Canadian autism researcher sadly misses out on Nobel Prize

Dr. Stephen Scherer, image taken from Wikapedia

Dr. Stephen Scherer, image taken from Wikapedia

Toronto, Canada – Dr. Stephen Scherer is a Canadian researcher who is director of the Centre for Applied Genomics based at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He had been nominated for a Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine.

He had been nominated for his work and research into the genetic markers found in  individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. During his research, he found that around  10 per cent of children on the autistic spectrum only have one copy of a specific gene.

He was the only Canadian on the list. Announcements of the winners came earlier today.

Sadly, he did  not win and finished behind joint winners who included the UK researcher, Prof John O’Keefe and husband and wife team, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser , who won for their work on the brain’s mapping system.