Work with GeneConvene
Work with GeneConvene
The GeneConvene Global Collaborative works with a variety of stakeholders and collaborators to advance best practices and informed decision making for development of genetic biocontrol technologies to improve public health. Contact us to discuss supporting or engaging our team to identify and address key questions, provide technical advice, strengthen capacity and share information. GeneConvene encourages new partnerships with interested stakeholders to enable informed and responsible decision making that will optimize the impact of genetic biocontrol approaches on important public health challenges.
GeneConvene Capabilities and Potential Impact
Identifying and Addressing Key Questions
- Anticipate key questions that will need to be addressed
- Helps stakeholders begin addressing questions early, so issues are better understood when they arise
- Respond proactively, working with international experts to identify answers and solutions
- Establishes best practices, often leveraging insights from beyond genetic biocontrol, to enable a responsible approach to development and evaluation
Providing Technical Advice
- Scope scientific, regulatory and policy landscapes
- Directly addresses information gaps for decision makers
- Support independent risk assessment
- Fulfills best-practice recommendations for informing the development and evaluation of genetic biocontrol approaches
- Advise stakeholders on relevant issues and available resources
- Enables informed and efficient decisions, accelerating progress and reducing redundancy
Strengthening Capacity and Sharing Information
- Provide technical training and information to scientists, regulators, policymakers and other stakeholders and publics
- Provides deeper understanding of genetic biocontrol by stakeholders who are not developers, helping to inform their participation in decision-making
- Facilitate communication within and among stakeholder groups
- Enables stakeholders to coordinate and collaborate, learn from each other, share resources and avoid duplication of effort
GeneConvene works with:
- African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)
- Agriculture and Food Systems Institute (formerly known as International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation)
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation*
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
- Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Rodents (GBIRd) Partnership
- Imperial College London
- International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)
- Leverage Science, Ltd.
- McMaster University Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation
- Open Philanthropy*
- Teaching and Research in Natural Sciences for Development (TReND) in Africa
- University of California, Irvine
- University of Notre Dame
- US National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
- Wellcome Trust*
- World Health Organization
* Current or past funder of GeneConvene or FNIH work on genetic biocontrol
Currently, GeneConvene focuses on the potential of gene drive technologies to combat mosquito-borne diseases, particularly malaria transmission by Anopheles mosquitoes in Africa. With additional support, GeneConvene can expand its activities on genetic biocontrol technologies for malaria and other vector-borne diseases, in Africa and other geographic regions.
- Contact us to discuss opportunities to support, co-host and/or co-develop important proposed, yet currently unfunded, activities within our current focus.
- Contact us to discuss opportunities to conduct other new activities in support of genetic biocontrol technologies for public health.
- Contact the FNIH development team about supporting GeneConvene and contribute to creating a research environment for the safe, ethical and rigorous exploration of genetic biocontrol technologies futures. Or donate now to put your gift to work immediately.
- Contact us to learn more about the goals of the Gene Drive Research Forum and opportunities to participate.
Gene Drive Research Forum
The Gene Drive Research Forum brings together representatives from research, government, private sector and not-for-profit organizations, as well as other parties with an interest in safe and ethical conduct of gene drive research for applications in public health, conservation and agriculture. GeneConvene serves as the secretariat for the Forum, organizing meetings and facilitating joint activities. The Forum meets periodically to discuss the status and challenges of gene drive research and identify areas where collaboration, coordination and cooperation among stakeholders will move the field forward in a positive manner. As Forum secretariat, GeneConvene works with participants to co-organize and co-host Forum meetings and workshops. In addition, GeneConvene works with Forum working group participants on issues such as data sharing, research transparency, and technical and regulatory capacity strengthening. Initially, the Forum brought together representatives from organizations funding or otherwise supporting gene drive research projects to create and publish Principles for gene drive research. With 16 current signatory organizations, these principles are a living document. Additional signatories are welcome; contact us if your organization would like to become a signatory. The developers and signatories of the Guiding Principles are committed to mobilizing and facilitating progress in gene drive research by supporting efforts of the highest scientific and ethical quality, inspiring a transparent approach and backing biosafety measures. Contact us to inquire about participation in upcoming Forum activities.
Virtual Panel Series
Unsettled Ethical Issues in Gene Drive Research
July 13 to November 9, 2021
Humans have been altering their environment deliberately to address a wide range of needs and unintentionally through various activities for millennia, and likely will continue to do so. However, changes that are acceptable to some may appear unacceptable to others for very different reasons. What are the ethical concerns at play in these disagreements? This panel discussion series, co-hosted by McMaster University Institute on Ethics and Policy for Innovation and GeneConvene Global Collaborative, will explore and juxtapose various ethics perspectives and their relation to the emerging gene editing technologies collectively known as gene drive. Each two-hour session will address a different aspect of the ethical debate. Join us at 10 am US Eastern time on the second Tuesday of each month from July through November 2021.
Missed a live session? View the recording here.
Considering the Case of Gene Drive Technologies Through Social Science Theories on Stakeholder Engagement
February 9 to June 8, 2021
The GBIRd partnership and the GeneConvene Global Collaborative collaborated to develop and produce a series of virtual panel discussions that provided an opportunity for social scientists, researchers and developers, funders, and other stakeholders to explore the case of gene drive technologies through social science theories on stakeholder engagement. Topics included lessons from engagement practitioners on risk assessment, social criteria for selecting field sites, the role of consensus, and the independence of stakeholder engagement and technical project activities.
Recordings of all sessions are available here.
September 11-13, 2018, Montréal, Canada
Purpose: To enable in-person interactions and networking among the gene drive researcher and research sponsor/supporter communities and to facilitate discussions on areas of mutual interest.
Co-hosts: Canadian Institutes of Health Research and FNIH
March 22, 2017, Washington, D.C., USA
Purpose: To discuss the status and challenges of gene drive research, areas of mutual interest, and the possibility of creating a mechanism to continue discussions and facilitate coordination and cooperation.
Co-hosts: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, FNIH and Wellcome Trust