IHCC Leadership


Geoff Ginsburg

Geoffrey Ginsburg, M.D., Ph.D.

IHCC Co-Chair

  • Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, All of Us Research Program, National Institutes of Health
  • Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Biomedical Engineering, Duke University
Peter Goodhand

Peter Goodhand

IHCC Co-Chair

  • CEO, Global Alliance for Genomics and Health
  • Member, G2MC Steering Committee
  • Co-chair, Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of Global Genes
  • Board member Rare – X
  • SAB – EUCANCan

Biographies: LinkedIn | Wikipedia

Michele Ramsay

Michele Ramsay, Ph.D.

IHCC Co-Chair

  • Professor in the Division of Human Genetics at the National Health Laboratory Service and University of the Witwatersrand (Wits),
  • Director of the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the Wits University
  • Project Leader of the AWI-Gen Consortium Study, part of H3Africa, South Africa

Executive Committee

Comprised of IHCC Co-Chairs and the following members:

Robert Eiss

Robert Eiss

IHCC Executive Committee Member

  • Senior Global Health Adviser to the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Fogarty International Center
Rongling Li

Rongling Li, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

IHCC NIH Liaison

  • Program Director and Epidemiologist, Division of Genomic Medicine, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health
Nicky Mulder

Nicky Mulder

IHCC Executive Committee Member

  • Professor and head of the Computational Biology (CBIO) division at the University of Cape Town 
  • Principal investigator of H3ABioNet, a Pan African bioinformatics network for H3Africa, South Africa
Nicki Tiffin

Nicki Tiffin, Ph.D., M.P.H.

IHCC Executive Committee Member

  • Professor, South African National Bioinformatics Institute, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
Ricardo Verdugo

Ricardo A. Verdugo, Ph.D.

IHCC Executive Committee Member

  • Assistant Professor, Human Genetics Program, ICBM, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile
  • Department of Basic-Clinical Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile

Biography: ResearchGate 

Steering Committee

Comprised of IHCC Executive Committee, Working Group leads, and the members listed below:

Nahla Al Afifi

Nahla Al Afifi, M.D., Ph.D.

IHCC Steering Committee Member

  • Director of Qatar Biobank, Qatar Foundation

Biography: Qatar Foundation

Sarah Bauermeister

Sarah Bauermeister, Ph.D., CPsychol

IHCC Steering Committee Member

  • Neuropsychologist and Epidemiologist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
  • Senior Scientist and Senior Data Manager, Dementias Platform UK (DPUK)
Arash Etemadi

Arash Etemadi, M.D., Ph.D.

IHCC Steering Committee Member

  • Staff Scientist, Metabolic Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, NIH
Catterina Ferreccio

Catterina Ferreccio

IHCC Steering Committee Member

  • Deputy Director Advanced Center of Chronic Diseases (ACCDiS)
  • Director PhD Program in Epidemiology Department of Public Health/ School of Medicine at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Director of the MAUCO cohort, Chili
Kobus Herbst

Kobus Herbst

IHCC Steering Committee Member

  • Faculty member and the Population Science Lead at the Africa Health Research Institute and the principal investigator of its Population Intervention Program (PIP).
  • Honorary professor at the University of Limpopo
  • Director of the SAPRIN cohort, South Africa
Rahman Jamal

Rahman Jamal

IHCC Steering Committee Member

  • Professor of Paediatric Oncology and Haematology, and Molecular Biology at the UKM Medical Molecular Biology Institute (UMBI)
  • Project Director for the Hospital Kanak-Kanak Permata UKM (HKKP-UKM)
  • Project Leader of The Malaysian Cohort project, Malaysia
Reza Malekzadeh

Reza Malekzadeh, M.D., AGAF

IHCC Steering Committee Member

  • Deputy of Technology and Research at the Ministry of Health and Medical Education
  • Professor of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Director of the Digestive Diseases Research Institute at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences
  • Director of the PERSIAN Cohort and the Golestan Cohort, Iran

Data Interoperability & Connectivity Working Group Leads

Thomas Keane

Thomas Keane, Ph.D.

Team Co-Lead: Data Interoperability & Connectivity

  • Team Co-Lead: Data Interoperability and Connectivity
  • Team Leader, EGA and Archive Infrastructure, EMBL-EBI

Biography: EMBL-EBI

Philip Awadalla

Philip Awadalla, Ph.D.

Team Co-Lead: Data Interoperability & Connectivity

  • Director, Computational Biology, OICR
  • Senior Investigator, OICR
  • Executive Scientific Director, Ontario Health Study
  • National Scientific Director, Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health
  • Principal Investigator & Director, Genome Canada Canadian Data Integration Centre
  • Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Adjunct Professor, CHUM, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal

Scientific Strategies Working Group Leads

Adam Butterworth, Ph.D.

Adam Butterworth, Ph.D.

Team Co-Lead: Scientific Strategies

  • Professor of Molecular Epidemiology, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Hakonarson Hakon

Hakon Hakonarson, M.D., Ph.D.

Team Co-Lead: Scientific Strategies

  • Director, Center for Applied Genomics,
    The Joseph Stokes Jr. Research Institute of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Gad Rennert

Gad Rennert, M.D., Ph.D.

Team Co-Lead: Scientific Strategies

  • Member, G2MC Steering Committee
  • Director, Clalit National Israeli Cancer Control Center
  • Chairman, Department of Community Medicine, Carmel Medical Center

Policies and Systems Working Group Leads

Rodriguez Laura

Laura Lyman Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Team Co-Lead: Policies and Systems

  • Director, Genome Policy and National Engagement, Geisinger National Precision Health

Training, Sharing, and Capacity Development Working Group Leads

Aleksandra Gentry Maharaj

Aleksandra Gentry-Maharaj, Ph.D.

Team Co-Lead: Training, Sharing, and Capacity Development

  • Principal Research Fellow, MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL, Institute of Clinical Trials & Methodology / Department of Women’s Cancer, Institute for Women’s Health; University College London; London, UK
  • Biography: EGA Institute for Women’s Health
Albert Tenesa

Albert Tenesa

Team Co-Lead: Training, Sharing, and Capacity Development

  • Professor of Quantitative Genetics at the University of Edinburgh
  • Co-Principal Investigator of the Coronagene cohort, UK