We want to change the future of healthcare

The NL Genome Project is a local genetic research study.

By studying our province’s one-of-a-kind DNA and health information, we hope to discover better, safer medicines and improve how we treat and prevent diseases.

Take Part

Here’s how it all works

The NL Genome Project is studying the DNA, medical records, and health information of 2,500 volunteers in Newfoundland and Labrador in this initial pilot phase.

Consent to Join the Study

Consent to Join the Study

Once you’ve decided to take part, you will complete and sign the consent form to enroll in the NL Genome Project and grant permission for us to use your medical records for research. Then, you’ll provide your contact information and fill out a health questionnaire.

Provide a Saliva Sample

Provide a Saliva Sample

Provide a saliva sample (less than half a teaspoon) by spitting in a tube. We’ll extract DNA from your saliva and analyze it using techniques like genotyping and sequencing.

We'll Study Your DNA

We'll Study Your DNA

We'll combine and analyze the DNA, medical records, and health information from all our participants and look for patterns and genetic changes that could help us better understand health and disease.

Return Findings and Stay in Touch

Return Findings and Stay in Touch

Research-grade findings will be returned to your doctor to discuss with you and our genetic counsellor, if you choose to receive them. Personal traits will be shared directly with you.

Can I take part?

If you’re a patient of one of our participating doctors and meet the following criteria, you’re eligible to take part.

Your doctor has to be listed to take part. If you are a patient of theirs, contact their office to get started!

  • -18 years of age or older
  • -Have a valid MCP #
  • -Able to provide written informed consent
  • -Willing to be re-contacted
  • -Willing to have your coded data shared with researchers both inside and outside of Canada

Participating Doctors

  • Dr. David Brentnall

    Family Medical Practice/Walk-In Clinic, Paradise

    709.781.8715
  • Dr. Dennis O’Keefe

    Commonwealth Medical Clinic, Mount Pearl

    709.364.7555
  • Dr. Karl Misik

    Topsail Road Medical Clinic, St. John's

    709.368.2101
  • Dr. Jacqueline Elliott

    Port Blandford Medical Clinic, Port Blandford

    709.543.2490
  • Dr. Emily Godec

    Clarenville Medical Arts Clinic, Clarenville

    709.466.2631
  • Dr. Tony Gabriel

    Gander Medical Clinic, Gander

    709.256.7101
  • Dr. Lynette Power

    Burin Medical Clinic, Burin

    709.891.5005
  • Dr. Chris Peddle

    TC Medical Clinic, Carbonear

    709.596.5136
  • Dr. Randy Hart

    White Hills Medical Clinic

    709.579.4278

We’ll keep you up to date when we add new doctors.

Putting
NL first

Sequence Bio is committed to benefiting the lives of individuals, families, and communities in Newfoundland and Labrador for generations to come.

We’ll share any discoveries from the NL Genome Project with researchers, policy makers, and doctors across the province, and return genetic findings to participants. By working together, we believe that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can change lives at home and around the world.

Understand the genetic makeup of Newfoundland and Labrador

Understand the genetic makeup of Newfoundland and Labrador

Inform better healthcare choices by returning findings to participants

Inform better healthcare choices by returning findings to participants

Develop better, safer and more targeted medicines

Develop better, safer and more targeted medicines

Integrate precision medicine into our local healthcare system

Integrate precision medicine into our local healthcare system

Improve how we treat and prevent diseases

Improve how we treat and prevent diseases

Design a larger research project in Newfoundland and Labrador

Design a larger research project in Newfoundland and Labrador

A homegrown opportunity

Newfoundland’s unique history and genetic makeup may make it easier to identify some underlying differences that may affect disease and health.

Unique population

Unique population

Many common ancestors, large families and little in-migration have contributed to our unique genetic makeup.

High incidence of disease

High incidence of disease

Our population is associated with high rates of many inherited disorders and complex diseases, including some of the highest rates of type 1 diabetes and familial colorectal cancer in the world.

Comprehensive health records

Comprehensive health records

By linking health information to genetics, we can get a fuller picture of health and disease that may help unlock deeper insights.

Privacy is our policy

All of us at the NL Genome Project are committed to protecting the information you choose to share with us. We will not sell your information. We will be transparent in everything we do, and will only use your information with your explicit permission.

privacy

Information that identifies you, like your name or birthday, is not used for research and is locked away in a separate encrypted database. Instead, you will only be identified by a unique Study Code when research is performed.

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All data is protected by the latest encryption and security protocols, and stored here in Canada in best-in-industry data centres.

sequencebio

St. John’s based biotechnology company Sequence Bio is leading the NL Genome Project.

Sequence Bio’s Chief Scientific Officer, Michael S. Phillips, PhD, is the Principal Investigator of the study. Sequence Bio’s Director of Research, Gerald Mugford, PhD, and Dr. Dennis O’Keefe are the Co-Principal Investigators.

Questions about your rights as a participant in a research study?

Contact the HREA Ethics Office. They are not involved with running the study.

(709) 777-6974|info@hrea.ca

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