Gail Ouellette

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Gail Ouellette is co-founder and director of the Quebec Coalition of Orphan Diseases (Regroupement québécois des maladies orphelines) and of the Rare Disease Info Portal. She obtained her Ph.D. in molecular genetics at the Université de Montréal. She did her postdoctoral studies in genetic epidemiology at the Centre for Human Genetics in Leuven, Belgium. She was a researcher at Algene Biotechnologies and Signalgene where she worked in gene discovery for compex diseases in founder populations. In 1999, she left the laboratory and the computer to train for a Master’s in Genetic Counselling at McGill University in order to do clinical genetics. She worked as a genetic counsellor at the Centre hospitalier universitaire of Sherbrooke and at Procréa Cliniques in Montreal. Since 2005, she has been involved as a volunteer consultant with various patient organizations in Quebec and Canada. Since 2010, she devotes all of her time to the Regroupement québécois des maladies orphelines (RQMO).