Dr. Stephen Scherer

Professor Stephen Scherer, PhD DSc FRSC

Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Dr. Scherer is Chief of Research and holds the Northbridge Chair in Paediatric Research at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and University of Toronto (UofT) and he is Director of the UofT McLaughlin Centre, as well as The Centre for Applied Genomics at SickKids. His team contributed to the landmark discovery of global gene copy number variation (CNV) as a common form of genetic variation in human DNA. As part of this discovery he founded the Database of Genomic Variants, which now catalogues >2 million CNVs, and is used to facilitate hundreds of thousands of clinical diagnoses worldwide each year. His team also identified CNV of specific genes involved in brain development to contribute to Autism Spectrum Disorder, demonstrating this complex human behavioral condition can have a biological basis. His research is documented in over 700 scholarly publications and patents. Dr. Scherer has won numerous honors such as the Steacie Prize, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship, the Premier’s Summit Award for Medical Research, the Killam Prize, and multiple Honorary degrees. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal Society of Canada. In 2014, he was selected as an esteemed Thomson Reuters (now Clarivate) Citation Laureate in Physiology and Medicine for “the discovery of large-scale copy number variation and its association with specific diseases”.


wednesday – 04:15pm Future Societies

Time Icon 20 mins

Location Icon St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - Bluma Appel Theatre

Healing the Future: How Hospitals and Startups can Unite for Innovation

This talk delves into the realm of emerging deep tech innovations in healthcare, showcasing startups driving transformative change. While startups pioneer groundbreaking solutions, their effective integration into hospitals remains a challenge. We explore strategies for startups to collaborate with hospitals, ensuring safe and impactful technology adoption. Furthermore, we examine how hospitals can foster innovation by engaging with startups. This discussion offers key insights into the dynamic relationship between startups and healthcare institutions, inspiring a future of advanced, patient-centred healthcare.