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Genomics plays a vital role in driving Québec's economic future. That is why Génome Québec aims at advancing knowledge in genomics by funding major research projects. In this section, you will discover all the latest achievements in the field of genomics.

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Leucégène project: New breakthrough in the molecular characterization of acute myeloid leukemia

Aug. 6, 2015

The multidisciplinary team comprising the Leucégène research group, a major project headed by Dr. Guy Sauvageau of the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) at the Université de Montréal and Dr. Josée Hébert of Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital (MRH), has just published a series of important observations on the genetic and molecular characteristics of two leukemia subtypes in the prestigious journal Nature Genetics. The results of the study also suggest the possibility of a new combinatorial therapeutic approach for certain leukemias.

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The Governement of Canada is partnering with Génome Québec to better trace viruses in Canada's food supply

July 23, 2015

A partnership between the CFIA and Génome Québec has been created to develop genomics-based analytical methods for pathogen detection and epidemiological support. This partnership is expected to lead to the development of more precise, molecular-based methods for identifying specific strains of foodborne viruses. This ultimately could help the CFIA trace outbreaks of viral foodborne illness back to a specific source and take a more targeted approach to recalling contaminated products. It will also allow public health officials to identify high-risk strains of foodborne viruses.

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Quebec researchers receive funding to fight salmonellosis and improve soybean production

July 21, 2015

Génome Québec is pleased to announce that two major international research projects have been selected for funding under Genome Canada’s new funding competition, Genomics and Feeding the Future. 

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Montréal researchers discover a new crucial gene associated with leukodystrophies

July 9, 2015

An international research team, led by Dr. Geneviève Bernard from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and Dr. Benoit Coulombe from the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM), has identified a new gene associated with 4H leukodystrophy, one of the common forms of the disease. Their findings have been published in the journal Nature Communications this week.

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Genome Canada and SSHRC Joint Initiative on Societal Implications of Disruptive Innovation in Genomics

June 26, 2015

June 26, 2015, Ottawa, ON – Genome Canada (GC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)have signed a joint initiative agreement to jointly support social sciences and humanities research and related activities pertaining to genomics, with one of the first initiatives focusing on societal implications of disruptive innovation in genomics.

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Launching Disruptive Innovation Competition

June 11, 2015

Genome Canada is pleased to launch the 2015 Disruptive Innovation in Genomics (DIG) Competition. This funding opportunity is aimed at supporting projects focused on the development of disruptive innovation in the field of genomics.

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Request for Applications Natural resources and the environment

June 8, 2015

Genome Canada Request for Applications: 2015 Large-Scale Applied Research Projects: Natural resources and the environment: "Sector Challenges –Genomic solutions"

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A $6.5-million Canadian Foundation for Innovation funding for CHU Sainte-Justine and Université de Montréal

June 1, 2015

The Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced Friday investment for new research infrastructure through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, that Canadian researchers across the country will use to advance knowledge. An amount of $6.5-million was allocated to CHU Sainte-Justine and Université de Montréal, partners on the Research Program for Rare Pediatric Diseases RaPiD, a transcanadian pipeline for the discovery, disease phenotyping and mechanism identification, as well as identification of efficient treatment approaches for pediatric rare diseases and cancers, to be conducted in collaboration with University of Ottawa, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Dalhousie University and University of British Columbia.

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Beyond the poppy: a new method of opium production

May 19, 2015

According to new studies by researchers from Concordia University in Montreal and the
University of California, Berkeley, yeast can be engineered to convert sugar to alkaloids — plant-derived compounds such as codeine and morphine, naturally produced in the opium poppy. 

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Disruptive Innovation in Genomics - Notice of upcoming funding opportunity

May 1, 2015

Genome Canada is pleased to advise the research community of an upcoming funding opportunity – the 2015 Disruptive Innovation in Genomics (DIG) Competition. This Competition is anticipated to be formally launched in June 2015 with detailed guidelines and application forms available at that time.

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