Professor Svetlana Popova
Dr. Svetlana (Lana) Popova, MD, PhDs, MPH is a Senior Scientist at CAMH’s Institute for Mental Health Policy Research. She is also an Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Epidemiology Division and the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She has an appointment as a Graduate Faculty Associate Member with the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto. Dr. Popova has a national and global presence as a researcher in the field of mental health and addiction, particularly fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), which are recognized as the leading known preventable cause of developmental delay and intellectual disability among Canadians. Dr. Popova’s research focuses on the epidemiology, economic cost, prevention and intervention strategies related to FASD.
Dr Michael Kobor
Dr. Michael S. Kobor is a Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr. Kobor has received many distinctions, including a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Social Epigenetics, the Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development, and an appointment as Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Child and Brain Development Program. A champion for translational research, he serves as the Lead for the “Healthy Starts” Theme at BC Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kobor’s own research program is focused on illuminating the developmental origins of health and disease. Building upon deep expertise in gene regulation and epigenetics developed over the course of his career, Dr. Kobor’s translational research in human populations is taking a life course approach to understand human health. Through a large interdisciplinary research network with partners from child development, psychology, psychiatry, and epidemiology, these studies are deciphering the mechanisms by which environmental exposures and life experiences can “get under the skin” to persistently affect health and behaviour across the lifespan.
Ms Claire Gyde
Chairperson of New Zealand’s national FASD support group, FASD-CAN Incorporated. This organisation was established in 2013 by a small group of professionals and parents raising and working with children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Claire has an adult son with FASD and frequently speaks publicly to deliver their personal story in the hope it helps others understand the ‘lived experience’. Her mantra is that “if you speak to the hearts of people, then their heads will surely follow”. Raising awareness of FASD is her passion and she does this so that FASD is recognized and accommodated by education, health, justice and the broader community.
Professor Elizabeth Elliott
Elizabeth Elliott is a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Sydney and Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. She Chairs the National FASD Technical Network advising the Australian government on FASD policy. She is Co-director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in FASD and leads development of the National FASD Hub and Register. Her research spans epidemiology, epigenetics, dysmorphology, impacts on families, and FASD in Indigenous communities. She is Head of the NSW FASD diagnostic clinic and Co-director of the service for Care and Intervention for Children and Adolescents with Drug and Alcohol problems (CICADA).
Dr Tom Snelling
Dr Snelling is a paediatric infectious diseases physician, and Director of the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases at the Telethon Kids Institute. The Centre brings together a number of independent researchers and research teams with a common aim; to find and deliver new and improved solutions to prevent and treat serious infections experienced by children or adolescents. The Centre has attracted >$30 million in competitive research grants and commercial sponsorships since it was founded in 2014. Dr Snelling is also co-lead of the Aboriginal Child Health Research Focus Area and member of the Institute Leadership Team at the Telethon Kids Institute, honorary fellow at Menzies School of Health Research, and adjunct associate professor with the School of Public Health at Curtin University. In addition to his broader role, he directly leads a group of six post-doctoral fellows plus undergraduate and higher degree research students, and support staff in a translational program of implementation research