laura Paglione, an independent contractor, and Melissa Konopko, Scientific Product Manager at ELIXIR. In addition, the GA4GH Regulatory and Ethics Work Stream (REWS) has launched an effort to ensure that GA4GH standards are produced in an equitable manner and meet the needs of the broadest possible community.
The pilot leadership succession process begins with an open call for nominations whenever a current lead announces their departure. The GA4GH Secretariat also engages current leads on a regular basis to identify promising succession candidates among contributors who are members of inadequately represented groups and develop growth plans to ensure a diverse pool of applicants when a nomination period opens.
The final decision about Work Stream leadership remains with the GA4GH Executive Committee, which will weigh a variety of factors to select the successful candidate. These factors include standard EDI considerations such as gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as additional factors such as leadership skills, technical expertise, domain representation, geographic location, and language.
This will be an iterative and evolving process as we work to bring new perspectives into the GA4GH Leadership and community. Nominations to the DSWS and FASP posts can be submitted online at www.ga4gh.org/community/leadership-opportunities.