Genomics and You @ Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa [18 April]

Genomics and You

19:00 - 21:30

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Canada Science and Technology Museum
1867 St Laurent Blvd., Ottawa, Ontario K1G 5A3
Join McGill University and the Canada Science and Technology Museum for an evening of thought-provoking discussions about genomics.

Invited speakers from academia and industry will explore the science, ethics, and impacts of genomics, and some interesting movements in current research. The session will end with a panel discussion and question-and-answer period. Following the event, there will be a reception along with light refreshments and networking opportunities.

The event will be simultaneously translated into both official languages.

Seating is limited

Registration is required, admission is free.

Genomics 101 – An Introduction to the Genomics Revolution
Dr. Kristin Baetz, University of Ottawa & Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology
Dr. Kristin Baetz is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Ottawa and the Director of the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology, a multi-faculty Research Centre with a mandate to develop and apply systems biology to biological studies relevant to human diseases. Dr. Baetz’s research program exploits the model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae and a variety of systems biology approaches to understand the basic cellular mechanisms cancer and neurodegeneration. She also applies her yeast screening platforms to improve industrial yeast for industrial fermentation. Dr. Baetz served as President of the Canadian Society of Molecular Biosciences (2015-2017), a professional association of biochemists and genetics scientists which advocates for sustainable science policy and funding for Canadian researchers.

Genomics in Three Dimensions
Dr. Josée Dostie, McGill University & Goodman Cancer Research Center
Dr. Josée Dostie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at McGill. She is also an associate member of the Goodman Cancer Research Center. Dr. Dostie received her Ph.D. degree in 2000 from the Biochemistry department at McGill. She completed post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania (2004) and the University of Massachusetts (2007). Her research program aims to understand the relationship between three-dimensional genome organization, epigenomics, and transcription activity. Research in Dr. Dostie’s laboratory is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Social and Ethical Aspects of Prenatal Testing
Vardit Ravitsky, University of Montreal & Center for Research on Ethics
Vardit Ravitsky is Associate Professor at the Bioethics Program, School of Public Health, University of Montreal and Director of Ethics and Health at the Center for Research on Ethics. Ravitsky is Vice-President of the International Association of Bioethics, member of the Standing Committee on Ethics of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and of the Institute Advisory Board of CIHR’s Institute of Genetics. She is also member of the National Human Genome Research Institute’s (NHGRI) Genomics & Society Working Group. Previously, she was faculty at the Department of Medical Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania.

B.F. Francis Ouellette, Genome Québec (VP, Scientific Affairs)
B.F. Francis Ouellette since February 2017 is the Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Génome Québec, a not-for-profit organization that supports Genomics in Québec. In this role he is responsible for the scientific direction of Génome Québec activities and the management of all awards involving Québec scientists.
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