What is the Global Alliance?
The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (Global Alliance) is an international coalition, dedicated to improving human health by maximizing the potential of genomic medicine through effective and responsible data sharing. The promise of genomic data to revolutionize biology and medicine depends critically on our ability to make comparisons across millions of human genome sequences, but this requires coordination across organizations, methods, diseases, and even countries. The members of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health are working together to create interoperable approaches and catalyze initiatives that will help unlock the great potential of genomic data.
What is the Global Alliance doing?
Since its formation in 2013, the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health has doubled in size to include more than 220 partner organizations. Its four initial Working Groups are focused on high-impact priorities such as the creation of a Framework for Data Sharing to guide governance and research and a Genomics API to enable the interoperable exchange of data in DNA sequence reads. The Working Groups are also catalyzing three key collaborative projects that aim to share real-world data: Matchmaker Exchange, Beacon Project, and BRCA Challenge. The Alliance held its first plenary meeting at the Wellcome Trust on March 4th, 2014 and will convene again in October 2014 to review progress and and discuss the opportunities and challenges of genomics data sharing.
Who is involved?
The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health is a non-governmental, public-private partnership consisting of more than 220 leading organizations across 30 nations. The Global Alliance comprises a diverse set of key stakeholders across sectors including healthcare, research funders and institutions, disease advocacy organizations, and life science and information technology companies.