Linking cohorts, understanding biology, improving health

International HundredK+ Cohorts Consortium (IHCC)

in this edition

  • Message from the Co-Chairs
  • IHCC Featured Cohort – ESLA Brasil
  • IHCC Featured Project – Davos Alzheimer’s  Collaborative
  • Save the Date – 4th International Cohorts Summit
  • Opportunities to Participate

and more!

IHCC Quarterly Newsletter

March 2021

Message from the Co-Chairs

Greetings to the IHCC Community,

We welcome you to the inaugural edition of the IHCC Community Newsletter and we hope you are safe and have found some silver linings in last year’s events. Since our inception in March 2018, our efforts have been largely focused on building the governance and processes required to function effectively as a large, global community and launch our scientific, data and policy agendas.  We now enter a time in our early development where we look forward in order to build upon this foundation. This communication channel will serve as a means to keep you informed and aware of our progress and highlight opportunities to participate and contribute to our shared vision of improving global population health…

IHCC Featured Cohort: ELSA Brasil

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Learn All About the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Health and Its Involvement With IHCC

The Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Health (“Estudo Longitudinal da Saúde do Adulto” – ELSA-Brasil) has been part of the IHCC since its inception. Prof. Paulo Lotufo, full professor of the University of São Paulo Medical School and Bernard Lown Scholar, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, is one of the PIs of ELSA-Brasil and represented the cohort at the inaugural summit of IHCC in 2017. At that time, ELSA-Brasil was the only cohort from Latin America. Prof Andre Brunoni, Associate Professor at the University of Sao Paulo Medical School and senior researcher on mental health research in ELSA-Brasil, started participating in the IHCC in 2020, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to investigate its impact on mental health. IHCC organized working groups and Prof. Lotufo and Prof. Brunoni are both involved in committees related to mental health, metabolomics of cardiovascular diseases (Nightingale project), and the Cohort Data Atlas to enhance collaborations between cohorts. 

IHCC Featured Project: Davos Alzheimer's Collaborative

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How the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative Is Collaborating With IHCC to Tackle Alzheimer’s

Today, Alzheimer’s research is held back by a simple fact: we don’t fully understand the heterogeneity of the disease. Ninety percent of genomic research has studied white populations of European legacy, even though these populations only make up about 10% of the global population. This research has largely left out low- and middle-income countries and populations of color, giving us an incomplete picture of Alzheimer’s disease globally and making it harder for the world to tackle the disease. With better global data on diverse and heterogeneous populations, we can increase the odds of groundbreaking discoveries and gain a more sophisticated understanding of Alzheimer’s disease.

IHCC Events & Workshops

IHCC 4th International Cohorts Summit: May 25-27, 2021

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IHCC members are invited to save the dates for the 4th International Cohorts Summit of global leaders of large-scale longitudinal cohorts on Tuesday, May 25 through Thursday, May 27, 2021 hosted by the International HundredK+ Cohorts Consortium (IHCC). This virtual event follows the May 2020 3rd International Cohorts Summit and will build upon the strategic planning initiative kicked-off at the IHCC Members Workshop in November 2020. 

Coming Soon: IHCC Educational Webinar Series

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Be on the lookout for an email invitation to the first meeting of the IHCC Educational Webinar Series slated to begin in April 2021. Through the establishment of a novel IHCC cohorts’ educational platform, this monthly series will aim to provide a forum for cohort members for exchanging scientific ideas, best practices, and lessons learned; showcasing cohorts’ accomplishments, emphasizing LMICs; sharing international funding opportunities; and more. Each session will have a selected IHCC member as a guest speaker. More information will be shared as it becomes available. 

Get Involved with IHCC!

The participation of our members is key to building an effective global community of cohorts and ensuring all voices are heard in developing our path forward to improve global health. Check out the member involvement opportunities below for more information.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) 8 Open Committee Seats

The IHCC Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) is looking to elect 8 additional members. Nominations, including self-nominations, will be accepted through April 16, 2021. Continue reading for more information, including nominee requirements and functions and responsibilities of the SSC. 

Join Our Community

Interested in becoming an IHCC member cohort? Submit your cohort information using the form below to become part of our community. Member cohort information is posted in our Member Cohorts Database. If you’re already an IHCC member cohort, but need to update your information, you may also do so using the form below.