Latest News & Events

Latest News & Events

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News Huntington disease worldwide prevalence resource released April 27th, 2011

Although Huntington disease (HD) occurs worldwide, there are large geographic differences in its prevalence. A recent study by the Hayden laboratory identified genetic signatures called ‘haplotypes’ in huntingtin, the gene that is known to cause Huntington disease, that contribute to the 10- to 100-fold difference in HD prevalence between Europe and East Asia. This study involved, in part, the compilation of over a hundred published reports on the prevalence of HD in populations from Australia to Zimbabwe.

Event Fourth Annual Canadian Human Genetics Meeting April 26th, 2011

The Fourth Annual Canadian Human Genetics meeting will be held in Banff from April 26-29 of this year. The meeting has an exciting program that covers different aspects of modern genetics. It features a number of Canadian and international speakers, with two high profile keynote lectures, Dr. Josef Penninger (Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna)and Dr. Olivier Pourquié (Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology, Université de Strasbourg).

News Dr. Michael Hayden receives the inaugural Margolese National Brain and Heart Disorders award April 20th, 2011

Two of Canada’s most eminent health researchers – Dr. Jacques Genest at McGill University and Dr. Michael Hayden at the University of British Columbia – have been awarded the inaugural Margolese National Brain and Heart Disorders Prizes, the most lucrative prizes bestowed by UBC. Read More

News Dr. Hayden receives 2011 Killam Prize April 19th, 2011

The Canada Council for the Arts, which administers the Killam Program, announced this morning the 2011 Killam Prize award winners. Among the award recipients, was Dr. Michael Hayden, who is internationally recognized for his genetic research and contribution to the understanding of Huntington disease.

Read Canada Council for the Arts news release

News HD Predictive Testing website launched April 8th, 2011

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new website dedicated to HD predictive testing. The website provides information and education for those considering predictive testing for HD in terms of the testing process, making the decision to be tested, interpreting results and coping with results. In addition, the website provides diagrams, expert videos and true stories of those who have considered, and undergone, predictive testing.

News Dot1 and Histone H3K79 Methylation in Natural Telomeric and HM Silencing April 7th, 2011

In a manuscript published in the prestigious journal “Molecular Cell” this week, Dr. Michael Kobor’s laboratory from the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics reports new findings about key building blocks of eukaryotic chromosomes.

News Dr. Michael Hayden recipient of Canada Gairdner Wightman Award March 23rd, 2011

Dr. Michael Hayden has received the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award, the premier honour for leadership in medical science in Canada. The Wightman Award is given to a Canadian who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in medicine and medical science. Hayden is the 15th recipient of the prestigious award and the first British Columbian to be bestowed this honour.

Event Pleiades Promoters – tools to drive selective expression in the brain March 22nd, 2011

Dr. Elizabeth Simpson is presenting: "Pleiades Promoters – tools to drive selective expression in the brain" on March 24th at the 103rd International Titisee Conference. The conference on “Genetic analysis of neural circuits” will be held in Titisee, Black Forest, Germany on March 23- 27, 2011.

News Dr. Jeff Carroll's search for a cure for HD February 15th, 2011
Watch an inspiring video of Dr. Jeff Carroll's search for a cure for HD on CBC news.
Event Expert Panel February 8th, 2011
Allergies and Asthma are diseases that will affect more than 1 in 3 Canadians over their lifetime. Is there an epidemic? What are the facts? And how does stress and the environment affect Allergies and Asthma? Join a panel of AllerGen NCE experts, including CMMT's Dr. Michael Kobor, at a CIHR Cafe Scientifique, on Feb 8, 2011. Learn more.