Canadian Microbiome Initiative - Workshop Report - Appendix 3

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Appendix 3 - List of Participants Canadian Microbiome Workshop

Royal York Hotel, Toronto June 16-17, 2008

Name Contact Information Research Interests
Emma Allen-Vercoe
Assistant Professor
University of Guelph
Science Complex
50 Stone Road East
Office: SCIE 3252
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 2W1
Phone: 519-824-4120 x 53366
Fax: 519- 837-1802
Normal human gut microflora, both in disease and in health. 1) developing new methodologies to culture and study novel bacterial species from the gut in order to better understand how these species might contribute to the remarkable homeostasis of the microflora community as a whole  2) determining which species of the gut microflora can behave pathogenically towards the host 3) development of model systems to study the contributions of environmental factors, such as drugs, hormones and dietary components, to microflora dysbiosis.
John Archibald
Associate Professor and Associate Graduate Coordinator
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Dalhousie University
Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building
5850 College Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 1X5
Phone: 902-494-2536
Fax: 902-494-1355
Gene and genome origin and evolution; Secondary endosymbiosis and the evolution of nucleomorph genomes; Molecular evolution and systematics of microbial eukaryotes. 1) elucidating some of the pivotal molecular and biochemical events that have shaped the evolution of eukaryotic cells; 2) understanding the evolutionary relationships amongst eukaryotic microbes; and 3) understanding how eukaryotic genes, genomes and proteins change over time.
Petra Arck
Associate Professor Clinical Immunology and Allergy
Department of Medicine
McMaster University
St. Joseph's Healthcare Building
50 Charlton Ave. E., Room T3304
Hamilton Ontario
L8N 4A6
Phone: 905-522-1155 x 35203
Fax: 905-540-6593
Neuroimmunology; psychological stress, impact on the body, pregnancy.
Jane Aubin
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis
Department of Molecular Genetics
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
The Banting Institute
100 College St., Room 207B
Phone: 416-978-4220
Fax: 416-978-3954
IMHA supports research to enhance active living, mobility and movement, and oral health; and addresses causes, prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and palliation for a wide range of conditions related to bones, joints, muscles, connective tissue, skin and teeth.
David Bailey
President and CEO
Genome Alberta
3553-31 Street NW
Suite 115
Calgary, Alberta
T2L 2K7
Phone: 403-503-5220
Fax: 403-503-5225
In partnership with Genome Canada, Industry Canada and the Province of Alberta, Genome Alberta was established in the fall of 2005 to focus on genomics as one of the central components of the Life Sciences Initiative in Alberta, and to help position the Initiative as a core research effort similar to that developed for the provincial energy and information technology sectors.
Christian Baron Professor and Chair Département de biochimie
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, Succ. Centre-Ville
Montréal, Qc
H3C 3J7
Phone: 514-343-6372
Fax: 514-343-2210
Comparative genomics, functional proteomics, membrane protein complexes, biochemical, chemical biological and structure biological methods to analyze protein-protein interactions, anti-microbial and anti-infective drugs.
Dean Befus
Professor, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Department of Medicine Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
University of Alberta
550A Heritage Medical Research Centre
Edmonton, Alberta
Phone: 780-492-1909
Fax: 780-492 5329
Mast cells, neuroimmunology, asthma/allergy inflammation, mucosal immunology, asthma education, health education
Robert Beiko
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Computer
Science Dalhousie
University 6050 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3H 1W5
Phone: 902 494-8043
Fax: 902 492-1517
Comparative, functional, and evolutionary genomics/bioinformatics focused mainly on bacterial evolution; comparative analysis of many DNA and protein sequences from one or more organisms; analysis of real data and modeling; metagenomics; construction of sophisticated and efficient algorithms that address the problems inherent in biological sequence data.
John Bienenstock
Professor Departments of Medicine & Pathology and Molecular Medicine
Department of Medicine Clinical
Immunology and Allergy
McMaster University
St. Joseph's Healthcare Building
50 Charlton Ave. E., Room T3304
Hamilton Ontario
L8N 4A6
Phone: 905-522-1155 x 35203
Fax: 905-540-6593
Immunology, immunopathology, immunophysiology of mucosal tissue. Mucosal immunology and its alteration in a variety of disease models. Allergic reactions, especially the examination of neuro-immune interactions and the reciprocal communication which occurs between these two systems. Mechanisms of effects of probiotics organisms in various models of allergic and other inflammation. 
Judith Bray
Assistant Director Institute of Infection and Immunity, and Institute of Cancer Research
Institute of Infection and Immunity
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Room 97, 160 Elgin Street
Address locator: 4809A
Ottawa ON 
K1A 0W9
Phone: 613-954-7223
Fax: 613-954-1800
The CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity (III) supports research and helps to build research capacity in the areas of infectious disease and the body's immune system. Through the Institute's programs, researchers address a wide range of health concerns related to infection and immunity including disease mechanisms, disease prevention and treatment, and health promotion through public policy.
Richard Brière
Assistant Director CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA)
Douglas Hospital Research Centre McGill University
6875 LaSalle Blvd. Perry E-2212
Verdun, Quebec
H4H 1R3
Phone: 514-761-6131 x 3930
Fax: 514-888-4060
The Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA) supports research on the functioning and disorders of the brain, the spinal cord, the sensory and motor systems, and the mind.
Stephen Collins
Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Health Sciences Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Gastroenterology
McMaster University
Health Sciences Centre
1200 Main St. W., Room 2E16
Hamilton, Ontario
L8N 3Z5
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 22184
Fax: 905-524-1346
The pathophysiology of intestinal diseases including post-infective irritable bowel syndrome. Mechanisms underlying the ability of intestinal microbiota to influence gut physiology and to influence the gut-brain axis. Specifically, the ability of gut bacteria to influence behaviour using murine models of (a) Gastrointestinal dysfunction (b) Intestinal infection/inflammation. (c) Altered behaviour. Clinical studies on Walkerton population.
Ken Croitoru
Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology Zane Cohen Digestive Disease Research Center - IBD Group
University of Toronto
Division of Gastroenterology
Mount Sinai Hospital, Room 431
600 University Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario,
M5G 1X5
Phone: 416 586-4800 Ext 7454
Fax: 416 586-4747
Basic Science of Inflammatory Bowel Disease- focus on T cell biology and regulatory T cells in animal models of colitis Clinical Research in IBD - Project Leader for CCFC sponsored Multi-Centered Canadian Prospective Cohort study of Individuals at risk for Crohn's disease to identify the Genetic, Environmental and Microbial Factors triggering or causing Crohn's disease (GEM Project).
David Crouch
Assistant Director, CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD)
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive, Room TC0200
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Phone: 778-782-6747
Fax: 778-782-3055
INMD supports research to enhance health in relation to diet, digestion, excretion, and metabolism; and to address causes, prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and palliation for a wide range of conditions and problems associated with hormone, digestive system, kidney, and liver function.
Dennis Cvitkovitch
Associate Professor, Oral Microbiology
Rm 449A, Faculty of Dentistry
University of Toronto
124 Edward Street Toronto, Ontario M5G 1G6
Phone: 416-979-4917 x 4592
Fax: 416-979-4936
The role of the acid tolerance response of Streptococcus mutans, the principal agent of dental caries; the mechanisms of cell-cell signalling and its role in biofilm formation and genetic exchange by gram positive pathogens; potential vaccine targets for Streptococcus pyogenes infections; and the effects of dental restorative materials on bacterial growth and metabolism.
Ursula Danilczyk
Assistant Director, CIHR Institute of Genetics (IG)
123 Edward Street, Suite 1211
Toronto, ON M5G 1E2
Phone: 416-813-7670
Fax: 416-813-7673
IG supports research on the human genome and in all aspects of genetics, basic biochemistry and cell biology related to human health and disease, including interaction of genes with physical and social environments.
André Dascal
Associate Professor; Medical Microbiology
Department of Microbiology
Division of Infectious Diseases
McGill University
Jewish General Hospital 3755 Cote St. Catherine Road
Montreal, QC H3T 1E2
Phone: 514-340-8294
Fax: 514-340-7508
Rapid viral and bacterial identification, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, cost effective diagnostic microbiology.
Ken Dewar
Associate Professor, Department Human Genetics
McGill University and Genome
Quebec Innovation Centre
740 Ave. Dr. Penfield, Rm 7214
Montréal, QC H3A 1A4
Phone: 514-398-3311 x 00089
Fax: 514-398-1738
Large scale sequencing and analysis; comparative genomics; generation and analysis of genomic sequences to increase understanding of mammalian evolution and development.
Ford Doolittle Professor Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dalhousie University
Sir Charles Tupper Building, Room 8C
5850 College Street
Halifax, NS B3H 1X5
Phone: 902-494-3569
Fax: 902-494-1355
Evolution of genes and genomes; reconstruction of phylogenies from gene sequences using standard methods of molecular genetics and sophisticated computer algorithms; introns; origins of eukaryotic genomes; early events (gene duplications) in eukaryotic nuclear genome evolution; role of lateral gene transfer in evolution; neutral models for the evolution of molecular complexity; and environmental microbiology
Richard Ellen
Professor Faculties of Dentistry and Medicine
CIHR Group in Matrix Dynamics
University of Toronto
Faculty of Dentistry
124 Edward St.
Toronto, ON M5G 1G6
Phone: 416-979-4917 x 4456
Fax: 416-979-4936
Oral microbial ecology; the biology of spirochetes; the pathogenesis of periodontal diseases; pathogenic biofilms; cellular microbiology; cell signaling in mucosal inflammation & pain; Treponema denticola outer sheath proteins and their perturbation of actin dynamics in fibroblasts and chemotaxis of neutrophils
Aida Fernandes
Director, Medical / Scientific and Community Programs
Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
2221 Yonge Street, Suite 601
Toronto, Ontario M4S 2B4
Phone: 416-485-9149 x 229
Fax: 416-485-0960
The Foundation's mission is to help people with cystic fibrosis (CF). The Foundation funds research towards the goal of a cure or control for CF, and supports high quality CF care; promotes public awareness of CF; and raises and allocates funds for these purposes.
Klaus Fiebig
Chief Scientific Officer & Vice President, Research Programs Ontario Genomics Institute
Ontario Genomics Institute
MaRS Centre, Heritage Building
101 College Street, Suite HL50
Toronto, ON M5G 1L7
Phone: 416-673-6583
Fax: 416-977-8342
The Ontario Genomics Institute (OGI) is a non-profit corporation with a mission to provide leadership for Ontario in helping build a globally-competitive life sciences sector by creating leverageable genomics resources with top-notch research. OGI is part of the new MaRS Discovery District, serving the innovation pipeline in Ontario.
Brett Finlay
Professor, Michael Smith Laboratories
#301 - 2185 East Mall
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1Z4
Phone: 604-822-2210
Fax: 604-822-9830
Host-pathogen interactions, at the molecular level; cellular microbiology; pathogenic bacteria, with Salmonella and pathogenic E. coli interactions with host cells being the primary focus.
Gary E. Garber
Head, Division of Infectious Diseases Professor of Medicine and of Biochemistry Microbiology and Immunology
Ottawa Health Research Institute
725 Parkdale Ave.
Ottawa ON K1Y 4E9
Phone: 613-737-8173 or 613-737-8169
Appropriate use of antibiotics and evaluating novel antibiotics and antifungal agents in nosocomial infection; the pathogenesis of Trichomonas vaginalis and mouse model of vaginal infections. Representing CIHR-Institute of Gender and Health. IGH supports research that addresses how sex and gender influence health.
Scott Gray-Owen
Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics
Medical Sciences Building, Room 4381
University of Toronto
1 King's College Circle
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1A8
Phone: 416-946-5307
Fax: 416-978-6885
Cellular, molecular and immunologic response of humans to the pathogenic Neisseria; Molecular interactions between human-restricted bacterial pathogens and host cellular receptors; Bacterial evasion of innate and adaptive immunity.
Josée Guimond
Director, Research Programs and Partnerships
Canadian Diabetes Association - National Office
1400 - 522 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 2R5
Phone: 416-408-7083
Fax: 416-363-7465
Canadian Diabetes Association: Established over 50 years ago, the Canadian Diabetes Association is a charitable organization that has grown to include a presence in more than 150 communities across the country. The Canadian Diabetes Association promotes the health of Canadians through diabetes research, education, service and advocacy.
David Guttman
Director, Centre for the Analysis of Genome Evolution & Function Associate Professor
Department of Cell & Systems Biology
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto
25 Willcocks St.
Toronto, ON M5S 3B2
Phone: 416-978-6865
Fax: 416-978-5878
Evolution of host specificity and virulence; comparative genomics; metagenomics; evolution and ecology of the Pseudomonads;
David Hartell
Associate Institute Strategic Initiatives, Institute of Infection(III) and Immunity, Institute of Cancer Research
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Room 97, 160 Elgin Street
Address locator: 4809A
Ottawa ON K1A 0W9
Phone: 613-941-4329
Fax : 613-954-1800
The CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity (III) supports research and helps to build research capacity in the areas of infectious disease and the body's immune system. Through the Institute's programs, researchers address a wide range of health concerns related to infection and immunity including disease mechanisms, disease prevention and treatment, and health promotion through public policy.
Robert Holt
Head, Sequencing, Genome Sciences Centre
Genome Sciences Centre
BC Cancer Research Centre location
675 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L3
Phone: 604-877-6276
Fax: 604-877-6085 or 604-733-9481?
Synthetic Biology; development of laboratory methods for constructing large DNA molecules, engineering whole microbial genomes and exploring microbial genome interaction; evolutionary biology (exploring gene duplication in primates and other model systems, with a particular focus on brain evolution); neurobiology (using DNA sequence analysis, microsattelite analysis, genomic microarrays, and IP/MS to explore candidate genes for complex psychiatric disease); technology development in DNA sequencing.
David Hwang
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology
University of Toronto
Toronto General Hospital, Room 11E423
200 Elizabeth St.
Toronto, ON M5G 2C4
Phone: 416-340-3345
Fax: 416-586-9901
Mechanisms of lung regeneration and repair; metagenomic characterization of the pulmonary microbiota in cystic fibrosis and other chronic lung diseases.
Nicola Jones
Associate Professor Paediatrics
The Hospital for Sick Children
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
555 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1X8
Phone: 416-813-7734
Fax: 416-813-5028
Disease pathophysiology following Helicobacter pylori infection; mechanisms H. pylori utilizes to subvert host immune responses thereby resulting in disease.
Karen Kennedy
Director, International Genomics Programs
Genome Canada
150 Metcalfe Street, Suite 2100
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1P1
Phone: 613-751-4460 x 134
Fax: 613-751-4474
The mandate of Genome Canada is to develop and implement a national strategy in genomics and proteomics research for the benefit of all Canadians in the areas of health, agriculture, environment, forestry and fisheries. Genome Canada provides funding to support large-scale research projects through the regional Genome Centres established across the country. Genome Canada also provides funding to support research on the ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social (GE3LS ) issues related to genomics and proteomics research.
Bartha Knoppers
Professor of Law, Université de Montréal Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine
Pavillon Maximilien Caron
Université de Montréal
3101 chemin de la Tour,
Rm A-9430
Montréal, QC H3T 1J7
Phone: 514-343-6714
Fax : 514 343-2122
Ethical and legal issues in the field of genomic research and population health. Will assist in defining national and international policies to guide the actions of industries, researchers and governments.
Andrew Macpherson
Professor, Department of Medicine
1200 Main St. W. Room 4W8
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON L8N 3Z5
Phone: 905-521-2100 x 76768
Fax: 905-521-4958
Mucosal immunology; role of microbes in shaping the immune response; mechanisms by which the intestine's immune system protects against damage from our own intestinal bacteria and how antibodies in mother's milk protect the infant as its immune system develops.
Karen Madsen
Professor, Division of Gastroenterology
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
University of Alberta
6146 Dentistry Pharmacy Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
T6G 2N8
Phone: 780-492-5257
Fax: 780-407-3744
Email :
Determination of the role of both bacteria and intestinal permeability in the pathogenesis of Crohn's disease; the breakdown of mucosal barrier integrity; repair of the mucosal barrier; the role of the nuclear enzyme, poly-ADPribose polymerase, in the breakdown of barrier integrity and how to inhibit this enzyme so intestinal permeability returns to normal.
Gwendoline Malo
Associate Institute Strategic Initiatives, Institute of Infection and Immunity, and Institute of Cancer Research
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Room 97, 160 Elgin Street
Address locator: 4809A
Ottawa, ON K1A 0W9
Phone: 613-948-2773
Fax : 613-954-1800
The CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity (III) supports research and helps to build research capacity in the areas of infectious disease and the body's immune system. Through the Institute's programs, researchers address a wide range of health concerns related to infection and immunity including disease mechanisms, disease prevention and treatment, and health promotion through public policy.
Andrew Mason
Associate Professor Gastroenterology
Department of Medicine
University of Alberta
1-28A Zeidler Ledcor Centre
Edmonton, AB T6G 2X8
Phone: 780-492-8176
Fax: 780-492-1655
Viral induction of autoimmune liver disease; virus discovery; anti-viral therapy for autoimmune liver disease; viral hepatitis; general hepatology; transplant hepatology. Metagenomic analysis for viral discovery and description of the human virome
Allison McGeer
Microbiologist, Infectious Disease Consultant
Department of Microbiology, Room 210
Mount Sinai Hospital
600 University Ave, Toronto Ontario,
M5G 1X5
Phone: (416) 586-3118
Fax: (416) 586-3140
Internal medicine, infectious diseases and hospital epidemiology; Prevention of infection in hospitals and nursing homes; use of surveillance to advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases; epidemiology of severe community-acquired infections.
Deborah Money
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UBC; and Executive Director, Women's Health Research Institute
Women's Health Research Institute
E204 - 4500 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1
Phone: 604-875-3459
Fax: 604-875-3895
Research in Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, focused on viral pathogens in women and in pregnancy, specifically HIV, HPV, Hepatitis C and genital herpes.
Richard Moore
Sequencing Group Leader Research Associate, Genome Sciences Centre
Genome Sciences Centre
BC Cancer Research Centre location 675 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L3 
Phone: 604-877-6098 x 2599
Fax: 604-675-8178
Genome mapping and DNA sequencing. Infectious agents and their association with human disease, a particular interest in cancer causing viruses including HPV.
Jane Peterson
Associate Director, NHGRI Division of Extramural Research and Program Director, Human Microbiome Project
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
5635 Fishers Lane, Suite 4076
Bethesda, MD 20892
The National Human Genome Research Institute led the Human Genome Project for the National Institutes of Health, which culminated in the completion of the full human genome sequence in April 2003. Now, NHGRI moves forward into the genomic era with research aimed at improving human health and fighting disease.
Kieran O'Doherty
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
University of British Columbia
227 - 6356 Agricultural Road
Vancouver, B.C.
V6T 1Z2
Phone: 604-827-4553
Fax: 604.822.8627
Risk communication; probability; genetic counselling; consumer behaviour; Public participation in science policy; social categorization; causal reasoning
Marc Ouellette
Professor, Microbiology
Centre de Recherche en Infectiologie Université Laval
CHUQ, pavillon CHUL, local RC-709 2705 boul. Laurier
Québec QC G1V 4G2
Phone: 418 654-2705
Fax: 418 654-2715
Antimicrobial resistance (resistance mechanism in protozoan parasites); proteomic and DNA microarray strategies to study antimicrobial resistance in the parasite Leishmania and the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae; Alternatives to antimicrobials (e.g. phages). Dr. Ouellette is a member of III's Institute Advisory Board.
Daryl Pullman
Professor of Medical Ethics Memorial University
Faculty of Medicine
Division of Community Health and Humanities
Memorial University
St. Johns, Newfoundland A1B 3V6
Phone: 709-777-6220
Fax: 709-777-7382
Research ethics; ethics and aging; privacy and access to health information; issues related to genetic research and therapy; the concept of human dignity and its foundational role in moral epistemology.
Jeff Reading
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health
Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health
University of Victoria Saunders Annex, Room 130C 3800 Finnerty Road
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2
Phone: 250-472-5449
Fax: 250-472-5450
The CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health supports research to address the special health needs of Canada's Aboriginal people. Its role is to lead a national advanced research agenda in the area of aboriginal health and promote innovative research that will serve to improve the health of aboriginal people in Canada.
Gregor Reid
Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and Surgery at UWO
Lawson Health Research Institute
268 Grosvenor Street,
London, Ontario N6A 4V2
Phone: 519-646-6100 x 65256
Fax: 519-646-6110
Development of novel therapies based upon beneficial bacterial (probiotics) for application to the intestinal and urogenital tracts, and distant sites; genomic and functional analysis of probiotic lactobacilli; mechanisms of lactobacilli anti-infective effects; national and international human trials.
Denis Roy
Canada Research Chair Tier 1 Full Professor Molecular Microbiology Food Science and Nutrition Dept.
Institut des nutraceutiques et des aliments fonctionnels (INAF)
Pavillon des Services, local 2746
Université Laval
Québec, QC G1K 7P4
Phone : 418-656-2131 x 3098
Fax: 418-656-5877
Probiotic bacterial metabolic activity in dairy fermented products; genotyping of probiotic bacterial strains; transcriptional analysis of bacterial strain activity; physiological and genetic study of exopolysaccharide production by lactic acid bacteria; food microbial ecosystem genomics.
Steve Scherer
Senior Scientist, Director, Centre for Applied Genomics ; Professor, Molecular and Medical Genetics, U of T
The Centre for Applied Genomics
The Hospital for Sick Children
14th Floor, Toronto Medical
Discovery Tower/MaRS
101 College St., Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1L7
Phone: 416-813-7613
Fax: 416-813-8319
Email :
Understanding the composition of the human genome for studies of genetic disease; structural and copy number variation in the human genome; the role genetics plays in autism; the study of human chromosome 7 as a model of the chromosomal basis of disease; and building genomics infrastructure to facilitate biomedical research.
Philip Sherman
Senior Scientist, Cell Biology Research Program Professor of Paediatrics, Microbiology & Dentistry U of Toronto
Cell Biology Research Program
The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Ave., Room 7142,
Elm Wing
Toronto, ON M5G 1X8
Phone: 416-813-7734
Fax: 416-813-6531
Gastrointestinal epithelial cell responses to bacterial pathogens and their products; Shigatoxin - producing Escherichia coli; paediatric inflammatory bowel disease; probiotics ; signal transduction
Bhagi Singh
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity
CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity
Suite 214 Siebens-Drake Research
Institute The University of Western Ontario
1400 Western Road
London ON N6G 2V4
Phone: 519-661-3228
Fax: 519-661-4226
The CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity (III) supports research and helps to build research capacity in the areas of infectious disease and the body's immune system. Through the Institute's programs, researchers address a wide range of health concerns related to infection and immunity including disease mechanisms, disease prevention and treatment, and health promotion through public policy.
David Speert
Professor and Head, Division of Infectious and Immunological Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, UBC
BC Children's Hospital
Room 377 Research Centre
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver BC V5Z 4H4
Phone: 604-875-2438
Infection of the lung in patients with cystic fibrosis; pathogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa ; pathogenesis of Burkholderia cepacia complex ; innate host defence mechanisms, particularly of the lung ; molecular epidemiology of bacterial infection.
Ted Steiner
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Division of Infectious Diseases
University of British Columbia
D452, HPE, VGH
2733 Heather Street,
Vancouver, BC V5Z 3J5
Phone: 604-875-4111 x 68492
Fax: 604-875-4013
Inflammatory response to bacterial flagellin, including structure/function analyses of flagellin and Toll-like receptor 5 (TLR5) to discover the nature of their interaction; studies of inflammatory signaling by TLR5, particularly with regard to Interleukin-8 release; Studies of the role of flagellin immune responses in inflammatory bowel disease; Studies of pathogenesis of enteroaggregative E. coli (EAEC) infection.
Michael Surette
Professor, Departments of Microbiology / Biochemistry
Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Medicine
Heritage Medical Research Building
University of Calgary
3330 Hospital Drive N.W.
Calgary, AB. T2n 4n1
Phone: 403-220-2744
Fax: 403-270-2772
Structure, dynamics and evolution of bacterial communities in pathogenesis; adaptability of bacteria - regulation of gene expression; the interactions of pathogens with the normal microorganisms of the host; and the role of bacterial communication in disease.
Curtis Suttle
Associate Dean of Science Professor of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Microbiology & Immunology, and Botany
Biological Sciences 1324
Lab Room 1321 Dean's office Science
The University of British Columbia
2329 West Mall,
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Phone: 604-822-8610
Diversity, evolution and function of natural virus and phage communities using genomic and metagenomic approaches.
Patrick Tang
Medical Microbiologist, BCCDC; Clinical Assistant Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC
BC Centre for Disease Control
655 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4R4
Phone: 604-660-3231
Fax: 604-660-1360
Genomics-based methods for the laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases; microarrays for virus detection; integrating molecular epidemiology with bioinformatics; discovery of novel infectious agents.
George Tolomiczenko
Executive Director of the CCFC Inflammatory Bowel Disease Research Institute and Scientific Liaison
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation
600-60 St. Clair Avenue East
Toronto, ON M4T 1N5,
Phone: 416-920-5035 x 214
Fax: 416-929-0364
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) is a national not-for-profit voluntary medical research Foundation. Its mission is to find the cure for inflammatory bowel disease. To achieve its mission, the Foundation is committed to raising increasing funds for medical research. The CCFC is one of the world's leaders in non-governmental, per capita funding of IBD research. To date, the Foundation has invested nearly $50 million in major medical research projects.
Thomas Tompkins
Director Institut Rosell-Lallemand Inc.
Institut Rosell-Lallemand Inc.
8480 Saint-Laurent Blvd.
MONTRÉAL, Quebec H2P 2M6
Phone: 514-858-4633
Fax: 514-383-4493
Institut Rosell Inc., a division of Lallemand Inc., is a privately-held Canadian company providing pharmaceutical grade probiotic microbes for human health to an international market. Institut Rosell Inc. has a very active research and development program and is a considered a scientific leader in this field. We examine pre-clinical and clinical efficacy or these microbes in maintaining intestinal health, vaginal and urinary tract health and reducing allergic disorders in internal research labs and through strong collaborations with key opinion leaders from various international universities and institutes.
Simon Tran
Assistant Professor Faculty of Dentistry
Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Dentistry
STRATHCONA Anatomy & Dentistry Building
3640 University Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2B2
Phone: 514-398-7203 x 09182
Fax: 514-398-8900
Dental diseases; cell biology and tissue engineering.
Pamela Valentine
Director, Grants and Awards
Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
Suite 1500,
10104 - 103 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4A7
Phone: 780-423-5727
Fax: 780-429-3509
The Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research supports a community of researchers who generate knowledge, the application of which improves the health and quality of life of Albertans and people throughout the world. AHFMR funds health research based on international standards of excellence and carried out by new and established investigators and researchers in training.
Gary Van Domselaar
Head, Bionformatics, National Microbiology Laboratory - PHAC
National Microbiology Laboratory
Public Health Agency of Canada
1015 Arlington Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 3R2
Phone: 204-784 5994
Fax: 204-789 2018
Development of algorithms, software and systems for prokaryotic genome annotation and analysis; pyrosequencing and assembly of viral quasispecies populations; rapid pan-pathogen detection systems via metagenomics analysis. Founding member and Associate Director of The Bioinformatics Organization, Inc. an organization which facilitates world-wide communications and collaborations between practicing and neophyte bioinformatic scientists and technicians.
Elena F. Verdu
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Health Sciences Centre
McMaster University
1200 Main St. W., Rm 3N8
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3Z5
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 20051
Fax: 905-522-3454
Intestinal Disease Research; pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory disorders such as celiac disease; host-bacterial interactions in the context of probiotics and functional gastrointestinal diseases.
Richard Wintle
Assistant Director
The Centre for Applied Genomics
The Hospital for Sick Children
MaRS Centre - East Tower
101 College Street, Room 14-706
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1L7
Phone: 416-813-7654 x 4877
Fax: 416-813-8319
TCAG provides open access to cost-recovery genomics services available to all researchers. Personal research interests: molecular biology, human genetics research, genomic copy number variation.
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