The Genomic Information Commons (GIC) is the world’s first continuously updating, queryable, federated genomic data commons. Inspired by a common vision of accelerated genomic research discovery, collaboration, and improved clinical outcomes, leaders at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), Harvard Medical School (HMS), Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH)/Washington University at St. Louis (WUSL), and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) have come together to create the GIC. The GIC has established globally scalable technologies, policies, and procedures for sharing genomic data, phenotypic data, and biospecimen metadata on broadly consented cohorts, across sites of care.
RESOURCE FOR THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
The GIC is a resource that provides value to healthcare institutions, researchers, clinicians, patients and families, and the global healthcare system.
The GIC has created a widely accessible reference database of highly phenotyped genomic sequences to:
Create the infrastructure for inter-institutional research collaboration
Catalyze genomic research discoveries for all types of diseases
Accelerate efforts to develop potential therapies for patients
Enhance clinical care for patients
Improve health outcomes for populations
Transform the healthcare system