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Better Broodstock for Atlantic salmon Genomic tools will offer insight for industry partners

December 15, 2015
Aquaculture is a key economic driver for our province with the farming of Atlantic salmon contributing more than $475 million annually to the economy of British Columbia.

Genome BC Geneskool Exploring life sciences with local high school students

December 9, 2015
Over 200 secondary students from Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver and Whistler are getting a unique and rare experience inside the world of genomics and genetics as they attend full-day workshops at Capilano University (Cap U).

Super Sunflowers: Environmentally resilient oilseeds for Canada and developing countries

December 9, 2015
Plants are regularly challenged by a variety of environmental stresses such as drought, flooding, salt, and low-nutrient levels.

Genome BC provides first support for a research chair in ecosystem reclamation at TRU

December 3, 2015
Genome British Columbia (Genome BC) has pledged $250,000 towards the creation of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair position at Thompson Rivers University (TRU).

Cattle’s best bet against disease - Genomics-based research project will deliver two new vaccines

November 24, 2015
Infectious diseases continue to be a leading cause of sickness and death in livestock and are of concern to human health due to their potential to be transferred to people. Vaccination is the most cost-effective means of preventing infectious disease in animals and humans, but its application to li…

Public Talk - West Vancouver - Your DNA: A blueprint for better health

November 18, 2015
West Vancouver BC- Imagine if there was a significant increase in accurately diagnosing and treating disease for all British Columbians. The benefits of using genetic information to create a personalized approach to health care are vast. Genome British Columbia (Genome BC) is taking its community e…

Public talk explores genomic health tsunami

November 12, 2015
Victoria BC- Each person is designed with different genetic information. In the field of health, genomics aims to uncover what role this unique information can play in health and disease. Could personalized medicine using genomic tools be key to improving current methods of diagnosis and treatment f…

Canadian Queens - Sustaining and securing Canada’s honey bees using ‘omic’ tools

November 4, 2015
Honey bees play a critical role in Canadian agriculture and nationally beekeepers have lost more than a quarter of their colonies each winter since 2006-07.

Genome BC Investment provides critical support for company advancement PNI completes over $13 million in financing

November 2, 2015
Genome BC congratulates Precision NanoSystems, Inc. (PNI) on the completion of their $13.4 million private Series A financing. PNI will use the funding to expand product development, increase manufacturing capacity and accelerate commercialization of its novel instruments and reagents platform.

Prince George Talk - Your DNA: A blueprint for better health

October 28, 2015
Genome British Columbia (Genome BC) is taking its community engagement program, “Bringing Genomics Home” on the road to Prince George. Community members are welcome to join Drs. Jennifer Gardy, Nadine Caron and Brad Popovich for a lively and engaging presentation: Your DNA: a blueprint for better he…

Coho salmon: potential economic driver and food source Genomic tools aim to revive fisheries and aquaculture for a depleted species

October 27, 2015
It has been over fifteen years since southern BC commercial fisheries for Coho salmon contributed significantly to the province’s largest agri-food export, seafood, which provides $2.2 billion in direct industry revenues annually to the province. Coho salmon, previously one of the most highly valued…

Improving BC wine one yeast at a time - Unique tools being developed to identify novel yeast in spontaneous wine fermentation

October 21, 2015
In increasingly competitive wine markets, British Columbian wineries must differentiate their products from their international competitors by making high-value wines that express the unique character -- the terroir -- of their region.

Former FBI Forensics Expert to speak on Genomics as the Integral Tool for Forensic Science

October 20, 2015
DNA technology has become an essential means for ensuring accuracy and objectivity in the process of crime solving. Dr. Bruce Budowle, renowned forensics expert, has been a leader in the field for four decades, applying his DNA expertise to the most compelling cases.

Genome BC Geneskool Exploring life sciences with local high school students

October 19, 2015
Over 350 secondary students in Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Terrace are getting a unique and rare experience inside the world of genomics and genetics this week.

Are self-disinfecting surfaces the “Midas” touch for reducing hospital infections? Pilot study examines environmental and genomic solution for healthcare associated infections

October 6, 2015
Vancouver, BC – Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) are a major burden on patients and healthcare systems worldwide. Despite strict hygiene practices and other preventative measures in hospitals there are an estimated 220,000 cases with 8000 deaths per year in Canada. Costs associated with HAI’…

Understanding the importance of protein expression HUPO 2015 lands in Vancouver

September 25, 2015
Vancouver, BC- The 14th Human Proteome Organization World Conference (HUPO 2015) is being held at the Vancouver Convention Centre September 27-30, 2015. This year’s theme, ‘Translating Proteomics and Allied -Omics to the Clinic’, will underpin the need for collaboration and cooperation of individua…

Genomics across the Atlantic Genome BC signs MOU with Genomics England

August 27, 2015
London, UK- Genome British Columbia and Genomics England today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to pursue a bold initiative to improve diagnostic capability and outcomes for patients with cancer, rare diseases and infectious diseases. The two groups are working together with the ultimate g…

What secrets are hidden in the Mendelson family genetics? Local students learn medical genetics at Genome BC Geneskool Summer Camp

August 17, 2015
High school students from Burnaby, Langley, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver and West Vancouver will become the next medical genetics experts as Genome BC’s Geneskool Summer Camp returns to Capilano University for an intensive five-day workshop.

Investing in health, and beyond Genome BC puts funding towards oral cancer, marine diversity and other projects

July 21, 2015
Vancouver, BC – Oral cancer (OC) is a global health problem with high incidence and high mortality. OC has worldwide impact, accounting for 274,000 new cases and 145,000 deaths each year. The 5 year survival rates range from 30-60% and are among the most deadly of all cancer types. Most troubling, h…

What secrets are hidden in the Mendelson family genetics?

July 20, 2015
High school students from Nanaimo, Lantzville and Gabriola Island will become the next medical genetics experts as Genome BC’s Geneskool Summer Camp returns to Vancouver Island University (VIU) for an intensive five-day workshop.

Investing in the digital health Genome BC supporting INTERFACE Health

July 9, 2015
Vancouver, BC- Genome British Columbia (Genome BC) is partnering with INTERFACE Health to enhance engagement with digital health innovators and local stakeholders As a partner in this year’s INTERFACE Health X Challenge, Genome BC will help discover one of the world’s TOP 10 digital health innovator…

Genomics Key to Tracing Spread Measles Outbreak after the Olympics BC Researchers do first genomic epidemiology investigation of this re-emerging virus

July 7, 2015
Vancouver, BC- Following the 2010 Olympics Winter Games, there has been a resurgence in measles in British Columbia. In 1998, measles was declared eradicated in Canada; however, since reaching a worldwide historic low in 2008, the incidence of measles has been on the rise in almost every World Hea…

Novel micro-organisms could aid search for renewable fuels

June 10, 2015
Vancouver, BC – The desire for the discovery of renewable liquid fuels and commodity chemicals has escalated. This is due to the environmental impact of current production methods as well as waning supply security due to geopolitical tensions and decreasing total reserve of petroleum-based fuels and…

Mapping BC’s Path to Personalized Medicine

June 7, 2015
Vancouver, BC –The Personalized Medicine Summit will bring together global leaders from academia, healthcare, industry and government to discuss advances in personalized molecularly-based medicine. The aim is to delineate a pathway for the implementation of personalized medicine (also known as prec…

Supporting drug therapy decisions for Family Physicians BC team working towards genomic-based decision support tool

June 5, 2015
Vancouver, BC – A new research project led by Dr. Martin Dawes at the University of British Columbia (UBC) will apply a genomic approach to screen for 33 markers in five genes of a patient’s DNA that are linked to potentially clinically actionable gene-drug associations. Called The Implementation of…

Genome BC congratulates recipients of CFI funding

June 3, 2015
Vancouver, BC – Genome British Columbia (Genome BC) extends its congratulations to Simon Fraser University (SFU), the University of Northern British Columbia, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of Victoria (UVic) on their recent funding award. These effective institutions ha…

Genome BC Geneskool: Exploring life sciences with high school students and teachers

May 25, 2015
Secondary students in Kamloops are getting a unique and rare experience inside the world of genomics and genetics when Genome BC’s Geneskool program visits 16 science, biology and forensics classes at five secondary schools this week. Students will participate in fun and interactive genomics worksho…

Western Economic Diversification Canada makes investment in Genome BC

May 20, 2015
The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification and representatives of Genome British Columbia (Genome BC) today announced that Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is contributing $715,000 to Genome BC.

Mining Community’s Teck Celebrity Pie Throw Raises $1.1 Million for BC Children’s Hospital

May 12, 2015
Mining for Miracles, the BC mining community's longstanding fundraising campaign for BC Children's Hospital, raised more than $1,066,184 on May 7 at its signature event, the Teck Celebrity Pie Throw.

Illuminating hereditary cancers

April 30, 2015
Vancouver, BC – Understanding hereditary cancer is life and death for Chiquita Hessels. In 2011, just ten months after her mother’s death from breast cancer, and one month after her maternal aunt’s passing from bowel and jaw cancer, Chiquita herself was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Responding to the Mount Polley Mine Breach

April 20, 2015
A new research project, funded by Genome British Columbia (Genome BC) and Genome Canada, aims to improve the strategies for monitoring the impact of Mount Polley Mine tailings breach on the ecosystem and to provide recommendations for environmental remediation.

Growing problem, modern tools

April 13, 2015
Avian influenza (AI) is a contagious viral infection that can affect all species of birds (chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl, pet birds and wild birds). Some AI strains can also cause illness in humans. From December 2014 to January 2015 there was an outbreak of a highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPA…

Federal government makes major investment in BC genomic technology

April 2, 2015
Two BC-based science and technology platforms have received substantial federal investment through Genome Canada’s 2014 Genomics Innovation Network (GIN) program. Both BC-based nodes, the sequencing platform at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) at the BC Cancer Agency and the Prote…

Genome BC Geneskool Exploring life sciences with local high school students

March 30, 2015
More than 100 secondary students in Kelowna are getting a unique and rare experience inside the world of genomics and genetics this week. Genome BC’s Geneskool will be running classroom workshops at Immaculata Catholic School to introduce students to realms of science not currently encompassed in th…

Your DNA: A blueprint for better health Genome BC’s five year strategy for genomics in health

March 23, 2015
Imagine if there was a significant increase in accuracy when diagnosing disease and tailoring care for all British Columbians. The benefits of using genetic information to create a personalized approach to health care are vast. While continued research and advancement in a wide range of chronic dis…

A new partnership for commercialization Genome BC and SRCTec sign MOU for collaboration and cross-promotion

March 19, 2015
Vancouver, BC- Genome British Columbia (Genome BC) and the Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in an effort to collectively advance their goals of entrepreneurship and commercialization. Both organizations focus on accelerating technology …

What’s the buzz in bee biology? Eminent bee researcher explains the role of genomics in bee health

March 4, 2015
Since 2006, North America has lost nearly one third of its honeybee population due to infectious diseases and climate change. As honeybees are one of the most important pollinators in Canadian agriculture, countless crops across the country—including blueberries in British Columbia and canola in Alb…

Ripening Research for BC Wine

February 18, 2015
Four new innovative research projects have been funded through Genome BC’s Strategic Opportunities Fund (SOF). The SOF program, with funding provided by Genome BC and several partners, aims to catalyze new projects and initiatives of strategic importance to BC’s economic sectors.

Genomics and mining talk: Old problems, new tools

February 17, 2015
Genome British Columbia (Genome BC) and the Bulkley Valley Research Centre are hosting a public event, “Bringing Genomics Home” on Wednesday, February 18th. The topic, Genomics: Changing the Way We Mine promises to be a lively and engaging presentation by Dr. Sue Baldwin, Professor, Department of C…

Genome BC Geneskool: Making a difference for high school students and teachers

January 27, 2015
Secondary students in Abbotsford and Chilliwack are getting a unique and rare experience inside the world of genomics and genetics when Genome BC’s Geneskool program visits seven science and biology classes at three secondary schools on January 27, 28 and 29.
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