(June 22, 2011—Toronto, ON)
Dr. Laurence Pelletier, a Principal Investigator at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, has been selected to attend the IAP/World Economic Forum at Davos third annual conference in Dalian, China this September. He was one of only three young Canadian scientists chosen, among the 50 invited from some of the top research centres worldwide.
The IAP is a network of the world’s top science academies that advise citizens and public officials on the scientific aspects of critical global issues.
“It is a great privilege to take part in this fantastic event,” said Dr. Pelletier. “While the global economy is slowly recovering from its recent downfall, it remains of critical importance for scientists around the world to unite and promote the advancement and dissemination of science to all citizens and policy makers. It is often through the development of new technologies that the most important discoveries happen, and I consider this event a unique opportunity to champion this idea.”
The forum, entitled “Meeting of the New Champions – Mastering Quality Growth,” is slated to be the foremost global business gathering in Asia. Last year’s meeting convened 1,300 participants including up-and-coming leaders from business, politics, science and technology from 80 countries. This year, organizers expect over 1,500 participants from various industries.
Dr. Pelletier, who holds a Canada Research Chair in Centrosome Biogenesis and Function, studies cell division and genome stability. His research brings together the power of the human genome project with leading-edge microscopy of living cells. He uses these technologies to study the components of the cell involved in cell division, and to investigate their role in healthy development and in common, complex illnesses.
Dr. Pelletier is renowned for his work in RNA interference (or RNAi), a relatively new technique that helps researchers assess the function of proteins and genes. RNAi can be used to investigate cellular pathways, and identify specific proteins and genes that regulate various cellular processes. In particular, Dr Pelletier’s lab studies how chromosomes segregate, with a focus on the role of centrosomes in this process.