Committees & Working Groups

IHEC Structure IHEC Executive Committee International Scientific Steering Committee (ISSC)

The structure of IHEC is based on a distributed organizational model. This model has been successfully used in other international genome projects, and relies on the interaction among funders (providing oversight), an international scientific steering committee (setting guidelines), and scientific groups and centers (data production centers, regional or national-level data analysis and coordination centers).

IHEC consists of two committees and a number of different working groups. Since the launch of IHEC in 2010, the work of the consortium has evolved dynamically, with emerging priorities and ongoing core activities. This is reflected by the varying thematic orientations of the working groups over time. Each of these working groups integrates key scientific and stakeholder expertise from around the world. The responsibilities and members of the current and past working groups are detailed below. Current working group typically meet virtually once per month.

IHEC Committees

Executive Committee

Oversight of IHEC is provided by an Executive Committee (EXEC), constituted of individuals nominated by the IHEC Funding Members.

  • Photo of Dr Eric Marcotte
  • Dr Eric Marcotte

Chair

  • Photo of Dr Tomasz Dylag
  • Dr Tomasz Dylag

Co-Chair

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Internat. Scientific Steering Committee

The International Scientific Steering Committee (ISSC) acts a scientific coordinating body for IHEC, and is comprised of lead scientists on funded projects.

  • Photo of Dr Martin Hirst
  • Dr Martin Hirst

Chair

  • Photo of Prof. Dr Jörn Walter
  • Prof. Dr Jörn Walter

Co-Chair

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Current Working Groups

Assay Standards and Quality Control

The Assay Standards and Quality Control working group's mandate is to define: assays required for a reference epigenome, standardized protocols and quality control (QC) metrics, and standardized analysis pipelines.

  • Photo of Dr Martin Hirst
  • Dr Martin Hirst

Chair

  • Photo of Dr Ivo Gut
  • Dr Ivo Gut

Co-Chair

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Bioethics

The Bioethics working group is a multidisciplinary group of researchers interested in the relationship between epigenetic science, ethics and policy.

  • Photo of Dr Yann Joly
  • Dr Yann Joly

Chair

  • Photo of Dr Tomi Pastinen
  • Dr Tomi Pastinen

Co-Chair

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Communications

The Communications working group's mandate is to coordinate the communication activities between the committees and the working groups, as well as ensuring that IHEC activities and achievements are communicated effectively to the rest of the community and the wider public.

  • Photo of Dr Eric Marcotte
  • Dr Eric Marcotte

Chair

  • Photo of Prof. Dr Jörn Walter
  • Prof. Dr Jörn Walter

Co-Chair

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Data Ecosystem

The Data Ecosystem working group coordinates among IHEC members to define methods and standards for the sharing of raw and processed data.

  • Photo of Dr Paul Flicek
  • Dr Paul Flicek

Chair

  • Photo of Prof. Dr Aleksandar Milosavljevic
  • Prof. Dr Aleksandar Milosavljevic

Co-Chair

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Integrative Analysis

  • Photo of Dr Guillaume Bourque
  • Dr Guillaume Bourque

Chair

  • Photo of Prof. Dr Stephan Beck
  • Prof. Dr Stephan Beck

Co-Chair

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Past Working Groups

Cell Group

  • Photo of Prof. Dr Pier Giuseppe Pelicci
  • Prof. Dr Pier Giuseppe Pelicci

Chair

  • Photo of Dr Toshikazu Ushijima
  • Dr Toshikazu Ushijima

Co-Chair

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Metadata Standards

The Metadata working group coordinates among IHEC members to enable integration of epigenomic profiling data.

  • Photo of Prof. Dr Aleksandar Milosavljevic
  • Prof. Dr Aleksandar Milosavljevic

Chair

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