Steering Committee

This committee meets annually to collectively examine the progress of the Biobank (recruitment, studies supported, publications and financial status) and make suggestions for further progress and directions of the Biobank.


Dr. Seema Mital, Staff Cardiologist, Associate Scientist, Genetics & Genome Biology
Dr. Rulan Parekh, Staff Nephrologist
Dr. Binita Kamath, Staff Gastroenterologist
Dr. Upton Allen, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences
Dr. David Grant, Staff Surgeon, Medical Director, Transplant Centre
Dr. Hartmut Grasemann, Staff Respirologist, Associate Scientist, Physiology & Experimental Medicine

Tissue Allocation Committee

The committee reviews and assesses sample and data requests coming through the Biobank. Committee members will adjudicate sample and data requests based on their scientific merit and feasibility.


Steven Schwartz, Head, Division of Cardiac Critical Care, SickKids
Erwin Oechslin, PI, Toronto General Hospital (Adult)
John Coles, Co-PI, Sickkids Heart Centre Biobank Registry
Robert Hamilton, Co-PI, Sickkids Heart Centre Biobank Registry
Tapas Mondal, PI, Hamilton Health Sciences Centre (Paediatrics)

Return of Results Committee

The committee meets (as needed) to provide insight into whether research findings with potential health implications should be returned to the patient’s responsible physician or family based on participants’ consent at time of recruitment.


Seema Mital, Staff Cardiologist, SickKids Hospital
Laura Zahavich, Genetics Counselor, SickKids Hospital
Rebekah Jobling, Staff Geneticist, SickKids Hospital
Raymond Kim, Staff Geneticist, SickKids Hospital
Miriam Reuter, Senior Scientific Manager