ISSCR News

Remembering Drew Lyall,l Inaugural Director of the Stem Cell Network

  • 18 January, 2016

The ISSCR, together with the stem cell research community, recognizes with sadness the recent death of our colleague, Drew Lyall.

Mr. Lyall was the inaugural director of the Stem Cell Network and led it for 12 years before becoming a director general with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and later the CEO of BioCanRx. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Lyall's leadership is widely credited with advancing stem cell research in Canada, including the development of CellCAN, the Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy Network. His influence and vision also extended beyond Canada. Nancy Witty, CEO of the International Society for Stem Cell Research noted, “It was his unique leadership style that allowed all of these different countries to come together and share a joint perspective of what was possible.” A tribute to Mr. Lyall can be read here.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this time.