Old Camberwell Grammarians' Association

Gallery of Achievement


Dr William Geoffrey Cole (1959)

William Cole is a Professor of Surgery and a member of the Institute of Medical Science and School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto. He is a Senior Scientist in the Genetics and Genomic Biology Program, The Research Institute of the Hospital for Sick Children. His research, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, focuses on the genetics of normal and abnormal development of the skeleton.

He has over 220 peer-reviewed publications including publications in Nature, Nature Genetics, Cell and the New England Journal of Surgery. He has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (British) and the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health and is currently serving on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics.

He has given over 100 presentations and lectures at national and international meetings. William is also active in resident and fellow teaching. He runs a paediatric trauma course for Residents and Fellows as well as an elective paediatric course.

William serves on the Scientific Review Committee of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation (USA) and was President of the IVth International Congress on Osteogenesis Imperfecta in 1990. He has served as a full member and currently as an ad hoc member of various study sections of the National Institutes of Health, Center for Scientific Review (USA). He also serves on research panels for the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (USA), the Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and the Shriner’s Hospitals of North America.

His research focuses on the molecular pathology of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) - a tissue-laxity syndrome - and the skeletal dysplasias - a group of disorders affecting the development of the skeleton. He is also studying genes involved in bone development and bone health.