CGEn Year in Review: Highlights of 2019
Enabling Canadian leadership in genomics research by supporting world-class research or technology development
- In 2019, using the infrastructure funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), CGEn completed the delivery of over 18,000 whole genome, 39,500 transcriptome, 5,359 exome, and 110,611 other genome-wide experiments on biosamples from Canadian research projects, including human and non-human studies.
CGEn scientific leaders acknowledged for their contributions through prestigious awards and recognitions.
- Dr. Stephen Scherer, (Scientific Director, CGEn-Toronto) was awarded the Killam prize in health sciences. Dr. Steven Jones (Scientific Director, CGEn-Vancouver) was awarded the first Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Computational Genomics and Dr. Marco Marra was awarded the Don Rix Award for Lifetime achievement by Life Sciences BC.
- CGEn investigators Dr Steven Jones and Dr Marco Marra were named on the highly cited list in 2019
CGEn researchers made significant scientific contributions to genomics research and precision medicine
- The Autism MSSNG project reached its initial goal of sequencing more than 10,000 whole genomes of individuals with autism and their family members, creating the world’s largest open-source precision medicine database specific to understanding autism.
- Exciting high-impact research findings from all three nodes have been disseminated through peer-reviewed publications. A few examples of such findings are the development of single-cell sequencing approaches to detect changes in Cancer, identification of predictive markers for early diagnosis of Autism, and single-cell transcriptomics to define developmental mechanisms in Childhood Brain Tumors.