Stephen Scherer, PhD, DSc, FRSC, holds the GlaxoSmithKline-Canadian Institutes of Health Research Endowed Chair in Genome Sciences 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. In 2004, his team co-discovered global gene copy number variation (CNV) as a common form of genetic variation in human DNA. His group then identified CNV to contribute to the aetiology of autism and many other disorders, and the Database of Genomic Variants he founded facilitates hundreds of thousands of clinical diagnoses each year. His research is documented in some 450 publications and he is one of the most highly cited scientists in the world. Dr. Scherer has won numerous honors such as the Steacie Prize, an Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship, and the Premier’s Summit Award for Medical Research. He is a distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Royal Society of Canada. In 2014, he was selected as a Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate in the field of Physiology or Medicine for “the discovery of large-scale CNV and its association with specific diseases”.
Prof Scherer co-chairs the Copy Number Variation Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC).