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Atrium, Life Sciences Research Institute (LSRI)

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Safeguarding Canadians’ Genetic Information: the New Genetic Non-Discrimination Act

Presented by Senator Cowan

Senator Cowan’s Bill S-201 to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination passed the Senate in April 2016 and the House of Commons in March 2017. On May 4, 2017, it received Royal Assent and is now law. In the previous Parliament, he also proposed legislation to address the criminal justice system’s approach to persons suffering from mental illness. Senator Cowan was also a member of the Special Joint House-Senate Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying.

Senator Cowan is the recipient of the 2016 Advocacy Award by the American Society of Human Genetics for his work leading efforts to prevent genetic discrimination in Canada. He shares this award with the Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness.

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