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Canada Plans C$4M for Childhood Gene Studies

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Two Canadian organizations will provide C$4 million ($3.9 million) for research projects that will use next-generation sequencing and other approaches to identify genetic variants linked to childhood diseases.

The aim of the "Advancing Technology Innovation through Discovery" program is to use Genome Canada-funded Science and Technology Innovation Centers to accelerate the translation of new medical and technological advances.

The project will be funded by up to C$2 million each from Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and other funding sources will be pursued to scale up the program and to speed development of its results.

The research will focus on genes that can be identified quickly using only a small number of subjects.

The project initially will establish national disease consortia to bring together clinicians, geneticists, and the S&T Innovation Centers.

"This collaboration will accelerate gene discovery and can lead to new therapies for debilitating childhood disorders," CIHR President Alain Beaudet said in a statement.

"It's a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the positive impact that genomics technology can have on our individual health and the role Canada can play in this area," added Thomas Caskey, chair of Genome Canada's board of directors.

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