CIHR Café Scientifique

Wearing your genes: Can personalized medicine help them fit better?

Friday, October 21, 2011, at 5.30pm. The New Oxford Public House. 1144 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC.


Medicine tends to be one-size-fits all. Most people with the same illness get the same treatment. But does this approach yield the best possible results?

As we learn more about the human genome, doctors are now able to make more precise diagnoses and customize treatments. Your genes could help your doctor choose the best medications and avoid medications that might be harmful. Your genes can also guide your lifestyle choices, helping you reduce your risk of illnesses like heart disease. But what are the pros and cons of this method?

Join our panel of experts –  Simon de Denus, Beaulieu-Saucier Chair in Pharmacogenomics, Université de Montréal, Bruce McManus, Director of the UBC James Hogg Research Centre and the PROOF Centre for Excellence for Commercialization and Research, and Peter Paré, Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia – for a lively discussion on the most recent research in personalized medicine, and how it could help you.

October 21, 2011