42nd Anniversary Year "Celebrating Canada’s Medical Genetics" (1976 - 2018)

Newsletter Highlights

April, 2018

Pioneering Geneticist Dr. Judith G. Hall Receives Rimoin Lifetime Achievement Award from the ACMG Foundation

Esteemed medical geneticist Judith G. Hall, MD, FACMG is the recipient of the 2018 ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine’s David L. Rimoin Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Hall, 78, professor emerita of pediatrics and medical genetics at the University of British Columba, was honored for her role in helping to establish medical genetics as an accredited clinical specialty, as well as for her groundbreaking research and teaching on the natural history of human growth and connective tissue disorders, including dwarfism and arthrogryposis. Dr. Hall received a standing ovation at the ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Charlotte as she received the Rimoin Lifetime Achievement Award. Read Dr. Hall’s remarkable life story here.


February 3, 2018

Personal Genome Project shows whole genome sequencing could transform how Canadians manage their own health care

Congratulations,  to Dr. Stephen Scherer, Senior Scientist and Director of The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG) at SickKids, and Director of the University of Toronto’s McLaughlin Centre on being prominently featured in the Saturday Globe and Mail! 

Information about the Personal Genome Project, recently published in the CMAJ can be found here: 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5798982/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5798981/pdf/190e124.pdf

Podcast link: http://bit.ly/2DXJgGJ
Infographic link: http://bit.ly/2BIIN5c

President's Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As I enter the last quarter of my term as President I was reflecting on what an honour and a rewarding experience it has been to serve the CCMG.  Working with an engaged Board and supportive manager, Heather Dow, we have accomplished a lot to enhance our mission across all areas.   I am also thrilled to announce that Tracy Stockley has assumed the role of President-Elect and will transition to President of the CCMG at our AGM in June. 

You will see in this newsletter a call for nominations for new Directors on the Board.  We are a completely volunteer run organization and I encourage you to consider nominating a Fellow who will carry-on the work of our College.  Details on the duties and activities of a Director can be found by checking out CCMG Board of Directors 101

On the subject of volunteers, we are in need of one or more content experts to help ensure that our web site information is current and is consistent across the various pages.  This person does not need to have web-design expertise, but ideally has a good working knowledge of the College and will advise the Board and guide our management office on matters of web content.  Our web site is the portal to the CCMG by both our members and the public, so it needs to be accurate, navigable and professional. 

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Message from Charles Scriver

THE CANADIAN COLLEGE OF MEDICAL GENETICISTS:
The F. Clarke Fraser Award for Excellence in Mentorship and Teaching
AWARDED TO CHARLES R. SCRIVER
APRIL 30, 2017


Scriver2 hiresI begin by expressing my thanks to the College for the recognition it is giving, and will be giving, with this newly created Award for Excellence in Mentorship and Teaching. A mentor has someone to mentor and a teacher has a student to teach. The interactions between them are influenced by both the transmitter and the receiver. At this moment, you and I are surrounded by these interactions and examples of excellence. May it always be the case.

This is the right moment to thank you, Clarke Fraser, wherever you are, for the transforming influence you have had on me during our years of working together. You are a great example of the mentor in the teacher; today we are celebrating those qualities.

In its daily business, the College (CCMG) deals with heredity or if you prefer, with genetics, at work in human populations. CCMG, the host of today’s occasion, is an agency that fosters learning about genetics; among its other activities, it monitors relationships between society and our use of genetic technologies. Heredity is a complex and subtle concept and there are many ways to describe it. Thomas Hardy, an English poet of the late Victorian era, noticed that heredity was expressed in the human face; a perception that he translated into a few memorable lines of poetry.

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