Featured Presenters

Fernando Alvarez

• Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, CHU Sainte-Justine, University of Montreal, 1999.
• Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Montreal, 1999.
• Director, Hepatic Transplantation Program, CHU Sainte-Justine, University of Montreal, 1995.
• Co-Director, Intercultural Pediatrics Unit (Medical Anthropology), CHU Sainte-Justine, University of Montreal, 2001.

Yaron Avitzur

Dr. Avitzur is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, and the Medical Director of Intestine Rehabilitation and Transplantation at the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at SickKids hospital. His clinical and research interest is at clinical outcomes and immune dysregulation post liver and intestine transplantation.

Jennifer Conway

Dr. Jennifer Conway began her medical career by receiving her MD from the University of British Columbia in 2002. She subsequently went on to complete her pediatric and cardiology training at the IWK Health Center in Nova Scotia. Following, she underwent further subspecialty training at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in pediatric heart transplant, heart function and mechanical support.
She continued on at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto until June 2013 and than joined the team at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton. Her subspecialty training, career to date and research interests, have been directed towards the care of children with end stage heart failure including mechanical assist devices and transplantation.

Gregory Enns

Dr. Enns is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Medical Genetics and has been Director of the Biochemical Genetics Program at Stanford University since 1998. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Glasgow and trained in clinical genetics and clinical biochemical genetics at the University of California, San Francisco. As a clinician, he cares for patients who have a broad range of genetic and metabolic conditions and focuses on diagnosing and managing those who have mitochondrial disorders, organic acidemias, lysosomal storage disorders, congenital disorders of glycosylation, and other inborn errors of metabolism. His research involves creating of a panel of sensitive blood biomarkers of redox imbalance, using tandem mass spectrometry, so that patients who have primary or secondary mitochondrial dysfunction can be detected and monitored non-invasively, and the development of novel therapies to treat mitochondrial dysfunction.

Aneal Khan

MSC in Nutrition – University of Toronto
MD – Queen’s University
FRCPC – Pediatrics
FCCMG – Clinical Genetics
Dr. Khan’s area of interest is Inborn Errors of Metabolism, and his profile is focused on mitochondrial, lysosomal storage, bone and cardiac diseases. His research work is in clinical trials. In addition, working with collaborators that do bench research, a number of his students have also performed work in laboratories looking at diagnostic and therapeutic methods for metabolic diseases.

Paul Orchard

Dr. Paul Orchard is the Medical Director of the Inherited Metabolic & Storage Disease Program and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation at the University of Minnesota. He is interested in the use of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and other cell therapies for inherited metabolic diseases, as well as combination therapy in order to improve outcomes.

Gavin Oudit

Dr. Oudit is an associate professor, staff cardiologist and clinician-scientist at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, University of Alberta. He completed his BSc, MSc and MD studies at the University of Toronto followed by training in Internal Medicine, Clinician-Investigator Program (PhD), and Adult Cardiology. His clinical activity places a primary emphasis on heart failure and cardiomyopathies. He currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Heart Failure and is the Director of the Heart Failure program.