Genetics Non-Discrimination Bill S-201

We request you to take a moment to read and support Bill S- 201: The Genetic Non-Discrmination Act, which is currently under consideration by the Parliament of Canada. The President of CCMG, Dr. Gail Graham says “If passed, Bill S-201 will make it illegal to require an individual to undergo a genetic test as a condition of providing goods or services, including insurance, to that individual. Similarly, insurers will not be allowed to deny insurance to an individual on the grounds that they have refused to undergo a genetic test. Canada is the only G7 country without this type of legislation. All of us in this field are acutely aware of how genetic testing is transforming health care.  Genome-wide technologies are cheaper and more accessible than ever.  Whole exome sequencing is now being used for clinical care and the movement toward “personalized medicine” is well underway. Those of us on the front line of patient care understand how fear of genetic discrimination can influence genetic test decisions.  Fear of repercussions should not prevent our society from realizing the potential of genomics. I personally believe that Canadians deserve this type of protection. If you support Bill S-201, please take a moment to write to or email your Member of Parliament (M.P.) to let him or her know. You can quickly find the address and email of your member of Parliament

ASHG has recently issued a statement of support for S-201, and is working with Canadian organizations to move the bill forward.

Quebec’s Network of Applied Medical Genetics (RMGA) has also released a position statement, in support of Bill S-201.

Read the full text of Bill S-201


Stand Up To Cancer Canada’s (SU2C)- New Cancer Stem Cell Dream Team

Dr. N. JabadoCongratulations to Dr. Nada Jabado on being named Principal Investigator of the SU2C Canada Cancer Stem Cell Dream Team. “The Dream Team will bring new insights to brain cancer research, which has been an underfunded area.” “In their search for new treatment approaches in two of the most devastating cancers, both in brain, in adults and children – glioblastomas and infant ependymomas – the Dream Team will focus on a specific type of cell, called brain tumor stem cells (BTSCs).”

Dr. Nada Jabado along with Research Teams from across Canada will receive $11.7 Million in funding from SU2C, Genome Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Cancer Stem Cell Consortium and Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.

Dr. Nada Jabado, Senior Scientist at RI-MUHC, Professor at the Department of Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University research focuses on brain tumors, the leading cause of cancer-related mortality and morbidity in the pediatric years. Using Next Generation Sequencing, her research team was among the first to use and achieve a breakthrough in cancer research. Published in the journals Nature, and Cancer Cell her work identified two genetic mutations involved in up to 40% of pediatric glioblastomas, a fatal cancer of the brain.

[Read More]

Read More Posts From This Section »

Funding, Jobs and Other Announcements:

Funding Opportunities:

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program. Departmental submission deadline: September 12, 2016
Job Opportunities:

GeneStory – New start up in Montreal, looking for recent HG/GC-grads/students.
Clinical Cytogeneticist – Alberta Health Services, Alberta.
Assistant, Associate or Full Professor Positions

Read More Posts From This Section »

August 2016

  • August 31, 2016 at 1:00pm – Human Genetics Orientation. To be held at Thomson House (3650 McTavish, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1Y3).
  • September 7, 2016 at 3:00pm – Swati Gupta’s Ph.D. Oral Defence entitled “Contribution of mutations in the early secretory pathway to disease”. Supervisor: Dr. Loydie Majewska. To be held in the Stewart Biology Building, Room W4/12.
  • September 30, 2016 at 3:00pm – Dong Anh Khuong Quang’s Ph.D. Oral Defence entitled “Identification of genetic and epigenetic alterations in paediatric high-grade astrocytomas”. Supervisor: Dr. Nada Jabado. To be held in the Stewart Biology Building, Room W4/12.

CIHR Info Sessions

CIHR will be offering information sessions to students and university staff about CIHR award programs as well as recent improvements made to these. Information will also be provided on relevant CIHR policies, tips for applicants, and guidelines on how to submit an application. These sessions will be interactive and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

The sessions will allow all participants to be connected and discussions will be supported with a view of a PowerPoint presentation. Participants must have access to a computer with internet connection to access the session and view the PowerPoint presentation. Questions may be directed to CIHR via the webinar chat function.

If you are interested in participating in one of these sessions, please follow the instructions below to register to one of the three sessions that will be offered.  Interested participants may also register via our CIHR Website at the following address:

For more info contact:


McGill: Molecular Biology Student Symposium, August 19

Human Genetics students are invited to sign up for the Molecular Biology Student Symposium (MBSS) on August 19 to give an oral presentation, give a poster presentation, or attend:

MBSS is a symposium organized by students, for students! We invite all students from different departments exploring any aspect of molecular biology to showcase their research. Anyone can attend! We will also have a section for undergraduate students to give a talk, so pass on the message!

Date: August 19th, 2016

Time: 9-5

Location: Talks in Stewart W4/12, posters in Bellini atrium, reception at Thomson House


IGES 2016: Toronto, Oct 24-26; Early Bird Registration

25th Annual International Genetics Epidemiology Society meeting, to be held in Toronto, October 24-26, 2016.

Early Bird Registration deadline: July 22, 2016

A wonderful set of speakers, including Lon Cardon, Gail Jarvik, Joel Schwartz, Nicole Soranzo, Mike Boehnke, Josée Dupuis, Peter St. George-Hyslop & Robert Tibshirani

Educational workshop on October 24th :  Big Data Phenotyping: Opportunities, Analytic Challenges, and Solutions


CHHD Annual Scientific Retreat – Nov 04, 2016

You are invited to attend the 2nd CHHD Annual Scientific Retreat:

Date: November 4th, 2016

Time: 8:30 am – 7:00pm

Location: New Residence Hall on Parc Avenue in Montreal

RSVP: Deadline – October 15th


3rd Canadian Conference on Epigenetics, Sep 18-21

The Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium (CEEHRC) Network, would like to invite you to register for the 3rd Canadian Conference on Epigenetics, titled “Epigenomics in Development and Disease”.

Confirmed speakers include Cheryl Arrowsmith, Nathalie Berube, Daniel De Carvalho, Michael Kobor, Janine LaSalle, John Lis, Jason Locasale, Matt Lorincz, Tim Reddy, Alex Ruthenburg, Yang Shi, and Li-Huei Tsai. The majority of speakers (still to be determined) will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Date: September 18-21

Location: Estérel  Resort, QC

Register online: Abstracts must be submitted before Monday, August 1 to be considered for selection as an oral presentation. Any abstracts submitted after this date will still be accepted for poster presentation. Final deadline for abstract submission and registration is Friday, August 19.

Travel awards are available for HG students and medical students. Applications must be submitted by July 7th.

Please see for more information.


Get Involved with Open Access, Open Data, or Open Education!

Are you interested in open access, open data, or open education? Do you want to learn more about how research can be conducted – and distributed – in a more equitable way? Here are two amazing opportunities for grad students and post-docs in Canada to get involved with this!

(1) Apply to attend OpenCon 2016 on November 12-14 in Washington, DC. OpenCon seeks to bring together effective, engaged students and early career academic professionals from around the world to advance Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data—regardless of their ability to pay for travel costs. The application is available at: - Applicants can request a travel scholarship, which will be awarded to most of those accepted. The three-day program includes keynotes, panels, workshops, hackathons, and meetings with policy makers. Find out more about the conference at

(2) Join the OOO Canada Research Network. The network supports students and young researchers in their efforts to promote open, transparent approaches to knowledge sharing. We are currently seeking grad students from each Canadian university to join as campus representatives. You will be responsible for:

  • Meeting with members of the core committee monthly via Google Hangouts
  • Leading on-campus initiatives that promote open access, open data, and/or open education
  • Liaising between your institutional librarians and the OOO Canada Research Network

Read more about the network, and apply to join here.


New Course: CMPL 642 Law and Healthcare

For 2016 – 2017, Prof. Lara Khoury, Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Law is offering a new course entitled Law and Health Care.

Course Description

The course is open to non-law students and Prof. Khoury will grant permission to interested students.


Human Genetics Research Day 2016 – Winners

Thank you to everyone who attended and presented at the Human Genetics Research Day last Thursday, May 19th. It was great to hear and see the variety of ongoing research throughout the Department.

Congratulations to our:

Oral Presentation Winners: Vinicius Medeiros Fava, Cavin Wong & Mona Wu

One-Minute Talk Winners: Enrique Gamero Estévez & Gabriel André Leiva-Torres

Poster Presentation Winners: Wejdan Alenezi, Claudia Dominici, Bianca Ho, Gabriel André Leiva-Torres, Mathieu Mancini & Sabrina Torre

HGDay 2016

Left to right: Mathieu Mancini, Vinicius Medeiros Fava, Enrique Gamero Estévez, Cavin Wong, Bianco Ho, Wejdan Alenezi, Sabrina Torre, Gabriel André Leiva-Torres, Claudia Dominici & Mona Wu   

Lastly, a special thanks to the oral and poster presentation judges for volunteering their time to assist!


Read More Posts From This Section »