Genome British Columbia

Genome British Columbia

November 12, 2010 14:31 ET

Media Advisory; From the Human Genome to the Cancer Genome: International Expert Shares Insights Into How Healthcare Is Being Transformed

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - Sir Mark Walport, Director of the UK's Wellcome Trust will speak on the latest clinical benefits genomics is providing to healthcare worldwide at a free public talk in Vancouver. Covering the most promising and groundbreaking developments in "cancer genes", Parkinson's, new insights into the aging process, and epidemics that sweep our globe, Walport will present these discoveries as part of Genome BC's 10th anniversary.

Genome BC is a non-profit research organization that invests in and manages large-scale genomics and proteomics research projects. The organization is holding the free public dialogue to foster public awareness of the role genomics is playing in health on the local and global stage. "Genomics is reshaping how we approach human health, forestry, fisheries, bioenergy, mining, agriculture and the environment," says Dr. Alan Winter, President and CEO of Genome BC. "It's fast becoming a critical tool for providing solutions to the complex issues we face here in BC and globally."

Event: Public Forum on Genomics and the Future of Healthcare

Date: Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm – Public Address 6:00m to 7:30pm – Reception

Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC


Mark Walport is available to provide perspective on genomics, cancer research, and epidemics on November 15, 16 and 17 (selected avails). Drs. Alan Winter, President & CEO Genome BC and Pierre Meulien, President & CEO Genome Canada are available to provide the BC and Canadian context on November 15th and 16th.

About Genome British Columbia
Founded in 2000, Genome BC works collaboratively with government, universities and industry as the catalyst for a genomics-driven life sciences cluster with significant social and economic benefits for the Province and Canada. The organization's research portfolio, over $450 million since inception, includes 96 projects and technology platforms focused on areas of strategic importance to British Columbia such as human health, forestry, fisheries, bioenergy, mining, agriculture, and the environment. Genome BC programs are funded by the Provincial Government of British Columbia, Government of Canada through Genome Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada, and other public and private partners.

About the Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust ( is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The Trust's breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. It is independent of both political and commercial interests.

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