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Improving health






  • Feb 03, 2021, 12:00 p.m.
    Microsoft Teams
    Dr. Amy Trottier will be giving a virtual talk via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 as part of the CGEM Seminar Series titled “Hereditary Hematologic Malignancies: New Germline Syndrome and Variant Discovery.”
  • Jan 13, 2021, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Microsoft Teams
    Please join us virtually on January 13th, 2021 via Microsoft Teams for a presentation by Dr. Laura Arbour titled "Solutions and Challenges in achieving equity in genetic and genomic health care for Indigenous People of Canada: The Silent Genomes Project"


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:

+1 902-470-8632   | 

Our Address


IWK Health Centre, Children's Building

Eye Clinic, 6th Floor
5850/5980 University Avenue, PO Box 9700 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3K 6R8 Canada

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