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October 23, 2008

McInnes to head The American Society of Human Genetics

Toronto – SickKids scientist Dr. Roderick McInnes has been elected president of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). A Senior Scientist in the Developmental & Stem Cell Biology program at SickKids and a University Professor and Professor of Molecular Genetics and Paediatrics at the University of Toronto , Dr. McInnes has served on the ASHG Board of Directors from 2005-2007. He will begin his term January 1, 2010 after serving as president-elect in 2009.

Founded in 1948, ASHG is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. As president, Dr. McInnes will be responsible for providing leadership and direction to the Society and its nearly 8,000 members.

“This is very good news for Dr. McInnes and for SickKids,” says Dr. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research at SickKids. “The worldwide Genetics research community clearly holds Dr. McInnes' research and leadership skills in high regard. I know he will bring great enthusiasm and commitment to the task of leading the Society.”

Dr. McInnes' research at SickKids includes a broad range of studies aimed at understanding the mechanisms of embryonic development and tissue regeneration. His research uses mammalian retina as a model system for studying the central nervous system in order to identify key molecules required for development of the eye, pinpoint genes associated with retinal degeneration, and locate novel regulators of neural development and function.

Dr. McInnes received his B.Sc. and MD from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and his PhD from McGill University in Montreal . His postdoctoral work was done at Massachusetts General Hospital , and paediatric and genetic clinical training at both The Montreal Children's and Boston Children's Hospitals. McInnes holds the Ann and Max Tannenbaum Chair in Molecular Medicine at the University of Toronto . He also serves as the Scientific Director of the Institute of Genetics at the Canadian Instititues of Health Research (CIHR). McInnes was awarded the Order of Ontario in January 2008.