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Conference Registration is Open! - Earlybird Ends April 1, 2017

Registration is now open for the CCMG 41st Annual Scientific Conference "Celebrating Canada's Medical Genetics", April 30-May 3, 2017, Le Westin Montreal, Montreal, Quebec.

More details here.


National Medical Laboratory Week 2017

April 16-22

Medical Laboratory Professionals are here for you from head to toe. This National Medical Laboratory Week let's show the public what medical laboratory professionals do and educate them on what happens in the lab.


Do your part to help raise awareness by completing actions from the celebration toolkit below. Your actions, combined with the actions of lab professionals across the country, can make a large impact. It's as simple as sharing the website, sharing the educational videos, setting up a display or presentation or inviting VIP guests to your lab. Every action helps to educate others about the important work done in the lab.


Part of the fun of Lab Week is celebrating the great work you do. Whether you celebrate with colleagues in your lab or outside of work hours…give yourself a pat on the back. Don't forget to include us in your celebrations. Share your photos with us through Twitter (@csmls), Facebook (, and use the hashtag #LabWeek online.


There are several ways to celebrate and advocate during National Medical Laboratory Week. The videos below will help inspire and guide you as you start planning for Lab Week.



Visit the website

Educate others about what you do! Share the website with your friends and family to give them an understanding of what happens in the lab and what your role is as a medical laboratory professional.

Sticker Printouts

Make your message stick! Download and print fun, full-colour Lab Week stickers to share with coworkers, colleagues and the public.
(Stickers are sized to print standard Avery 22807 labels)

Desktop Wallpaper

Display your professional pride! Download the National Medical Laboratory Week desktop wallpaper and feature it on your desktop either at home or work for others to see.

Stat Cards

Start the conversation! Stat cards are a great way to show the public how medical laboratory science is a vital part of the health care system. Download and print them as easy handouts at displays or during events.

Cake Decals

Celebrate with cake! Make your celebration extra special with a custom National Medical Laboratory Week cake. Download and print the cake decal and take it to your local bakery for edible printing.

Facebook and Twitter Covers

Display it online! Show your peers that you are a proud medical laboratory professional by changing your Facebook or Twitter cover photo.
(To change your Facebook cover simply visit your Facebook page and click the camera icon in the upper left corner. To change your Twitter cover, click "Edit Profile" on your Twitter page)

PowerPoint Presentation

Present about the profession! Educate others about the medical laboratory profession by hosting a lunch and learn or play it on loop in the hospital waiting room for patients to see.

Social Media Posts

Say it on social! Show your professional pride on social media by using these handy pre-written Facebook and Twitter posts online.

Garrod Symposium 2017

Hyatt Regency Montreal, May 4-6, 2017
Reserve your room today at the Hyatt Regency Montreal
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ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting
March 21-25 | Exhibit Dates: March 22-24

More details here.

See a web version


5-7 April 2017

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK
Save the Date

We are pleased to announce the eleventh in our series of meetings on rare diseases, which will present an exciting blend of genomic science and clinical medicine. This year’s theme is ‘Discovery and Care’; we aim to explore how cutting-edge genomic research translates into clinical care and informs our understanding of the biology of rare disease.

 This conference provides an excellent multi-disciplinary forum for clinicians (consultants and trainees), research scientists, bioinformaticians and technology developers interested in understanding the impact of recent advanced in genomics and technology on the care of patients with rare diseases. For further details, visit the conference website.

Topics will include:

  • The emerging role of non-coding variants in disease
  • Mosaicism and imprinting in disease and health
  • New technologies to understand rare disease mechanisms
  • The intersection of monogenic and polygenic disease
  • Rare disease clinical trialling
  • Ethical challenges in genomic medicine
  • Developmental genetics
  • Cellular and animal modelling of disease

Scientific programme committee

  • Han Brunner (Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
  • Kym Boycott (University of Ottawa, Canada)
  • Helen Firth (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Matthew Hurles (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK)
  • Jay Shendure (University of Washington, USA)       

Further information, and a full list of speakers, will be available shortly. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest in this meeting.

Dates for your diary

Bursary deadline: 1 February
Abstract deadline: 8 February
Registration deadline: 8 March

The 25th Annual Symposium
New Developments in Prenatal Diagnosis and Medical Genetics
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Sadowski Auditorium, Mount Sinai Hospital
600 University Ave.
To view the complete program and registration form please see attached document

2017 Topics

  • Cell Free DNA Testing in Pregnancy:  Why is It Not Diagnostic?
  • Preconception and Prenatal Couple Screening
  • The Brave New World of Genetic Diagnosis
  • IVF 101 – The Ontario Experience
  • Genetic Counselling in the IVF Setting
  • Genome Wide Haplotyping of Preimplantation Embryos
  • Assisted Reproduction and Birth Outcomes
  • Next Generation Diagnostics for Genodermatoses
  • Genomic Analyses of Pigmentation:  Implications for Development & Disease
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa:  New Subtypes, New Treatments
  • The Genetics of Cornification Disorders


Keith Choate (New Haven, CT), James Goldberg (San Francisco, CA), Claire Jones (Toronto, ON), Diane Myles Reid (Toronto, ON), John McGrath (London, England), Lieve Page-Christiaens (Utrecht, The Netherlands), William Pavan (Bethesda, MD), Sony Sierra (Toronto, ON) and Joris Vermeesch (Leuven, Belgium)

Further questions?  please contact:
CME – Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
University of Toronto
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(416) 586-4800 ext. 2489
Fax:  (416) 586-5958