Scientists have developed a molecular “clock” that could reshape how pediatricians measure and monitor childhood growth and potentially allow for an earlier diagnosis of life-altering development disorders. The research, published this week in PNAS, describes how the addition of chemical tags to DNA over time can potentially be used to screen for developmental differences and health problems in children.
As Director, Research & Technology Development, Dr. Dawn McArthur has a mandate to enhance research capacity and competitiveness at BCCHR. Over the past 15 years, Dr. McArthur has worked with BCCHR researchers to achieve an exceptional success rate for individual and collaborative research programs.
One of Canada’s first grants facilitators, Dr. McArthur’s experience includes 20 years of scientific research/ teaching and 19 years of research development leadership in university and health research settings. She has advanced expertise in strategic development of interdisciplinary teams and research initiatives, and extensive knowledge of health research disciplines and funding agency mandates. She shares this knowledge in workshops at BCCHR, in Canada and internationally.
Director / Senior Facilitator, Research and Technology Development, 2003-present
Senior University Grants Facilitator, SFU, 1999-2003
Education & Training
BSc (Hons, 1st) (Zoology UBC); MSc (Zoology, UBC); PhD (Zoology, Alberta); PDF (Biochemistry, Alberta), PDF (Physiology Modelling, SFU)
Awards: NSERC, AHFMR, Canadian Diabetes Association, YWCA Women of Distinction, Nominee, 2010; C&W Excellence in Education Award, 2008
Dawn McArthur, PhD
Director, Research and Technology Development
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