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May 2018

16th Annual Genomics Forum “Advancing Health Outcomes”

May 24, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, 2405 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3 Canada
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Genome BC is pleased to invite BC's life sciences community to attend our 16th Annual Genomics Forum! This year's forum, "Advancing Health Outcomes" will highlight some of the important genomics research happening in BC's Health Sector and features International Keynote Speakers from the UK, France and Australia. This engaging scientific event promises to provide a full day of interactive content for over 200 of BC’s most engaged life science researchers, as well as end-users and government leaders while providing networking and collaboration opportunities.   We…

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June 2018

Finger on the Pulse of Genomics: How Important are your Genes in Heart Health and Obesity?

June 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7V 2G7
West Vancouver, V7V 2G7 CA
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Join us for an evening talk open to everyone in the public! Leading scientists Dr. Liam Brunham and Dr. Susanne Clee will explore the role that genetics plays in important health conditions including heart disease, obesity and diabetes. In addition, Fred Hazen, a retired millwright from Kamloops, will tell his story of living with familial hypercholesterolemia, or FH, an inherited condition that leads to cardiovascular disease and how this condition has impacted his family. The talks will be followed by…

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September 2018

2018 Don Rix Distinguished Keynote Address: “Serving up Science: Plant Genomics and the Future of Food.”

September 19, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre West Building, 1055 Canada Place Rooms 220-222, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, CA
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Genome BC is pleased to present Pamela Ronald as the 2018 Don Rix Distinguished Keynote speaker. Please join us on Wednesday, September 19th for her keynote: “Serving up Science: Plant Genomics and the Future of Food.” In her lecture, plant geneticist Pamela Ronald will explain how genomic approaches are being used to produce the next generation of crops. Genetic engineering of crops, the marker-assisted breeding approaches of today and the genome editing of tomorrow are examples of a continuum of new technologies aimed at…

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October 2018

Gairdner Symposium

October 22, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Life Sciences Institute, Lecture Theatre 2 (LSC 2), UBC, 2350 Health Sciences Mall
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This free inspiring public lecture will feature: Prof. Azim Surani Recipient of the Canada Gairdner International Award 2018 “For the discovery of mammalian genomic imprinting that causes parent-of-origin specific gene expression and its consequences for development and disease.” Director of Germline and Epigenetics Research, Wellcome Trust Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute; Marshall-Walton Professor, University of Cambridge Dr. Christopher Murray Recipient of the John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award 2018 “For ground-breaking work in conceptualizing and quantifying the Global Burden…

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The Genetics of Human Diversity with Unnur Thorsteinsdottir

October 22, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
SFU Harbour Centre – Labatt Hall, 515 W Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3
Vancouver, V6B 5K3 CA
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*This event has been canceled and will likely be rescheduled in the near future. We apologize for the short notice.* Genome BC is proud to present world-renowned geneticist, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, in Vancouver, Canada, for a special event on October 22, 2018, to share her pivotal knowledge on the genetics of human diversity. Headquartered in Reykjavik, Iceland, Unnur is the Vice President of Research at deCODE Genetics, a global leader in analyzing and understanding the human genome. deCODE Genetics is home to the highly productive human…

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February 2019

Are Bees Really Dying? Are we the cause or the solution?

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse, 7277 River Road, Richmond, BC V6X 1X5
Richmond, V6X 1X5 CA
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Dr. Leonard Foster is a Canada Research Chair in Quantitative Proteomics, and recipient of the 2017 Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence. His research identifies disease resistance genes in bees and covers such topics as pathogen invasion, infection and the mapping of protein interactions. His objective is to reverse the decline of honeybee numbers and build genetic traits that make them more resistant to disease. Dr. Foster works with beekeepers, economists and biologists across North America and Europe to eradicate…

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March 2019

Genomics in an era of shifting ecological baselines

March 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
College of the Rockies, 2700 College Way, Cranbrook, BC V1C 5L7
Cranbrook, V1C 5L7 CA
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Climate change is affecting British Columbia in many ways. In recent years we have seen intense fire activity and massive insect outbreaks. It is imperative that we document our current ecological baselines so that we can better recognize, manage, and respond to change. Dr. Dezene Huber’s research program has been using genomics to better understand the huge mountain pine beetle outbreak in the interior, and is applying the same tools the burgeoning spruce beetle infestation. He has also started to…

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From Cancer to Cannabis: using ‘omics to advance research

March 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Quest University Canada, 3200 University Boulevard, Squamish, BC V8B 0N8
Squamish, V8B 0N8 CA
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‘Omics technologies, particularly genomics, hold the promise to improve our quality of life while providing opportunities for economic development and environmental improvement for the benefit of society. Every living thing has a genome which holds the secret code of life within. From the food we eat, to the medicine and cures we seek, to the environmental sustainability of natural resources we depend upon, genomics is the heart of life sciences in British Columbia. Come and hear a balanced discussion about…

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May 2019

17th Annual Genomics Forum “Cannabis: Cultivating Knowledge, Growing Innovation”

May 30 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
UBC Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Vancouver, V6T 1Z3 CA
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Canada’s legalization of cannabis has heightened the need to understand more about the properties and applications of cannabinoids spurring an expanded interest in cannabis research and development. After decades of prohibition, there is still much to learn about cannabis compared to other botanicals. Legalization introduces a whole new spectrum of cannabis opportunities beyond medical applications creating an urgent need for research to address gaps in knowledge on the effects and safety of cannabis as a whole — important areas of research…

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June 2019

CPTP Webinar: One billion pieces of data and growing: Canada’s Living Population Laboratory Overview, Case Studies & Access Guide

June 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This webinar will provide an overview of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) —Canada’s largest population study of more than 320,000 Canadians in six regional cohorts across the country — that allows researchers to explore how genetics, environment, lifestyle and behaviour interact and contribute to the development of cancer and other chronic diseases.   The CPTP is a population study that maintains harmonized and de-identified self-reported data, physical and biochemical measures, and includes genomic profiles from participants who have…

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September 2019

Let Them Eat Dirt

September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rio Theatre, 1660 E Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5N 1W1
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Allergies, obesity, asthma, intestinal disorders, auto-immune diseases, and diabetes are all on the rise, with some even doubling every ten years. New research points to changes in the complex ecosystem of microbes that live on and inside every one of us – our microbiota – as a major cause. But how could microorganisms that live in your gut affect the odds you’ll develop asthma, a disease of the lungs – or diabetes, a metabolic disorder? LET THEM EAT DIRT: The…

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