Jerome Lejeune at the Mc Gill University 2014



Ottawa, University: exhibition and conferences

Dr. Mark Basik, MDCM, FRCSC (McGill University),
Dr. Emanuela Ferretti, MD, FRCPC (University of Ottawa)
Dr. Lise Poirier-Groulx, MD, FCFP, CGPP (University of Ottawa)

Description: There will be a presentation of the history of the discovery of trisomy 21 focusing on the story of one of the pioneers of medical genetics, Dr Jérôme Lejeune. His ideals, his scientific and humanistic concepts, his medical practice and his personal tribulations will be presented in parallel with the evolving story of the development of human medical genetics, in which he played an important role. The emphasis will be on presenting a clinician driven by love for his patients to make one of the most important medical discoveries of the 20th century, and then persisting in his attempts to find solutions to the medical problems of individuals with trisomy 21.

January 2015



Montreal, Mc Gill University : exhibition and conference

On September 2013, a crowd gathered in Redpath Hall at McGill despite the chilly weather. Some came out of curiosity, some out of respect, and some to remember. Whatever the reason, people had gathered at an exhibit for the man who is arguably the father of modern genetics, Dr. Jérôme Lejeune.

The exhibition was organized by various people who hoped to share Lejeune’s fascinating life work with the rest of the Montreal community. It started with an introduction by Marc Chabati, a graduate student at McGill, and was followed by a lecture about Lejeune’s life by Dr. Mark Basik, a McGill researcher who studies the genomics of breast and colon cancer.

When Basik was asked what he hoped people would learn from Lejeune’s story, he replied, “I hope they see that science is bigger than just data and that human beings are much more than scientific data [and see them in the way] Lejeune saw it and love it the way he did. In the end, whether or not you share Lejeune’s views, one cannot doubt his great compassion, love for his patients, and of course his vital contributions to the field of genetics.