Canada's Genome Centres Promote Collaboration at International Conference



    SAN DIEGO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - Canada's six genome centres demonstrated the
power of partnerships by hosting their 2nd Annual Canadian Genomics Reception
at the International Plant and Animal Genomics Conference in San Diego last
week. More than 150 researchers, funders and other international stakeholders
enjoyed Canadian hospitality and took advantage of the informal networking
event.
    "This Canadian reception was a truly positive opportunity for me from the
perspective of interacting with key leaders in the genome centres from across
Canada," commented John Evey, Vice President for Development at the J. Craig
Venter Institute. "The Venter Institute is a very collaborative research
entity that has enjoyed productive working relationships with Canadian
scientists and institutions in the past, and I believe that additional
research partnerships could develop based on conversations at this event."
    Dr. Reno Pontarollo, Chief Scientific Officer for Genome Prairie was the
Master of Ceremonies at the successful reception.
    "To date, our six Canadian genomics centres have led over $1.6 billion in
genomics research. The projects are funded 50% by the Canadian government
through Genome Canada and 50% by provincial governments, research and academia
and industry partners. We want to work with all of you here in the US and
abroad."
    Sean Barr, Canadian Consul and Commissioner, and Cheryl Rogers, Trade
Commissioner, also welcomed the crowd.
    This event was sponsored in part by Western Economic Diversification and
the Government of Canada.

    
    For more information about the genome centres, please visit
    www.genomebc.ca
    www.genomealberta.ca
    www.genomeprairie.ca
    www.ontariogenomicsinstitute.ca
    www.genomequebec.com
    www.genomeatlantic.ca
    





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For further information: Carol Reynolds, Director, Corporate Development
and Communications, Email: creynolds@genomeprairie.ca, Tel: (306) 668-3574,
Cell: (306) 241-9033, Fax: (306) 668-3580

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