International Symposium Genomics and Personalized Preventive Health

From Science to Collective Action

On February 13 and 14, 2014, the first International Symposium on Genomics and Personalized Preventive Health will bring together in Montréal leading world experts in genetics, epigenomics, nutrigenomics and preventive medicine.

Organized by Génome Québec in partnership with the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie, this Symposium will help foster scientific insight into the importance and influence of a healthy lifestyle on human health.

Where: Perspective Room at the Montréal Science Centre, 2, rue de la Commune, Montréal
When: February 13 and 14, 2014

Among the featured speakers:

Pierre Lavoie
Grand défi Pierre Lavoie

Robert H. Lustig
University of California
(san Fransisco)

Frank Hu
Harvard University

A unique, innovative partnership to understand the science behind prevention

The Grand défi Pierre Lavoie (GDPL) is the largest health-related event ever to be organized in Québec. Its mission is to promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle in schools and among members of the general public.

Why is it so important to promote a healthy lifestyle? Why make it a priority for future generations? On one hand, obesity, diabetes and heart disease rank among the leading causes of death. On the other, health costs associated with these diseases are exorbitant and expected to continue rising in the years ahead.

How do we solve the problem?

Génome Québec, the largest funding agency of genomics research in Québec since 2000, has joined forces with GDPL as scientific partner. As such, it will be playing an active role in organizing the Symposium by contributing its expertise and network of scientific researchers.

Our capacity to analyze and understand the human genome paved the way for a new era in preventive medicine. We now know that the genome contains elements predisposing people to certain diseases, such as diabetes or obesity. In addition, through epigenomics and nutrigenomics, we understand that certain functions of our genome are constantly being influenced by our lifestyle choices, hence the importance of making healthy behaviour a priority.

The objective of the Symposium is to develop the first scientific program on the link between healthy lifestyle choices and better health. Conclusions from the Symposium will help launch a large-scale research project (e.g. an international consortium) on disease prevention and healthy living.