Genome British Columbia

Genome British Columbia

September 07, 2010 09:00 ET

Media Advisory: Gene Screen BC Screening Gala, Sept. 8th

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2010) -

What: Film Screening of the first annual genomics/genetics and health short film competition

When: Wednesday September 8th, 2010 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver


  • Genome British Columbia's President and CEO Dr Alan Winter; and,
  • BC Clinical Genomics Network's Co-Leader Dr Michael Hayden, who is also the Canada Research Chair in Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine; and,
  • Documentary film makers

Story Synopsis:
As part of a commitment to developing new opportunities that will enhance the engagement and participation in life sciences and genomics in BC, Genome BC and the BC Clinical Genomics Network have partnered to create Gene Screen. Thanks to this program up and coming student and amateur film makers from around the world will be screening documentary shorts and short fiction films on genomics/genetics and health. These films were created to inform and excite the public and healthcare professionals about the issues related to genetics, genomics and human health.

Four winners will be announced at the gala, with a total of $8000 in prize money being awarded. Films are required to have an educational message, be 3-10 minutes in length and have PG-rated content.

Links: (to view the films)

Host organizations: 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 $430 million since inception, includes 87 research 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 is committed to meaningful dialogue, public outreach and educational leadership in biotechnology. For more information, visit our website at

The British Columbia Clinical Genomics Network (BCCGN) supports the advancement of scientific knowledge and its application to improved health outcomes in British Columbia through its network of clinical investigators and coordinated access to state-of-the-art genomic technologies, genetic research methodologies and support services. For more information, visit our website at

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