APOGEE-Net was created in 2003 with funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health
Research (CIHR) to support policy making in the area of genetics. APOGEE-Net was a knowledge network involving 34 people from different domains: researchers from various disciplines from five Canadian universities, researchers from institutions with a mandate to assist decision-making and promote knowledge transfer, representatives from governmental bodies involved in policy making in genetics, and four citizens.

Researchers (2003-2009):

Renaldo N. Battista, Universit de Montréal, Director of APOGEE-Net
Ingeborg Blanquaert, Agence d'évaluation des technologies et des modes d'interventions en sant
Ghislaine Cleret de Langavant, bureau du Commissaire  la sant et au bien-être
William Foulkes, McGill University
Daniel Gaudet, Universit de Montréal
Béatrice Godard, Universit de Montréal
Nathalie Laflamme, formely from the National Public Health Institute of Quebec
Anne Marcoux, Commissaire  la sant et au bien-être
François Rousseau, Universit Laval


Michel Boucher, citizen
Andr Brodeur, citizen
Lola Cartier, genetic counsellor, McGill University
David Elliott, Department of Health, Nova Scotia
Tom Fetter, Department of Health and Wellness, New Brunswick
Jean-Claude Forest, Universit Laval
Ren Gingras, citizen
Richard Gold, McGill University
Pascale Hamet, citizen
Pavel Hamet, Universit de Montréal
Thomas Hudson, formely from McGill University
Robert Jacob (INSPQ)
Andy Kennedy, Direction de sant publique, Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean
Bartha Knoppers, Universit de Montréal
Claude Laberge, Universit Laval
Marie-Christine Lamarche, ministère de la Sant et des Services Sociaux, Québec
Nadine McLean, Provincial Department of Health, Prince Edward Island
Joy Maddigan, Health and Community Services, Newfoundland & Labrador Government
Hélène Morais, formely from the Conseil de la sant et du bien-être
Denis Ouellet, ministère de la Sant et des Services Sociaux, Québec
Daryl Pullman, Memorial University, Newfoundland
David Rosenblat, medical geneticist, McGill University
Jacques Simard, Universit Laval


Pierre Charest, Health Canada
Lynn Mainland, Health Canada

The network was unique in actively involving decision-makers and in the special role played by organizations with an institutional knowledge-transfer function. This network was conceived as an experiment in knowledge translation aimed at creating the necessary conditions, in terms of exchange and convergence of ideas, to promote policy-relevant transdisciplinary research and to foster utilisation of such research. The group's scientific activities centered around three broad research themes: genetics and health services, genetics and public health and genetics and public involvement. Research priorities within these domains were set collectively and gradually refined to yield policy relevant research projects and stimulate the creation of multidisciplinary teams and complementarity among research endeavours. Besides its knowledge transfer and receptor capacity-building objectives, the network also set out to build research capacity and to train a new generation of individuals willing to contribute to the development of evidence-based health policies in the field of genetics.