The primary objectives of this meeting were to:
- Identify scientifically meritorious cross-cohort research projects and identify international collaborators willing to organize and participate in them
- Develop an IHCC scientific agenda to bring forward to funding bodies
The International Cohorts Summit was conceived by the Heads of International Research Organizations (HIROs) chaired by Jeremy Farrar of the Wellcome Trust, with an inaugural summit held in March 2018 in Durham, North Carolina, USA, organized by the Global Genomic Medicine Collaborative (G2MC), with the goal of enabling leaders of large-scale longitudinal cohorts worldwide to share best practices, discuss data sharing, explore standards, discuss common challenges, and explore the potential for a large(r) collaborative sequencing strategy. From that Summit, the International HundredK+ Cohorts Consortium (IHCC) was formed, with teams assembled to address the actions identified in this Summit.