Regenerative Medicine and African, Caribbean & Black Communities
Sonya MacParland, PhD, Senior Scientist

Dr. Sonya MacParland Scientist and Assistant Professor, Ajmera Transplant Program, University Health Network and University of Toronto; the immune biology of the liver, liver cancer

Application and Clinical Relevance of Regenerative Medicine
Golnaz Karoubi, PhD, Scientist

Dr. Golnaz Karoub iAssistant Scientist, Toronto General Hospital Research InstituteThe regenerative medicine landscape for the lung and airways.

Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation for Blood
Arjun Law, MBBS, MD, DM

Dr. Arjun Law Clinical Hematologist, Stem Cell Transplant Physician, Assistant Professor of Medicine – Princess Margaret Hospital and University of Toronto Acute and Chronic Leukemia, Autologous and Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

Going for the Cure! Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant and Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease
Kevin H.M. Kuo, MD, MSc, FRPC

Dr. Kevin Kuo haematologist and clinician-investigator in the RedBlood Cell Disorders Program at Toronto General Hospital, University Health networ kassociate Professor in the Division of Haematology at the University of Toronto, clinical work and research focuses on sickle cell disease

Working with us Not Against Us: ACB Communities & the Canadian Healthcare System
David Grant, MSW, RSW, PhD

Mr David Grant, registered social worker, Master of Social Work (MSW) with a specialization in working with Black youth pursuing his PhD in Public Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo where he will be focusing his research on treatment, assessment and conceptualization of Black youth Mental Health

Importance of ACB Representation in Healthcare: Medical Student Perspective
Lydia Angarso

Ms Lydia Angarso is a second-year medical student at the Temetry Faculty of Medicine and previously studied Global Health and Physiology at the University of Toronto. Lydia is the current Co-President of the Black Medical Students Association, where she helps efforts to advocate for Black learners. Her interests include refugee and immigrant health, community-based initiatives, and global child health, with the overall goal of addressing barriers in healthcare. 

Equitable access to cutting edge treatments in the UK – Community-Based Approaches
Professor Gurch Randhawa

Gurch Randhawa Director, UK Organ Donation & Transplant Research Centre University of Bedfordshire.

Inequity, Anti-Black Racism and Access to Healthcare
Dr. Carl James

Dr. Carl James is Professor in the Faculty of Education, cross-appointed in the graduate programs in Sociology and Social Work. Over the years, he has conducted research which has resulted in publications that focus on the experiences of marginalized youth, particularly African Canadians.

Inequitable access to live donor kidney transplant for
patients from ACB communities
Istvan Mucsi, MD PhD, FRCPC, FASN

Istvan Mucsi, MD, PhD–transplant nephrologist, clinician, investigator. Associate Professor of Medicine.

Sickle Cell Disease and the Need for Blood: Systemic Barriers to Donation for African, Caribbean , and Black Young Adults
Dr. Jennie Haw
Ms. Biba Tinga

Dr. Jennie Haw is a sociologist with specialization in the areas of health, donation, science and technology, and qualitative methodologies. Her research interests include donor engagement, social theories of donation, and the social and political context of donation.

Ms. Biba Tinga is President & Chief Executive Officer at Sickle Cell Disease Association of Canada. As a parent of a young adult living with sickle cell disease, she has a unique understanding of the needs of the patients and the families dealing with the disease.

Expert Communication Through Dialogue:
Building Trusting Therapeutic Alliances with Patients
Ms. Jacquelin Forsey

Jacquelin Forsey is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto in the department of Rehabilitation Science, as well as a research fellow at the Wilson Centre. Jacquelin Forsey completed undergraduate studies at McGill University with a focus on English literature, but have since turned her focus towards linguistics and health professions education.

Fram Transplant to Regenerative Medicine: Ethical Considerations
Mr. Jed Gorss

Jed Adam Gross is a member of the Bioethics Program at University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, where his clinical practice supports the work of UHN’s Ajmera Transplant Centre. He also advises organizations engaged in transplant governance, including Trillium Gift of Life Network and CSA Group. A member of the Massachusetts bar, Mr. Gross practiced healthcare law at Ropes & Gray before completing a transplant ethics fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. His scholarly publications bring comparative, historical, and legal insights to bear on the policy challenges associated with biomedical innovation.