The Centre for Genetic Medicine

Advancing clinical care through research, technology and knowledge

Individualized medicine is by no means a new idea at SickKids, but its implementation requires radical changes in the practice of medicine. The centre model concept is designed to promote collaboration among health professionals and leverage institutional and programmatic strengths to build system change with the long-term goal of advancing future policy development.

The Centre for Genetic Medicine will promote interdisciplinary groundbreaking research in genomics and genetic medicine, and support service and training initiatives for academic, government and private sector scientists worldwide. The centre will provide opportunities for innovation that will focus on discovery, translation and knowledge transfer.  

As one of the world’s foremost paediatric health centres, The Hospital for Sick Children is committed to a global vision of Healthier Children.  A Better World.

The Moynihan's Story

Published on Jun 19, 2012

The SickKids Centre for Genetic Medicine is bringing together the brightest minds in patient care, education, policy and research with the goal of one day making individualized treatment a standard of care for all children.

The Centre for Genetic Medicine has the potential to have a significant impact on the health of children, as 90 per cent of chronic diseases have a genetic component and known genetic diseases account for over half of hospital admissions.

To view the Moynihan's Story, click here

Invitation to Loeys-Dietz day Jan 2015

Dear all,

We are very pleased to be able to invite you to this event at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. This is a combined Patient and Family and Healthcare Professional Day, but only health care professionals will be attending the first of the talk of the morning.

The program for the day will begin with a welcome breakfast, followed by Hal Dietz giving Genetic Grand Rounds ‘Found in Translation: New Insights into the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Marfan Syndrome and Related Disorders’. The combined program with follow with Hal Dietz and his genetic counselor Gretchen MacCarrick, along with 6 local speakers presenting the highlights of the 2014 LDS Guidelines. After breaking for lunch, the afternoon sessions will be dedicated to answering patients’ and parents’ questions in informal small group settings lead by our speakers, but you are all welcome to attend and we would appreciate your input in the discussions based on your own experiences in managing your patients and families.

Please find our conference pamphlet attached, with further details and information on how to register for the meeting below; and please feel free to share this email and pamphlet with any of your colleagues who you think might also be interested in attending? Details will follow on the application for CME registration which is in progress, an informal social event the night prior for those arriving in time and a short discussion on potential research collaborations at the end of the day of the meeting.
Sarah Bowdin, Laura Zahavich, Joseph Galli, Tim Bradley
LDS Meeting Organizing Committee

Further Details
There will be no cost for registration, which has been made possible by the kind and generous donations of the Hardie Family, the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation Canada, The Labatt Family Heart Centre, The SickKids Centre for Genetic Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children and other anonymous donors.  However, if you would like to contribute towards the costs of this meeting, please make a donation at: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/the-hospital-for-sick-children-loeys-dietz-syndrom/

Instructions and maps on how to find the hospital, parking and the meeting rooms will be provided on registration.

If you need accommodation, suggested nearby hotels are below and details regarding obtaining discounted rates will be provided on registration.
The Delta Chelsea - http://chelsea.eatonhotels.com/
The Doubletree Hilton - http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ontario/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-toronto-downtown-YTOCSDT/index.htm

Healthcare Professional Registration:

To register for the meeting please just reply to sender with the following details to Michelle Reyn at michelle.reyn@sickkids.ca 
(Please indicate if you don’t want your contact details shared with other healthcare professionals registering for meeting)
Of the afternoon “Ask your Question” sessions below, I would like to attend:  □1    □2    □3    □4
1. Dealing with the diagnosis: Sarah Bowdin, Geneticist; Renee Sananes, Clinical Psychologist; Laura Zahavich, Genetics Counselor
2. Dealing with diet and allergy issues: Gretchen MacCarrick, Genetics Counselor; Peggy Marcon, Gastroenterologist; Inez Martincevic, Dietician
3. Craniofacial / Neuromuscular / Exercise: Ronni Cohn, Geneticist; Christopher Forrest, Craniofacial Surgeon; Joseph Galli, LDS Family Member; Nicole Macbeth-Curtis, Nurse
4. Cardiovascular Care and Need for Surgery; Tim Bradley, Paediatric Cardiologist; Hal Dietz, Paediatric Cardiologist / Geneticist; Maral Ouzounian, Cardiac and Aortic Surgeon

To view the program brochure, click here 

"The Centre for Genetic Medicine will change the future of paediatric medicine and pave the way for SickKids and Toronto to become leaders in the field of individualized medicine."

Dr. Ronni Cohn, Centre Co-Director