Honorary Degrees

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Name: Dr. Gordon Keller, Doctor of Science
Convocation date: June 6, 2013
Discipline / contribution: medicine ; stem cells
Citation / biographical information:

A world-renowned stem cell scientist, Dr. Keller became Director of the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University Health Network in Toronto in January of 2007. The Saskatchewan native and graduate of the University of Saskatchewan is a leader in the burgeoning field of regenerative medicine that focuses on replacing or repairing tissues damaged by disease, accident or old age. Dr. Keller returned to Canada after spending sixteen years in the USA, the first nine at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver and the last seven at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr. Keller holds the Canada Research Chair in Embryonic Stem Cell Biology, is a Senior Scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute and a Professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. His area of research focuses on understanding how a very unique type of stem cell known as the pluripotent stem cell (both embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells) gives rise to specialized cell types and tissues in a petri dish. Over the past five years, Dr. Keller’s team has successfully developed strategies to produce heart cells, blood cells, pancreatic cells, liver cells and cartilage producing cells from pluripotent stem cells. These advances represent an important first step in reaching the goal of developing novel cell-based therapies for treatment of a wide range of debilitating diseases including heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, blood cell diseases and osteoarthritis.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: Lou Qualtiere

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