The Special Issue entitled "Genomic Medicine in 2014", that was encouraged by the Genomic Medicine Alliance and guest edited by Professors George P. Patrinos (University of Patras, Greece) and Barbara Prainsack (Kings College London, UK), members of the Scientific Advisory Committee has been published in Personalized Medicine, an international peer-review journal published by Future Medicine Group.

This Special issue is a collection of original, perspective and review articles highlighting the recent development of Genomic Medicine. This issue also hosts an interview of Professor Vural Ozdemir (Turkey), entitled "Personalized Medicine across borders and without borders". In his inteview Prof. Odzemir indicates that "...Alliances such as the Genomic Medicine Alliance are well poised to deliver on the realistic promises of genomics in the next 5–10 years and perhaps much sooner, in the ‘developed and developing world’ alike, and doing so in the spirit of responsible innovation, whereby ethics research is well informed by the social sciences."

Click here to access the entire content of the Special Issue "Genomic Medicine in 2014"

Click here to read to interview by Professor Vural Ozdemir.

On October 31st 2014, the Genomic Medicine Alliance was officially launched at the 2014 Golden Helix Symposium in Belgrade, Serbia. This international conference was attended by more than 250 registered speakers and participants from over 20 countries.

Also, on November 1st, 2014, the work of Chondrou and coworkers, entitled "Differential molecular profiling of human hematopoietic tissues during human ontogenesis: Implications for β-type hemoglobinopathies therapeutics" received the 1st Genomic Medicine Alliance - Public Health Genomics Prize.

The Scientific Advisory Committee of the Genomic Medicine Alliance envisages to further expand its membership basis and international collaborations with other scientific organizations. To this end, the official partnership with the Southeast Asian Pharmacogenomics (SEAPharm) Consortium will be formalized and officially announced at the forthcoming 2015 Golden Helix Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 11-13, 2015.

The Scientific Advisory Committee decided to add a new Working Group on Rare Diseases and Drug Outcomes to the activities of the Genomic Medicine Alliance. This working group will aim to establish collaborative projects among Genomic Medicine Alliance members to elicudate the genetic basis of rare genetic diseases. Also, in conjunction to the Pharmacogenomics Working Group activities, this new Working Group aspires to engage into collaborative projects to delineate genomic variants with rare drug outcomes.

Activities of this new Working Group will be coordinated by Professor Domenica Taruscio (Rome, Italy), who will also participate in the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Genomic Medicine Alliance.

The 2014 Golden Helix Summer School was successfully organized in Aegina island, Greece, September 11-15, 2014. The meeting was attended by more than 100 participants and speakers from 21 countries worldwide, including Brazil, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and others. This event was co-organized by the Genomic Medicine Alliance and the Golden Helix Foundation and was the first of a series of similar educational events that will be organized in the future.

The participants enjoyed an intense scientific program on Phamacogenomics and Genomic Medicine and a social program that included a visit to the AFEA archaeological site (temple and museum), and a traditional BBQ and farewell party.

Please visit the 2014 Golden Helix Summer School website to access the photo gallery and downloads.

Today, the DruGeVar database, an online database triangulating drugs with genes and pharmacogenomics biomarkers, was officially launched. This database is the joint product of the Pharmacogenomics and Genome Informatics Working Groups and derived from the need to build a comprehensive database that could serve clinical pharmacogenomics. A user-friendly data querying and visualization interface allows users to formulate simple and complex queries.

To access the DruGeVar database content, pelase click here.


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