Governance

The GISAID Initiative receives administrative support from Freunde von GISAID e.V. a registered non-profit association, organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes. The GISAID Initiative's activities are governed by several organizational bodies that operate independently of each other.

One critical element to the success of the GISAID Initiative is its ability to provide for a fair and transparent, as well as a verifiable and unbiased mechanism not only to govern, but to take measures and guard against bias in decision-making, preserving scientific independence.

The Board of Trustees, charged with overseeing the business affairs, is expected to minimize potential conflicts of interest concerning the funding sources. The combination of public and private funding from a number of entities is expected to give GISAID a degree of independence from individual and national interests that is viewed favorably by many in the scientific community and Governments alike.

The Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) comprises leading influenza scientists with expertise in epidemiology, human and veterinary virology and bioinformatics. Its members promote GISAID’s scientific mission by fostering interaction among members of the veterinary and human health communities and capacity building in developing countries, and in ensuring future technological development of the GISAID platform.

The Database Technical Group (DTG) comprises experts in human and veterinary microbiology that specialize in genetic sequencing and data analysis of influenza viruses. In addition to providing feedback to the GISAID user community, the DTG provides advice to GISAID′s database developers on questions of a scientific & technical nature leading to improvements in the functional capabilities of the EpiFlu™ Database. Members of the DTG regular take part in GISAID Training Workshops to provide educational courses.

Scientific Advisory Council

Prof. Dr. Ian Barr

Deputy Director

Peter Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity

WHO Collaborating Centre for Influenza (VIDRL)

Melbourne, Australia

Dr. John W. McCauley (Co-Chair)

Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Influenza

The Francis Crick Institute

London, United Kingdom

Prof. Dr. Ian Brown

Director

International Reference Laboratory for

Avian Influenza

Animal and Plant Health Agency

Weybridge, United Kingdom

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas C. Mettenleiter

President

Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute

Federal Institute for Animal Health

Greifswald - Island Riems, Germany

Prof. Dr. Hualan Chen

Director, National Avian Influenza

Reference Lab, Ministry of Agriculture

Harbin Veterinary Research Institute

Harbin, Peoples Republic of China

Dr. Takato Odagiri

Director, National Institute of Infectious Diseases

Director, WHO Collaborating Center

Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Nancy J. Cox

Director (Retired), Influenza Division in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Atlanta, United States

Prof. Dr. Andrew Rambaut

Institute of Evolutionary Biology

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Prof. Dr. Ron A.M. Fouchier

Professor, Molecular Virology

National Influenza Center

Erasmus Medical Center

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Yuelong Shu
Dean, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University
Director (Retired), WHO Collaborating Center Chinese National Influenza Center
Beijing, Peoples Republic of China

Prof. Dr. George Fu Gao
Director General, China CDC
Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Beijing, Peoples Republic of China
Prof. Dr. Sylvie van der WERF
Head of the Molecular Genetics of RNA Viruses Unit Director, WHO National Influenza Centre
Pasteur Institute
Paris, France

Dr. Alan Hay

GISAID Scientific Liaison Officer

Director (Retired), WHO Collaborating Centre

The Francis Crick Institute

London, United Kingdom

Dr. Richard J. Webby
Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Studies on the Ecology of Influenza in Animals and Birds
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Memphis, United States

Dr. Jacqueline M. Katz (Co-Chair)

Director, WHO Collaborating Center

Deputy Director of the Influenza Division

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Atlanta, United States

Dr. med Wenqing Zhang (OBSERVER)
Head of the Global Influenza Programme
World Health Organization
Geneva, Switzerland

Former Members of the Scientific Advisory Council

Database Technical Group

Prof. Dr. Trevor Bedford

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division

Public Health Sciences Division

Seattle, United States

Dr. Sebastian Maurer-Stroh

Human Infectious Diseases
Bioinformatics Institute

Agency for Science, Technology and Research

Singapore

Prof. Dr. Martin Beer

OIE/FAO Collaborating Center for Zoonoses

Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute

Federal Institute for Animal Health

Greifswald - Insel Riems, Germany

Dr. Isabella Monne

OIE/FAO Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza

Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie

Legnaro (Padua), Italy

Dr. Mia Brytting

WHO National Influenza Center

Institute for Communicable Disease Control

Stockholm, Sweden

Prof. Dr. Richard Neher

Biozentrum of the University of Basel

Computational Modeling of Biological Processes

Basel, Switzerland

Dr. Joachim Büch
Max-Planck-Institut for Informatics
Computational Biology and Applied Algorithmics
Saarbrücken, Germany

Dr. Vivi Setiawaty

Litbang Depkes

National Institute of Health, Research & Development

Jakarta, Indonesia

Dr. Seiichiro Fujisaki

National Institute of Infectious Diseases

WHO Collaborating Center for Influenza

Tokyo, Japan

Catherine B. Smith, VSDB OBC (Co-Chair)

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

WHO Collaborating Center for Influenza

Atlanta, United States

Dr. Rebecca Garten

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

WHO Collaborating Center for Influenza

Atlanta, United States

Benjamin Turner

Advanced Genomics

QIAGEN Bioinformatics

Aarhus, Denmark

Dr. Vicki Gregory

The Francis Crick Institute

WHO Collaborating Centre for Influenza

London, United Kingdom

Dr. Thorsten Wolff
Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses
Robert Koch Institute
Berlin, Germany

Naomi Komadina (Co-Chair)

Peter Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity

WHO Collaborating Centre for Influenza (VIDRL)

Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Yu Lan

Chinese National Influenza Center

WHO Collaborating Center for Influenza

Beijing, Peoples Republic of China

Dr. Andrey B. Komissarov

Research Institute of Influenza

WHO National Influenza Centre

Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation