NIH-HCA 2020 Joint Meeting


Due to the evolving situation and associated travel restrictions related to the global spread of COVID-19, we have decided to convert the NIH-HCA 2020 Joint Meeting from a face-to-face meeting to a virtual 2-day meeting to take place on March 30-31, specific times for each day can be found in the agenda linked above.

Building on the successful pre-meeting webinars, we will utilize Zoom and the significant expertise of our meeting facilitators, Knowinnovation, in running such virtual events to fully virtualize our upcoming joint meeting. We are striving to maintain the high level of interaction experienced in a face-to-face event.

We have shared virtual meeting details via email to those who have registered and included agenda and logistics on the pages linked above.


Recent advances in single cell and spatial genomics have opened the way to systematic mapping at high resolution of tissues in health and disease. Recently launched programs and consortia share common challenges and opportunities, including the identification of appropriate clinical and assay metadata, the integration of disparate, yet complementary, molecular and image-based data, and the challenge of defining common coordinate frameworks on which to base atlases and relate data.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Human Cell Atlas (HCA) will jointly host an open working meeting to encourage the sharing of best practices, lessons learned, and cutting edge technologies and analytics across atlas-building programs. The meeting will be held remotely on March 30 - March 31, 2020. The goal of the meeting is to build a stronger international ecosystem for single cell analysis work by bringing together key researchers in experimental techniques, data management, and analysis to build synergy through agreeing on sharing, standards, pilot projects and cross consortia resources.

This is an open and free meeting to attend, hosted by the NIH and the HCA. Among the participating groups we anticipate members of the Human Cell Atlas, including the CZI HCA Seed Networks, the Gut Cell Atlas, the EC H2020 for the Human Cell Atlas, and the Wellcome Trust and MRC HCA consortia, and the Swedish and French Consortia for the Developmental Cell Atlas, Human BioMolecular Atlas Program, the NIH BRAIN Initiative, the Cancer Moonshot Human Tumor Atlas Network, LungMAP, the Kidney Precision Medicine Program, the Immunological Genome (ImmGen) consortium, GUDMAP, GTEx, LifeTime, the Human Protein Atlas, Allen Institute for Brain Science, Medicine by Design, NIH Intramural Program, diverse Data Coordination Centers, journal editors and many others.



March 30 - March 31, 2020



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