STAGE is formal and comprehensive program in Genetic Epidemiology and Statistical Genetics, the first of its kind in Canada.

The program offers training and career development opportunities designed to cross-train individuals at the interface of genetics and population health sciences in genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics—two disciplines currently facing a shortage of qualified individuals in Canada and elsewhere. The overall goal is to improve the prevention and management of complex diseases by increasing capacity in genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics research.

The program has academic requirements, but it is not a degree-granting program. Trainees who successfully complete all components of the program will receive a certificate of completion. Trainees funded through STAGE will receive the distinction of “STAGE Fellows in Genetic Epidemiology Research.”

The Environment

The program is set in a uniquely rich training environment that is highly conducive to interdisciplinary research.

  1. Three well-established graduate programs (Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Statistics) at the University of Toronto.
  2. Leading national organizations and research institutes.
  3. Toronto’s close-knit network of genetic epidemiologists and statistical geneticists and their national and international partners.

Awards and Incentives

Successful applicants will receive an enriched training experience, including the following opportunities:

  1. A research allowance of up to $5,000 CAD.
  2. Mentoring by a team of internationally-renowned experts.
  3. Networking at the local, national and international levels.
  4. A curriculum incorporating core, integrative and cross-disciplinary courses, and leadership training.