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Contact Info:
Stephen W. Scherer
The Centre for Applied Genomics
The Hospital for Sick Children
Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning
686 Bay Street, Room 13.9800
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 0A4, Canada
(416) 813-7613 (office)
(416) 813-8319 (fax)

Dianne Ragell,
Dr. Scherer's Assistant
Phone: (416) 813-7654 x301574
Fax: (416) 813-8319

Research Biosketch

Known for contributions to discovering the phenomena of global copy number variation (CNVs) of DNA and genes as the most abundant type of genetic variation in the human genome, Dr. Scherer leads one of Canada's busiest laboratories. His group has discovered numerous disease susceptibility genes and most recently has defined CNV and other genetic factors underlying autism. He collaborated with Craig Venter's team to decode human chromosome 7 and to generate the first genome sequence of an individual. Some 300 scientific papers document his work (cited >20,000 times).

Dr. Scherer has won numerous honors such as the 2004 Steacie Prize in the Natural Sciences, an International Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship, Canada's Top 40under40 Award, and the 2008 Premier Summit Award for Medical Research. In 2001, he accepted an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Windsor and in 2007 he was awarded the University of Waterloo's first Science Distinguished Alumni Award. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of Combimatrix Diagnostics and Autism Speaks, and he is on the Board of Trustees of Genome Canada and the Human Genome Organization (HUGO). He is the Director of the McLaughlin Centre and The Centre for Applied Genomics.

Professor Scherer holds the GlaxoSmithKline-Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chair in Genetics and Genomics at The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto.