Evidence-Based ‘OMICS in Clinical Practice

How do laboratory tools and advances in technology contribute to our understanding of health and disease, including the COVID-19 pandemic?

Join us for this year’s virtual conference on May 27 and 28 as we explore the evidence for ‘omics and utility in the health care setting – including COVID-19 and the lungs, depression and gut inflammation, novel platforms in cancer treatment, nutrition, and more.


Zena Samaan
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University

Guillaume Paré
Professor, Pathology and Molecular Medicine, McMaster University


Andrew McArthur 
Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University

Parameswaran Nair 
Professor of Medicine, McMaster University 

Aleixo Muise 
Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto

Russell de Souza 
Associate Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, McMaster University

Lucile Capuron
Research Director, Laboratory of Nutrition and Integrative Neurobiology (INRAE), University of Bordeaux

Rod Rassekh
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

About Us

The ‘OMICS and Epidemiology conference is hosted by the Population Genomics Program at McMaster – Canada’s most research-intensive university.

The Population Genomics Program (PGP) mobilizes McMaster’s expertise and resources in population health, genomics, clinical trials and health-research methodology to investigate the influences of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions on disease. It fosters interdisciplinary collaborations among clinical researchers and basic scientists to marshal new insights and discoveries in the burgeoning field of population genomics at McMaster.

The PGP applies the disciplines of epidemiology, biostatistics and computational biology to reveal and interpret the complex relationships between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPS) and other DNA sequence patterns in individuals and the expression of common complex diseases including respiratory disease, autism, obesity, infectious and immunological diseases, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in populations.