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February 16, 2006

SickKids receives renewed Genome Canada funding for The Centre for Applied Genomics

The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG) has secured additional funding – in excess of $5 million – from Genome Canada through the Ontario Genomics Institute (OGI), to maintain and enhance its operations through 2008.

“We are delighted to be able to announce this renewed funding commitment for activities at the centre,” says Dr. Stephen Scherer, director of TCAG, senior scientist in Genetics & Genomic Biology, and Research Institute associate chief (Infrastructure). “These funds will enable us to continue to provide a wide variety of services and perform technology development, which will ultimately assist not only scientific research from SickKids and Genome Canada projects, but efforts in the national and international genomics communities.”

The Centre for Applied Genomics is a Canadian centre for human genome and disease research, incorporating core facilities providing genetic, statistical, computational and analytical services to hundreds of research laboratories both in Canada and abroad. Going forward, TCAG will continue to support disease gene discovery and characterization projects, and will make significant new investments in the latest technologies for complete genome scanning and analysis.

TCAG is a multimillion-dollar operation that employs over 50 staff and is host to dozens of visiting scientists, trainees and graduate students every year. Now located in the Toronto Medical Discovery Tower in the MaRS complex, the centre is supported by a variety of partners, including Genome Canada/OGI, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Innovation Trust, the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, the McLaughlin Centre for Molecular Medicine and SickKids Foundation. The Scientific Management Committee is comprised of Scherer, Dr. Dennis Bulman, Dr. Jayne Danska, Jo-Anne Herbrick, Dr. Lucy Osborne, Dr. Andrew Paterson, Dr. Peter Ray and Dr. Johanna Rommens.


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