5th G2MC (Virtual) Conference

Genomic Medicine Implementation in Low-Resource Settings

May 6 - 8, 2020

The G2MC Virtual Conference has concluded. A huge thanks to our sponsors, organizing partners, planning committee, speakers, and attendees for making this a successful event! Conference materials are posted below.

About the Event

G2MC held its 5th Global Genomic Medicine Conference as an abbreviated virtual meeting due to the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Leaders in Genomic Medicine across the globe tuned in to define collaborative projects and strategies for using genomic advances to improve clinical care globally. Session topics included:

  • Genomic Landscape in Latin America
  • Genomics of Common Disorders
  • Genomics of Rare Disorders
  • Solutions to Roadblocks

Many speakers also took the opportunity to share how their organizations and countries are using genomic methods to address the COVID-19 response. Read More 

The virtual conference was made possible by organizing partners The Golden Helix Foundation and Universidad del Desarrollo, and our virtual conference sponsors. The originally planned conference, scheduled to take place in Santiago, Chile, will likely be rescheduled for the later part of 2021.

Over 325 Participants tuned in 
Representing 45 countries

Conference Attendees

G2MC 2020 Virtual Conference Attendees


Meeting Presentations and Recordings

Session I: Genomic Landscape in Latin America

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Patient Participation and Advocacy

In this presentation, Cecilia Rodriguez the importance of patient empowerment, patient engagement, and adopting an interactive approach to better engage patients in their healthcare.

Chilean Response to COVID-19

This presentation describes SARS-CoV-2 and its effects on the Chilean healthcare system. Dr. Araos explains the timeline and epidemiology of the disease, the steps the Chilean government took to control the disease, and the challenges for continued control.

The Brazilian Reference Genome Project

In this presentation, Dr. Pereira describes the Brazilian Reference Genome Project, which is working closely with ELSA Brasil. She describes the current strategy in place for this project, on a short and log-term basis.

Latin American Hereditary Cancer Network

This presentation describes Lynch Syndrome, a rare type of colorectal cancer, and its prevalence in Latin America. Dr. Dominguez-Valintin also describes research collaborations, relevant publications, insights from a worldwide database, educational programs, and funding available for managing colorectal cancer.

Education and Workforce

In this presentation, Dr. Taucher outlines the importance of genomic medicine, and the need for better education and training of healthcare professionals on this topic. She concludes the presentation with recommendations for improving Chilean public health in regards to genomic medicine.

Session II: Genomics of Common Disorders

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Predicting Genomic Risk in Diverse Populations

In this presentation, Dr. Kenny explains the growing amount of GWAS in relation to the small amount of diversity in sample populations. She also discusses the ways in which we should aim incorporate genomic diversity into calculating patients’ health risks.

International Hundred K+ Cohorts Consortium

In this presentation, Dr. Manolio gave an overview of our partner ship organization, IHCC. She discussed the vision, history, goals, current projects, and a summary of their most recent international summit

100K Genomic Medicine RCT in Clalit, Israel

This presentation disucesses how the Clalit 100K Israeli Genomes RCT is testing the genomic medicine paradigm in practice. Specifically, Dr. Rennert discusses the current status of the trial, the foreseen outcomes, and the study’s phases and next steps.


Session III: Genomics of Rare Disorders

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Return of results and scaling their model

In this presentation Kelly East describes the training and considerations needed to enact a genome sequencing project in the southern US. This project utilized non-genetics healthcare providers to return results, which produced a more efficient work-flow and increased communication with patients.

Australian Genomics

In this presentation, Professor Sinclair describes the purposes of the Australian Genomics Health Alliance and its approach to betting the Australian Health Care System through thier many programs, projects, and flagships. He also highlights the outcomes and impacts from these programs.

Regional Rare Disease Diagnostic Programs

This presentation describes the rare disease programs currently present in Latin America. Specifically, Dr. Poli discusses the DECIPHERD and Immunodeficiency cohorts and their approaches to, successes, and challenges in the rare disease space.

Session IV: Solutions to Roadblocks

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Challenges in Implementing Genomic Medicine in Latin America

In this presentation, Dr. Armisen describes the various barriers to genomic medicine, with an emphasis on how they affect Latin America. He also outlines a few local initiatives that are helping to implement human genomic data and how organizations can work together to begin addressing these barriers.

ISCC-PEG: A Collaborative Approach to Education

This presentation outlines the ISCC-PEG committee that is supported by the NIH NHGRI. Dr. Haspel explains the function of the committee, their current projects, their goals involving genomic literacy, and the role education can play as a solution.


Session V: Working Groups Report

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Rare Disease FP Breakout Report

The Rare Genetic Disorder co-chairs, Drs. Dissanayake and Shuldiner give a report on the overall implementation objectives of the group, a recap of the breakout discussion, and the next steps for the project..

Family Health History Breakout Report

The Family Health History Flagship Project co-chair, Grant Wood, discussed the group’s breakout report. This included possible fudning sources, related organizations/initiatives, common Family Health History use cases, and the group’s overall goals.

Education WG Breakout Report

The Education working group co-chairs, Drs. Korf, Haspel, and Dissanayake, describe the next steps for the group. These steps inlcude analysis of the Education Needs Assessment survey and planning of a genomic medicine immersion course for the next face-to-face conference.

Evidence WG Breakout Report

The Education working group co-chairs, Drs. Abramowicz and Al-Mulla describe the aims and scope of the working group, as well as the upcoming tasks and timeline for implementation.

Previous Updates

  • Dates and Time: The virtual conference will take place on May 7-8 with working group and flagship project group virtual breakout sessions on May 6. The format will be a two-day meeting with 4-5 hours each day over a staggered time-frame so we can ensure widespread participation across time zones. The sessions will also be recorded.
  • Registration: All registrations were canceled for those who signed up to attend the conference in Santiago. 
  • Young Investigators Forum: The Young Investigators Forum will be postponed for the face-to-face conference as these interactions will be best done in-person. We thank all the Young Investigators who have submitted their work. The submission and judging of abstracts processes are now closed. We will be notifying Young Investigators of the results of the competition for their work to be presented at the future face-to-face conference. However, in the meantime, we are excited to move forward with new processes of engaging Young Investigators that will be developed in the coming months.
  • Postponed In-person Component: Given the current uncertainties, we will hold off on making any decisions at this time for the future face-to-face meeting date. We do anticipate that the location will remain in Santiago, Chile, and local holidays and events will be taken into consideration when selecting a new date.

Please contact Angelina Soriano, Angelina.Soriano@sheraton.com, if you made and paid for your own hotel reservations at the Sheraton, she will assist with the cancellation process. If you have booked travel arrangements, please contact your airline or travel agency first to determine current refund or exchange policies as related to the COVID-19 impacts. Any additional questions regarding logistics, please email Daniela Villarroel at turismo@massoeventos.cl and she will be able to assist.