May 2016

Janet Rossant invested as Order of Canada Companion

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Janet Rossant CC

Congratulations to Dr. Janet Rossant on her investiture as a Companion in the Order of Canada (CC) in a ceremony presided over by Governor General David Johnston.

Dr. Rossant, who chairs the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation’s Science Leadership Council, was one of only two Canadians to be honoured as a Companion along with Nobel Prize winning scientist Dr. Arthur McDonald.  The three tiers of the order are: Companion, Officer, and Member. Friday’s ceremony also included four Officers and 42 Members.

A Rideau Hall news release noted that Dr. Rossant established entirely new concepts in developmental biology: “As a professor at the University of Toronto, she has characterized genes that are critical to the earliest stages of embryonic development and discovered control systems that enable cell differentiation. Her globally renowned research is foundational to the development of new treatments for a range of conditions including cancer and degenerative diseases.”

Dr. Rossant is a Senior Scientist & Chief of Research Emeritus at SickKids Research Institute. She was the inaugural President  & Director of the Ontario Institute of Regenerative Medicine and recently became the Gairdner Foundation’s President and Scientific Director.

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