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. Incoming sample and data requests will also be reviewed by this committee.


Seema Mital, Cardiology, SickKids Hospital
Rulan Parekh, Nephrology, SickKids Hospital
Binita Kamath, Gastroenterology, SickKids Hospital
Hartmut Grasemann, Respirology, SickKids Hospital
Simon Urschel, Cardiology, Stollery Children’s Hospital
Veronique Phan, Nephrology, CHU Sainte-Justine’s
Bethany Foster, Nephrology, Montreal Children’s Hospital
Lorraine Hamiwka, Nephrology, Alberta Health Services
Tom Blydt-Hansen, Nephrology, BC Children’s Hospital

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
Kelsey Kalbfleisch, Genetic Counsellor, SickKids Hospital
Robert Lesurf, Senior Bioinformatician, SickKids Hospital