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Global Genomic Medicine Consortium (G2MC)

G2MC FLAGSHIP PROJECT

Family Health History (FHH)

Advancing global recognition and implementation of family health history data collection tools and risk assessment methods among practitioners and patients.

Overview   |   FHH by Disease   |   Projects & Partnerships   |   Resources   |   News   | Get Involved

Overview

Family health history – a record of the diseases and health conditions in a family – is an effective and inexpensive method by which healthcare providers can assess an individual’s overall health and risk factors for disease. However, a major effort is needed for gathering, storing, and sharing family health history data in order to implement this practice into clinical care with the ultimate goal of improving global health.

Mission

By better understanding the needs in each individual country, the FHH project aims to promote the benefits of family health history for patient self-knowledge, family sharing, public screening, pre-screening for genetic testing in a clinical setting, and research.

Goals

  • Identify methods for obtaining family health history data in a standardized format.
  • Develop data storage solutions for easy wide-scale data input and sharing.
  • Develop risk assessment algorithms.
  • Combine clinical, genomic, and environmental data to create new knowledge for patient care.

Vision of the Future

With multiple stakeholders all collecting and storing FHH data separately, the most efficient model would be a shared family-centric record, with access controlled by each family member to support their own needs. View our model of the future which depicts how family health history may potentially be collected, stored, and accessed.

Future Model of Family Health History

Through their research and contributions, G2MC Family Health History members are dedicated to advancing the mission of G2MC and the Family Health History subgroup globally.

Co-Leads

Grant M. Wood | Intermountain Healthcare, Intermountain Precision Genomics, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Theodora Katsila, PhD | Institute of Chemical Biology, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece

Members

Ghada El-Kamah, MD, PhD | Department of Clinical Genetics, Human Genetics and Genome Research Institute, National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt

Brehima DIAKITE, MD, PhD in Genetic and Molecular Pathology | Center of Research and Training on Molecular Pathology/Department of Medicine and Odontostomatology, University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako, Mali | Publications

Evelyn Fang MD, MPH | Family doctor
Community Family and Internal Medicine Clinic, Mercer Island, Washington USA | Website

Mohsen Fathzadeh, PhD | Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine, USA

María Elena Báez Flores | Facultad de Ciencias Químico-Biológicas, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Genómica Microbiana | Culiacán, Sinaloa, México

Pratiksha Gyawali, MBBS, MD | Faculty Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences- Dhulikhel Hospital, Kavrepalanchok, Nepal

Elisa Houwink, MD, PhD | Department of Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA | Publications: Houwink ejf – Search Results – PubMed (nih.gov), Houwink-Manville – Search Results – PubMed (nih.gov)

Taobo Hu, MBBS, MD, PhD | Department of Breast Surgery, Peking University People’s Hospital, Peking University, Beijing, China | Publications

Cheedy Jaja, PhD, MPH, MSN | College of Nursing, University of South Florida, USA

Saumya Shekhar Jamuar, MBBS, MRCPCH, FAMS, FACMG | Senior Consultant, Genetics Service, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore | Deputy Director (Clinical), SingHealth Duke-NUS institute of Precision Medicine, Singapore | Publications

Baneye Maiga, MD | H3AFRICA/Neurogenetic Research Lab, University of Sciences, Techniques, and Technologies of Bamako, Mali

Tinashe Adrian Mazhindu, MBChB, MMed | Department of Clinical Oncology, Faculty of Medicine &Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Clinical Trials & Research Centre, African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology (AiBST)

Lori A. Orlando, MD, MHS, MMCI | Duke Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine, Duke University, USA

Shane Quinonez, MD | The University of Michigan, USA

Meow-Keong Thong, MBBS, MPaeds, MD, FHGSA, FAMM, FASc | Genetics & Metabolism Unit, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Publications

Tomoharu Tokutomi, MD, PhD | Department of Pediatrics, Kawasaki Medical School, Kurashiki, Japan | Publications

Evangelia Eirini Tsermpini, PhD | Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
 
Aniefiok John Udoakang, PhD | West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens, Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, School of Biological Sciences, College of Basic and Applied Science, University of Ghana, Ghana
 
Thilina Wanigasekera, MBBS, MSc, MPA| Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka

FHH by Disease

Learn how Family Health History (FHH) can play a critical role in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of specific diseases, and the current research being done in these areas.

Projects & Partnerships

Family Health History (FHH) Multinational Project

G2MC is looking for partners and funders to support a global multi-site demonstration project to capture and use family health history data in support of genomic-based healthcare for every patient. The project will span from low to high resource countries and participants will come from a wide range of capabilities, from just getting started (no online tools or genetic counselors), to reaching the next level from what they have been doing for years.

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Family Health History (FHH) Genealogy Industry Partners

Growth in the genealogy industry offers great potential for potential partnerships that could drive the effort to implement family health history into clinical care worldwide. G2MC invites genealogy companies, societies, and individual hobbyists to join us in our efforts to make family health history an integral part of family and patient clinical care across the globe.

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Tools & Resources

Access family health history tools and resources being implemented or used by FHH subgroup members. To contact a specific member about a resource listed, please use the Contact Us form and indicate in the description field who you wish to get in touch with. Check back as we will continuously add to this section with new and emerging resources.

  • f-tree: A questionnaire-based pedigree chart creation software tool.
    FHH Member Contact: Tomoharu Tokutomi
  • MeTree: A patient-facing web-based family and personal health history collection and clinical decision support software program.
    FHH Member Contact: Lori Orlando
  • MiGene Family History Application: A mobile app available for Android that assists physicians in gathering patient demographic data and medical histories.
    FHH Member Contact: Shane Quinonez
  • Moving Forward: A blog that identifies business/technology issues and solutions for making clinical genomics standard of care with calls to action.
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Get Involved

The G2MC Family Health History subgroup welcomes those interested in joining the group or collaborating on projects. We are also continuously seeking out organizations interested in supporting our efforts or joining forces as we work towards our goals and vision. Monthly virtual meetings may be joined by anyone upon request. Use the contact form below for additional information.