Media Advisory - Revolutionary genomic test for transplant rejection comes one step closer to reality

    VANCOUVER, May 22 /CNW/ - Genome BC and PROOF Centre of Excellence are
pleased to invite media to attend:

    What:        The public launch of a genomics research project that will
                 create a ground-breaking new test to pre-diagnose organ
                 rejection in heart and kidney transplant patients and
                 facilitate treatment.

    Where:       PROOF Centre for Excellence 2nd Annual Meeting

    Date/Time:   Tuesday, May 26th at 9:30 a.m.

    Place:       Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Pavilion Ballroom, North Tower
                 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver

    Note to Editors:

    Project Leaders Drs. Bruce McManus, Paul Keown and Rob McMaster, along
with transplant recipient Sarah Johnston will be available for interviews
about the Biomarkers for Transplantation project.

    Images/photographs and telephone interviews available on request.

    About Genome BC
    Genome British Columbia is a research organization that invests in and
manages large-scale genomics and proteomics research projects and science and
technology platforms focused on areas of strategic importance such as human
health, forestry, fisheries, ethics, agriculture, and the environment. By
working collaboratively with all levels of government, universities and
industry, Genome BC is the catalyst for a vibrant, genomics-driven life
sciences cluster with far reaching social and economic benefits for the
Province and Canada.

    About the PROOF Centre of Excellence
    The Prevention of Organ Failure Centre of Excellence (PROOF Centre)
discovers, develops, implements and commercializes biological markers
(biomarkers) to diagnose, prevent and treat heart, lung and kidney failure.
The PROOF Centre is a unique, multi-disciplinary hub of partners from
industry, academia, healthcare, government, patients and the public. The PROOF
Centre's "personalized medicine" approach - giving the right person, the right
treatment, at the right time, in the right amount - will reduce the enormous
burden of organ failure and improve health.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Rachael Zamperini, (604)
612-6345, Communications Consultant, Genome BC; Jennifer Boon, (778) 327-8374,
Communications Manager, PROOF Centre

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