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Message from the Director

After serving in this role for 10 years, Dr. Anand is pleased to welcome Dr. Gui Pare as the new Director of the Population Genomics Program! Dr. Pare will bring a fresh perspective to the Program and intends to

  1. Expand city-wide collaborations and expertise in bioinformatics to enhance theoretical and practical knowledge of genetic and molecular epidemiology,
  2. Create a medical elective in Genomic Medicine. The elective is to be offered to medical students, residents, and fellows. It will build on the considerable clinical expertise of the PGP Faculty. The elective will provide an opportunity for future health care practitioners to be exposed to recent developments in precision medicine, and
  3. Spearhead major grant applications from the PGP as a group to support combined efforts at the advancement of population genomics research.

The Population Genomics Program (PGP) mobilizes McMaster's expertise and resources in population health, genomics, clinical trials and health-research methodology to investigate the influences of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions on disease. It fosters interdisciplinary collaborations among clinical researchers and basic scientists to marshal new insights and discoveries in the burgeoning field of population genomics at McMaster.

The PGP applies the disciplines of epidemiology, biostatistics and computational biology to reveal and interpret the complex relationships between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPS) and other DNA sequence patterns in individuals and the expression of common complex diseases including respiratory disease, autism, obesity, infectious and immunological diseases, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in populations.

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The PGP's home in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact brings it a rich tradition of developing innovative biostatistical methodologies that will help spark high-impact breakthroughs in the new frontier of population-genomics research.




Researchers with the McMaster Population Genomics Program collaborate with researchers who have developed large cohort studies and clinical trials at the University and Hamilton Health Sciences. These studies collectively serve as excellent resources to study genetic associations with common complex diseases but will take sophisticated methodological approaches to reliably assess them.