Human Genome Organisation (HUGO) is the international organisation of scientists
involved in human genetics. HUGO was conceived in 1988, at the first meeting on
genome mapping and sequencing at Cold Spring Harbor. From a 42 scientists of 17
countries membership association, HUGO has increased its membership base to over
1,200 members, both established and aspiring of 69 countries after two decades.
HUGO has, over the years, played an essential role behind the scenes of the
human genome project. With its mission to promote international collaborative
effort to study the human genome and the myriad issues raised by knowledge of
the genome, HUGO has had noteworthy successes in some of the less glamorous, but
nonetheless vital, aspects of the human genome project.
As a truly international organisation, HUGO is entering its 20th
year of its history by making an inflection in its direction – seeking the
biological meaning of its information content. To this end, HUGO is focusing on
the medical implications of genomic knowledge. Moving forward, HUGO is also
working to enhance the genomic capabilities in the emerging countries of the
world. The excitement and interest in genomic sciences in Asia, Middle East,
South America and Africa are palpable and the hope is that these technologies
will help in national development and health.