Human Genome Organization

HUGO Education


Chair: Dhavendra Kumar  (Queen Mary University of London)

Co-Chair: Angela Solano  (University of Buenos Aires)

Co-Chair: Edward Tobias  (University of Glasgow, UK)


Carolyn Applegate (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, US)

Qasim Ayub (Monash University Malaysia)

Zilfalil bin Alwi (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

Maria Madalena Chimpolo (Universidade Agostinho Neto, Angola)

Johan den Dunnen (Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands)

Sultana Faradz (Diponegoro University, Indonesia)

Christian.Gilissen (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Sherifa Hamed (Assiut University Hospital, Egypt)

Vincent Harley (Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Australia)

Ada Hamosh (OMIM & Johns Hopkins University, US)

Paul James (Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia)

Andreas Laner (MGZ – Medical Genetics Center , Germany)

Iscia Lopes-Cendes (University of Campinas, Brazil)

Luz Berenice López Hernández (Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico)

Julie Makani (Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania)

Catherine Lynn Silao (NIH Philippines, Philippines)

Tilak Shrestha (Tribhuvan University, Nepal)

Charlie Wray (The Jackson Laboratory, US)

Narazah Yussof (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

Juan Carlos Zenteno (Hospital General de México, Mexico)


The HUGO Education Committee will organise different sub-committees comprising of members with specific interest. It will be individually led or jointly with another member of the sub-committee.

  1. Genomic technologies including genome sequencing
  2. Variant interpretation and genome databases
  3. Computational genetics and genomics including bioinformatics
  4. Clinical genomics and genomic medicine
  5. Genetic/ Genomic Counselling
  6. Genomic education for lay people and general public


“Develop, design, and guide the diverse global community in human genomic education and training”




  • Courses and seminars incorporating new knowledge and advances genome science and technology.
  • Aiming to incorporate and enhance the skills and competencies across the worldwide diagnostic genomic laboratories.
  • Develop mechanisms for delivering the integrated and comprehensive genomic education and training programs employing the ‘state of the art’ digital and artificial intelligence methods.
  • Emphasis on empowering and enhancing skills and competencies required for specific sector, for example laboratory genomics, computational genomics, clinical genomics, genetic/ genomic counselling etc.
  • Explore and liaise with current global genomic educational / training activities and programs
  • Identify and develop good working relationships with national and international human genetic and/or genomic organizations and institutions, for example ASHG, ACMGG, ESHG, BSGM, NHGRI, SIAMG, APHG, AGSHG, H3Africa and Country Node (s) of the Human Variome Project extending to the Latin America.
  • Lead role in designing and implementing genomic education teaching and training programs for students/ trainees, non-genetic physicians and healthcare professionals, general public and continued adult education etc.
  • Explore and develop courses/ guidance related to bioinformatics, digital and artificial intelligence in diverse human genomic applications.
  • Identify and develop close links with established course leaders/ teachers, for example the Harbor Genetics Course, European Diploma in Medical Genetics, Masters Genetic Counselling Programs (UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, India, Philippines etc.) and many other courses and degree programs.
  • Identify and support human genomic education and training targeted at specific areas and gaps in developing and under-resourced nations.