Monica Justice, PhD
Head & Senior Scientist, Genetics & Genome Biology Program, SickKids
Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto

Dr. Justice is a Senior Scientist and Head of the Program in Genetics and Genome Biology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), and Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. A pioneer in mouse mutagenesis, Dr Justice’s research aims to improve human health through mouse genetics. Genetics and genomics strategies are employed to identify the genetic basis for rare diseases and find rational pathways for therapies. Her current work focuses on the neuro-metabolic disorder Rett syndrome.

She is Editor-in-Chief of Disease Models and Mechanisms, a Senior Editor of Current Protocols in Mouse Biology, a Fellow of the AAAS, and recipient of an American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Award, the Burroughs Wellcome Innovation Award in Functional Genomics, and the Michael E. DeBakey Excellence in Research Award.

James Dowling, MD, PhD
Senior Scientist, Genetics and Genome Biology Program, SickKids
Mogford Campbell Chair in Paediatric Clinical Neuroscience

Dr. Dowling is a Scientist in the Genetics & Genome Biology Program at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). He received his BSc and M.Sc. from Yale University and his MD/PhD from the University of Chicago. His clinical expertise is in childhood neuromuscular disorders and he is considered one of the leading authorities on the diagnosis and management of congenital myopathies.

Dr. Dowling’s research has examined questions of disease pathogenesis and therapy development for congenital myopathies and childhood muscular dystrophies. His laboratory has helped pioneer the use of the zebrafish model for these disorders.