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December 8, 2009

Women in Cell Biology honour Janet Rossant, SickKids Chief of Research

Dr. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research at SickKids and Senior Scientist in the Developmental & Stem Cell Biology Program, SickKids Research Institute, is the recipient of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), Women in Cell Biology Senior Career Recognition Award for 2009. The Senior Award is given to a woman or man in a later career stage (generally full professor or equivalent) whose outstanding scientific achievements are coupled with a long-standing record of support for women in science and by mentorship of both men and women in scientific careers.

The award was presented today at the ASCB Annual Meeting in San Diego, where Rossant is a guest speaker.

Rossant is an internationally recognized expert in developmental biology and one of Canada’s top stem cell researchers. She 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, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, from 1985 to 2005. She is a Fellow of both the Royal Societies of London and Canada and a Distinguished Investigator of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. In 2007, Rossant was awarded the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology and the Conklin Medal from the Society for Developmental Biology. In 2008, Rossant was elected as a Foreign Associate to the National Academy of Science.

Women In Cell Biology (WICB) began in the early 1970s as a group of women cell biologists, sensitized by the women’s movement of the time, who began to notice the under-representation of women in academia in general and cell biology in particular. In 1992, the ASCB Council invited the WICB to become a standing committee of the ASCB. The major objective of the WICB is to provide opportunities and information useful to women in developing their careers in cell biology. The WICB Committee also provides career development advice to all biomedical scientists.