Improving health






Dr. Janessa Laskin

October 30, 2019

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Nov 06, 2019

12:00pm, LSRI McNamara Boardroom

CGEM Seminar Series

Dr. Janessa Laskin will be giving a talk as part of the CGEM Seminar Series titled 'Integrating State of the Art Genomic Technology into Cancer Care'.

Oct 09, 2019

12:00, LSRI McNamara Boardroom

CGEM Seminar Series

Dr. Françoise Baylis will be giving a talk as part of the CGEM Seminar Series titled 'Human Germline Genome Editing: Scientists, Science Policy and Politics'.

Sep 25, 2019

12:00pm, LSRI McNamara Boardroom

CGEM Seminar Series

Dr. Jeffrey Medin will be giving a talk as part of the CGEM Seminar Series: 'Lentivirus-Mediated Gene Therapy for Fabry Disease'. 

Oct 18, 2017

Dr. Raffi Schiffmann

CGEM Seminar Series

Dr. Raffi Schiffmann will be presenting at the CGEM Seminar Series on October 18 at 12PM in the LSRI McNamara Boardroom. His talk is titled 'Lysosomal Storage Diseases: Present and Future'. 

Sep 13, 2016

Location: Life Sciences Research Institute

ACOA Announces $3M Aimed at Finding New Treatments for Rare Diseases

AIF Press Announcement

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

CGEM Official Launch

Further details on Date & Times TBA


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Because every patient is unique, life changing research is happening at the Centre for Genomics Enhanced Medicine (CGEM). As a scientific and clinical hub for inherited and acquired genetic diseases, CGEM uses genomic technologies to accurately diagnose and develop treatments tailored to an individual’s unique characteristics. 


At its core, CGEM is driven by its vision – improving health through translational genomics. With a strong research network of over 50 collaborators, CGEM has the expertise and technology to analyze the impact that our genes and the microbes that live on and in us have on our health. These capabilities enable CGEM scientists and clinicians to make ground-breaking research discoveries in the areas of orphan disease gene and drug discovery, cancer diagnostics and the medical microbiome.


Most orphan diseases are genetic diseases affecting less than one in 2,000 people. Yet collectively, there are over 7,000 orphan diseases that affect one in 15 Canadians, making orphan diseases not so rare. Because most orphan diseases have no cure, they cause physical and mental hardship on families and drain significant resources from our health care system.

of orphan diseases have no effective treatment.


1 in 4

patients in children's hospitals suffer from complications from their orphan disease

A third of these children will die before their 5th birthday


CGEM Areas

Genomics is transforming patient care. CGEM pioneers an integrated approach that translates its research into clinical genomics used to inform patient diagnosis and care.


CGEM specializes in the areas of:

Genetic disease diagnosis

Genetic Disease Drug Development & Trials

medical microbiome

Cancer Diagnosis & Treatments

Ethics & PoLicy


For any inquiries, please call or email us:
Our Address


Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building, Rm 5-E 
5850 College St., PO Box 15000 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4R2 Canada