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GV Newsletter - February 2021


As you know back in 2016, and after the death of Dick Cotton, we moved the HVP office from Melbourne and formed a UK charity under the name Global Variome. For the last 18 months we have been in talks with HUGO over a potential merger between HVP, HUGO and HGVS. I am pleased to tell you that we are in the final stages and are planning to pilot the new merged organisation over the next year.  

As a member of HVP, this merger should cause little disruption to the great work you are doing.

With this new merger, we plan to combine our HVP committees; for those interested in maintaining their membership with the Human Variome Project, we hope that you will join this new group. Our goal is the same; to maintain an international network of individuals and industry to ensure that all genetic variation information can be collected, curated, interpreted and shared for the benefit of human health. 

We will operate under the collective membership of HUGO. Members will be invited to associate with HVP and/or HGVS, each of which will have dedicated committees within the structure and have seats on the executive board. We will have a dedicated section in the Human Genome Meeting.  The Global Variome will retain its separate identity as an associate NGO of UNESCO and will facilitate educational activities there.  

We will share further details as they become available.  If you have questions please contact us via email to


Online training course in curation of
human/gene/disease databases 

(supported by Global Variome and the UNESCO 2020-2021 Participation Programme)


Who’s this for? 
participants in: African countries, least developed countries (LDCs), developing countries, post-conflict and post-disaster countries, small island developing States (SiDS) and middle-income countries. A maximum of 16 participants will be selected. Preference will be given to one participant per country, women, people early in their career and unique database (gene/disease) choices.
What’s required? general knowledge of human genetics, including DNA, RNA, protein, variants/mutations, inheritance patterns, phenotype, and genetic disease.
How will this course be delivered? online training

For more information, click here

We have a new   button on our website! This allows donors to choose where their money goes:

Global Variome
HGVS Nomenclature
We also have a new QR code for a speedy donation! 


As part of a HVP working group, Proper reporting of sequence variants in journal articles, a paper was published in Human Mutation late last year under Garry Cutting's leadership. Well done to everyone who contributed. It seems that journals are starting to acknowledge that HGVS nomenclature should be used as standard in their articles. 


Our colleague, Professor Dhavendra Kumar has released a new book: Tryst With The Double Helix - An Autobiography: Caring for Genes, Genomes and Human Disease  


The 14th International Congress of Human Genetics was postponed by almost a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the LOC has decided to host a Symposium in 2021 as a taster of what will be expected at the Congress in 2022.

For more information,
click here 




The 25th Human Genome MeetingThe Next Frontiers in Genomics

Tel Aviv, Israel | October 4-6, 2021

As many of you know, the original meeting was scheduled to take place in February 2021; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone the meeting to a date we hope all of you will be able to attend.

For more information, please click here


We welcome you to the 14th International Congress of Human Genetics (ICHG2022) to be held in Cape, South Africa, proudly hosted by the African Society of Human Genetics (AfSHG) and the Southern African Society for Human Genetics (SASHG).
Taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic, we are formally sharing the news that the ICHG will be postponed to 13 – 17 February 2022.
Warm regards
Raj Ramesar and Charles Rotimi
(Co-Chairs LOC/ICHG 2021)

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