IHCC Quarterly Newsletter
In this edition
- Message from the Co-Chairs
- ICS6 Update – Joint Meeting with PRECISE
- IHCC Spotlight: 23andMe
- GGMC Educational Webinar Series
- Funding Opportunities
- IHCC Working Group Meeting Schedules – Join Us!
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Message From the Co-Chairs
Dear IHCC Members,
To begin we wish to bring your attention to several news items that highlight the scientific efforts of our outstanding collaborators.
Our IHCC Pilot Projects continue to publish important scientific findings. The IHCC 2023, Q1 Newsletter highlighted the Opioid Cohort Consortium (OPICO), and this research team recently published in the British Journal of Anesthesia, and had another manuscript accepted by eClinical Medicine. Check out all of the IHCC publications on our website.
As reported in our last newsletter, the IHCC Workgroups for: 1) Training & Workforce Development; and 2) Policy & Infrastructure, have been reorganized within our parent organization, the Global Genomic Medicine Collaborative (GGMC), to serve both consortia programs, IHCC and G2MC. The newly branded GGMC Workforce and Training Workgroup has been busy over the last few months creating both a group charter and a needs-assessment survey for the Early Career Investigators (ECIs) in both the IHCC and G2MC consortia. Without skipping a beat, this team continued our monthly Educational Webinar Series (GGMC Monthly Webinars) that explores new methods for applying genomic approaches to both cohort science and clinical implementation. As always, the webinars are free to attend and open to the public, and are a great way to learn more about this rapidly evolving field. Please recommend them to your colleagues who may be interested.
The IHCC is continually conducting a series of surveys to assess the needs and interests of its members. Recently, along with the UK Biobank, Genomics England and others, the IHCC sent a survey to our members to catalog and support bold, cross-cohort project opportunities, prioritized by their potential to impact global health. These surveys will help us to better understand how the IHCC can support its members and to develop new programs and resources to meet those needs. We encourage all IHCC members to participate in these surveys.
We are excited about the progress that IHCC is making and are confident that with your continued support, we will continue to make a real difference in the field of collaborative cohort studies.
Finally, we want to thank all our IHCC members for participating in our activities and who continue to provide valuable input to the IHCC surveys, workshops, webinars, newsletters, and meetings throughout the year. You are the focus of these efforts as we endeavor to convene, connect, and catalyze successful scientific collaborations across the IHCC. We are truly grateful for your time and effort. Together we will achieve our vision as a Global community of cohorts working together to advance science and improve health for all.
As always we welcome your input and guidance – please reach out anytime.
Michele, Geoff, and Peter
IHCC 6th International Cohorts Summit (ICS6)
ICS6 Update - Joint Meeting with PRECISE
First, we would like to thank all the cohort PIs who completed the ICS6 survey last quarter sharing their preferences for the location of the summit.
We are pleased to announce that for ICS6 we are having a joint meeting with PRECISE in Singapore in August 2024! We have begun the planning phase with PRECISE and will share more details soon.
We look forward to seeing you in person next year at the summit!
23andMe, Inc. pioneered personalized genetics, offering individuals direct access to their genetic information. Beyond providing direct-to-consumer genetic testing services, 23andMe has established a research cohort of over 11 million individuals, fueling scientific advancements and fostering a deeper understanding of human health and genetics. Continue reading to learn more about the impactful work being done by this cohort.
GGMC Educational Webinar Series
We would like to thank Dr. Brian Shirts & Dr. Oscar Lao who were our speakers at the recent webinar on September 28, 2023, at 11:00 AM EDT, 3:00 PM UTC, titled “From Generations Past to Future Health: Exploring the Evolution of Familial Disease to Today’s Possibility for Hereditary Cancer Prevention.” Please click below to view the webinar recording.
About the GGMC Educational Webinar Series
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!
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:
- Scientific Strategy and Cohort Enhancements → monthly on the second Wednesday at 10:00 am EST (15:00 UTC)
- Data Standards and Infrastructure → Internal meetings only at this time
Interested in joining an IHCC Working Group, the Workforce and Training Core Committee, or the Policy Core Committee? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will connect you to the team.
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