Presentations: Building Trust – confronting Anti-Black Racism in Health and Regenerative Medicine (Ottawa, March 2024)

Istvan Mucsi – Regenerative Medicine
Dr. Istvan Mucsi

Dr. Mucsi is a CIHR-funded clinician investigator, a transplant nephrologist at the Ajmera Transplant Centre at UHN and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on reducing ethnocultural inequities in access to kidney transplants.

Arjun Law – Stem Cell Transplantation for Blood Disorders
Dr. Arjun Law

Dr. Arjun Law is a Clinical Hematologist and Stem Cell Transplant Physician at Princess Margaret Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Medicine, at the University of Toronto, specializing in acute and chronic leukemia care and stem cell transplantation.

Delaney Hines – Sickle Cell
Delaney Hines

Delaney Hines has strong formative training with a professional Master of Public Health (MPH) degree focused in healthy public policy and sustainability from Western University.

Donor Drive 4 Dorothy
Dorothy Vernon-Brown

Dorothy Vernon-Brown has been on a mission to create awareness, educate and help recruit young, healthy Black men and women 17-35 to join Canada’s national stem cell registry to help save the lives of desperate blood cancer and blood disorders patients.

Dr. Egbe Etowa – Addressing Health Inequities
Dr. Egbe B. Etowa

Dr. Egbe B. Etowa is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Community Services (in FCS). He holds OHTN Winston Husbands Leadership Award in Strengthening the Response to HIV among Black Communities.

Ewurabena Simpson – Blood Donation in the Black Canadian Community
Dr. Ewurabena Simpson

As physician lead for the CHEO Sickle Cell Disease Program, Dr. Ewurabena Simpson is a passionate mentor and educator and co-authored the 2014 Consensus Statement on the Care of Patients with Sickle Cell Disease in Canada for the Canadian Haemoglobinopathy Association.

Michael V. Sefton – Stem Cells
Dr. Michael Sefton

Michael Sefton is the scientific director of Medicine by Design. He is a University Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Charles Cook – Organ Donation
Charles Cook

Charles Cook is a 2-time deceased donor transplant recipient.  I received my heart in 2016.  I received my kidney in 2017.  Both of my surgeries were performed by the incredible transplant teams at Toronto General Hospital.

Josephine Etowa – Black Health and Impact of Racism
Dr Josephine Etowa

Dr Josephine Etowa, PhD RN RM FWACN FAAN FCAN FCAHS is a Full Professor & OHTN Chair in Black Women’s HIV Prevention and care at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing.

Rulan Parekh – Genetic Risk of Progressive Kidney Disease
Rulan Parekh, MD, MS, FRCP(C), FASN

Dr. Rulan Parekh is a clinician-scientist, and an international leader in clinical epidemiology and translational research in kidney disease.

Juliet Daniel – Dances of the Cure-abbean
Dr Juliet Daniel

Dr. Juliet Daniel is a Professor in the Department of Biology and the Associate Dean Research & External Relations in the Faculty of Science, at McMaster University. She is also an associate member of the Department of Oncology and Francombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster. Dr. Daniel received her B.Sc. from Queen’s University and her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.