News | Press release | 2020

EpiShare: an open platform to securely share epigenomic data - poster
The EpiShare team presented a poster at the GA4GH 2020 Plenary meeting, with its objectives as an Open Science project.

News | Press release | 2019

McGill genomics research projects to receive $10M in federal, provincial funding
Major federal and provincial investments in genomics research were announced this week following three recent Genome Canada competitions. The announcement, made at University of Guelph, includes over $10 million in funding to seven projects led by McGill researchers. Here's a quick look at one of those projects. (A complete list follows.)
McGill-led EpiShare project named a 2019 GA4GH Driver Project
EpiShare will join the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) as a 2019 Driver Project. GA4GH, an international group of 22 leading genomic data initiatives, works collaboratively to develop and pilot standards for sharing genomic and health-related data.
Why better health care depends on improving data sharing
The future of personalized medicine is dependent on data sharing, according to Yann Joly, Research Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policies; and Guillaume Bourque, Director of the Canadian Centre for Computational Genomics.

Using big data techniques to analyze the function of human genes is already helping develop treatments tailored to individual patients. The more data researchers can access from across the world, the better chances of treating even rare diseases. But privacy and consent regulations differ by country, making sharing this information across borders slow and frustrating.
New GA4GH Driver Projects in 2019
The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) has named seven of the world’s leading genomic data initiatives as new Driver Projects for 2019. GA4GH Driver Projects work collaboratively to develop and pilot GA4GH standards for sharing genomic and health related data.

The newly added projects are: Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa), GEnome Medical alliance Japan (GEM Japan), European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD), Swiss Personalised Health Network (SPHN), EUCANCan, EpiShare, and Autism Sharing Initiative.