News & Events

Genetic Non-Discrimination in Canada

On May 4, 2017 the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (GNA), formerly known as Bill S-201, was passed into law in Canada! The Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC) has developed an informative Fact Sheet highlighting important details for discussion among health care providers and patients. Check it out here!   Read more

Southwestern Ontario – Genetics Education Day for Primary Care Providers

      Schulich Medicine and Dentistry, Children’s Health Research Institute, Medical Genetics Program of Southwestern Ontario and Western University are putting on a symposium for Primary Care Providers titled Genetics in Your Practice. A brochure for this day can be found here.  The day’s topics include prenatal genetics (e.g. non-invasive Read more

Hello, nice to meet you: An introduction to popular GECKO products 

The GECKO website has many resources for healthcare providers, primary care providers and other non-genetics health professionals.  All products are expert reviewed, up-to-date and evidence-based.  We recognize that most of our users are not likely to have the time to search through all the content on our site, so Read more

New Education Modules

Our understanding of the contribution of genetics to ill-health and disease is growing exponentially, providing many examples of the use of genetics knowledge and genetic tests in mainstream healthcare. These scientific and technological advances have changed the needs of practitioners, patients and the public. The growing number of genetic Read more

GEC-KO’s November

Sorry that we’ve been a bit absent on our blog.  We’ve been busy on the road highlighting GEC-KO, our products and relevant genomic information across the nation.  Two weeks ago we were in beautiful Vancouver, BC at the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC) and the Canadian College of Read more

Direct-to-Consumer genetic testing in Canada

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing company, 23 and me, is now marketing its product in Canada.  Check out the Globe and Mail article for more information on this news update. While the data generated are reportedly “intended for informational purposes only” users of this service are told that “findings should always be Read more

2014 Family Medicine Forum – Nov 13-15 in Quebec City

You can now register for the 2014  Family Medicine Forum in beautiful Quebec City!  Early Bird Registration ends September 15th and saves 25% on registration fees!!  The conference runs from November 13-15th, 2014 with a pre-conference day on November 12th.   Family Medicine Forum, or FMF, is Canada’s largest Read more

52nd Ontario College of Family Physicians’ Annual Scientific Assembly

We have just completed our Early Bird Registration for the 52nd Ontario College of Family Physicians’ (OCFP) Annual Scientific Assembly (ASA) in Toronto. The OCFP ASA is a continuing professional development conference designed by family doctors, for family doctors. It includes sessions on current clinical and emerging primary care Read more

2014 Founders Award for Excellence in Medical Genetics

  We are very proud of GEC-KO’s own Dr. Judith Allanson who will be receiving the 2014 Founders Award from the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG).   This award is given to members of the CCMG who have made outstanding contributions to Canadian medical genetics.  The award is in Read more

Future of clinical genomics?

Biesecker and Green developed a primer for clinicians on how to approach clinical genome and exome sequencing (CGES).  The comprehensive summary provides a technical overview and discussion of limitations of CGES, summarizes indications for ordering and evaluation, interpretation and communication of results, and how to address incidental findings.  Additionally Read more