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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All GA4GH standards, frameworks, and tools follow the Product Development and Approval Process before being officially adopted.
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20 Sep 2023
The GA4GH Inc. Board of Directors has elected Heidi Rehm to succeed Ewan Birney, who will complete his term as Chair of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) at the end of 2023.
“We thank Ewan Birney for his many years of committed service as Chair, and congratulate Heidi Rehm on her election and leadership. With more than 40 open-source standards, frameworks, and tools, GA4GH has built a strong foundation to support responsible genomic data use. Thanks to leaders like Heidi and Ewan, we are getting closer to a world where genomic knowledge benefits patients and people everywhere,” said Peter Goodhand, CEO of GA4GH.
Rehm has served as a GA4GH Vice-Chair since 2018. She is also Chief Genomics Officer at Massachusetts General Hospital and Co-Director of the Program in Medical and Population Genetics at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
“Patients deserve healthcare informed by broad, democratised, and responsible sharing of data and knowledge. GA4GH is an alliance for both genomics and health. As Chair, I intend to bridge those sometimes disparate worlds, bringing the clinic more fully into the GA4GH community and truly fulfilling the mission of accelerating progress in human health,” said Rehm.
“Ewan Birney has transformed GA4GH into the world’s foremost genomics standards organisation. I look forward to building on his legacy and collaborating with the GA4GH community to further expand responsible genomic and health data use,” she said.
Rehm has plans to expand support for GA4GH product implementation and strengthen collaboration with clinical communities to ensure GA4GH work benefits the interface of research and clinical care.
Rehm will serve as Chair Elect until January 2024, when she will become Chair of the GA4GH Inc. Board of Directors, as well as of the wider alliance.
GA4GH Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that serves as the legal entity for GA4GH. Recently its Board of Directors adopted a new model for Chair term lengths following the practices of similar organisations. Each Chair will serve one year as Chair Elect, one three-year term as Chair (with an option to extend for up to three additional years), and one year as Chair Emeritus.
Birney will become Chair Emeritus at the end of this year and remain a member of the GA4GH Inc. Board of Directors.
Birney, who is also Deputy Director General of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and Joint Director of EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute, has served as GA4GH Chair since November 2016.
During his tenure, Birney built momentum for the work of global genomics standards development. He established a new organisational structure for GA4GH, recruited supporters across the genomics and health community, championed fit-for-purpose standards, and raised the profile of GA4GH around the world.
“When I started as Chair, I could only have hoped to see GA4GH standards underpin many of the millions of human genomic analyses conducted around the world, as they now do,” said Birney. “I plan to stay deeply involved in GA4GH and am excited to get started on a number of projects that will build global enthusiasm for GA4GH standards, with a focus on implementation of GA4GH standards in Europe.”
“I couldn’t be more thrilled that Heidi Rehm will lead genomic standards and policy development into the future, and look forward to supporting her,” he added.