Rapid whole genome sequencing in acute care neonates and infants

Principal Investigator: Jacques L. Michaud
Theme : Health
Competition : Genome Canada competition - Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP)
Status : In progress
Start : Jan. 1, 2020
End: Dec. 31, 2023
Budget : $6,165,460.00



Rare genetic disorders and congenital malformations indicating a possible genetic syndrome affect 1-2% of live births and are the leading cause of hospitalization and death in infants in Canada. A genetic diagnosis in the first few months of life can have critical implications on the clinical management of newborns and infants as well as on a child’s health for their entire life. With upwards of 8,000 rare genetic conditions combined with very young patients presenting with non-specific or different symptoms than are observed in older patients, the precise diagnosis of a rare genetic disorder is often very difficult. The ultimate objective of the project is to offer rapid clinical genome-wide sequencing (GWS) to all critically ill newborns and infants who may benefit from this test in the province of Québec. The first phase of this project will develop and study the impact of a rapid GWS program for the investigation of these children. The second phase will implement this program in the Québec health-care system.


Lead Genome Centre: 
Génome Québec 

Co-project leader - User:

Denis Ouellet

Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux