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University partners in three genomics research projects

UToday HomeMarch 28, 2013

Research teams across Canada, including from the University of Calgary, will be working to develop personalized approaches to treating diseases with funding from the federal government.

On Tuesday, Gary Goodyear, minister of state (science and technology), announced the results of a major $150-million genomics and personalized health competition, which is a partnership of Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

The University of Calgary is a partner in three different national projects.

Dr. Shelagh Coutts from the university’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute is co-leading a project with Victoria General Hospital. The team is developing a hospital-ready biomarker test for mini-strokes called rapid transient ischemic attacks.

Dr. Francois Bernier and his team at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute are working with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and University of Ottawa. Care for Rare is a collaborative pan-Canadian project to improve the diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases.

Dr. Jong Rho from the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute is working with the University of Montreal on personalized medicine in the treatment of epilepsy.

A complete list of the successful projects is available on Genome Canada’s website at


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