Melissa Carter is a clinical geneticist at The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), and Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. She came to CHEO in 2016, having worked at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto since 2011. She completed medical school at McMaster University, followed by residency in Medical Genetics in Ottawa. She also completed a clinical fellowship in Developmental Pediatrics in Toronto, and a research fellowship under the CIHR's Autism Research Training (ART) progam. Dr. Carter’s clinical and research interests include the genetic basis of autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders, in particular those associated with recurrent copy number variants. Her "favourite" CNVs are 15q11.2 microdeletion and 22q11.2 duplication.
Margaret Nowaczyk is a pediatrician and a clinical geneticist. She is a Professor of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster University and DeGroote School of Medicine in Hamilton, Ontario.
The major focus of Dr. Nowaczyk’s research is genetic disorders both at the basic sciences and clinical level. Her greatest scientific contributions lie in the area of Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, and new syndrome delineation where she is recognized as an expert internationally. She has participated in gene discovery of Cornelia de Lange syndrome, Floating-Harbor syndrome, and encephalocranio-cutaneous lipomatosis. Her other research endeavors relate to the way in which narratives shape the lives of patients and the patient-doctor interactions--a field called narrative medicine.
Dr. Nowaczyk is also an award-winning writer. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in creative writing at University of British Columbia. She has published non-fiction in Geist Magazine and The Examined Life Journal, and stories in literary magazines Prairie Fire and Numero Cinq. She lives in Hamilton with her husband and two sons.
Allan Peterkin, M.D., FRCP(C), FCFP
Allan Peterkin is a Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he heads the Program In Health, Arts and Humanities (www.health-humanities.com) .
He is the author of 14 books for adults on medical humanities, cultural history ,human sexuality and physician wellness including "Staying Human During Residency Training-How To Survive and Thrive After Medical School (now in its sixth edition). Two recent medical humanities titles (2016) are "Portfolio To Go-1000 Writing Prompts and Provocations For Clinical Learners" (University of Toronto Press) and "Keeping Reflection Fresh : A Practical Guide For Clinical Educators" (Kent State University Press) He has published 3 picture books for children ,"The Flyaway Blanket" (Magination Press) being the latest.
Dr. Peterkin is a founding editor of ARS MEDICA: A Journal of Medicine, The Arts and Humanities (www.ars-medica.ca) and has been a humanities editor with the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) and Medical Humanities (BMJ). He sits on advisory boards with the International Health Humanities Network, AMH (The Association of Medical Humanities-UK) and CREATING SPACE (Canada).
Elizabeth Spriggs, PhD, FCCMG
Dr. Elizabeth Spriggs obtained her PhD in Medical Genetics from the University of Calgary under the supervision of one of our long-standing CCMG members, Dr. Renee Martin. Beth then returned to her hometown, Winnipeg, and completed a two-year CCMG fellowship in Molecular Genetics under the supervision of Dr. Nancy Carson. For the past 19 years, Beth has worked as a molecular geneticist at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre. Today, the Genomics Laboratory with its staff of 30 includes both cytogenetic and molecular services and is under the management of the non-profit organization, Diagnostic Services Manitoba (DSM). Beth is also cross-appointed to the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences in the University of Manitoba as an Assistant Professor. She has been involved with the CCMG since 1998 and has served as a member of the Molecular Genetics, Education, Accreditation of Centres, and Examinations Committees.
Tracy L. Stockley, PhD, FCCMG, FACMG
Dr. Stockley is the Associate Director of Genome Diagnostics at University Health Network (UHN) which includes oversight of the Advanced Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center and the Genome Diagnostics Clinical Laboratory at Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Stockley is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Stockley’s role at UHN includes oversight of genetic testing for oncology including companion diagnostics, genomic test development for clinical laboratory use, and applications of next-generation sequencing to clinical care. Dr. Stockley also has an interest in quality improvement related to high-complexity laboratory testing, and has participated in defining standards for molecular diagnostics with multiple national and international organizations including the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists, Health Canada, Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute, European Molecular Quality Network and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Dr. Stockley is currently the Chair of the Accreditation Advisory Panel for the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists.