Meet Dr. Stephen Scherer. He is the Director of The Centre for Applied Genomics at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).
Dr. Scherer led the University of Toronto in the world’s largest autism genomics project — called MSSNG — an investigation which uncovered new genetic changes and specific genes linked to autism. Autism Speaks was instrumental in funding this research breakthrough. Through this project they found a total of 63 genes and mutations which increase the likelihood of autism. The data has been used to aid doctors and families with autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.
Discussing the work of The Hospital for Sick Children throughout 2020 he emphasized his team’s commitment, “The research laboratories here, working on autism, have been open throughout the pandemic. In fact, we are working even harder than ever to provide answers for families.”
Dr. Scherer’s alma mater the University of Waterloo states that he has been part of some of the most significant genome discoveries of the last 30 years.
A message from Dr.Scherer: https://youtu.be/gJhKLcA-zJM
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