Study Groups

Study Groups survey the landscape of the genomics and health community, define needs, and determine whether GA4GH can help.

When community members highlight a problem in genomics and health data use, GA4GH can form a Study Group to investigate the need and determine whether to develop a new product. In some cases, Study Groups may recommend updating an existing product or formally recognising work that has already taken place outside of GA4GH.

Study Group participants represent a broad cross-section of the community, including software developers, researchers, bioinformaticians, and clinicians. If a new product seems appropriate, many Study Group participants go on to lead the team that develops it.

Typical Study Group activities include:

  • Defining a problem statement
  • Performing landscape analysis
  • Developing use cases
  • Engaging with stakeholders

Current Study Groups:

Bad Actors in Research Environments (BARE)

Aims to provide guidance for detecting intentional misuse of life science data in controlled environments

Data Model and Schema Consensus (DaMaSC)

Explores ways to facilitate interoperability across GA4GH products and Work Streams

Pharmacogenomics Data Standardisation

Aims to develop a pharmacogenomics data standard to address translational gaps across disparate health systems and enable equitable clinical decision support

Join a Study Group

Reach out to the staff contact listed on each Study Group page. Or sign up for a Work Stream below, ticking the box for any Study Groups of interest.