Dr. Nada Jabado

Affiliation

  • Senior Scientist, RI-MUHC, Glen site
    Child Health and Human Development Program
  • Professor, Department of Human Genetics
    Division of Hematology and Oncology
    Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
  • Professor of Pediatrics
    Montreal Children’s Hospital
    McGill University Health Centre

Committee membership

Governing Council

Biography

Dr. Nada Jabado is a Professor of Pediatrics and Human Genetics at McGill University and a Principal Investigator at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. As a pediatric hemato-oncologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, Dr. Jabado serves as the primary physician for children with brain tumors, the leading cause of cancer-related mortality and morbidity in children.

Dr. Jabado’s research program is centered around pediatric brain tumors and aims to better understand the genetic signatures of pediatric and young adult astrocytomas, a deadly group of brain tumors. Work in her laboratory has uncovered that pediatric brain tumors are molecularly and genetically distinct from adult tumors. Her group was among the first to identify a histone mutation in human disease which has revolutionized this field. Her work also focuses on identifying blood-based biomarkers for the mutations inherent in these tumors in order to find more specific and effective drug targets and to better monitor disease progress and response to therapy. Her lab also explores how best to engage children, parents and health care professionals in making decisions about cancer treatments based on the genetic make-up of these tumors.

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