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IHCC Quarterly Newsletter

May 2024

In this edition

  • IHCC Director’s Message
  • REGISTRATION OPEN: PRECISE-IHCC Conference 2024 + Abstract Submissions
  • IHCC Spotlight: Taiwan Biobank
  • GGMC Educational Webinar Series
  • Funding Opportunities
  • IHCC Working Group Meeting Schedules – Join Us!

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Message From the IHCC Director

Greetings, Global Leaders in Genomic Medicine!

We’re delighted to share this newsletter highlighting recent developments and upcoming opportunities of the International Health Cohorts Consortium (IHCC), a program of the Global Genomic Medicine Collaborative (GGMC). Together, we are building a world where genomic medicine benefits everyone, everywhere.

Taiwan Biobank: A Treasure Trove for Global Health Research

This quarter, we spotlight the Taiwan Biobank, a member of IHCC and a national biobank established in 2008. This rich resource contains genetic, phenotypic, and lifestyle data from over half a million participants. The Taiwan Biobank is a valuable tool for researchers investigating a wide range of health conditions, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and infectious diseases.

We encourage IHCC members to explore collaboration opportunities with the Taiwan Biobank. More information about the biobank and its access procedures can be found on their website: https://www.biobank.org.tw/.

Fogarty International Center Funding Opportunities

The Fogarty International Center (FIC), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), offers a variety of funding opportunities to support international collaborative health research. These grants can be used to support a wide range of activities, including investigator exchanges, workshops, fellowships and collaborative research projects.

We recommend IHCC members visit the FIC website to learn more about their funding programs: https://www.fic.nih.gov/Funding.

Don’t Miss the PRECISE-IHCC 2024 Conference!

Mark your calendars for the upcoming PRECISE-IHCC 2024 Conference, taking place August 21-23 in Singapore. This premier conference will bring together researchers from around the world to share the latest findings in cohort research methodology and application to precision medicine. The conference will feature presentations on a variety of topics, including:

  • New approaches to cohort recruitment and retention
  • Harmonization of data collection methods across cohorts
  • Leveraging big data for cohort studies
  • Ethical considerations in cohort research

We look forward to seeing you at PRECISE-IHCC 2024! More information about the conference, including registration details, are available on the conference website:  https://www.preciseihcc-conference.sg/.

Stay Connected

The IHCC is committed to keeping its members informed about the latest developments in global cohort research. We encourage you to stay connected with the IHCC by visiting our website and subscribing to our information and social media channels.

Join IHCC-Get Involved!

We invite you to join us in this crucial endeavor. Whether you’re a researcher, clinician, policymaker, or simply passionate about global health, your contributions are invaluable. Visit our websites (IHCC, G2MC, GGMC) to learn more about our initiatives and discover ways to collaborate. Click on this LINK to tell us about your interests and join one of our many workgroups or committees.

We hope you find this newsletter informative. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Together, let’s bridge the gap between genomics and global health, ensuring a healthier future for generations to come.

Sincerely, Scott

Scott Sundseth, Ph.D
IHCC Program Director

PRECISE-IHCC Conference 2024

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REGISTRATION OPEN: PRECISE-IHCC Conference 2024

Registration is open for the PRECISE-IHCC Conference 2024!!! This conference will be held in collaboration with PRECISE on August 21-23, 2024 in Singapore! Check out our amazing speakers and session topics on our website (https://www.preciseihcc-conference.sg/) and register for the conference.

Please share the conference registration link with your networks!

At this time we are currently accepting another round of abstract submissions for the conference. You can submit your abstract at this link: https://form.gov.sg/65681f27991ea30012ec9845

The deadline for abstract submissions is May 31, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST/ 12:59 PM SGT

Lastly, if your organization is  interested in being a sponsor for our conference, please email the IHCC Program Director, Scott Sundseth (ssundseth@g2mc.org).

We look forward to seeing you in person in Singapore in August!

IHCC Spotlight

Taiwan Biobank (TWB)

Director: Dr. Hsiu-Ming Shih

The Taiwan Biobank is the oldest and arguably most comprehensive biobank in Taiwan. Established in 2012 at Academia Sinica, its goal is to accelerate scientific discovery by providing researchers access to resources for biomedical research. The TWB’s main resource is its population cohort, which is comprised of 200,000 participants recruited from different parts of Taiwan, with most participants being between the age of 30-70. Continue reading to learn more about the impactful work being done by the Taiwan Biobank.

GGMC Educational Webinar Series

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We would like to thank Dr. Amy Nisselle & Dr. Bronwyn Terrill who were our speakers at the recent webinar titled “Enabling Workforce Capability in Genomic Medicine: Evidence-Informed Education and Implementation”. Please click the link below to view the webinar recording.

Upcoming Webinar

Our next webinar is on May 28, 2024 at 9:00 AM EDT/4:00 PM EAT featuring our guest speaker Dr. Mohamed Zahir Alimohamed. The webinar is titled, “Integrating Genetics into the Tanzanian Healthcare: An overview”.

Our aim for this online series is to provide a forum for IHCC and G2MC members to exchange scientific ideas, best practices, and lessons learned; showcase cohorts’ accomplishments, emphasizing LMICs; share international funding opportunities; and more. Each month a different IHCC or G2MC member will be featured as a guest speaker. Want to preview upcoming talks, register to participate, and even host your own? View our Educational Webinar Series webpage below to learn more.

Don’t forget to register!

Funding Opportunities

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We have compiled a list of funding opportunities that may be of interest to IHCC cohorts. You can view the list below. We will update this list on a rolling basis and share it in the quarterly IHCC newsletters.

IHCC Working Groups Meeting Schedule - Join Us!

Join a Working group! We need your unique perspective to achieve our goals.

The active IHCC working groups are now:

Interested in joining an IHCC Working Group, the Workforce and Training Core Committee, or the Policy Core Committee? Contact us at ihccinfo@ihccglobal.org and we will connect you to the team.

Folllow Us!

Join Our Community

Interested in becoming an individual IHCC member and/or getting involved with a functional group? Fill out our
Join Us/Get Involved Form

Not a member cohort yet? Read our Membership Agreement and join the IHCC community!

Member cohort information is posted in our IHCC Cohort Atlas. If you’re already an IHCC member cohort, but need to update your information, you may also do so using this form.

IHCC VISION

A global community of cohorts working together to advance science and improve health for all.

IHCC MISSION

To forge cohort connections that revolutionize population health science by providing sustainable data infrastructure, cultivating a collaborative research environment, and promoting policies and best practices that foster connectivity, interoperability, and reciprocity.