Session Chair

Dr. Freda Miller, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada

Yukiko Gotoh

Freda Miller is currently a Professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories and Dept. of Medical Genetics at U.B.C. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan, a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the University of Calgary, and postdoctoral training in Neuroscience at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego.  Dr. Miller then held faculty positions at the University of Alberta, McGill University and the University of Toronto/Hospital for Sick Children prior to her recent move to Vancouver in September 2020. She has spent her career trying to understand how the nervous system is built during development, and then asking whether this information can provide insights into repair of the injured or degenerating nervous system. She is perhaps best known for her studies determining how growth factors regulate the genesis, survival and growth of neurons, and her work on mesenchymal precursor cells and their role in tissue repair and regeneration. In recognition of this work, she is an elected fellow of the AAAS and the Royal Society of Canada, has won numerous awards including an HHMI Senior International Research Scholarship, and recently had an elementary school named for her in Calgary. Dr. Miller has also founded two biotechnology companies and has significant experience in scientific society leadership.

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