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‘Rare Genomics : Genomics of Rare Diseases, Rare Cancers & Rare Drug Outcomes’

The 2018 Golden Helix Summer School was successfully organized on September 26-30, 2018 at Syros Island, Greece.

It is fair to conclude that the conference was a great success! Regardless of the very bad weather conditions, over 80 persons from more than 18 countries gave their time and resources to attend and/or lecture in the conference and turn this event into a smoothly running meeting with many very interesting presentations for discussion and networking.

All participants have enjoyed both the scientific as well as the social programme using the opportunity to share their ideas and expertise. We certainly believe that the conference has been all that it was expected to be and all of our attendees have taken the opportunity to make new friends and colleagues in their careers.

Special thanks should be given to those of you that although having registered to come to Syros they could not make it to the island due to the extremely bad weather conditions and the ferry service disruption.

Last but not least, we cordially thank the speakers of the conference who have delivered in the best way all the latest scientific research breakthroughs on Genomics of Rare Diseases from around the world.

Our participants’ presence helped to make this year’s Golden Helix Summer School a success and their enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make our time together both productive and fun.

You may see the photos of the event at https://bit.ly/2OPvaLY

Stay tuned for upcoming events by visiting http://www.goldenhelix.org/conferences

We are seeking a marketing or professional congress organizing company or expert to provide services for the organization of the 5th U-PGx Personalized Medicine Day, that will be held in Liverpool, UK, on September 21st, 2018. This meeting will be co-organized by the Golden Helix Foundation and the University of Liverpool, both partners of the Ubiquitous Pharmacogenomics (U-PGx) project, funded by the European Commission (H2020-668353).

This international event is open for clinical pharmacologists, hospital pharmacists, general pharmacists, specialists, general practitioners, medical students, laboratory technicians, regulators, healthcare insurers and others interested in pharmacogenomics. For more information please visit http://www.goldenhelix.org/conferences/pharmacogenomics-days/upcoming-conferences.

Selected company or will be asked to provide the following services:

- Arranging accommodation for guest speakers (6-8 rooms in up to 4* hotels), 

- Arranging for the delivery of catering by a local provider (including 2 coffee breaks and a light lunch for all the participants (80-110 people) during the event), 

- Website development and updating the web-based online registration system, 

- Design of promotional material for the event (1st announcement (500 copies), advertising banner)

- Advertisement of the event in websites, mailing lists, other conferences,

- Social Media Consulting and Management,

- Content strategy development for social media channels and write/publish 2 posts each week or 8 per month,

- Design and production of printed material (including brochures, roll-up banners, participants’ name tags (80-110, depending on the number of registered participants),

- Provide notepads and pens for meeting participants (80-110, depending on the number of registered participants),

- Design and printing of the scientific program in a pre-determined format, (80-110 copies, depending on the number of registered participants),

- Printing of folders for participants (80-110, depending on the number of registered participants),

- Provision of communication and advertisement services of the event, including official announcement of the meeting, event campaigns, invitations - sent by e-mail to targeted recipients, advertisement plan (magazines, newspapers and news websites) promoting the event to the local, regional and international network.

To express your interest, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Subject “CEI – Liverpool 2018”, including:

1. your offer, 

2. a detailed description of the proposed activities,

3. a profile and track record of your company 


Deadline: July 31st, 2018 



The 4th U-PGx Personalized Medicine Day was successfully co-organized by the Golden Helix Foundation and Karolinska Institutet, both partners of the Ubiquitous Pharmacogenomics (U-PGx) project, funded by the European Commission (H2020-668353).The Ubiquitous Pharmacogenomics (U-PGx) project aims to promote the clinical application of pharmacogenomics knowledge, which will result in less ‘trial and error’ prescribing more efficacious, safer and cost-effective drug therapy. The personalized medicine model is conducted at a large scale in seven existing European health care environments in the Netherlands, Spain, UK, Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Greece.

The active participation of the attendees as well as the interesting lectures provided by internationally renowned lecturers and professors on the Genomic Medicine and Pharmacogenomics fields, informed and enlightened the audience on how pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine can be available to every patient. The meeting took place on 18 June 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden, at the STRIX lecture hall of the Karolinska Institutet. 

We would like to kindly thank the following speakers for honoring us with their presence and for their contribution on the meeting success:  

Magnus Ingelman-Sundberg (Stockholm, SE)

George P. Patrinos (Patras, GR)

Matthias Schwab (Stuttgart, DE)

Ingolf Cascorbi (Kiel, DE)

Erik Eliasson (Stockholm, SE)

Henk-Jan Guchelaar (Leiden, NL)

Siv Jönsson (Uppsala, SE)

Marin Jukic (Stockholm SE)

Richard Rosenquist Brandell (Stockholm, SE)

Julia Stingl (Bonn, DE) 


The 4th U-PGx Personalized Medicine Day was an international event open for clinical pharmacologists, hospital pharmacists, general pharmacists, specialists, general practitioners, medical students, laboratory technicians, regulators, healthcare insurers and others interested in pharmacogenomics.

We look forward to welcoming you at the 5th U-PGx Personalized Medicine Day, which will be organized on September 21st, 2018 in Liverpool, UK. For more information and registration, please click here.



The Golden Helix Academy is part of the educational activities of the Golden Helix Foundation. The main aim of the Golden Helix Academy is to provide, in concert with established academic institutions, e-learning training in the field of Genomic and Precision Medicine including but not limited to Pharmacogenomics and Genomic Medicine, Public Health Genomics, Genome Informatics, Economics and Health Technology Assessment in Genomics, Nutrigenomics and Ethics in genomics (Genethics). 

The Golden Helix Academy in order to cover your needs and meet your high level learning expectations, offers three different types of training:

E-Learning courses

E-learning training modules are related to Genomic Medicine topics, such as Economic Evaluation in genomic medicine, introduction to Bioinformatics for clinical genome interpretation, pharmacogenomics in clinical care and drug discovery and Nutrigenomics. All courses run on the Academy’s e-Learning platform. The Golden Helix Academy e-Learning platform has built-in communication tools to promote interaction among participants and tutors and provide you with a flexible, motivating and productive experience. They are available every trimester and designed for healthcare professionals and biomedical scientists, who wish to enrich their knowledge on these emerging disciplines. 

On-site training courses

On-site training courses are provided on a regular basis at our sites, aiming to provide hands-on experience to those who already work in, and those who would like to enter the Genomic and Precision Medicine disciplines.

On-demand on-site training

The Golden Helix Academy offers the option of on-site training on demand, where experienced instructors provide training of academic or corporate staff on demand at your premises, namely your institution or company in your own country. On-demand on-site training courses are tailor-made to meet your needs and time schedule. The themes of the on-demand on-site training revolve around Pharmacogenomics, Cancer Genomics, Economics and Health Technology Assessment, and Genome Informatics. 


Modules on all offered types of training are provided in English, as well as in local languages, where applicable. All modules lead to academic certificates. 

For further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Golden Helix Foundation in order to transfer and communicate the knowledge from researchers and scientists in the wider scientific community organizes conferences around the world with the main themes revolving around the fields of genomics, pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine.

These conferences provide the opportunity to establish partnerships and collaborations among senior scientists, while junior delegates can also benefit by interacting with the speakers, which may create short and long-term training opportunities.

Since 2008, there are 32 Golden Ηelix Conferences that have been organized in various locations worldwide, which could be used as a paradigm of a well-orchestrated effort to enrich genomics education among healthcare professionals and to increase genomic literacy among patients and the general public, specifically addressing the needs of participants from developing countries.

For 2018, the Golden Helix Foundation plans to organize the following conferences:


Genomic Medicine implementation in low-resource settings

November 28-30, 2018, Cape Town, South Africa

The 4th Global Genomic Medicine Collaborative Conference will be organized in Cape Town, South Africa, November 28-30, 2018.

The conference will mainly include scientific sessions that focus on the Implementation of Genomic Medicine in Low Resourcesettings.

Leaders in Genomic Medicine across the globe will be attending this highly interactive conference to define collaborative projects and strategies that will serve the global community to use genomic advances to improve clinical care.

Representatives from the developed and the developing world will share challenges and strategies to overcome them.

In addition, we will be convening industry and leaders of large genomic consortia to engage in the dialog about the potential to influence health care delivery.

The 4th Global Genomic Medicine Collaborative Conference will be held in the PRESIDENT Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa.

The meeting will be organized by the Global Genomic Medicine Collaborativeand the University of Cape Townas the local host and the Golden Helix Foundation, as G2MC partner. It is the first to be organized in Africa, following the successful events in the United States in 2014, in Singapore in 2015 and in Athens in 2017.

Online registration for this event is now open.

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