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CIHR Cafe Scientifique presents Wearing your genes: Can personalized medicine help them fit better?

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Friday, October 21st, 2011
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


The New Oxford Public House, 1144 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC


This free event is hosted by the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health. To register please email


Simon de Denus, PhD
Université de Montréal
Beaulieu-Saucier Chair in Pharmacogenomics

Bruce McManus PhD, MD
Co-Director, Institute for Heart + Lung Health
Director, James Hogg Research Centre
Director, PROOF Centre for Excellence for Commercialization and Research

Peter Paré, MD
Professor of Medicine and Pathology
Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Angus Livingstone
Managing Director
University Industry Liaison Office
University of British Columbia


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 us for refreshments and a lively discussion on the most recent research in personalized medicine, and how it could help you.