Genomics Blog

November 6, 2015 2:02 PM
Gene Expression in Meditative and Yogic Practices
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This is a guest post from freelance writer Susanne Cardwell with Fahri Saatcioglu. He is a professor in the Department of Biosciences at the University of Oslo.

Susanne: Fahri, you compiled research on gene expression by yoga, meditation and related practices in one of your publications. What sparked your interest in yogic and meditative practices and gene expression?

Fahri: Yes, I started practicing yoga and meditation some time ago right after high school. I felt very positive effects from these practices and the people around me, those who experimented with these practices, did also. So, that was the start of my interest with yoga, breathing, and meditation, which became an important part of my daily routine from then on.
During my studies, I got interested in molecular mechanisms of gene expression, so that's what I did starting with my undergraduate project, which became a master's project, and then a PhD project, and from then on, became my chosen field of research, especially as it relates to cancer.
Some years ago--of course, I've been following the research on meditative practices for some time--I thought there was not much happening in this area of gene expression, especially rapid effects of these practices. In other words, what happens when you do a practice--are there some changes in gene expression that happens immediately?
That's how I started to do research in this area, and then I compiled the review article that you read.
October 28, 2015 7:42 AM
Government Relations in Changing Times
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I'm in Edmonton right now co-leading a workshop on the essentials of lobbying. It is a small group with a varied background in the profit and not-for-profit sectors in Alberta and B.C. Most of them probably signed up for the course after the Alberta election results were in and with no idea what was about to happen at the Federal level. And here we are with the Liberals on top federally and Alberta showing off an NDP government - not something anyone at last October's workshop would have predicted.
This has left many in-house government relations staff scrambling trying to get the attention of the new kinds on the block and even veteran government relations experts are having to hone their skills. A consistent message for the workshop so far has been that it isn't all about who you know. Content advocacy is the best way to approach your government relations strategy.
September 28, 2015 1:06 PM
Part-time positions with Genome Alberta
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Genome Alberta is looking for 2 part-time positions to work at our offices in NW Calgary.
We have an opening for a Junior to Intermediate Full-cycle Accountant to work 4 days a week. The successful candidate should be working towards an accounting designation and have a minimum of two years of full cycle accounting experience. If you are someone with strong attention to detail, ability to work independently, desire continuous learning, and are self-motivated, then this position is for you. View the full job posting.

We also have a position available for an Administrative Assistant to work 3 days a week. The position will provide administrative support to the Office Manager, Communications Director, and Program Director. You should have excellent organizational, verbal and written communication, and interpersonal skills. View the full job posting.

We will be accepting applications for this position until October 13, 2015. Please send your cover letter and resume to Mitthua Banks at
August 27, 2015 2:16 PM
LISTEN: Chris McCabe on realizing the value of the genomics revolution
McCabe podcast On June 18th Genome Alberta was one of the sponsors of the mini-symposium Genomics and Personalized Medicine - Health Policy and Barriers to Adoption held at the University of Alberta.
There were 3 speakers at the event and freelance broadcaster Don Hill cornered them all for an interview before they left the event. We posted the interview with Wylie Burke earlier in the summer, and next up we have Chris McCabe, Professor and Capital Health Research Chair in Emergency Medicine Research and one of the lead researchers on our PACEOMICS project.
July 10, 2015 9:47 AM
LISTEN: Wylie Burke on genomics, precision medicine, and healthcare policy
Genomics is not simple. And no, we're not suggesting that is just a problem for Barbie. Understanding the science, the clinical application, and the societal implication of the new science of genomics is indeed hard. Human genetics is a key part of the hope and promise of personalized medicine but it remains a work in progress that has not lived up to the expectations society has pinned to the science.
Genome Alberta has funded a special project that focuses on how personalized (or precision) medicine can or should be incorporated into the health care system.