Sequence Bio

How to Take Part

Where can I take part?

The following doctors are participating in the NL Genome Project and accepting their current patients.
Eligible patients can consent to join the NL Genome Project remotely from home using a phone, video conferencing, and/or the Participant Portal.
To get started, contact your doctor’s office to book an appointment!
Dr. David Brentnall
Family Medical Clinic/Walk In Clinic
Suite 201, 1489 Topsail Road
Paradise, NL
A1L 1P9
Dr. Dennis O'Keefe
Commonwealth Medical Clinic
Suite 201, 1489 Topsail
Mount Pearl, NL
A1N 1W7
Dr. Karl Misik
Topsail Road Medical Clinic
644 Topsail Road
St. John's, NL
A1E 2E2
Dr. Emily Godec
ProActive Wellness and Prevention
300 Kenmount Road, Unit 107
St. John's, NL
A1B 3R2
Dr. Jacqueline Elliott
Port Blandford Medical Clinic
244 Main Street
Port Blandford, NL
A0C 2G0
Dr. Tony Gabriel
Gander Medical Clinic
177 Elizabeth Dr
Gander, NL
A1V 1H6
Dr. Lynette Power
Burin Medical Clinic
43 Main Street
Burin Bay Arm, NL
A0E 1G0
Dr. Chris Peddle
TC Medical Clinic
16 Goff Ave
Carbonear, NL
A1Y 1A6
Dr. Randy Hart
White Hills Medical Clinic
262 Newfoundland Dr
St. John's, NL
A1A 3E9
Dr. John Janes
Commonwealth Medical Clinic
77 Commonwealth Av
Mount Pearl, NL
A1N 1W7

Who can take part?

If you meet the following criteria, you’re eligible to participate in the NL Genome Project

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

How does it work?

Before you decide whether or not to take part, a research nurse will review an information pamphlet outlining the entire project with you, explain any potential risks, and answer your questions. Remember, it’s completely up to you whether or not you take part!

Consent to Join the Study

Consent to Join the Study

You will first 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. Read more about our research here!

Return Findings and Stay in Touch

Return Findings and Stay in Touch

Any findings that potentially impact your health 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.

Why take part?

People take part in health research for many different reasons, whether to help advance science or to learn more about their own health.

It's important to remember that you are the only person who can decide whether taking part is right for you. To help you through this process, a research nurse working with your doctor will review the project with you, explain any potential risks, and answer your questions. You can alsoreach out to ushere if you have any other questions.


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.

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