The Father of modern genetics in Quebec
Dr. Charles Scriver committed his life to the study of genetic disorders in children. Most notably, he discovered the hereditary forms of rickets in children could be treated with the addition of vitamin D to marketed milk in Quebec. This finding significantly raised society’s awareness of the genetic causes of the disease. In addition, Scriver developed and instituted a method of examining the blood of newborn infants to screen them for a number of inherited biochemical conditions, such as PKU and hypothyroidism, allowing early and effective treatment. Beyond his research, Dr. Scriver played a lead role in exploring the wider social issues which accompany this research. Over his long career, he taught students and advised colleagues in a uniquely stimulating and supportive way.