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July 9, 2009

SickKids scientist named to Order of Canada

Dr. Roderick McInnes, Senior Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), a University Professor and Professor of Paediatrics and of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto, was named to the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian order.

McInnes is a researcher in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, with a particular interest in vision. Along with his research team, McInnes has revolutionized principles around retinal degeneration that have had major implications in the treatment of human blindness around the world.

“Dr. McInnes is an exemplary leader in the field of genetic research,” says Mary Jo Haddad, SickKids President and CEO. “This is a well-deserved honour.”

Last year, McInnes was named to the Order of Ontario. He is also the President-elect of the American Society of Human Genetics and the Scientific Director of the Institute of Genetics at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Prior to his arrival at SickKids, McInnes worked at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital and the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

In October 2009, McInnes will be leaving SickKids to become the new Director of Research at the Jewish General Hospital’s Lady Davis Institute of Medical Research in Montreal.

“Dr. McInnes will bring exceptional leadership and knowledge to his new position and to the advancement of medical research in Canada” says Haddad. “We wish him continued success.”