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Naveed's Note

On behalf of the entire CGEn team, I am pleased to share that the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) has recognized CGEn with the 2022 Research Partnership Award for our efforts in leading and delivering the Pan-Canadian HostSeq initiative.
For those who are tuning into our newsletter for the first time, the HostSeq Initiative was launched in April 2020, funded by Genome Canada as part of the CanCOGeN network initiative, quickly assembling a world-leading team of researchers to establish a coordinated pan-Canadian effort as part of Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The HostSeq initiative focused on human host sequencing, with the goal of generating human DNA sequence data for 10,000 Canadians that had experienced a SARS-CoV-2 infection since January 2020. From early conception, HostSeq had ambitious goals of identifying and collecting appropriately consented samples, generating the data, and building a database that would be both nationally and internationally accessible for the further study of the impact of COVID-19 on humans.

Owing to a concerted effort led by CGEn and its team, 14 clinical and research studies across the country were brought together to contribute to the HostSeq initiative. The resulting HostSeq databank will be Canada’s largest national genomic databank to date, containing genome sequences from 10,000 individuals affected by COVID-19, linked with medical and clinical data that is easily accessible to investigators.

The delivery of HostSeq would not have been possible without the effort and commitment of its Implementation Committee and our strong partnerships across the country, and of course the highly talented CGEn team across all 3 nodes whose tireless efforts throughout the pandemic made HostSeq a national success story. It is the commitment of these individuals that has allowed CGEn to play a key role in Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank CARA for recognizing the contributions of our strong partnerships with this award. CGEn is proud to be a part of the Canadian research ecosystem, and will continue to play a role in advancing science partnerships in Canada and beyond.

Dr. Naveed Aziz

New CIHR-CGEn HostSeq Fellowship Opportunity

CGEn is pleased to partner with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) on a Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship Program!

Successful applicants will use CGEn’s HostSeq Databank and bioinformatic approaches to conduct research that utilizes large-scale genomic and clinical data to support projects in the area of human genetics.

Applications are due by July 14, 2022.

Learn More and Apply

CIHR and CGEn will be hosting a webinar in the near future to discuss the program and the application process.

Please monitor CIHR's webinar page for further information and the link to join.

Webinar Information

CGEn Synapsis is Back!

The second episode of CGEn’s podcast, The Synapsis, features Dr. Martha Crago, McGill University’s Vice-Principal of Research and Innovation and Chair of the Governing Council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Dr. Crago spoke with Dr. Naveed Aziz about the genomics landscape in Canada and shared her thoughts on coordinating efforts to increase the impact of genomics research, and other considerations for the federal government's outstanding Pan-Canadian Genomics strategy, programs and policies to support the future of genomics in Canada.
Tune in to the Full Episode
Dr. Naveed Aziz, CEO, CGEn and Dr. Martha Crago, Vice-Principal of Research and Innovation, McGill University, speaking on the CGEn Synapsis podcast.

Genomics News & Events

We're pleased to share news, publications, events and other items of interest to the genomics community in our monthly newsletter. Please share your news and items of interest with us. We accept submissions at any time to:
Dr. Naveed Aziz participated in a roundtable discussion on Data organized by Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada and the National Research Council (NRC) Canada, which included 30 organizations from across the Canadian science and data ecosystem. In case you missed it, read Dr. Aziz’s op-ed in The Hill Times: 'Large-scale national data approach key to unlocking power of genomics'
'Looking at the genomic features of lung-recurrent, hormone-sensitive prostate cancer' – Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre
'Researchers from the RI-MUHC and the McGill Genome Centre examine differences in ICU patients who recovered or died from COVID-19 and identify candidate drugs to treat severe disease'McGill University Health Centre
'Probe of DNA repeats reveals genetic link to schizophrenia'The Hospital for Sick Children
Read the latest resource paper on HostSeq: ‘HostSeq: A Canadian Whole Genome Sequencing and Clinical Data Resource’ (medRxiv preprint)
The National Human Genome Research Institute and its partners are organizing a social media campaign from June 6-10, 2022, that focuses on healthcare provider genomics education. This initiative will include panel discussions, webinars, Twitter chats and Q&As. Learn more here.

Profile your research with CIHR! ‘The faces of health research’ aims to share “life-changing research happening right here in Canada – presented by researchers and patients in their own words.” If you share your story, please let us know so we can highlight it in CGEn communications.
Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) is seeking feedback from the international genomics community about what is working and what is not working across the GA4GH organization. Share your thoughts in the GA4GH Community Survey or attend one of many upcoming GA4GH Town Hall Discussions.
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