G2MC Flagship Projects
Family Health History
Advancing global recognition and implementation of family health history data collection tools and risk assessment methods among practitioners and patients.
Family health history – a record of the diseases and health conditions in a family – is an effective and inexpensive method by which healthcare providers can assess an individual’s overall health and risk factors for disease. However, a major effort is needed for gathering, storing, and sharing family health history data in order to implement this practice into clinical care with the ultimate goal of improving global health.
By better understanding the needs in each individual country, the FHH project aims to promote the benefits of family health history for patient self-knowledge, family sharing, public screening, pre-screening for genetic testing in a clinical setting, and research.
- Identify methods for obtaining family health history data in a standardized format.
- Develop data storage solutions for easy wide-scale data input and sharing.
- Develop risk assessment algorithms.
- Combine clinical, genomic, and environmental data to create new knowledge for patient care.
Vision of the Future
With multiple stakeholders all collecting and storing FHH data separately, the most efficient model would be a shared family-centric record, with access controlled by each family member to support their own needs. View our model of the future which depicts how family health history may potentially be collected, stored, and accessed.
Through their research and contributions, G2MC Family Health History members are dedicated to advancing the mission of G2MC and the Family Health History subgroup globally.
Grant M. Wood | Intermountain Healthcare, Intermountain Precision Genomics | Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Theodora Katsila, PhD | Institute of Chemical Biology, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece
Pratiksha Gyawali, MBBS, MD | Faculty Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences- Dhulikhel Hospital, Kavrepalanchok, Nepal
Taobo Hu, MBBS, MD, PhD | Department of Breast Surgery, Peking University People’s Hospital, Peking University, Beijing, China | Publications
Lori A. Orlando, MD, MHS, MMCI | Duke Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine, Duke University, USA
Shane Quinonez, MD | The University of Michigan, USA
Meow-Keong Thong, MBBS, MPaeds, MD, FHGSA, FAMM, FASc | Genetics & Metabolism Unit, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Publications
Tomoharu Tokutomi, MD, PhD | Department of Clinical Genetics, School of Medicine, Iwate Medical University, Morioka, Japan | Publications
Aniefiok John Udoakang, PhD | West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens, Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, School of Biological Sciences, College of Basic and Applied Science, University of Ghana, Ghana
Thilina Wanigasekera, MBBS, MSc, MPA| Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka
View the G2MC Publications webpage for a list of Family Health History publications either written by G2MC members or relevant to Family Health History and the G2MC organization.
Access family health history tools and resources being implemented or used by FHH subgroup members. To contact a specific member about a resource listed, please use the Contact Us form and indicate in the description field who you wish to get in touch with. Check back as we will continuously update this page with new and emerging resources.
f-tree: A questionnaire-based pedigree chart creation software tool.
FHH Member Contact: Tomoharu Tokutomi
MeTree: A patient-facing web-based family and personal health history collection and clinical decision support software program.
FHH Member Contact: Lori Orlando
MiGene Family History Application: A mobile app available for Android that assists physicians in gathering patient demographic data and medical histories.
FHH Member Contact: Shane Quinonez
The G2MC Family Health History subgroup welcomes those interested in joining the group or collaborating on projects. We are also continuously seeking out organizations interested in supporting our efforts or joining forces as we work towards our goals and vision. Monthly virtual meetings may be joined by anyone upon request. Use the contact form below for additional information.
Projects and Partnerships
G2MC is looking for partners and funders to support a global multi-site demonstration project to capture and use family health history data in support of genomic-based healthcare for every patient. The project will span from low to high resource countries and participants will come from a wide range of capabilities, from just getting started (no online tools or genetic counselors), to reaching the next level from what they have been doing for years.
Growth in the genealogy industry offers great potential for potential partnerships that could drive the effort to implement family health history into clinical care worldwide. G2MC invites genealogy companies, societies, and individual hobbyists to join us in our efforts to make family health history an integral part of family and patient clinical care across the globe.
To celebrate Family Health History Awareness Month the National Human Genome Research Institute will host several engagement events over social media on November 17. Join in along with G2MC to learn about and help increase genomic literacy and family health history awareness.
G2MC member Dr. Lori Orlando will lead the collection of family histories on 25,000 participants using web-based clinical decision support tool, MeTree, as part of NHGRI grant.