Fonds MG 4285 - Charles Robert Scriver Fonds

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Charles Robert Scriver Fonds

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CA MUA MG 4285

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  • 1955-2013 (Creation)
    Scriver, Charles R.

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7 m of textual records
29 books
42 graphic materials
70 photographs
24 objects

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Dr. Charles R. Scriver (1930- ), is a distinguished Montreal pediatrician and geneticist. He was born in Montreal on November 7, 1930 to McGill physicians Dr. Charles Scriver and Dr. Jessie Boyd Scriver. After completing his primary education at the Lower College of Canada, Dr. Scriver earned his Bachelor of Arts cum laude (1951) and M.D.C.M. (1955) in McGill’s Faculty of Medicine, later obtaining clinical training at McGill and Harvard University (1955-58). From 1961 to 1966, Scriver was an appointed Markle Scholar within the Department of Pediatrics, a position which poised him to accept a full professorship of Pediatrics beginning in 1969. During this time, Dr. Scriver helped found the DeBelle Laboratory, a biochemical genetics lab under the Montreal Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Scriver’s work on vitamin D’s impact on newborn metabolic disorders (particularly rickets) during this period led to more stringent screening processes for phenylketonuria (PKU) and hypothyroidism in infants, and to the breakthrough introduction of vitamin D in Quebec grocery store milk. Since the 1960’s, Dr. Scriver’s academic tenure has included many visiting lectureships, six honorary degrees (D.Sc.), and culminated with his eventual post as the Alva Professor Emeritus of Human Genetics in the McGill Faculty of Medicine.

The author of over 600 publications, namesake of the Canadian Gene Cure Foundation’s Scriver MD/PhD Scholarship Program, and editor emeritus across all editions of the authoritative genetics textbook The Metabolic & Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease, Dr. Scriver has served the biogenetics community from within and beyond McGill over his 50-year career. His research interests extend from the metabolic aspects of genetic disease in infants to bioinformatics and population genetics. Scriver’s research in the scientific community is thus situated at the nexus of genetics and pediatrics.

In addition to his august academic career, Dr. Scriver has chaired and participated in a number of local and international boards and organizations in the biogenetics community, including tenures as Director of the Medical Research Council Group in Genetics (until 1994), President of the Society for Pediatric Research (1976), and the Society for Clinical Investigation. He has been accorded several civic awards, including an Officership of the Order of Canada (1985, promoted to Companion in 1995) and Grand Officier de l’ordre du Quebec (1996), and was notably inducted into the Canadian Halls of Fame for Medicine (2001) and Science and Engineering (2001). In 2010, Scriver was awarded the prestigious Pollin Prize for Pediatric Research, the largest international award for pediatric research.

Dr. Scriver met his wife Esther in 1947, with whom he has four children and seven grandchildren. They currently reside in Montreal.

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The Scriver fonds was maintained by the donor in his on-campus workspace until custody was transferred to the McGill University Archives in 2013.

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The fonds consists of textual records, photographs, graphic materials and objects relevant to the professional and academic career of Dr. Charles R. Scriver from his early years at McGill until the transfer of his personal records into the McGill University Archives in 2013. The publications series reflects Dr. Scriver’s prolific publication record in the original order in which they were received, while the Course Materials series showcases the scientist’s teaching style through lecture notes, paper clippings, and overhead slides. In Professional Activities, correspondence, working papers, and transcripts offer textual evidence of a number of Scriver’s professional endeavors and contributions to the biogenetics profession at and beyond McGill, particularly his participation in the Human Genome Project, several international committees, and many McGill-based research initiatives. The Research Records series represents the working papers and correspondence between Scriver and various international colleagues culminating in papers and monographs described in the Publications series. In addition to textual records, the series identified in this fonds includes a number of photographs, graphic materials, and objects maintained by Scriver for professional and personal purposes

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Deposited by Charles Scriver, 8 July 2014


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  • English

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Some correspondence and professional materials in French.

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The donor declares that no restrictions shall be placed on access to the Personal Records, with the exception of the provisions given in the An Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information and The Archives Act.

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Jean-Marc Tremblay 07/11/1930

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