2017: 14th International Symposium on Milk Genomics and Human Health


September 26-28, 2017
Québec City, Canada


The three day event is being organized by the IMGC in collaboration with Laval University (Institute on nutrition and functional foods and STELA Dairy Research Centre, Dairy Farmers of Canada, and the local organizing committee. It brings together international experts in nutrition, genomics, bioinformatics and milk research to discuss and share the latest research. The annual symposium is our flagship event that features scientific research related to milk and human health done throughout the world. The symposium draws from the diversity of its memberships to cover the breath of genomics themes that reflect the interest of the Consortium.  The goal of the Consortium is to bring together the research and dairy communities to share, translate, and interpret data that are happening within the fields of the “-omics” science.

The theme for this year’s program is, “Moving Forward with Translational Milk Research to Advance Health” topics include:
• Milk and dairy products metagenomes- quality, reproducibility and identity
• Milk and dairy products impacts on health (inflammatory reactions, microbiota, etc.)
• Human milk for populations at risk (diabetic mother, allergy history, etc.)
• Genomic programming and epigenomic reprogramming
• Genomic selection and feeding strategies to control milk composition
• Milk metabolomics

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Free Guided Tour Of INAF Following the Symposium
(registration required)

September 28, 2017

The aim of this tour is to enable Milk Genomics participants to discover the Research and Development infrastructure of the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF) at Université Laval.

INAF is the largest group of researchers in Canada dedicated entirely to foods and the complex interactions between food components, nutrition and health. Founded in the early 2000s, INAF is now a well-established institute with 80 members from the Université Laval Faculties of Agriculture, Medicine and Pharmacy and from nine other universities and research organizations located in the province of Quebec.

Tour Schedule

1:30 pm: Departure from Hotel Bonne Entente

1:50 pm: Arrival and visit of INAF and the Agriculture Faculty research facilities :

-Genomic laboratory
-In vitro Digestion Simulator
-Clinical Investigation Unit
-Analytical Laboratory
-Pilot Laboratory

3:50 pm: Departure from INAF

4:00 pm: Arrival at Hotel Bonne Entente

Transportation will be provided


Symposium Location

Le Bonne Entente Hotel
3400 Chemin Sainte-Foy, Québec (Qc) G1X 1S6
Phone : 418-653-5221 / 1-800-463-4390
Fax : 418-653-3098

We have a block of rooms reserved at a rate of $219 CAN/night. To make your reservation please call the hotel directly at 800-463-4390 or email them at reception@lebonneentente.com.  Let them know you are with the International Milk Genomics Consortium. Reservations must be made by August 24, 2017 to receive this special group rate.

The hotel also provides complimentary transportation services to/from Quebec’s Jean-Lesage International Airport, located 7 km (4.4 mi.) away, as well as to the train station and the Ste-Foy bus terminal.  Inquire with their reception for availability.


Le Bonne Entente Hotel has a large, 350-space parking lot, including two spaces reserved for electric vehicles. The two 240-volt charging stations are provided to hotel guests for free. Parking fees are $5 per hour to a maximum of $15 per day.


Early Bird Registration– $595.00 USD (if registered by September 1, 2017)

Regular Registration– $695 USD (if registered after September 1, 2017)

Student Rate– $350 (includes poster reception and group dinner)

Special Student Rate– $200 (does NOT include poster reception and group dinner)

Cancellation Policy- A full refund will be given to those who cancel by September 11, 2017 minus a $50 cancellation fee.  Those who cancel after that date will not receive a refund.

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The closest airport is Jean-Lesage International Airport (YQB)

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