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Freda Miller elected new President of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience

By Michelle Rosen

JUNE 10, 2016

Congratulations to Freda Miller, Professor in the departments of Molecular Genetics, Physiology and the Institute of Medical Science on being elected the new President of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience.

Dr. Miller obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan and her Ph.D. at the University of Calgary, and held faculty positions at the University of Alberta and the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill prior to coming to Toronto in 2002. Her research has focused upon growth factor signaling in the developing nervous system, with a particular focus on how neurotrophic factors regulate the genesis, survival and growth of neurons.

In particular, her laboratory has defined an interplay between the TrkA and p75 neurotrophin receptors that regulates the biology of developing neurons, has defined key roles for the p53 family in the brain, has identified and characterized the first dermal stem cell, and has defined how growth factors encountered in the embryonic environment regulate the self-renewal and differentiation of developing neural precursors.

In recognition of this work, she has won numerous awards, and is an HHMI Senior International Research Scholar, and an elected fellow of the AAAS and of the Royal Society of Canada. In addition, this work has led to her role as a founder in two different biotechnology companies. Dr. Miller also has significant experience in administrative roles. She was previously a Councillor and Secretary for the Society for Neuroscience, and President of the International Society for Developmental Neuroscience, and is currently the Treasurer-Elect of the Society for Neuroscience.