She has transformed the understanding of human biology and stem cell origins. Ontario researcher Dr. Janet Rossant is one of two recipients of the 2010 Premier’s Summit Award for Medical Research.
The Premier’s Summit Award for Medical Research, established in 2005, is one of Canada’s richest prizes in medical research. Recipients receive $5 million over five years.
Dr. Janet Rossant, Senior Scientist and Chief of Research at The Hospital for Sick Children, is a giant on the world stage in stem cell research. Her work – as a researcher, a scientific leader and an educator – has helped propel Ontario to the forefront of the competitive international stage for stem cell research. Dr. Rossant’s research interests centre on understanding the genetic control of normal and abnormal development in the early mouse embryo using both cellular and genetic manipulation techniques. Her interests in the early embryo have led to the discovery of a novel type of placenta stem cell, the trophoblast stem cell.
Dr. Rossant has also played a leadership role in setting Canada’s public policy on stem cell research. As Deputy Scientific Director of the Canadian Stem Cell Network, she has spearheaded the formation of the Ontario Stem Cell Initiative to encourage collaboration among six Ontario stem cell centres.
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