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Ottawa researcher named 2013 Champion of Genetics
Date:5/8/2013

May 8, 2013, Victoria BC - The Canadian Gene Cure Foundation (CGCF), a national, charitable foundation committed to enabling Canadians to lead the world in the discovery and advancement of cures for inherited diseases, has honoured Dr. Alex MacKenzie by naming him a 2013 Champion of Genetics.

The CGCF Champion of Genetics award both honours the work of Canada's established scientists and provides support, inspiration and encouragement to bright young researchers in the early years of their careers.

This year, the CGCF Champions of Genetics nominating committee has honoured Dr. MacKenzie, along with four other scientists, for the significant contribution they have made in translational research. The chosen Champions also must be active mentors with a history of encouraging and enabling students in the field of genetics, and they must be active researchers, continuing to contribute to the Canadian genetics community.

CGCF Board Chair Sandra MacPherson said: "The CGCF Champions of Genetics are highly regarded both at home in Canada, and internationally. Not only are they excellent role models for aspiring young scientists, they are also continuing to work on the forefront of discoveries in the field of genetics. With the focus this year on translational medicine, CGCF is proud to be honouring scientists that have taken their work out of the lab and into patient care. They are Champions in the research community and also to the many families they have helped through their work."

Alex MacKenzie is principal investigator of the Apoptosis Research Centre at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa. Dr. MacKenzie and his team have focused their research on inherited disorders and orphan diseases in children, identifying gene subsets for three disorders Duchenne muscular dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy, and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Dr. MacKenzie is a
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Contact: Adrienne Vienneau
avienneau@cheo.on.ca
613-737-7600 x4144
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
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