Social Impact

G3LS_LogoRapid advances in genomics and related research and their applications present new and complex issues for individuals and society. For this reason, Ontario Genomics supports not only scientific research but also projects that aim to better understand and address new discoveries’ effects on society.

At Ontario Genomics, and across the Genome Canada family of regional genome centres, we refer to this research as “GE³LS research” – on genomics-related economic, environmental, ethical, legal, and social issues.

Learn more about the GE³LS Support Program and Network

GE³LS Research in Ontario

GE³LS research funded through Ontario Genomics takes two major forms:

Large-scale, stand-alone GE³LS research – for example, the Program on Ethics and Commercialization (formerly the Canadian Program on Genomics and Global Health) at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health.

Integrated GE³LS research – Smaller-scale GE³LS research initiatives forming part of large-scale genomics- and/or proteomics-based research programs. All such projects must include GE³LS research, in which social scientists and humanists (e.g., economists, ethicists, and lawyers) work with the scientists to address relevant GE³LS issues. To learn more about these integrated GE³LS research projects, follow the links below: