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Canada Gairdner Laureate Lecture Series, Friday, October 18th, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. SA 6010
The University of Lethbridge and the Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute are pleased to announce this year’s Canada Gairdner Laureate Lecture by Dr. Janet Rossant, PhD FRS FRSC (Canada Gairdner Wightman Award, 2015 -- "For her outstanding scientific contributions to developmental biology and for her exceptional international leadership in stem cell biology and policy-making, and in advancing research programs for children’s illnesses."). Her lecture is titled:
Stem cells and gene editing – science, applications and ethical concerns.
Janet Rossant, PhD, FRS, FRSC is the President & Scientific Director for the Canada Gairdner Foundation since May 4, 2016.
Dr. Rossant, the SickKids Hospital Chief of Research Emeritus and a world-renowned expert in developmental biology, is the definition of a trailblazer.
Widely known for her studies of the genes that control embryonic development in the mouse, Rossant has pioneered techniques for following cell fate and altering genes in embryos. This work continues to resonate in medical genetic research. Her current research focuses on stem cell development and cell differentiation in the developing embryo, important areas for the study of birth defects as well as regenerative medicine. Firmly planted on the front lines of technological change, Rossant has established SickKids as a global forerunner in genetic research.
Dr. Rossant trained at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, United Kingdom and has been in Canada since 1977, first at Brock University and then at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute within Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, from 1985 to 2005. She joined SickKids in 2005. Dr. Rossant has been recognized for her contributions to science with many awards, including the Ross G. Harrison Medal (lifetime achievement award) from the International Society of Developmental Biologists, the Killam Prize for Health Sciences, the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology, the Conklin Medal from the Society for Developmental Biology, the CIHR Michael Smith Prize in Health Research, the 10th ISTT Prize from the International Society for Transgenic Technologies in Edinburgh, Scotland and the 2018 L’Oreal For Women in Science Award. She is a Fellow of both the Royal Societies of London and Canada, and is a foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Science.
The Canada Gairdner Lecture is open to everyone.