Heart Centre Biobank Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is a group of stakeholders and organizational peers who are invested in the scientific expansion and clinical application of the project. The purpose of the committee is to provide guidance on overall strategic directions. The steering committee meets as needed to review the past, present and future directions of the biobank.

The members of the Steering Committee are listed below:

Dr. Seema Mital, Staff Cardiologist; Senior Scientist, Genetics & Genome Biology – Sickkids

Jo-Anne Herbrick, Manager, The Centre for Applied Genomics – SickKids

Dr. Erwin Oechslin, Head, Division of Cardiology – Toronto General Hospital

Dr. Luis Altamirano-Diaz, Cardiologist, London Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Tapas Mondal, Cardiologist, Hamilton Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Jane Lougheed, Cardiologist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Dr. John Smythe, Cardiologist, Kingston General Hospital

Dr. David Chitiyat, Geneticist, Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. John Coles, Cardiovascular Surgeon; Senior Associate Scientist, Physiology & Experimental Medicine – SickKids

Dr. Robert Hamilton, Staff Cardiologist; Associate Scientist, Physiology & Experimental Medicine – SickKids

Dr. James Ellis, Senior Scientist, SickKids

Tissue Allocation Committee

The Tissue Allocation Committee is composed of members that review requests for samples and data and prioritize sample and data distribution.

The members of the Tissue Allocation Committee are listed below:

Dr. Steve Schwartz, Head, Division of Cardiac Critical Care; Senior Associate Scientist, Physiology & Experimental Medicine – SickKids

Dr. Erwin Oechslin, Head, Division of Cardiology, Toronto General Hospital

Dr. John Coles, Cardiovascular Surgeon; Senior Assocaite Scientist, Physiology & Experimental Medicine – SickKids

Dr. Tapas Mondal, Cardiologist, Hamilton Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Luis Altamirano-Diaz, Cardiologist, London Health Sciences Centre

Return of Research Results Advisory Committee

The RRRAC develops guidelines for return of research results and reviews the results before determining suitability for informing the physician or participant. They will convene for a meeting 2-4 times a year based on need.

The members of the RRRAC are listed below:

Dr. Seema Mital, Staff Cardiologist; Senior Scientist, Genetics & Genome Biology, Sickkids

Dr. Sarah Bowdin, Staff Geneticist, SickKids

Dr. James Stravropoulos, Co-Director, Cytogenetics, SickKids

Laura Zahavich, Genetic Counselor, Heart Centre, SickKids