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May 7, 2007

Rossant awarded 2007 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology

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Dr. Jennifer L. Howse (March of Dimes President), Dr. Anne McLaren, Dr. Janet Rossant and Elizabeth Roosevelt Johnston (March of Dimes board member)

Dr. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research at The Hospital for Sick Children was presented with 2007 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology along with Dr. Anne McLaren of Cambridge University on Monday, May 7, 2007. This award was given to them by the US-based March of Dimes Foundation during the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, which was held in Toronto for the first time. This was also the first time the March of Dimes Prize was shared by two women, and brings to the total number of women who have received this honour to four.

Drs. Rossant and McLaren will be sharing the $250,000 award for their remarkable contributions to the understanding of the entire cycle of mammalian reproduction and development, using the mouse as a model system. Dr. Rossant was among the first to identify placental stem cells and the genes that make them different from embryonic stem cells. In 1958, Dr. McLaren and a fellow scientist reported in the journal Nature that they were the first to successfully grew a mouse embryo in a test tube and then implant it into a mouse uterus to be born naturally -- paving the way for human in vitro fertilization.

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