New Canadian bioinformatics and computational biology research projects will help manage, analyze and interpret vast amounts of genomics data to accelerate advances in personalized medicine, public health and other areas of importance to Canadians and the economy.
Genome Prairie today announced the appointment of Chris Barker as Chief Scientific Officer. In this role, Mr. Barker will have responsibility for the organization’s strategic research and partnership agenda. He will provide leadership, oversight and coordinate the development and management of Genome Prairie’s collaborative research initiatives.
Genome Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions have partnered to support a $1.4 million project that will help protect consumers from Listeriosis, a serious foodborne illness caused by Listeria bacteria.
Working with an international consortium conducting research on breast, ovarian and prostate cancer among 200,000 people, Professor Jacques Simard, researcher at the CHU de Québec Research Centre and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Oncogenetics at Université Laval, was actively involved in the discovery of DNA “spelling mistakes” linked to breast cancer. These mistakes – known as genetic variations – are directly involved in the risk of developing breast cancer.
Dr. Pierre Meulien, President and CEO of Genome Canada welcomed last week’s federal Budget announcement of $165 million in new funding for genomics research.
Canadians with debilitating diseases will soon benefit from new personalized approaches to treatment thanks to researchers across the country and funding from the Harper Government. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced the results of a major $150-million genomics and personalized health competition, a Genome Canada—Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) partnership.