Genomics and Personalized Health Research

Genomics, the study of the entire genetic information of living things encoded in DNA (the genome), is a rapidly accelerating field of research. Broadly speaking, genomics includes related fields such as proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics, and pharmacogenomics. Genomics is driving a shift in health care towards personalized medicine, where diagnostics and therapies are being developed to be more targeted and personalized for individual patients, based on unique genetic markers. This has broad applications in all areas of medicine, including cancer, infectious diseases, and rare genetic diseases. Scientists and clinicians at the Women’s Health Research Institute are using the power of genomics towards the development of more targeted diagnostics and personalized approaches to therapy to improve women’s health in Canada and around the world.