Genomics Blog

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.
July 3, 2015 10:55 AM
Speeding up clinical development with better data
BIO2015 podcast with Mats Olsen from Prevail InfoworksThere is no question that in the 21st century data rules in the field of medicine, healthcare, and research. Apart from mistakes and dead-end roads when the data is wrong, companies and researchers need data quickly to get funding, to get drugs approvals, and to get regulatory or financial paperwork done efficiently. Managing that process is a specialty and there are many 3rd party tools and companies with the sole purpose of data management and integration.
It may not have the flair of working in the lab but just try and get things done without it. Mats Olsen knows all about getting the job done. He is SVP, Business Operations with Prevail Infoworks in Philadelphia where BIO 2015 was held in late June. His company made the most of having so many current and potential customers right in their backyard and I caught up with him for a few minutes to learn more about the importance of getting the data right. Here's our conversation.
July 3, 2015 8:48 AM
A Mo-POD for field medicine
Interview with Julie Bick from FlowMetricsIn my time spent as a journalist I spent time digging for stories but was always surprised and pleased to have stories drop in unexpectedly. The same thing happens every year at BIO when I'm doing our BIORadio podcasts and this is one of those stories. Someone overheard me doing one of the live streamed interviews and after I was free suggested I find out about a field diagnostics device that could be used in remote locations or in emergency situations. It turned out to be  an interesting story that even had a Canadian connection.
Here's my interview with Julie Bick, the Chief Scientific Officer with FlowMetric Diagnostics
July 2, 2015 2:26 PM
Job Opportunity: Director for the Alberta Epigenetics Network
The Alberta Epigenetics Network is funded and managed by Genome Alberta on behalf of the Alberta Government and Alberta's 3 leading research universities in Edmonton, Calgary, and Lethbridge.The current Director of Operations for the AEN is moving on to a great opportunity in Toronto so we're looking for a new Director.
Needless to say you need to have a deep understanding of the science behind epigenetics but you also need to be a self starter who is comfortable working with Boards of Directors, government officials, academics, and industry. Raising funds for the Network and for research is an important part of the job so if you're looking for a lab job - this isn't for you.

The Genome Alberta offices are located in NW Calgary, handy to the LRT and the University, and we are a good group to work with.
Download the .doc details and contact Mitthua Banks for more information.
Applications must be received on or before July 29th, 2015.