This year's Canadian Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics
took place in July at the University of Alberta and focused on Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD
. The fatal disease which affects the deer family, is prevalent in Alberta and is found in Saskatchewan, Quebec, 26 states in the US, and in Norway, Finland, and South Korea.
As CWD has an impact on Indigenous culture it was a good fit for the program which brings together science, community knowledge, and multiple perspectives to study genomics and solve problems in the lab and beyond. It was also a good fit for us at Genome Alberta as we have an active project studying CWD which has advanced the knowledge about the spread of CWD, and its diagnosis. We were pleased to be a sponsor of the SING Canada program which is as much about sharing experiences as it is about studying science.
We spent some time visiting the training course and put together a couple of podcasts for you produced by freelance broadcaster Don Hill so that you can share some of the experience as well.