Improving health and patient outcomes Cells, Genetics & Genomics

Cells are the smallest units of life and are often called the "building blocks of life". The study of cells is called cell biology or cytology. Genetics refers to the study of genes and their role in the traits and conditions that are passed from one generation to the next. Genomics describes the study of all of a person's genes  - the human genome.

Researcher Researcher
  1. 1938

    Quebec’s First Medical Research Institute

  2. 1940

  3. 1950

  4. 1960

  5. 1961

    The De Belle Laboratory for biochemical genetics was founded by Dr. Charles Scriver

  6. 1969

    The Quebec Network of Genetic Medicine was established

  7. 1970

  8. 1980

  9. 1980

    Dr. Joseph Martin developed an NIH-sponsored Huntington’s Disease Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital that brought together scientists from Harvard, MIT and Boston University

  10. 1984

    A pilot newborn screening program for DMD was launched under the guidance and leadership of Dr. Rockman-Greenberg

  11. 1990

  12. 1993

    With support from the world’s largest independent biotech company, Amgen, Dr. Mak established the Amgen Research Institute in Toronto

  13. 1999

    Dr. Rockman-Greenberg began the first of a series of town hall meetings with Hutterite communities

  14. 2000

  15. 2008

    The Brain-Body Institute was established at McMaster University

  16. 2010

  17. 2020

About the CMHF

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, fostering future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards.

This enduring tribute to our country’s rich medical history is showcased here and in our physical exhibit hall in London, ON.