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December 22, 2011

Dr. Stephen Scherer Inducted as AAAS Fellow

By Daniel Puatti

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is proud to announce that Dr. Stephen Scherer, PhD, FRSC, has been named a Fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) for his contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge.

Scherer, who is a senior scientist and Director of The Centre for Applied Genomics at SickKids and the McLaughlin Centre at the University of Toronto, has played a pivotal role in revolutionizing the understanding of genetic variation in human diseases. His groundbreaking work in defining the copy number variation of genes as a highly abundant form of genetic variation often involved in human disease is the reason for his AAAS Fellowship appointment.

An international organization dedicated to advancing science around the world, AAAS acts as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association for over 10 million individuals and 262 affiliated societies and academies of science.

Scherer will be presented with his official Fellowship certificate on Feb. 18, 2012 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2012 AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, B.C.

Scherer also founded the Database of Genomic Variants, a public resource that facilitates thousands of clinical diagnoses every day. Scherer’s research team has also identified many of the genes involved in autism. More information about Scherer’s accomplishments can be found online