Dr. Janice Robertson
Professor, University of Toronto
Janice Robertson, Ph.D., is a Professor at the Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases and Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Aberdeen University, Scotland, UK and her Ph.D. in the study of Alzheimer’s disease at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), Kings College London, UK.
After obtaining her Ph.D. she was awarded a Neurotoxicology Postdoctoral Training Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust to study Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at the IoP. This was followed by a highly prestigious Wellcome Trust International Prize Travelling Fellowship where she pursued her studies on ALS at McGill University. She was then awarded ALS fellowships from the UK Motor Neurone Disease Association and American ALS Association before taking up her faculty appointment at the University of Toronto in 2004 where she obtained an Ontario Premiers Research Excellence Award and was made a Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in ALS.
Dr. Robertson uses multidisciplinary approaches to understand the molecular basis of ALS, including in vitro, cell culture and transgenic mouse modeling, neuronal specific transcriptional/translational profiling and study of disease tissues, with the ultimate goal of developing effective treatments.
Dr. Janice Robertson Grants
- A methylation study of C9orf72 and the development of a novel diagnostic test
- Non-surgical transplantation of motor neuron-differentiated stem cells: A novel approach to the treatment of ALS
- Identification and validation of small molecules targeting the amyloidogenic core of TDP-43 as therapeutics for ALS/FTLD