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Recent events, awards, and media releases from the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre
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Dec 07, 2011

Steven J.M. Jones honoured as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

The Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada have elected 78 new Fellows from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Fellows have been elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Steven Jones was elected in the Division of Life Sciences at the RSC.

Oct 18, 2011

BC Cancer Agency and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute research teams independently identify first infectious agent associated with colon cancer

In two studies published online today in Genome Research (, independent research teams have identified Fusobacterium in colon cancer tissue, a finding that could open new avenues for diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Rob Holt leads the research team at the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency .

Oct 07, 2011

Government of Canada Strengthens Cancer Research in British Columbia

$2.2 million in federal funding announced at the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre for the BC Cancer Agency, in order to purchase three leading-edge genome sequencers .

Oct 05, 2011

Video of Dr. Marianne Sadar speaking at the IMPaCT Meeting Plenary session

As part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Marianne Sadar spoke at the IMPaCT Meeting Plenary session entitled, “Mechanisms of Disease Progression” as part of The U. S. Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.

Sep 13, 2011

2012 AAAS Annual Meeting from 16-20 February in Vancouver, B.C.

A Discovery Track Symposium co-hosted by Drs Sharon Gorski and Julian Lum (BC Cancer Agency): Autophagy: An Emerging Therapeutic Target in Human Disease will be among the wide ranging topics on offer.

Sep 13, 2011

Gene Screen BC video competition

Vote for the People's Choice award before Monday September 19th. Gene Screen BC 2011 video competition winners will be announced at a Screening Gala on Sept 26, 2011.

Jul 21, 2011

BC Cancer Agency Annual Conference - call for Abstracts

BC Cancer Agency Annual Cancer Conference 2011 December 1st to 3rd, 2011 at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver

Jul 04, 2011

Personalized Medicine on the Horizon for BC Cancer Patients

“Genomics Applied to the Management of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)” led by Dr. Aly Karsan, Medical Director of the Cancer Genetics Laboratory at the BC Cancer Agency and Dr. Marco Marra, Director of the BC Cancer Agency’s Genome Sciences Centre, is one of three projects being funded by Genome BC’s Personalized Medicine Program. Genome BC and the BC Cancer Foundation are contributing $1 million each to the AML project. Additional co-funding is provided through other sources including Simon Fraser University and Illumina.

Mar 07, 2011

Autophagy Symposium - March 25th

The CIHR Emerging Team in Autophagy (BCCA, SFU) in collaboration with the Michael Smith Laboratories (UBC) and the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) is hosting a day long symposium in Autophagy at the MSL, UBC on Friday, March 25th. Keynote Speakers: Tamotsu Yoshimori (Osaka University) and David C. Rubinsztein (Cambridge University).

Mar 02, 2011

The Canadian Pediatric Cancer Genome Consortium

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Genome Canada, Genome BC, Genome Quebec and the C17 Research Network announced their support of this $2.8 million research project on February 22, 2011.

Feb 16, 2011

International Human Microbiome Congress

Attend this Congress to Learn About Cutting-Edge Research from Global Leaders in the Medical, Microbial and Computational Fields. Hyatt Regency Vancouver - March 9-11, 2011

Dec 01, 2010

Dr. Marco Marra awarded a Tier 1 Health Canada Research Chair in Genome Science

Dr. Marco Marra, Distinguished Scientist and Director of the Genome Sciences Centre at the BCCA and Professor of Medical Genetics at UBC has been awarded a highly prestigious and competitive Canada Research Chair in Genome Science at the University of British Columbia.

Dec 01, 2010

BC Cancer Agency Annual Conference Recognition Awards

Dr. Marco Marra, Head of BC Cancer Agency's Michael Smith's Genome Sciences Centre, received the British Columbia Medical Association Terry Fox Medal at the BC Cancer Agency's Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, November 26, 2010 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver.

Nov 18, 2010

Interdisciplinary Cancer Control for the 21st Century - BC Cancer Agency’s Annual Cancer Conference

The 2010 BC Cancer Agency’s Annual Cancer Conference for clinicians, oncologists, cancer researchers, general practitioners, nurses and other health care professionals involved in cancer care will be happening from November 25 to 27, 2010 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver.

Oct 21, 2010

Marco Marra, one of fifteen new members of the Order of British Columbia

Fifteen British Columbians who have contributed to the province in extraordinary ways have been awarded the Order of British Columbia on October 21st, 2010, by Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point, Chancellor of the Order. “The Order of British Columbia recognizes the excellence and achievements of our citizens. It is the highest honour we can bestow on individuals in our province,” Point said. “The Order of British Columbia recognizes the remarkable accomplishments achieved by extraordinary British Columbians,” said Premier Gordon Campbell. “This year’s recipients have made exceptional contributions to their communities and to the province. On behalf of all British Columbians, I’d like to thank each recipient for everything they have done for the province.”

Sep 09, 2010

OvCaRe Researchers reveal a major new cancer gene - ARID1A

Researchers with the Ovarian Cancer Research Program of BC (OvCaRe) published important information on a major new cancer gene - ARID1A. Mutations are frequent in this gene and link two types of ovarian cancer to endometriosis.

Aug 09, 2010

Personalized genome sequencing in cancer treatment—a major breakthrough in care

Researchers at the BC Cancer Agency Genome Sciences Centre have provided the first published example of genome-scale RNA and DNA sequencing of a tumour to aid in clinical decision making and therapeutic choice. The research focuses on a rare tumour of the tongue, which had progressed to metastatic disease. The rarity of this tumour meant that no established treatment options existed. Analysis of the complete genomic sequence allowed the comprehensive discovery of the genetic changes that had accumulated within the tumour. From this information, a personalized drug regime was initiated, which stabilized the aggressive cancer for several months.

Jun 15, 2010

BC Scientists develop new drug candidate for prostate cancer

Dr. Marianne Sadar, Senior Scientist, Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency, and Dr. Raymond Andersen, Professor, University of British Columbia have published their latest research on the treatment of prostate cancer in the June15th issue of the journal Cancer Cell.

Apr 30, 2010

2010 Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence

Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence was won by Drs. Marco Marra, Rob Holt, and Steven Jones of the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre at the BC Cancer Agency was presented on April 14th at the 2010 LifeSciences British Columbia Awards Gala at the new Vancouver Convention Centre.

Jan 18, 2010

BC Cancer Agency lymphoma discovery

Researchers at the BC Cancer Agency have identified a never before seen mutation (or DNA spelling mistake) in the EZH2 gene, in the two most common types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. No other types of lymphoma or other cancers have been found to contain this particular mutation.

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