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Voicing Silent Genomes

Nov 18, 2020 |

Genomic information is used in medical research and in making decisions about health care treatment. Despite the importance of having genomic information that is specific to the population, there has been a paucity of genomic research done with Indigenous populations in Canada, affecting the ability of health care providers to make informed decisions and exacerbating existing health inequities. In this new documentary, learn how Doctors Nadine Caron, Laura Arbour and Wyeth Wasserman and their team at the Silent Genomes Project are changing that with their ground-breaking work to address this gap and build scientific capacity. Dr. Caron is Canada’s first female First Nations general surgeon, the founding First Nations Health Authority Chair (FNHA) in Cancer and Wellness at UBC, and co-Director of the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health (CEIH) at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health (SPPH).