Health Innovation Series

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Health Innovation Series – Waterloo Edition


You’re invited to discover amazing innovations in the exciting fields of genetics, gene sequencing, epigenetics and aging. Learn how the University of Waterloo and its alumni improve our lives at the final event in our Health Innovations series.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 6-9 p.m.

Centre for International Governance Innovation | 67 Erb St. W., Waterloo

$15 per person (includes hors d’oeuvres and refreshments).
Guests welcome.


Refund policy: If you require a refund please contact us at: or 519-888-4973. Refunds will be given up to 5 days prior to the event start date.

What is the dress code for the event? Alumni networking events are business casual.

Moderator and panelists


Lili Liu (Moderator), Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Lili Liu (PhD, McGill 1993) is a Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. She is an occupational therapist and her research focuses on user acceptance of technologies for health assessments and interventions, smart homes, and ways technologies can help older adults and family caregivers. She is an investigator with Age-Well Network of Centres of Excellence. Currently, her research examines the risks of going missing among persons living with dementia and the application of strategies, including technologies, to mitigate these risks.


Stephen Scherer

Dr. Stephen Scherer (BSc ’87)

Discover innovations in the exciting field of genetics with celebrated alumnus Dr. Stephen Scherer (BSc ’87) Director, Centre for Applied Genomics at the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto.  Dr. Scherer studies genetic variation in human disease, and founded Canada’s first human genome centre – the Centre for Applied Genomics at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. His recent work characterizes structural variation in the human genome, and examines the role genetics has in autism.



Dr. Paul Boutros (BSc ’04)

Dr. Paul Boutros (BSc ’04) is from the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Boutros’ research focuses on the development of clinically useful biomarkers using genomic and data science techniques like next-generation sequencing, clinical and cellular imaging, machine-learning, crowd-sourcing and cloud-computing.



Diane Williams

Dr. Diane Williams (PhD, MIT, 2003) is a Teaching Professor and the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies from Waterloo’s School of Public Health and Health Systems. She specializes in biological determinants of health, human development and aging, developmental biology, embryology, cellular and molecular biology, and anatomy & physiology.  Diane also teaches a fourth year seminar on Epigenetics and Health.


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