Meet Our Speakers

Jonathan O’B Hourihane

Jonathan O’B Hourihane

Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health

Jonathan O’B Hourihane has been Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health in University College Cork, Ireland since 2005. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1987. He undertook his higher training in Southampton, and London, UK. His primary area of clinical and research interest is in paediatric food allergy and anaphylaxis. He is co-Principal Investigator of the BASELINE, Ireland’s only birth cohort study (www.baselinestudy.net) and the INFANT Research Centre in UCC. He is a Board member of the National Childrens Research Centre, Ireland and is a founding Board member of the Clemens von Pirquet Foundation, and of the Irish Food Allergy Network (www.ifan.ie). He is current President of the Irish Association of Allergy and Immunology.

Dr. Mohsin Rashid

Dr. Mohsin Rashid

Professor (Gastroenterology & Nutrition) & Medical Director

Dr. Mohsin Rashid is a Professor (Gastroenterology & Nutrition) at the Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Professor
Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University (Cross Appointment), Division of Medical Education, Dalhousie University (Cross Appointment) and a Medical Director
Provincial Home Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Programme, Nova Scotia.

Dr. Joanne Gillespie

Dr. Joanne Gillespie

Pediatric Psychologist & Clinical Associate

Dr. Joanne Gillespie received her undergraduate science degree from Mount Allison University and then earned a Masters degree and Ph.D. from The University of Western Ontario. Following a one year predoctoral residency in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology at the IWK Health Centre, Dr. Gillespie accepted a position in the Pediatric Health Psychology Service at the IWK in 2004. She also does a limited amount of private practice through the office of Dr. Kathy Hubley Carruthers and Associates in Halifax. As a pediatric psychologist, Dr. Gillespie works with children, youth, and families impacted by acute and chronic health difficulties, including coping with challenges related to food allergies. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Gillespie is also a Clinical Associate in the Department of Psychology at Dalhousie University, where she is actively involved in teaching and clinical supervision of Ph.D. students.

Dr. Theoharis C. Theoharides

Dr. Theoharis C. Theoharides

Professor of Pharmacology and Internal Medicine; Director of Molecular Immunopharmacology & Drug Discovery

Dr. Theoharis C. Theoharides is Professor of Pharmacology and Internal Medicine, as well as Director of Molecular Immunopharmacology and Drug Discovery, in the Department of Immunology at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. He was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, and graduated with Honors from Anatolia College. He received all his degrees with Honors from Yale University, and was awarded the Dean’s Research Award and the Winternitz Price in Pathology.

Dr.Theoharides trained in internal medicine at New England Medical Center, which awarded him the Oliver Smith Award “recognizing excellence, compassion and service.” He also received a Certificate in Global Leadership from the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has been serving as the Clinical Pharmacologist of the Massachusetts Drug Formulary Commission continuously since 1986.

In Greece, he served on the Supreme Advisory Health Councils of the Ministries of Health and of Social Welfare, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Technology. He Chaired an International Committee appointed by the Hellenic Ministries of Education and Health for the establishment of an independent medical school in Greece, and he is a member of the International Advisory Committee for the University of Cyprus School of Medicine. He is a member of 15 academies and scientific societies. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society and the Rare Diseases Hall of Fame. He has received the Tufts Excellence in Teaching ten times, the Tufts Distinguished Faculty Recognition Award twice, the Tufts Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence, Boston Mayor’s Community Award, and the Dr. George Papanicolau Award, as well as Honorary Doctor of Medicine from Athens University, Honorary Doctor of Sciences from Hellenic-American University., and the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (Marquis Who is Who) and the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Distinguished Humanitarian Award. He is “Archon” of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Dr. Theoharides first showed that mast cells, known for causing allergic reactions, are critical for inflammation, especially in the brain, and are involved in a number of inflammatory conditions that worsen by stress such as allergies, asthma, eczema, psoriasis, migraines, multiple sclerosis and most recently autism spectrum disorder. He has also shown that corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), neurotensin and substance P, peptides secreted under stress, act together, and with the cytokine IL-33, to trigger mast cells and microglia to secrete inflammatory molecules. These processes are inhibited by the novel flavonoids, luteolin and tetramethoxyluteolin that he has helped formulate in unique dietary supplements and a skin lotion. He has published over 410 scientific papers (JBC, JACI, JPET, NEJM, Nature, PNAS, Science) and 3 textbooks with 30,274 citations (h-factor 86) and he is in the top 5% of authors most cited in pharmacological and immunological journals. He has received 37 patents and trademarks, including three patents covering the use of luteolin in brain inflammation and autism: US 8,268,365 (09/18/12); US 9,050,275 (06/09/15); US 9,176,146 (11/03/15). He is also the President of Theta Biomedical Consulting and Development Co., Inc., of BiomedAdvice, LLC, of Algonot, LLC and of the nonprofit Brain-Gain.org

Dr. Jean Marshall

Dr. Jean Marshall

Professor & Former Head of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Dr. Jean Marshall received her Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Manchester, U.K.  She completed postdoctoral training both in Manchester and at McMaster University where she became an Assistant Professor. In 1997 she relocated to Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, where she is a Professor and former head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Dr. Marshall’s team is internationally recognized for its studies of mast cells and Toll-like receptors. Her laboratory has investigated many aspects of host defence and defined novel roles for mast cells and their mediators in responses to viral infection, immune regulation and cancer. She has published over 120 peer reviewed papers which range from basic cell biology to clinical studies and has led multidisciplinary research teams in the chronic inflammation, cancer and food allergy research areas. She is a former president of the Canadian Society for Immunology and was awarded an Arthur B. McDonald Chair by Dalhousie University. Dr. Marshall participates in peer review for multiple funding agencies and journals and has chaired peer review committees for CIHR. Her work has been continuously funded by CIHR for over 25 years and her team’s work has also attracted funds from a variety of other agencies. She places a particular emphasis on the laboratory training and mentoring of young scientists many of whom have gone on to successful careers.

Dr. Sheldon Mintz

Dr. Sheldon Mintz

Professor of Medicine at U of T Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Sheldon Mintz received his medical degree at University of Toronto too long ago to mention. Internship at the illustrious Toronto General Hospital. Subsequent Internal Medicine training at the Mayo Clinic. Specialty respirology training at Boston University, Pittsburgh University including a year with Eugene Robin (a seminal thinker in respiratory physiology and quality control). Attained Canadian Fellowship, American Board of Internal Medicine, Masters in Medical Education Clinical respirology for many years; many administrative positions including Acting Chief of Medicine at Women’s College Hospital (twice); Chief of Division Of Respirology; Director of medical education for the Division of Respirology and more. Created an audiovisual exam for Year 2 respiratory diseases. Created introductory immersion course for fellows entering postgraduate Respirology; this course extended to include all respiratory fellows in Ontario.  For many years, responsible for the entire year one respiratory physiology undergraduate course in medicine. Assorted research interests. Winner of several prestigious teaching awards including two University wide Aikins awards, and “Teacher of the Year in the Department of Medicine”.

Passionate interest in medical education. Other interests include basic sciences applied to clinical respiratory diseases; asthma and COPD in general; orphan respiratory diseases; patients with dyspnea and cough; effects of biome on lung diseases.

Outside interests include almost everything including cycling, skiing, water skiing, traveling, fine food and wines. A voracious reader, mostly of junk fiction: science fiction and mysteries. Lives at home quietly with wife, computer and alas, no dog or cat.

Dr. Timothy F.E. Brown

Dr. Timothy F.E. Brown

Associate Professor, Division of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery & Director of Director of the Voice, Upper Airway and Oropharyngeal Swallowing Clinic at the QEII Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Timothy F.E. Brown is director of the voice, upper airway and oropharyngeal swallowing clinic at the Victoria General site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. This state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary, subspecialized clinic focuses on the investigation and treatment of patients with voice, upper airway and swallowing disorders. In addition to traditional medical and surgical treatment options, this clinic has expertise in “in-office” endoscopic procedures, which are currently not offered elsewhere in the Maritimes.

Education
Fellowship in Laryngology, Dalhousie University
Residency Training in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Dalhousie University
Doctor of Medicine, McMaster University
Bachelor of Arts, Honours History and Political Science, University of Western Ontario, Huron College

Donald Y. M. Leung

Donald Y. M. Leung

Head of Pediatric Allergy & Clinical Immunology & Professor of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health & Edelstein Family Chair in Pediatric Allergy-Immunology at NJH

Donald Y. M. Leung, is the Head, Division of Pediatric Allergy & Clinical Immunology Professor of Pediatrics, National Jewish Health and the University of Colorado, Denver, and the Edelstein Family Chair in Pediatric Allergy-Immunology at NJH. He attended the University of Chicago where he earned his doctorate in 1975 and his medical degree in 1977. Dr. Leung completed a pediatric internship and residency at The Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston and was a fellow in allergy-immunology at Boston Children’s Hospital from 1979 to 1981. He then joined the Harvard Medical School pediatrics department with appointments as assistant professor in 1983 and associate professor in 1987 before leaving for NJH.

From 1998 to 2015, Dr. Leung served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the most highly cited journal in its field. In 2012, Dr. Leung received the AAAAI Distinguished Service Award for his contributions in this role. He was also honored with the AAAAI Distinguished Scientist Award in 2018 for his seminal work in atopic dermatitis (eczema) to improve quality of life for those suffering from the condition.  Dr. Leung is the author of more than 800 scientific publications and has received over 40 federally funded grants. His awards include the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Young Investigator Research Award, NIH /National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Merit Award, and the E. Mead Johnson Award for Outstanding Research in Pediatrics. He has also been named to the list of World’s Most Highly Cited Authors in Immunology, and America’s Top Doctors by U.S. News & World Report and Castle Connolly, Ltd. Dr. Leung, whose research interests focus on mechanisms by which bacteria and viruses contribute to skin inflammation of atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, is a Principal Investigator of the NIH/NIAID Atopic Dermatitis Research Network.

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