Death of Professor John Scott, Distinguished Researcher

The death has occurred of Professor John Scott of the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity College, Dublin. Professor Scott contributed greatly throughout his distinguished career towards efforts to identify the cause(s) of orofacial clefts and neural tube defects (NTDs).

The Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Professor Scott.

The genetics and biochemistry of orofacial clefts was a particular area of interest of Professor Scott’s. As part of an international collaborative research team, Professor Scott, together with other Irish researchers, provided data for a set of Irish affected families that confirmed previously unidentified genes associated with cleft lip in children. The results of the study were published in the leading international science journal, Nature Genetics, in May 2010. The Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland was instrumental in the gathering of the large sample base that made this research possible.

The funeral mass will be held at 11.30am on Wednesday 2nd January, in the Carmelite Church, Whitefriar Street, Dublin. Full details, including a wonderful tribute by his daughter Rachel, available on

May he rest in peace.

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