Tom Hudson


  • President and Scientific Director, Executive

Dr. Thomas J. Hudson is President and Scientific Director of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, which focuses on translational research in prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Dr. Hudson is internationally renowned for his work in genomics and human genome variation. Past positions include leadership roles as Founder and Director of the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, and Assistant-Director of the Whitehead/MIT Center for Genome Research, where he led a team that generated physical and gene maps of the human and mouse genomes.

A founding member of the International Haplotype Map Consortium and the Public Population Project in Genomics (P3G), Dr. Hudson was instrumental in the creation of the International Cancer Genome Consortium and chairs the Consortium’s Executive and Scientific Steering Committees. He is a member of the Steering Committee of The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health and a co-author of the White Paper on the purpose and benefits of an international framework to allow genetic and clinical data to be collected, managed and shared in an effective, responsible, interpretive manner.

Dr. Hudson's laboratory studies the genome variation that affects cancer predisposition, progression and response to therapy. His main project is on the genetic architecture of loci associated with risk of colorectal cancer. Dr. Hudson has co-authored more than 270 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

In 2007, Dr. Hudson was appointed to the rank of Professor (status-only) in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. He previously taught in the departments of Human Genetics and Medicine at McGill University and practiced medicine at the McGill University Health Centre – Montreal General Hospital (Division of Immunology and Allergy).

Dr. Hudson was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Other awards include the 2014 Jerry Dolovich Memorial Lectureship Award, the 2012 Champion of Genetics Award from the Canadian GeneCure Foundation, the 2010 Annual Harry and Edith Gladstein Professor Award from the Indiana University School of Medicine, the 2005 Achievement of the Year in Healthcare from Maclean’s magazine, the 2005 Award for Research in Immunology by the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, an Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, a Burroughs-Wellcome Clinician-Scientist Award, The 2002 Prix de la Santé from the Armand-Frappier Foundation, the 2001 Young Scientist Award by the Genetics Society of Canada, the 2000 Scientist of the Year by Radio-Canada, and the 1999 Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.

Contact Information

Ms. Jackie Peca

jackie [dot] pecaatoicr [dot] on [dot] ca

Telephone: 416-673-6631


2011 - Member, Board of Directors, Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization.
2010 - Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Slim Initiative in Genomic Medicine.
2008 - Member, Board of Directors, Cancer Stem Cell Consortium.
2008 - Co-Founder and Member of the Executive Committee, International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC).
2008 - Member, Board of Directors , Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization (CPDC).
2007 - Professor, Dept. of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Dept. of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto.
2006 - President and Scientific Director, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR).
2006 - Canadian Cancer Research Alliance: Member, Board Directors., Canadian Cancer Research Alliance.
2005 - Member, Scientific Advisory Board, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.
2004 - Founder and Scientific Director, Public Population Project in Genomics (P3G).
2009 - 2010Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Genomics Based Drug Discovery/Broad Institute.
2007 - 2008Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC).
2006 - 2011Member, Scientific Review Committee, STARR Cancer Foundation.
2006 - 2010Member, International Scientific Advisory Board, UK Biobank .
2005 - 2008Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Genome Canada.
2003 - 2007Director, McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre.
2002 - 2007Associate Professor, Depts. of Medicine and Human Genetics, McGill University.
2001 - 2005Associate Director, Canadian Genetic Diseases Network.
1999 - 2006Associate Physician, Division of Clinical Immunology, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal General Hospital.
1999 - 2002Director, Montreal Genome Centre., McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre.
1997 - 2001Professor and Co-Director, Inter-University Institute for Population Research.
1996 - 2000Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
1995 - 2001Assistant Director, Whitehead Institute for Biological Research/ MIT Center.
1991 - 1993Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. David Housman at the Center for Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
1991 - 1993Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Eric Lander , Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT.
1990 - 1991Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Drs. Danuta Radzioch and Emil Skamene, McGill Centre for the Study of Host Resistance., McGill University.
1988 - 1990Resident in Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Montreal General Hospital, McGill University.
1985 - 1988Resident in Internal Medicine, Université de Montréal (Hotel-Dieu Hospital, 1985-1987; St. Luc Hospital, 1987-1988; Chief Resident in Internal Medicine, 1987-1988), Université de Montréal.
1985MD, Université de Montréal.

Research Output

  • Rajan S, Djambazian H, Chu Pham Dang H, Sladek R, Hudson TJ
    The Living Microarray: a High-Throughput Platform for Measuring Transcription Dynamics in Single Cells
    • BMC Genomics. 2011; 12; 115
  • Fortier I, Burton PR, Robson PJ, Ferretti V, Little J, L'heureux F, Deschênes M, Knoppers BM, Doiron D, Keers JC, Linksted P, Harris JR, Lachance G, Boileau C, Pedersen NL, Hamilton CM, Hveem K, Borugian MJ, Gallagher RP, McLaughlin J, Parker L, Potter JD, Gallacher J, Kaaks R, Liu B, Sprosen T, Vilain A, Atkinson SA, Rengifo A, Morton R, Metspalu A, Wichmann HE, Tremblay M, Chisholm RL, Garcia-Montero A, Hillege H, Litton JE, Palmer LJ, Perola M, Wolffenbuttel BH, Peltonen L, Hudson TJ
    Quality, quantity and harmony: the DataSHaPER approach to integrating data across bioclinical studies
    • Int J Epidemiol. 2010; 39; 1383-93
  • International Cancer Genome Consortium (Hudson TJ is lead and corresponding author)
    International network of cancer genome projects
    • Nature. 2010; 464; 993-8
  • Toronto International Data Release Workshop Authors, (Hudson TJ is co-lead and corresponding author with Birney E.)
    Prepublication data sharing
    • Nature. 2009; 461; 168-70
  • International HapMap Consortium, (TJ Hudson is Project Leader of the Canadian Group)
    A Haplotype Map of the Human Genome
    • Nature. 2005; 437:1299-1320
  • Zanke BW, Greenwood C MT, Rangre J, Kustra R, Tenesa A, Farrington SM, Prendergast J, Olschwang S, Chiang T, Crowdy E, Ferretti V, Laflamme P, Sundararajan S, Roumy S, Olivier J, Robidoux F, Sladek R, Montpetit A, Campbell P, Bezieau S, O’Shea AM, Zogopoulos G, Cotterchio M, Newcomb P, McLaughlin J, Younghusband B, Green R, Green J, Porteous MEM, Campbell H, Blanche H, Sahbatou M, Tubacher E, Bonaiti-Pellié C, Buecher B, Riboli E, Kury S, Chanock S, Potter J, Thomas G, Gallinger S, Hudson T, Dunlop MG
    A Colorectal Cancer Susceptibility Locus on Chromosome 8q24 Identified by a Genome-Wide Association Scan
    • Nature Genetics. 2007; 39: 989 – 994
  • Pastinen T, Hudson TJ
    Cis-Acting Regulatory Variation in the Human Genome
    • Science. 2004; 306: 647-650
  • Daly MJ, Rioux JD, Schaffner SF, Hudson TJ, Lander ES
    High-resolution haplotype structure in the human genome
    • Nature Genetics. 2001; 29: 229-232
  • Hudson TJ, Stein L, Gerety S, Ma J, Castle A, Silva J, Slonim D, Baptista R, Rosenberg C, Reeve-Daly MP, Rozen S, Hui L, Hu X, Xu S-H, Wu X, Vestergaard C, Wilson K, Bay J, Colbert A, Maitra S, Ganiatsis S, Evans C, Ingalls K, Nahf R, Kruglyak L, Anderson M, Collymore A, Courtney D, Devine R, Horton L, Kouyoumjian V, Nguyen H, Renaud M, Tam J, Ye WJ, Zemsteva I, O'Connor T, Faure S, Fizames C, Goodman N, Weissenbach J, Hawkins T, Foote S, Page DC, Lander ES
    An STS-based map of the human genome
    • Science. 1995; 270: 1945-1954