Genomics, the ability to read and interpret information contained within DNA, is a rapidly growing area with broad reaching implications from bench to bedside. Technological advances are being pushed to the clinic, and the ability to generate and interpret genomic information will drive a new era of healthcare and patient management. With this progress, there is a growing knowledge gap between clinical practice and the discoveries stemming from genome- scale research in human genetics. Advances in systems biology, including genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, are outpacing the ability of undergraduate medical and scientific teaching
to prepare medical and technical staff. Many practicing clinicians and laboratory personnel were trained before the development of modern genomic technologies, yet are faced with the need to generate, integrate, and interpret genetic and genomic data. To address this acute educational need, the M.H.Sc. Medical Genomics graduate students within the Department of Molecular Genetics within the Faculty of Medicine at UofT are acquiring the theory and practical knowledge necessary to incorporate genomics data into medical practice and clinical research.

Read more about our program here.

The MedGen blog is where the M.H.Sc. students post their original writing, focussed on reviews and interpretations of cutting edge genomics research, and candid interviews with world-renowned researchers and clinicians in the field. We hope you enjoy it!

Dr. Erin Styles, 

Director, M.H.Sc. Medical Genomics Program

This blog features the work of graduate students from the University of Toronto’s Medical Genomics Program, derived primarily from their written contributions to an intensive Advanced Human Genetics Course. Material made available on this blog has been done in a manner that complies with Canadian copyright law. This may include the use of material that is openly licensed or in the public domain, where permission has been obtained, or where fair dealing has been applied.  If you are a rights holder and are concerned that you have found material on this blog for which you have not granted permission (or is not covered by a copyright exception under Canadian copyright law), you may request the removal of the material from our site by emailing erin.styles@utoronto.ca