News from CRG
On May 14, Carmen Vela, Secretary of State for R&D from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Andreu Mas-Colell, Minister of Economy and Knowledge from the Government of Catalonia, and Jaime Lanaspa, director general of the "la Caixa" Foundation, along with Luis Serrano, director of the Centre for Genomic Regulation and Arcadi Navarro, affiliate head of the EGA team, ICREA Research Professor and director of the Department of Experimental Sciences and Health at Pompeu Fabra University, have publically launched the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) in Barcelona, a project established by the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) that is now co-lead by the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG).
The EGA is the way to guarantee that genome and phenome data, which is notably expensive to obtain, is made available to the international scientific community, in such a way that research can speed up and lead to new discoveries. At the same time, the EGA is the European response to the challenges arising from the pressing need to protect the privacy of human donors who have taken part in genomic studies.
Currently, the EGA-CRG team is made up of 6 people and is led by Arcadi Navarro, affiliate head of the team, ICREA Research Professor and director of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). The EGA-CRG team works together with the EGA-EBI team, led by Paul Flicek, head of the Vertebrate Genomics Team at the EBI and Justin Paschall, Variation Team leader, to ensure a continuously improved service service to the scientific community.