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.


SickKids Committee (Internal)

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. Hartmut Grasemann, Staff Respirologist, Associate Scientist, Physiology & Experimental Medicine

External Committee

Dr. Simon Urschel, Cardiologist, Stollery Children’s Hospital
Dr. Veronique Phan, Nephrologist, CHU Sainte-Justines
Dr. Bethany Foster, Nephrologist, Montreal Children’s Hospital
Dr. Patricia Birk, Nephrologist, Winnipeg Children’s Hospital
Dr. Lorraine Hamiwka, Nephrologist, Alberta Children’s Hospital

Dr. Tom Blydt-Hansen, Nephrologist, BC Children’s Hospital

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.


Seema Mital, Cardiologist, Hospital for Sick Children

Yaron Avitzur, Gastroenterologist, Hospital for Sick Children

Nadya Nalli, Pharmacist, Hospital for Sick Children

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