CARTaGENE is a research platform of the CHU Sainte-Justine, which offers to researchers the means to enhance their health investigations. CARTaGENE consists of both biological samples and data on the health and lifestyles of more than 42,000 Quebecers aged between 40 and 69 years old.

Originally founded by Dr. Claude Laberge and Prof.  Bartha Maria Knoppers, CARTaGENE is now under the scientific direction of Dr. Anne-Monique Nuyt and Dr. Sébastien Jacquemont, both researchers from the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine (CHU Sainte-Justine). Philip is a scientific advisor.

CARTaGENE's mission

CARTaGENE's mission is to create and maintain long-term database and biobank representative of the genomic diversity of Quebec’s population. This competitive biobank facilitate the emergence of new research projects and new knowledge in health care in Quebec, Canada and the international community.

Research potential

Our health depends on numerous factors including our environment, our lifestyle, and the genetic predisposition we inherited from our parents. Scientists have long being trying to establish the causes of chronic diseases that affect a large proportion of the population.

So far, limited by the inaccessibility of people’s genetic data, or by the inability to collect complete information about their health and environment, scientists have only partially uncovered the causes of these diseases.

CARTaGENE could lead in the long term to better prevention, diagnosis and treatments of chronic diseases, such as heart diseases, diabetes and cancer, and thus to the improvement of Quebec’s healthcare system.

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Contact us

If you have questions about CARTaGENE, please contact us at info@cartagene.qc.ca