Genetics and Paediatric Health

Content for this module was made possible thanks to a Knowledge Translation Synthesis grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. McGill University, Centre of Geonomics and Policy, under the direction of Dr. Denise Avard, Principal Investigator, was the lead institution that administered this grant.


Denise Avard, PhD               
Research Director,
Centre of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

Bartha Maria Knoppers, PhD, LLB, BCL, DLS
Center of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

Canada Research Chair,
Law and Medicine

Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg, MD, CM, FRCPC, FCCMG

Clinical Geneticist and Director of Metabolic Service,
Genetics and Metabolism Program, Winnipeg Health Region

Departments of Pediatrics and Child Health and of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba

Department Head,
Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba

Medical Director,
Child Health Program, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority


William Fraser, MD
Researcher and Associate Scientific Director,
Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center

Department of Gynecology-Obstetrics, University of Montreal

Canadian Research Chair,
Perinatal Epidemiology

Jan Friedman, MD, PhD, FAAP, FABMG, FRCPC
Senior Clinician Scientist and Acting Executive Director,
Child & Family Research Institute

Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia

Acting Associate Dean of Research,
Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Jacques P. Tremblay, PhD
Department of Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University

Brenda Wilson, MB, ChB, MSc, MRCP (UK), FFPH
Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa


Pranesh Chakraborty, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG
Newborn Screening Ontario

Section of Metabolism and Newborn Screening, Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Medical Director,
BORN Ontario

Associate Professor,
Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
(Cross-appointed to Departments of BMI and of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)


Louise Hanvey, RN, MHA

Research Director,
The Health of Canada’s Children and Youth: A CICH Profile, Canadian Institute of Child Health

Jennifer Fitzpatrick, MSc, CGC

Assistant Professor,
Department of Human Genetics, McGill University

MSc in Genetics Counselling Program, McGill University

Anne K. Junker, MD

Associate Professor and Associate Director, Faculty Affairs,
Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia

Scientific Director,
Maternal Infant Child Youth Research Network of Canada (MICYRN)

Elaine Orrbine

President and Chief Executive Officer,
Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centers (CAPHC)

Durhane Wong- Rieger, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Institute for Optimizing Health Outcomes

Canadian Organization for Rare Diseases

Consumer Advocare Network


Laura Arbour, MSc, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG
Department of Medical Genetics, and the Island Medical Program, University of British Columbia,

Division of Medical Sciences, University of Victoria

Pascal Borry, PhD
Assistant Professor,
Bioethics, Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law, University of Leuven, Belgium

Past members

Charles R. Scriver, PhD
Professor Emeritus,
Pediatrics, Biochemistry, Biology, and Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine and Science, McGill Univeristy