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Canada Gairdner Public Lecture Series: Human Stem Cells and Gene Editing

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1215 Lower Water Street

Halifax, NS B3J 1Z7

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Join us for a public lecture with Dr. Janet Rossant, President and Scientific Director of the Gairdner Foundation as she discusses, Human Stem Cells and Gene Editing: The promise, the challenges and the ethical concerns.

Dr. Janet Rossant is a world leader in developmental and stem cell biology. Dr. Rossant has provided significant insights into how an embryo develops, how genes control development and how pluripotent and other stem cells are established. Her research interests focus on understanding the genetic control of normal and abnormal development in the mouse embryo and its impact on human development and disease.

Dr. Rossant, SickKids Chief of Research Emeritus and a world-renowned expert in developmental biology, is the definition of a trailblazer. She started as the Gairdner Foundation’s President and Scientific Director on May 4, 2016. 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 is also a Canada Gairdner Award laureate, winning the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award in 2015.

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.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Proudly presented by TELUS Health.


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