Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. What is Genome Prairie?

Genome Prairie is the leading not-for-profit organization for support and management of large-scale genomics and related bioscience research projects in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Industry sectors such as agriculture, health, mining and energy are benefitting from the organization’s outreach and commercialization initiatives. With its partners, Genome Prairie has invested approximately $362 million in research activity in plant, animal and human genomics, bioinformatics, instrumentation development and bioethics since its establishment in 2000.

Q. What does Genome Prairie do?

Genome Prairie has three key roles:

  • Manage projects and facilitate regional participation and co-funding for Genome Canada and other genomics research projects in Saskatchewan and Manitoba;
  • Provide regional leadership and support for collaborative efforts for genomic and bioscience research and knowledge transfer for the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan;
  • Promote awareness of recent advancements and societal impacts of genomics and bioscience research to government, industry, public and other stakeholders.
Q. When was Genome Prairie founded?

Genome Prairie was established in 2000 and covered the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. In 2005, Genome Alberta was formed and Genome Prairie continued overseeing genomic research projects in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Q. What research projects are Genome Prairie currently overseeing?

Current projects can be found here.

Q. How is Genome Prairie related to Genome Canada?

To ensure effective management and monitoring of Genome Canada funded projects and science and technology platforms, Genome Centres have been established in each region across Canada. These Centres facilitate access to leading edge technology for researchers, allow for different approaches to project development and fundraising, and provide opportunities for public outreach programs at a regional level. A contractual agreement with Genome Canada outlines specific terms and conditions for the funding of large-scale research projects and science and technology platforms in genomics and proteomics.

(via Genome Canada)

Q. How is Genome Prairie funded?

Standard operational funding is provided by Genome Canada. Specific initiatives and project funding comes from government, universities and industry, as well as Genome Canada.

Q. Where is Genome Prairie located?

Genome Prairie’s main offices are located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Our Saskatoon address is 214-111 Research Drive, Saskatoon SK S7N 3R2. Our Manitoba address is Office 110, 200-135 Innovation Drive, Winnipeg. F3T 6A8.

Q. Who should I contact if I have a project enquiry?

Please contact Dr. Lester Young, Chief Scientific Officer, at (306) 668-3570 ext. 8.

Q. Who should I contact if I have a media inquiry?

Please contact A.J. Bassett, Genome Prairie’s Manager of Communications and Stakeholder Relations at (306) 668-3570 ext. 5.