Closing the Genomics Research Gap


McIntyre Medical Building Martin Amphitheatre (Room 504), 3655 promenade Sir William Osler, Montreal, QC, H3G 1Y6, CA





A symposium about inequalities in genomics research and health, (and what to do about them)

Presented by the Gairdner Foundation and McGill University.

Thanks to our sponsors and partners. 

Program of Events


June 15, 13:00-17:00

“Statistical approaches for genomic studies in diverse cohorts” by Christopher Gignoux (U Colorado) & Noah Zaitlen (UCSF)


June 15, 19:00-21:30

“Histoire des populations et recherche biomédicale” by Dr. Lluis Quintana-Murci (Institut Pasteur, Paris)

“Health, history, and customer-poered research at 23andMe” by Dr. Joanna Mountain (23andMe, Mountain View, California)

(For both public lectures simultaneous French/English translation will be provided)


June 16, 9:00-17:30 & June 17, 9:00-16:30

Topics include: Studies in large and diverse cohorts • Statistical & population genetics

• Addressing pervasive sampling biases • Clinical applications & health disperities • Community engagement


Anders Albrechtsen (Copenhagen U.), Laura Arbour (UBC), 

Kathleen Barnes (U. Colorado), Carrie Bourassa (CIHR), 

Paul Brennan (IARC), Zenming Chen (U. Oxford), 

Simon Easteal (ANU),  Nanibaa’ A. Garrison (U. Washington),

Chris Gignoux (UC Denver), Brenna Henn (UC Davis), 

Ryan Hernandez (UCSF),  Adrian Hill (U. Oxford), 

Bartha Knoppers (McGill), Kwadwo Koram (U. Ghana), 

Cheikh Loucoubar (Pasteur), Joanna Mountain (23andMe), 

Dan Roden (Vanderbilt U.), Lluis Quintana-Murci (Institut Pasteur), 

Charles Rotimi (NIH), Anavaj Sakuntabhai (Institut Pasteur),

Swee Lay Thein (NIH), Noah Zaitlen (UCSF)

Attendance is free of charge but registration is mandatory.

For more information contact gap.genome [at] or visit