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Committees

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

Labatt Family Heart Centre Executive Committee:
Dr.Jennifer Russell, Head of Cardiology (acting), SickKids
Dr. Glen van Arsdell, Head of Cardiovascular Surgery, SickKids
Dr. Steven Schwartz, Head of Cardiac Critical Care, SickKids
Dr. Seema Mital, Head of Cardiovascular Research, SickKids
Dr. Bruce MacPherson, Head of Cardiac Anaesthesia, SickKids
Dr. Erwin Oechslin, Head ACHD, Toronto General Hospital
Anne-Marie Newton, Associate Director, Major Gifts LFHC, 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