Human Genome Organization

Scientific Advisory Committee

CONFIRMED members:

Co-Chair: Juergen Reichardt (James Cook University)

Co-Chair: Martina Witsch-Baumgartner (Medical University Innsbruck)


Zilfalil bin Alwi (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

Qasim Ayub (Monash University Malaysia)

John Burn (Newcastle University)

Garry Cutting (Johns Hopkins University)

Raymond Dalgleish (University of Leicester)

Collet Dandara (University of Cape Town)

Johan den Dunnen (Leiden University Medical Center)

Mona El Ruby (National Research Centre)

Aida Falcon (Venezuelan Central University)

Marc Greenblatt (University of Vermont)

Ada Hamosh (OMIM & Johns Hopkins University)

Dhavenrda Kumar (Queen Mary University of London)

Jordan Lerner Ellis (University of Toronto)

Finlay Macrae (InSiGHT & The Royal Melbourne Hospital)

Ines Noher de Halac (National University Cordoba)

Ming Qi (Zhejiang University School of Medicine)

Raj Ramesar (University of Cape Town)

Michele Ramsay (University of the Witwatersrand)

Heidi Rehm (Harvard Medical School)

Mauno Vihinen (Lund University)

Michael Watson (American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics)



The International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC) of HUGO International leads in matters of strategic scientific direction for current and future activities. The International Scientific Advisory Committee will also act as consultation and work in collaboration with the other HUGO committees for the development and publication of Standards and Guidelines.

The International Scientific Advisory Committee meets on a regular basis via videoconference throughout the year.




The Chair of the International Scientific Advisory Committee is appointed from among the members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee.

Any Individual Member of HUGO is eligible to stand for election to the International Scientific Advisory Committee. Candidates must be nominated and seconded by existing members.

International Scientific Advisory Committee members are likely to be affiliated with an array of international groups—diagnostic laboratories, government agencies, foundations, citizen groups, universities and other interested parties—that work cooperatively to establish and maintain standards, systems and infrastructure for the worldwide collection and sharing of all genetic variations affecting human disease. The Committee will oversee scientific development, assist in recruiting new partners, promote the participation of the organisation in meetings and conferences, and recommends goals/projects for our committees.


Each International Scientific Advisory Committee member is expected to:

  • be fully versed in the goals and objectives of the organisation
  • actively participate in events, including regular attendance at Advisory Committee meetings
  • serve on one or more Advisory Committee strategic planning groups (when requested or consistent with his/her area of expertise) to promote and stimulate specific aspects of marketing or development
  • adhere to and assist in generating Standards and Guidelines and educate others, as well as public and private organizations
  • be accessible to the administrative staff
  • work within his/her state, country or organization to secure in-kind services or related resources that may be required to address priorities
  • including content development, marketing and the application of new technologies;
  • make suggestions to admin staff regarding ideas for projects, grant proposals and/or collaborations
  • identify potential supporters for HUGO
  • identify and maintain networks all over the world (country nodes)
  • help the admin team by identifying worthy news items for the HUGO newsletter
  • demonstrate a collegiate approach with respect to the aims of the organisation and its members, and at the same time represent coherently the interests of their academic/ clinical stakehold