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Stephen Scherer

The Centre for Applied Genomics
Chief of Research at SickKids and Director
Dr. Scherer is Chief of Research and holds the Northbridge Chair in Paediatric Research at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and University of Toronto (UofT) and he is Director of the UofT McLaughlin Centre, as well as The Centre for Applied Genomics at SickKids. His team contributed to the landmark discovery of global gene copy number variation (CNV) as a common form of genetic variation in human DNA. As part of this discovery he founded the Database of Genomic Variants, which now catalogues >2 million CNVs, and is used to facilitate hundreds of thousands of clinical diagnoses worldwide each year. His team also identified CNV of specific genes involved in brain development to contribute to Autism Spectrum Disorder, demonstrating this complex human behavioral condition can have a biological basis. His research is documented in over 650 scholarly publications and patents. Dr. Scherer has won numerous honors such as the Steacie Prize, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship, the Premier’s Summit Award for Medical Research, the Killam Prize, and multiple Honorary degrees. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal Society of Canada. In 2014, he was selected as an esteemed Thomson Reuters (now Clarivate) Citation Laureate in Physiology and Medicine for “the discovery of large-scale copy number variation and its association with specific diseases”.

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, November 10

12:00pm EST