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Tuesday, April 14 2015
Press release

The new Canadian Data Integration Centre to be hosted and managed by CHU Sainte-Justine

Advancement of genomic research across Canada

MONTRÉAL, April 14, 2015 – CHU Sainte-Justine will host and manage the Canadian Data Integration Centre (the Center or CDIC), one of the 10 "nodes" of the new Genomics Innovation Network created through a $15.5 million investment from Genome Canada with the aim of fostering collaboration between innovation centres across Canada for the advancement of genomic research. Philip Awadalla, researcher at CHU Sainte-Justine, associate professor at Université de Montréal and principal investigator and scientific director of the CARTaGENE database and biobank, will be the lead principal investigator of the CDIC.

The Canadian Data Integration Centre will be critical in assisting genomic researchers to understand the causes of complex human diseases and develop appropriate means of prevention and treatment. The Center answers the need for powerful bioinformatics analytical capacity, considering the enormous amount of data generated by high-throughput DNA sequencing. The CIDC will provide new and more sophisticated ways to store and analyse these data, which might generate important biological insights in human health.

More specifically, the CDIC offers “soup to nuts” bioinformatics support by providing the software and analytic systems to assist in the design, collection and analysis of human genomic, clinical and phenomic data; the harmonization of data from multiple sources; the development of integrative data portals enabling effective data-mining; and the electronic publishing of results.

With its depth and scope, CDIC offers opportunities for leading-edge transdisciplinary health research and big data approaches that are unprecedented in Canada.

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About the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center

The Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center is a leading mother-child research institution affiliated with the Université de Montréal. It brings together more than 200 researchers and 350 graduate and post-graduate students focused on finding innovative prevention means, faster and less invasive treatments, as well as personalized approaches to medicine. The Center is part of CHU Sainte-Justine, which is the largest mother-child center in Canada and second most important pediatric center in North America. More on: chusj.org

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