Working group to prepare the establishment of a national genome centre

The Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has nominated a working group to prepare the establishment of a national genome centre. Head of ELIXIR Finland node Tommi Nyrönen from CSC has been appointed as permanent expert member of the working group.

The genome center would be responsible for e.g. creating national genome database and developing and enabling its effective use in patient treatment, research and service development. The working group will prepare a proposal concerning the genome center and the appropriate usage of genome data. Additionally, the working group provides ethical principles for using genome data and forms a proposal for national reference and variation databases and genetic test services.

The goal is that Finland becomes a forerunner and internationally distinguished partner for health care, world-class research and global business actors utilising genome data.

– It is challenging to combine different data resources in a way that helps us to understand effects of human genome on well-being or illnesses.  This challenge doesn't only concern Finland. However, we have good preconditions to success in this field internationally. Timing to prepare the establishment of the genome center in Finland is perfect", says ELIXIR Finland director Tommi Nyrönen.

Further information:

Tommi Nyrönen
Director, ELIXIR Finland

Decision on appointing the working group and news item on the Finnish government website

ELIXIR (European life science infrastructure for biological information) brings together Europe's major life-science data archives and, for the first time, connects these with national bioinformatics infrastructures throughout ELIXIR's member states. By coordinating local, national and international resources the ELIXIR infrastructure will meet the data-related needs of Europe's 500,000 life-scientists. A part of the infrastructure is ELIXIR Finland Node, hosted at CSC-IT Center for Science Ltd. The Finnish Node was officially inaugurated on 4th May 2015. The Finnish ELIXIR node provides services, such as computing and storage services, training and identity and access federation for the Finnish researchers. Services and softwares developed by other ELIXIR nodes are also available for Finnish researchers.

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