The GeNA Lab
The GeNA Lab investigates the development, adoption, and social impact of communication, blockchain, and big data. We also work with industry partners building next generation communication technologies in health and genomics, social media, blockchain, and big data.
We disseminate scholarly outputs and policy work to an interdisciplinary community and engage broader communities and partners who are innovating digital technologies. Our work is funded by CFI, SSHRC, Genome BC, Terry Fox Research Institute, and other partners
Big Data Innovation is a Slam Dunk
Using big data research, Peter Chow-White, professor and director at Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication and his team at GeNA Lab have developed an innovative system that gives basketball teams a competitive advantage. This performance tracking and analysis tool rivals the ones used by some professional teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Read More.
GeNA Lab Collaboration in the News
B.C doctors turning to DNA to develop personalized cancer treatments and the GeNA Lab is working with them. Take a look at the story on CTV for more.
Data Power Conference
GeNA Lab was recently represented at the Data Power Conference at The University of Sheffield in the UK. The conference focused on critical issues surrounding big data in an increasingly big-data-driven world.
Julie Frizzo-Barker presented "Privacy Without Guarantees: Healthcare and Genomics in the age of Big Data" showcasing research that GeNA is currently engaged in around genomic privacy, and she was accompanied by Dung Ha.
Roundtable with Minister of Health Rona Ambrose
Dr. Chow-White at a round table meeting with Honourable Rona Ambrose, federal Minister of Health, and other health innovators and leaders in the field to discuss technological innovation in the Canadian health care context. Discussions focused on how technological innovations could: connect Canadians with virtual tools to manage their own health; enable teams of health providers to deliver seamless, high quality care; and how to use data to personalize medicine and care to individuals.