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Wednesday, November 25 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Beating Superbugs: Innovative genomics and policies to tackle AMR / Combattre les superbactéries : génomique et politiques novatrices pour lutter contre la résistance aux antimicrobiens

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Organized by Genome Canada

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global health threat. Recent studies indicate that drug resistant microbes could cause the deaths of 10 million people a year and cost the global economy $60 trillion to $100 trillion by 2050 indicated Jim O’Neill, a former Goldman Sachs economist. The need to find solutions is a national priority. Canada, through its federal action plan, is taking steps to prevent, limit, and control the emergence and spread of AMR, with a focus on surveillance, stewardship, and innovation.

The World Health Organization stated antimicrobial resistance has become one of the most serious global health threats of modern times and urges governments to improve surveillance and research and that policy makers enable change by promoting appropriate use of antibiotics, increasing awareness, and rewarding innovation.

Based on the above, policy options will be explored on how Canada can be a leader in pathogen surveillance utilizing genomic analysis, furthering the use of genomic databases to assess the emergence and spread of AMR, and innovative genomic tools to diagnose and treat microbial infection quickly and efficiently.

This workshop is part of Genome Canada’s GPS series "Where Genomics, Public Policy and Society Meet." The session will facilitate a dialogue between researchers, policy-makers and industry interested in GE3LS (Genomics and its Ethical, Economic, Environmental, Legal, and Social aspects). A draft policy brief on antimicrobial resistance reviewing the context, issues of concern relevant to Canadians as well as innovative genomic solutions and policy options to help manage this global health threat will be presented. Furthermore, invited commentators from academia, government and industry will discuss the policy options examined in this brief. 

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Natalie Brender

National Director, Genomics in Society, Genome Canada
Natalie Brender joined Genome Canada as National Director of Genomics in Society in August 2015. As a public policy professional, she specializes in translating complex ideas for diverse audiences and making connections among diverse disciplines and stakeholders. From 2008-2015 she... Read More →

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Dr. Rainer Engelhardt

Former Assistant Deputy Minister/ Chief Science Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. Rainer Engelhardt is the former Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Science Officer of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Dr. Engelhardt has a career background in science and technology, initially in academic research and teaching, then progressing to commercial and public sector... Read More →
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Bonnie Henry

Deputy Provincial Health Officer, Province of British Columbia
Dr Bonnie Henry is currently the Deputy Provincial Health Officer for BC, a position she started in August 2014. Prior to this she was the interim Provincial Executive Medical Director of the BC Centre for Disease Control from December 2013 until August 2014. She was the Medical Director... Read More →
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Dr. Stephen Hoffman

Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Steven J. Hoffman, is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Global Strategy Lab at the University of Ottawa with courtesy appointments as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Part-Time) at McMaster University, Adjunct Faculty with the McM... Read More →
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Craig Stephen

Executive Director, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative
Craig is a Professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and a Clinical Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. He is the Executive Director of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative... Read More →
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Dr. Gerry Wright

Director of the Michel G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, McMaster University
Dr. Gerry Wright is the Director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster University (2007-present). He is Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and Associate member of the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical... Read More →

Wednesday November 25, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Pinnacle (penthouse)

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