Human Genetics programme

HGN Collaborating Centres

A Collaborating Centre (CC) is a national institute designated by WHO's Director General, to form part of an international collaborative network carrying out activities in support of WHO’s mandate for international health work and its programme priorities. They provide the grassroot level technical information and support on hereditary diseases as well as commonly affecting communicable diseases. An entire institution, or a department or laboratory within an institution, or a group of facilities for reference, research or training belonging to different institutions, may be designated as a "WHO collaborating centre".

The main functions of WHO Collaborating Centres include

  • to contribute to implementation of WHO’s programme priorities, in close coordination with the units concerned in WHO’s six Regional Offices and at headquarters.
  • to strengthen institutional capacity in countries and regions.

The role of Collaborating Centre ranges from collecting information, applying technology, education and training to giving guidance on scientific, technical and policy issues. WHO's Human Genetics' Collaborating Centres are located in Brazil, Canada, Cuba, China, Greece, India, Italy, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, UK and USA.

For more information on HGN Collaborating Centres, please contact: genomics@who.int

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