MONTREAL, April 24, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Martin Godbout, Chair of the Board, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Thomas J. Hudson to the Génome Québec Board of Directors. The appointment was unanimously approved at the last general assembly. "Given the current shift in the life sciences business model, Dr. Hudson's contribution will be pivotal to Génome Québec's development and growth. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work together again on bringing the benefits of genomics to the community," Martin Godbout explained.
A Saguenay native, Dr. Hudson is President and Scientific Director of the Ontario Institute for Cancer and professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he is internationally renowned by his peers for his work in genomics. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Human Genetics and has co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Dr. Hudson founded the McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre, which he managed from 2002 to 2006. He also served as Assistant Director of the Whitehead/MIT Center for Genome Research. Moreover, Dr. Hudson was one of the founders of the International HapMap Consortium, the Public Population Project in Genomics (P3G) and the International Cancer Genome Consortium. His current research work involves the study of genome variations that affect cancer predisposition, progression and response to therapy, with his main focus being on the genetic architecture associated with the risk for colorectal cancer.
According to Dr. Hudson, Québec is home to exceptional researchers who rank among the world's best. "Having experienced it for myself, I understand the major impact an organization like Génome Québec can have on a researcher's career. Québec is looking to enter the era of personalized medicine, which will place genomics at the centre of its strategic priorities. I would like to contribute to Québec's success, so that we can continue producing the best science possible, with our ultimate goal of making a real difference in people's quality of life."
About Génome Québec
Since May 2000, Génome Québec has been the driving force behind the development of genomics in Québec. By supporting over 60 projects and 750 researchers and managing the operations of the McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre, Génome Québec is helping to accelerate the discovery of new applications for genomics in strategic areas, such as human health, forestry and the environment.
The funds invested by Génome Québec are provided by the Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade of Québec (MDEIE), the Government of Canada, through Genome Canada, and private partners. For more information, visit www.genomequebec.com.
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