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Chair’s Statement

eric [at] ericpc [dot] mni [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Eric Shoubridge, PhD, FRSC, Chair)
Tel: (514) 398-3600
Fax: (514) 398-2430

The Department of Human Genetics is both a basic science and a clinical department in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill.  It has the dual challenge of promoting excellence in research and teaching in the basic science of human genetics and also a similar challenge for excellence in professional training and patient care.  As part of its mission, the department is responsible for the training of basic scientists in the area of human genetics and also the training of genetic counsellors, medical students, and medical specialists in the various clinical areas of medical genetics.  The concepts of genomics, epigenomics, proteomics, and metabolomics are at the frontier of modern biology and medicine. How to translate advances in basic sciences to public policy remains to be determined. Our department is charged with the mission to translate this scientific advancement to the training of health care professionals and to patient care.  Out of a small administrative office in the Stewart Biology Building, we aim to serve our faculty which is housed in the Research Institutes of the McGill teaching hospitals (MUHC, JGH, and Douglas), the Montreal Neurological Institute, the Life Sciences Complex, and the Innovation Centre.

  

The Genetics Community in Montreal is greatly enriched by a multitude of genetically oriented research programs within the classical disciplines of biomedical science not only at McGill, but also at the three other universities in the city, most notably theUniversité de Montréal and its affiliated hospitals. The Department of Human Genetics has a central administrative core surrounded by clinical genetics units and research laboratories in diverse locations of the main university campus, and in the research institutes of the several teaching hospitals. The department is accredited for service and training (clinical, biochemical, cytogenetic, and molecular) by the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG), and medical genetics training by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada and the Collège des Médecins du Québec. The department coordinates Genetic Health-Care Services through the McGill University Health Centre, and participates fully in the teaching of human/medical genetics to baccalaureate, medical and postgraduate students. The department offers an M.Sc. in Genetic Counselling Training Program, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. Programs in Human Genetics.