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Charles Scriver

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Charles Scriver
Born (1930-11-07) November 7, 1930 (age 89)
Alma materMcGill University
Known forinborn errors of metabolism
AwardsE. Mead Johnson Award (1968)
William Allan Award (1978)
Scientific career
biochemical genetics
InstitutionsMcGill University

Charles Robert Scriver, CC GOQ FRSC FRS (born November 7, 1930) is an eminent Canadian pediatrician and biochemical geneticist. Scriver made many important contributions to our knowledge of inborn errors of metabolism. He led in establishing a nationwide newborn metabolic screening program that is considered a landmark in applying the results of research to children's health across an entire nation.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Scriver graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1951 and from the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University in 1955. He was appointed to the Department of Paediatrics at McGill and as a Markle scholar in 1961, becoming a professor in pediatrics in 1969. He was the Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Columbia University from 1979 to 1980. He is the Alva professor Emeritus of Human Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University. In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious Pollin Prize for Pediatric Research.

Scriver played a critical role in developing scientific and ethical policies associated with the international Human Genome Project - created to decode more than three billion DNA base pairs and identify all the genes.[1]

He is co-editor of the authoritative multi-volume textbook entitled The Metabolic & Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease, published by McGraw-Hill.

He and his wife, Esther, have four children.


Honorary degrees


  • "Canadian Who's Who 1997 entry". University of Toronto Press. Retrieved October 13, 2006.[permanent dead link]
  • Fedak, George; Kim, Nam-Soo (May 2008). "Canadian Pioneers. Dr. Charles Robert Scriver". Genome. 51 (5): iii–iv. doi:10.1139/g08-914. PMID 18595221.
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