Conference Committee


Expert Planning Committee

Jan Lutke, Conference Chair, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Michael Charness, MD, Chief of Staff, VA Boston Healthcare System; Faculty Associate Dean, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Associate Dean, Professor of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, West Roxbury, MA, USA

Peter W. Choate, PhD, Associate Professor, Social Work, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB, Canada

Bill Dunty, PhD, Program Director, Division of Metabolism and Health Effects, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

Kristina Hiemstra, BSocSc, Director, UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Brenda Knight, Registered Psychologist, Private Practice, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Christine Loock, MD, FRCPC, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia; Responsive Intersectoral Community Health, Education, and Research (RICHER) Initiative, BC Children’s Hospital & Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Mansfield Mela, MBBS, FWACP, FRCPsych, MSc, FRCPC, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Edward Riley, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor, Center for Behavioral Teratology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA

Joanne Weinberg, PhD, Professor and Distinguished University Scholar, Emerita, Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Expert Advisory Committee

Sabrina Agnihotri, Student Representative; PhD, MD(C), Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Ilona Autti-Rämö, MD, General Secretary, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Steering of healthcare and social welfare, Council of Choices in Health Care; Adjunct Professor at the Childneurology Department, Helsinki University Hospital, Finland

Dorothy Badry, PhD, RSW, Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada

Tatiana Balachova, PhD, Health Scientist Administrator, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research (DEPR), Scientific Coordinator and Executive Secretary, Interagency Coordinating Committee on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (ICCFASD), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

Claire D. Coles, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA

Paul D. Connor, PhD, Neuropsychologist, Private Practice and Courtesy Clinical Assistant Professor, Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Lori Vitale Cox, PhD, Director, Eastern Door Diagnostic Team for FASD and Related Conditions; Adjunct Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia; Director, Nogemag Healing Lodge for Youth, Rexton, NB, Canada

Elizabeth Elliott, AM, FAHMS, MD, MPhil, MBBS, FRACP, FRCPCH, FRCP, Professor Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, University of Sydney; and Consultant Paediatrician, The Sydney Children’s, Hospitals Network, Westmead, Sydney, Australia

Carmen L. Enache, MD, PhD, Senior Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Emergency Clinical Hospital, Bucharest, Romania

James P. Fitzpatrick, FRACP, MBBS, BSc, PhD, Paediatrician, Lead Investigator, Making FASD History Program, Telethon Kids Institute; Director, PATCHES Paediatrics, Perth, Australia

Emily Fitzpatrick, Student Representative; MBBS, PhD Candidate, Paediatric Registrar, Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, Sydney Medical School, Sydney, Australia

Erikson F. Furtado, MD, PhD, University of Sao Paulo, School of Medicine of Ribeirao Preto, Department of Neurosciences and Behavior, Division of Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, Alcohol & Drugs Program – PAI-PAD, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Therese Grant, PhD, Professor and Ann Streissguth Endowed Professor in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Seattle, WA, USA

The Honourable Mary Kate Harvie, Judge, Provincial Court of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

Heike Hoff-Emden, MD, Head Doctor, Social Paediatric Centre Leipzig, Fruehe Hilfe Leipzig, Germany

Parker J. Holman, Student Representative; MS, MSEd, PhD Candidate, Graduate Program in Neuroscience, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sarah Inkelis, Student Representative; MS, PhD Student, San Diego State University/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego, CA, USA

Denis Lamblin, MD, Developmental Pediatrician; President SAF FRANCE; President International SAFTHON (FASTHON), Reunion Island, France

Rebecca Martell, Clinical Associate, Occupational Performance Analysis Unit (OPAU), Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Philip A. May, PhD, Research Professor, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-Nutrition Research Institute, Kannapolis, NC, USA

Valerie McGinn, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist, The FASD Centre, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Rajesh C. Miranda, PhD, Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics, College of Medicine, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Bryan, TX, USA

Kathleen T. Mitchell, MHS, LCADC, Vice President and International Spokesperson, National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), Washington, DC, USA

Raja Mukherjee, MBBS, FRCPsych, PGDIP EPP, PhD, Consultant Psychiatrist, Tandridge CTPLD; Lead Clinician, FASD Specialist Clinic and Adult Autism Diagnostic Services, SABP NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Katarzyna Okulicz-Kozaryn, PhD, Psychologist, State Agency For Prevention of Alcohol Related Problems, Warsaw, Poland

Leana Olivier, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR), Cape Town, South Africa

Moira Plant, PhD, Professor Emeritus Alcohol & Health Research Unit, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, Adjunct Professor, Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Svetlana Popova, MD, PhDs, MPH, Senior Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Associate Professor, Epidemiology Division, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Associate Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto; Graduate Faculty Associate Member, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Ihsan Sarman, MD, PhD, Senior Neonatologist emeritus, Sachsska Children Hospital, Southern Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

Lina Schwerg, BSc, Student Representative; Master Student, Department of Psychology, University of Potsdam; Assistant Manager of the FASD-Fachzentrum Sonnenhof, Berlin, Germany

Jon Skranes, MD PhD, Professor, Child Neurology and Rehabilitation, Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim; Senior Paediatrician / Head of Child Habilitation Unit, Department of Pediatrics and Senior Consultant in Child Neurology, Regional Competence Center for Children with Prenatal Alcohol/Drug Exposure Health, South-East, Sørlandet Hospital, Arendal, Norway

Paula Stanghetta, Facilitator, Coach, Trainer, Paula Stanghetta & Associates Inc., Kitchener, ON, Canada


Leadership Committee

Katrina Griffin, Change Maker, Mentor, Speaker, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Myles Himmelreich, Change Maker, Mentor, FASD Consultant, Speaker, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Anique Lutke, Change Maker, Mentor, Music, Vancouver, BC, Canada

CJ Lutke, Change Maker, Mentor, Speaker, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Justin Mitchell, Change Maker, Mentor, Speaker, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Emily Travis, Change Maker

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