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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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CHU Sainte-Justine - creation of a Centre for Rare Genetic Disorders

Feb. 18, 2015

Génome Québec is pleased to learn that a $3-million donation from Rio Tionto enables the CHU Sainte-Justine to lay the groundwork for a Centre for Rare Genetic Disorders to support some 50,000 sick children in the province. The Centre, headed by Dr. Jacques Michaud, will ensure better synergy between various existing platforms, including the Clinical Genomic Centre in Pediatrics created in parnership with Génome Québec.  

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Sex has another benefit: it makes humans less prone to disease over time

Feb. 16, 2015

Mixing our genes through sex helps purge us of disease mutations

Researchers at the University of Montreal and the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Centre in Montréal, Canada have just shown how humanity’s predispositions to disease gradually decrease the more we mix our genetic material together. This discovery was finally made possible by the availability in recent years of repositories of biological samples and genetic data from different populations around the globe.

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Unique collaboration to combat deadly disease found in pigs

Feb. 9, 2015

The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PED) kills young piglets at an astonishing rate with a near 100% mortality rate in suckling pigs. A Canadian effort has been launched to understand and stop the disease to protect the young pigs and to aid the pig industry in North America.

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Forest Genomics: How to predict the best trees for reforestation

Feb. 4, 2015

A research team in forest genomics has developed tests that will significantly reduce the time needed to select the best trees for reforestation. By analyzing the genome of white spruce only a few weeks old, the researchers are now able to predict the characteristics these trees will have 20 years later thanks to their breakthrough discovery.

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Natural Resources and the Environment - Upcoming funding opportunity

Feb. 2, 2015

Genome Canada is pleased to advise the research community of an upcoming funding opportunity – the 2015 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition Natural Resources and the Environment: Sector Challenges – Genomic Solutions. This Competition is anticipated to be formally launched in Spring 2015 with detailed guidelines and application forms available at that time.

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Congratulations to Dr. Guy Sauvageau, Radio-Canada’s 2014 Scientist of the Year

Jan. 30, 2015

Génome Québec congratulates Dr. Guy Sauvageau of IRIC, who was named Radio-Canada's 2014 Scientist of the year for the discovery of a molecule capable of multiplying umbilical cord blood stem cells. 

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40 years of history for the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center

Jan. 23, 2015

The Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center opens a new chapter in its 40-year history. Since 1974, it has been transforming care and shaping a better future for mothers and children in Québec, Canada and abroad – all the way from the vision of founder Justine Lacoste-Beaubien to today’s pioneering discoveries.

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Barack Obama says yes to personalized medicine

Jan. 21, 2015

In his January 20, 2015, State of the Union address, Barack Obama announced the launch of a new Precision Medicine Initiative based on the right treatment at the right time. It is a significant endorsement of the strategic importance of personalized medicine by the President of the United States, one of the world key economic leaders. An encouraging speech, that confirms Genome Canada and Génome Québec long-term vision and the relevance to continue to support the development of genomics in our country.


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Three seasoned members recruited for the Génome Québec Board of Directors

Jan. 19, 2015

Martin Godbout, Chair of the Board, is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to the Génome Québec Board of Directors. The Board team is proud to have the support of high-calibre professionals with experience in varied fields, including finance, agrifood and the pharmaceutical industry.


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Forest Genomics: A major partnership between Université Laval and Oxford University

Jan. 15, 2015

As part of an economic mission taking place in Europe, Prime Minister Philippe Couillard announced in London a scientific and academic partnership between Université Laval and Oxford University. The objective of this partnership is to create an international consortium in forest genomics.

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