From COVID-19 to childhood cancer, from asthma to IBD, nutrition to depression – how ‘OMICs can be applied to clinical practice was demonstrated over seven hours of densely packed information from six biomedical experts at the online #MacOMICS event hosted by the Population Genomics Program at McMaster University.

The virtual conference was opened by Lehana Thabane, Vice-President, Research, St. Joseph’s Hamilton, Scientific Director of the Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton, Professor, Department, Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, McMaster, and Associate Senior Scientist at PHRI.

He was followed by a powerhouse presentation by Andrew McArthur, whose laboratory at the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster, plays a leadership role in genomic surveillance and bioinformatics methods development to address the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in Canada. He gave sobering insight (from the inside track – he is part of the Canadian COVID Genomics Network (CanCOGeN)  – on the challenges created by the structure of the public health infrastructure, the unique biology of SARS-CoV-2, and how to use genomics to inform public health officials, elected representatives, the lay public, and frontline clinical epidemiologists.

The event, spread over two afternoons, May 27th and 28th, ended with an impressive presentation by Rod Rassekh, pediatrician and investigator at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute who has fully embraced precision oncology for young people in a pan-Canadian network of clinicians, researchers and patients (Terry Fox PROFYLE).

Event higlights: #MacOmics on Twitter

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Learn more about today’s first speaker, @agmcarthur, on the McArthur Lab website: | #MacOmics

Metabolomics – nutritional epidemiology; and childhood IBD

OMICS literacy is needed

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