Genome Prairie

FAQ's

What is Genome Prairie?

Genome Prairie is the leading not-for-profit organization for support and management of large-scale genomics and related bioscience research projects in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Industry sectors such as agriculture, health, mining and energy are benefitting from the organization's outreach and commercialization initiatives. With its partners, Genome Prairie has supported more than $197 million of research activity in plant, animal and human genomics, bioinformatics, instrumentation development and bioethics since its establishment in 2000.


What does Genome Prairie do?

Genome Prairie has three key roles:

  1. Manage projects and facilitate regional participation and co-funding for Genome Canada and other genomics research projects in Saskatchewan and Manitoba;
  2. Provide regional leadership and support for collaborative efforts for genomic and bioscience research and knowledge transfer for the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan;
  3. Promote awareness of recent advancements and societal impacts of genomics and bioscience research to government, industry, public and other stakeholders.

When was Genome Prairie founded?

Genome Prairie was established in 2000 and covered the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. In 2005, Genome Alberta was formed and Genome Prairie continued overseeing genomic research projects in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.


What research projects are Genome Prairie currently overseeing?

Current projects can be found here.


How is Genome Prairie related to Genome Canada?

To ensure effective management and monitoring of Genome Canada funded projects and science and technology platforms, Genome Centres have been established in each region across Canada. These Centres facilitate access to leading edge technology for researchers, allow for different approaches to project development and fundraising, and provide opportunities for public outreach programs at a regional level. A contractual agreement with Genome Canada outlines specific terms and conditions for the funding of large-scale research projects and science and technology platforms in genomics and proteomics.

(via Genome Canada)


How is Genome Prairie funded?

Standard operational funding is provided by Genome Canada. Specific initiatives / project funding comes from government, universities and industry, as well as Genome Canada.


Where is Genome Prairie located?

Genome Prairie’s main office is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, in the Atrium Building of Innovation Place research park, adjacent to the University of Saskatchewan campus. Our mailing address is 101-111 Research Drive, Saskatoon SK, S7N 3R2.

Our Winnipeg office is located next to the University of Manitoba's Fort Garry Campus, in the SmartPark Research Park. The mailing address is 100-135 Innovation Drive, Winnipeg MB, R3T 6A8.


Who should I contact if I have a project enquiry?

Please contact Chris Barker, Chief Scientific Officer, at (306) 229-7724.


Who should I contact if I have a media enquiry?

Please contact Quyen Van, Communications Officer, at (204) 269-0816.