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.
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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
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 (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 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
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.
- 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
Your doctor has to be listed to take part. If you are a patient of theirs, contact their office to get started!
Dr. David Brentnall
Family Medical Practice/Walk-In Clinic, Paradise709.781.8715
Dr. Dennis O’Keefe
Commonwealth Medical Clinic, Mount Pearl709.364.7555
Dr. Karl Misik
Topsail Road Medical Clinic, St. John's709.368.2101
Dr. Jacqueline Elliott
Port Blandford Medical Clinic, Port Blandford709.543.2490
Dr. Emily Godec
Clarenville Medical Arts Clinic, Clarenville709.466.2631
We’ll keep you up to date when we add new doctors.
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
Inform better healthcare choices by returning findings to participants
Develop better, safer and more targeted medicines
Integrate precision medicine into our local healthcare system
Improve how we treat and prevent diseases
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.
Many common ancestors, large families and little in-migration have contributed to our unique genetic makeup.
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
By linking health information to genetics, we can get a fuller picture of health and disease that may help unlock deeper insights.