Génome Canada

Génome Canada

November 08, 2006 20:06 ET

"Genomics on the Hill", a One-of-a-Kind Exhibition of Canadian Excellence in Genomics and Proteomics

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 8, 2006) - Yesterday, Genome Canada held a major information and scientific outreach day on the Hill for ministers, MPs, senators and their staff, with eminent researchers from the fields of genomics and proteomics, as well as users of their discoveries and innovations.

Members of Parlement, senators and their employees were able to learn about Canada's latest research successes in the fields of agriculture, environment, fisheries, forestry, animal and human health, and technology development. Among other things, they were given information on the relevance of the following issues

1- cod genomics and broodstock development,

2- mechanisms of wood formation and pest resistance in spruce, poplar and Arabidopsis,

3- the identification of the genetic and environmental components underlying berry quality in wine production,

4- the genetic determinants of health and disease in autistic children and people with Alzheimer's disease,

5- the identification of fungal enzymes for industrial processes and environmental remediation,

6- the importance of new technologies in genomics (platforms used for sequencing the SARS virus).

In a user-friendly environment, the researchers presented the findings of research that had, in most cases, demanded years of work and millions of dollars in investments.

"Although the genomics industry is still fairly young, it has a lot of real-life applications due to the quality of the research we have funded and the skills of our Canadian researchers. Today's activity was designed to make genomics more tangible for our guests, and to help them become aware of Canada's tremendous expertise and progress in the field of genomics. In this respect, Canada is the envy of many other countries," said Dr. Martin Godbout, President and CEO of Genome Canada.

A gallery of photographs and a list of the projects presented at the activity can be found at: www.genomecanada.ca/genomicsonthehill

Genome Canada is a private non-profit corporation and the primary funding and information source relating to genomics and proteomics in Canada. Its principal goal is to enable Canada to become a world leader in genomics and proteomics research. Its mandate is to develop and implement a national strategy in genomics and proteomics research for the benefit of all Canadians. For this purpose, it has received $600 million in funding from the Canadian government and matching funding from other partners, allowing it to invest a total of $1.25 billion in 112 innovative research projects and technology platforms.

Contact Information

  • Genome Canada
    Claudine Renauld
    Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs
    613-751-4460 ext. 129