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Congratulations to Dr. Robert Sladek (Assistant Professor, Human Genetics) for being awarded the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Prize. The award will allow him to look at the molecular consequences (gene networks and pathways) of one of the T2DM risk SNPs that he and his research associates discovered in 2009.

Dr. Sladek’s research focuses on identifying mechanisms by which genetic variation causes complex diseases and traits:

“To do this, I have developed novel approaches to identify genetic variants that are associated with Type 2 Diabetes (Sladek et al., Nature 445: 881-5; Rung et al., Nature Genetics 41: 1110-5) and glycemic traits (Bouatia-Naji, Rocheleau et al., Science, 320: 1085-8) as well as to identify the effects of polymorphisms on gene expression in human tissues and inbred mice (Lee et al., Physiological Genomics 25: 294-302). My current research centers on developing single-cell (Rajan et al. BMC Genomics 12:115) and proteomics assays to identify gene networks, particularly those that are regulated by genetic variants causing Type 2 Diabetes or implicated in cancer-related metabolic disorders.”


Dr. Sladek is also the recipient of an FRSQ (Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec) award that will help to support his research.

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