Picchione Visiting Scholar 2017

March 30th - DMRF Picchione Visiting Scholar – Dr. Feng Zhang

On Thursday, March 30th, DMRF was proud to host Canada Gairdner Award winner for 2016, and DMRF Picchione Visting ScholarDr. Feng Zhang.  

Throughout the day, Dr. Zhang discussed his ground-breaking work developing CRISPR-CAS as a genome editing tool.  The Impact: these CRISPR-Cas genome editing tools are significantly easier and cheaper to use than previous approaches for gene editing, and they are being used by tens of thousands of scientists around the world to accelerate their research. Ultimately, CRISPR-Cas technologies may prove to be a powerful therapeutic tool for treating human diseases by editing out harmful mutations.  Dr. Zhang's innovative work is revolutionizing health care as we know it. 

Our Foundation exists to raise funds that will provide opportunities that bolster and excel medical research at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine.  The reason we are able to have an exceptional scientist and researcher like Dr. Zhang travel and spend time with us at Dalhousie is because of the generosity of donors like Dr. Pat Picchione.  Dr. Picchione was a graduate of Dalhousie Medical School in 1963.  He went on to have a successful career as an orthopedic surgeon.  His love and appreciation of his alma mater, combined with his belief in medical research, led to the creation of this prestigious program.  DMRF is honoured to work with donors like Dr. Picchione, to create gifts that not only function as a legacy to their giving but also offer knowledge and opportunity to the doctors and researchers of the future.

Dr. Zhang presenting to Dal Medical students. DMRF CEO Brian Thompson presenting the DMRF Picchione Visiting Scholar certificate of recognition to Dr. Zhang. Dr. Paola Marignani, Dr. Zhang and Mr. Thompson.


The purpose of the DMRF Picchione Visiting Scholar Program is to bring to Dalhousie internationally respected scholars recognized for having made significant contributions to the advancement of their respective fields of endeavour.