2019 Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

I’m Dave Evans. I’m associate professor in the department
of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Toronto and the Temerty Chair
in Vertebrate Paleontology at the Royal Ontario Museum. I’m a dinosaur paleontologist and I study
the dying days of the dinosaurs — the last few million
years of the age of dinosaurs. I piece together the diversity of these amazing
animals as well as their role in terrestrial ecosystems leading up to the
end-Cretaceous mass extinction event. The work that I’m doing now is really the
culmination of my childhood dream to study dinosaurs for a living. Canada actually has one of the very best fossil
records from the end of the age of dinosaurs anywhere in the world. I’ve been lucky enough to discover
over 10 new species of dinosaurs. The ultimate goal of my research
is to get a better understanding of the causes and consequences
of mass extinctions generally as well as to take new lessons
from Deep Time that’ll help us better cope
with our current biodiversity crisis. My name is Daniel De Carvalho. I am associate professor, department of medical biophysics at University of Toronto and senior scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Today, most of the cancers in Canada and worldwide are the technical late stage — when the possibility to treat
and cure the patient is relatively low. My research focuses on cancer epigenetics, which is how genes are regulated in cancer cells. I will have two main goals — one is developing new technologies for cancer early detection and another is to develop new
therapeutical targets for cancer therapy. One of the goals that we have is to actually
shift these from most of the patients being detected at early stage where the
possibility of a cure is much higher. So we’re really excited about the possibility
of new discoveries and the possibility of making an impact on the life of cancer patients. That’s what keeps me driven to do this business. My name is Jean-Philippe Julien, and I’m a scientist of the
Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and an assistant professor
at the University of Toronto. My research involves structural
immunology, which means looking at the molecular level of how immunological
processes happen in humans so that we can better intervene and help
the body to fight invading pathogens or tumours that develop with aging
or in pediatric indications. What inspired me to do this work
is probably a combination of things. A deep curiosity, I’d say, is one element
that gets me going every morning. A passion for interventions and helping. The challenge. I like to tackle what seem to be some of
the biggest challenges of our era. By having this molecular understanding of
how the immune system works, then we can design better
biomedical interventions that will be the drugs of the future.

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