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Genome Canada-funded scientist Stephen Scherer named 2014 “Nobel-class” Citation Laureate

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dr. Stephen Scherer, Senior Scientist and Director of the Centre for Applied Genomics at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), has been selected as a 2014 “Nobel-class” Citation Laureate in the category of physiology or medicine, according to an announcement Sept.25 by Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science (Thomson Reuters IP & Science).

Scherer, alongside Charles Lee, Professor and Scientific Director, Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut, and Michael H. Wigler, Professor and Head, Mammalian Cell Genetics Section, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, has been recognized for the discovery of large-scale copy number variation and its association with specific diseases.

"I am greatly honoured to receive this highly significant designation of Citation Laureate,” said Scherer, who is also Director of the McLaughlin Centre at University of Toronto. “It serves as a truly independent validation of the importance our research is having in the field of medicine worldwide. Irrespective of any award outcomes, it is humbling to be included among such an esteemed list of scientists."

The Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates study began in 2002 and has correctly predicted 35 Nobel Prize winners. It identifies leading researchers in the fields of chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine, and economics by collecting and analyzing research citations. The merit recognizes the impact of a researcher’s work within the scientific community based on publication citations from fellow researchers.

“As imitation is one of the most sincere forms of flattery, so too are scientific literature citations one of the greatest dividends of a researcher’s intellectual investment,” said Basil Moftah, President, Thomson Reuters IP & Science. “The aggregate of such citations points to individuals who have contributed the most impactful work and allows us to determine candidates likely to receive a Nobel Prize.”

This year’s list of Nobel Prize predictions includes 27 researchers from 27 academic and research organizations. The announcement of the 2014 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine will take place on Oct. 6.