“Ensuring All Stakeholders Understand the Value of Genomics Can Be a Challenge” – Catalina Lopez-Correa

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Catalina Lopez-Correa

Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa, CSO, GenomeBC

Catalina Lopez-Correa, PhD, is Genome BC’s Chief Scientific Officer and VP Sectors. Her deep understanding of genomics has inspired leaders in science and industry to collaborate towards solving some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Dr. Lopez-Correa has held leadership positions at Informax, deCODE Genetics, Eli Lilly and Genome Quebec and has played advisory roles at the European Commission, Innovative Medicine Initiatives and other private and public sector entities working in the application and implementation of genomics technologies.

Catalina will be joining us at the third Festival of Genomics London in January 2018. She will be presenting on day one of the Festival on ‘Building a coordinated ecosystem to implement genomics in the health care system in BC’. Register for free to hear from Catalina as well as the rest of our superb speaker line-up.

What are you working on right now? 

Genome BC is developing phase 2 of our Genomics and Precision Health strategy. Phase 2 is focusing on developing four cross cutting themes that will help advance the clinical implementation of Genomics. The themes are: i) Education of Health Care providers, ii) Big Data: sharing and integrating Omic datasets, iii) Capacity (sequencing centres, biobanking, etc.) and iv) Access: all the legal, ethical, regulatory and economic aspects of clinical genomics.

What’s the biggest challenge you face in your work at the moment? 

The biggest challenge for Genome BC is to ensure all stakeholders understand the value of genomics. Many of our stakeholders do not fully realize that genomics is not ready for clinical implementation and that patients are at the centre of that process.

Name one big development that you would like to see in your field in the next 18 months. 

I would like to see all stakeholders (scientists, clinicians, health care providers, insurers, companies, etc.) across British Columbia (and Canada) fully engaged and aligned to work together on the implementation of clinical genomics.

What are you most proud of in your career? 

I am proud to support the implementation of clinical genomics around the globe, not only in Canada but also in developing countries and emerging economies.

Which scientist, living, dead, or fictional, would you like to invite to dinner, and why? 

Marie Curie. I think she was an incredibly strong scientist and also an amazing woman.

What advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?

Dream big and never give up! 

The Festival of Genomics London 2018 is a free to attend event, register online for this not to be missed genomics event.


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