Dr Tanya Nelson is an FCCMG clinical Molecular Geneticist and Head of the Division of Genome Diagnostics in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at BC Children’s and BC Women’s Hospitals. The Division of Genome Diagnostics is responsible for providing academic pediatric, adult, and maternal-fetal medicine care for the province of BC in conjunction with the other Departmental provincial services, primarily focused on the diagnosis of inherited disease using genetic and genomic approaches. As a UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Clinical Professor and in conjunction with her clinical role, Dr Nelson has been a co-investigator on many research projects aiming to translate new approaches to molecular genetic and genomic testing into clinical care, including EPGEN (Pediatric Epilepsy: Using Genomics to Improve Patient Care and Outcomes) and CAUSES (Clinical Assessment of the Utility of Sequencing and Evaluation as a Service). As a member and board representative on the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG) Education Ethics and Public policy, Clinical Practice, and Laboratory Practice committees, she has participated in the development of many national practice guidelines and policies for genetic and genomic patient care.
Dr. Travis Hodges is interested in the effects of stress on the developing brain and the impact that stressors in critical periods of development have on future behaviour. Travis is also interested in the transmission of mental disorders and related symptoms from parent to offspring. Specifically, Travis’s research interests include: 1. The underlying mechanisms of lasting changes in social behaviour after exposure to social stressors during the adolescent period (a period of development that is crucial for social learning). 2. The underlying mechanisms of anxiety-like and depressive-like behaviour in the offspring of mothers that underwent maternal depression or other stressors during and after pregnancy. 3. Using the discovered mechanisms to create and test novel treatments and ways to prevent maladaptive changes in the brain and behaviour after stressor exposure.
Dr. Gillian Hanley, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia. She is a CIHR New Investigator and Michael Smith Foundation Scholar. She obtained her BSc at Dalhousie University where she did a combined Honours in Biology and Economics, followed by a MA at McMaster University in Economics with a concentration in health economics. More recently, she completed her doctorate studies at UBC in the School of Population and Public Health. Her research focus combines her substantive interest in women’s health with her training in economics, health services research, and epidemiology to answer questions related to gynecologic cancer, primarily ovarian cancer prevention, as well as healthy reproduction and pregnancy.
Dr. Roopan Gill is currently a Medical Officer at the World Health Organization with the Maternal and Perinatal Health, Preventing Unsafe Abortion team. She is the primary investigator on the FACTS study (Feasibility and Acceptability of a Mobile Technology intervention to Support post-abortion Care in British Columbia) which she will present at FIGO in Rio. She will be involved with the WHO team working on updating their Safe Abortion guidance which will involve synthesizing data relevant to clinical and health systems considerations. She is a recipient of a Saving Lives at Birth Gates grant to develop a novel approach to intrapartum monitoring and recently completed a fellowship in Family Planning at UBC. Her research interests include: mHealth, demedicalization of safe abortion, sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian settings, implementation and knowledge translation.
Dr. Stacy Elliott is a Sexual Medicine Physician whose interests lie in the sexual and reproductive consequences of medical or surgical problems. She is a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Urologic Sciences, and PI and Faculty member at International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), University of British Columbia, the Medical Manager of the BC Center for Sexual Medicine, Co-Director for the Vancouver Sperm Retrieval Clinic, and a sexual medicine consultant to Vancouver’s Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) as the Provincial Lead of its Expansion Program. She teaches undergraduates, postgraduates of UBC Medical School and has taught numerous practicing physicians. Dr. Elliott is an internationally recognized sexual medicine expert and speaker, and has extensive peer reviewed publications and book chapters on chronic illness, cancer, neurological disease and disability. She was recognized for her clinical care and research in sexual rehabilitation and fertility in persons with spinal cord injury by receiving the QE II Jubilee medal for her work in 2012.
Dr. Mohamed Elgendi is a Senior IEEE Member (USA), Senior Fellow at Brain Sciences Foundation (USA), and currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of British Columbia, Canada. In addition to his 10+ years of experience in the field of data analysis, he received training on Big Data Analysis and Leadership in Education from MIT. Elgendi’s experience in the area of data analysis and visualization includes his work in Global Health with the PRE-EMPT Initiative (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), and at the Institute for Media Innovation at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). Elgendi specializes in bridging the areas of engineering, computer science, psychology, neuroscience and medicine for knowledge translation.
My current research focus is on contraception counselling experiences and needs in equality seeking populations. I am working on a project to explore contraceptive counselling in Canadian bariatric surgery clinics.
Dr. Suzanne Hetzel Campbell, Associate Professor at the UBC, School of Nursing, Vancouver, Canada, is a seasoned global educator who uses technology and experiential learning pedagogy. She has directed the development of simulation resource centers, led faculty workshops for integrating simulation pedagogy and has published book chapters and articles on nursing education and lactation. Understanding the complexities of bringing classrooms to life she helps bridge the gap between education and practice. Advancing nursing’s role in the development of knowledge, partnerships, and collaboration to better provide patient-centered health care and her clinical work in the area of lactation with underserved populations has led her to global work. Her present simulation research on therapeutic relationship promotes interprofessional education, research, and practice.
Dr. Bretherick is an Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and a Molecular Genetics Fellow in the Division of Genome Diagnostics at BC Children’s and BC Women’s Hospitals. She obtained a PhD from the UBC Department of Medical Genetics in 2008 and completed 4 years of postdoctoral training at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre. Her current research focuses on clinical validation and implementation of new technologies for use in diagnostic genetic testing.
Amelie Boutin is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her research interests include systematic reviews and observational studies on maternal, fetal and neonatal health and perinatal health care organization.