Symposium: May 31 2019 at the Carlu, Toronto

Keynote speakers

Lap-Chee Tsui (Zhejiang University)

Lap-Chee Tsui (Zhejiang University)

Lap-Chee Tsui, OC, OOnt, GBM, FRS, FRSC, PhD
President, The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong
President, Victor and William Fung Foundation
Director, Qiushi Academy for Advanced Studies, Zhejiang University
University Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

Prof. Tsui Lap-chee, world-renowned molecular biologist, is currently Founding President of the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong, President of Victor and William Fung Foundation, Director of Qiushi Academy for Advanced Studies and Master of Residential College in International Campus of Zhejiang University, and University of Toronto’s Emeritus University Professor. He was the 14 th Vice Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong. He is world renowned for his research work in human genetics and genomics. He has over 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 65 invited book chapters. He is the recipient of many national and international prizes, including the 2018 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize. His other awards include 16 honorary doctoral degrees from prestigious universities around the world.

Roderick R. McInnes (McGill University)

Roderick R. McInnes (McGill University)

Roderick R. McInnes, CM, OOnt, MD, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS
Alva Chair in Human Genetics
Prof. of Human Genetics and Biochemistry
Director, Lady Davis Institute
McGill University

Prof. McInnes is the Director of the Lady Davis Institute of the Jewish General Hospital, Alva Chair in Human Genetics, Professor of Human Genetics and of Biochemistry at McGill, where he was Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Neurogenetics.

At the University of Toronto he was a University Professor, Head of the Program in Developmental Biology at the Hospital for Sick Children, an International Research Scholar of the HHMI and the Inaugural Scientific Director (2000-2010) of the Institute of Genetics of CIHR.

Prof. McInnes has made important contributions to understanding of the molecular basis of retinal and eye development, identification of genes and processes associated with inherited retinal degeneration, and knowledge of synaptic accessory proteins that modulate the activity of ion channels in the nervous system. He is one of three coauthors of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th editions of the classic textbook Thompson and Thompson’s Genetics in Medicine, for which the authors received the 2015 American Society of Human Genetics Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education. In 2010, Dr. McInnes was the President of the American Society of Human Genetics. Amongst other honours, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2008 and made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2009. Dr. McInnes was the Acting President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 2017-2018.