GeneConvene Work and Impact
Work and Impact
The GeneConvene Global Collaborative, an initiative of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), builds on more than 10 years of work by the FNIH on genetic biocontrol approaches for public health. GeneConvene offers technical information, advice, training and coordination for research on gene drive and other genetic biocontrol technologies to support responsible development and informed decision-making.
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Identifying and Addressing Key Questions
- Anticipate key questions that will need to be addressed
- Respond proactively, working with international experts to identify answers and solutions
Providing Technical Advice
- Scope scientific, regulatory and policy landscapes
- Support independent risk assessment
- Advise stakeholders on relevant issues and available resources
Strengthening Capacity and Sharing Information
- Provide technical training and information to scientists, regulators, policymakers and other stakeholders and publics
- Facilitate communication within and among stakeholder groups
Providing Technical Advice
The GeneConvene Global Collaborative utilizes its experience with the scientific, regulatory and policy systems of genetic biocontrol and public health to landscape important topics, such as the legislation and policies governing genetic biocontrol. GeneConvene will continue to support independent external risk assessment of certain gene drive technologies for prevention of malaria transmission in Africa, and to make these assessments publicly available.
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Strengthening Capacity & Sharing Information
To make well-informed decisions about new genetic biocontrol tools, regulatory authorities need to understand the technology, and product developers need to understand the applicable regulatory frameworks. For regulatory authorities to make well-informed decisions about gene drive-modified mosquitoes, they need to develop familiarity with the new tools of genetic biocontrol; determine how risk assessments for these organisms will be done; and determine whether changes in the existing regulatory frameworks of their respective countries and regions are necessary to effectively evaluate these organisms. GeneConvene provides technical information for understanding the technology. Conversely, for researchers and developers to create products that meet the regulatory requirements, they need to understand regulatory requirements of the country(ies) for which the product is destined and to take these into account during project planning phases. GeneConvene provides an understanding of regulatory science and regulatory goals overall, and the regulatory landscape for particular potential field sites.
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