David S. Rosenblatt is a world leader in multiple facets of human genetics, including research, clinical practice, and education. As a professor of Human Genetics, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Biology at McGill University in Montreal, Dr. Rosenblatt has made major contributions to genetics research, adding to our knowledge of inherited metabolic diseases. As chair of the university’s Department of Human Genetics for the past 11 years, Dr. Rosenblatt has built an outstanding department that has achieved international prominence for research as well as the education of basic and clinical scientists, clinical and laboratory geneticists, and genetic counselors.
Since 2000, he and his collaborators have identified the genes for five disorders, leading to a more complete understanding of vitamin metabolism and better approaches to detect carriers and diagnose these disorders. Dr. Rosenblatt directs one of only two referral laboratories in the world for patients born with metabolic diseases related to folic acid and VitaminB12.
Dr. Rosenblatt has served as President of the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders, the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation, and the Association of Medical Geneticists of Quebec. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and a Correspondant etranger of the Academie Nationale de Medecine of France.
Bartha Maria Knoppers is a lawyer, Canada’s leading bioethicist, and a world authority on the ethical aspects of genetics, genomics and biotechnology. Dr. Knoppers founded the international Population Project in Genomics and Society (P3G) with the goal of coordinating international efforts and expertise in the policy area of genomics and the impact on human health. She also launched the CARTaGENE bio-bank project in Quebec. Through CARTaGENE, scientists collect soda-demographic and medical data from across the province and bank it for future research.
Dr. Knoppers’s career in genetics and ethics reaches back to the 1990s when she served on the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO, the United Nations organization that drafted the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights. Since then she has played key roles in Genome Canada, Genome Quebec and the Canadian Stem Cell Network.
Currently Dr. Knoppers holds the Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine at McGill University and she is the director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics. Along with a host of other honours, Dr. Knoppers is also chair of the Ethics Working Party of the International Stem Cell Forum, the co-chair of the Sampling/ELSI Committee of the 1 000 Genomes Project, and a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the International Cancer Genome Consortium.Read More Posts From This Section »
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