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Deadline extended to January 8, 2018!

The 2018 CHLA/ABSC Planning Committee invites submissions for the annual conference to be held in St. John's, Newfoundland.

To submit a proposal, please see our Call for Submissions.

Contact: Lindsay Alcock


Opening Keynote

Dr. Terry-Lynn Young, Memorial University

Dr. Terry-Lynn YoungTerry-Lynn Young, PhD, is a molecular geneticist in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
In 2003, she established a CFI-funded research laboratory dedicated to genetics/genomics research and translation of unmet, medically important diseases segregating in Newfoundland and Labrador's unique founder population. Notable discoveries include the finding of a novel gene causing a highly lethal form of cardiomyopathy in 24 extended NL families, due to a strong founder effect, and the first gene causing otosclerosis, a common form of conductive hearing loss.
Dr. Young's received The President's Award for Outstanding Research (Memorial University) and a Community Recognition Award (Advocacy) from the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association-NL for her research and translation efforts.
Dr. Young currently leads an interdisciplinary team exploring the ethic, economic, legal and social implications of inherited cardiomyopathies and the application of genomics to make better products and services for the hearing impaired.

Closing Keynote

Dr. Andrew FureyTeam Broken Earth

Dr. Andrew FureyAn orthopaedic trauma surgeon with an uncompromising passion for helping others, Dr. Andrew Furey has made a lifelong commitment to kindness and giving back. Growing up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Dr. Furey learned the importance of hard work and empathy from his supportive parents and siblings. He took those values and studied for a career in medicine, ensuring that he would be able to help people in their most vulnerable of times each and every day.

Dr. Furey’s dedication to medicine and philanthropy led him to spearhead the non-profit organization Team Broken Earth in 2010, following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January of that year. Dr. Furey organized a task force of Canadian physicians, nurses, and physiotherapists to travel to the affected areas and offer medical support and training.

Since that time, Team Broken Earth has grown to include teams all across the country, but that doesn’t mean it takes up all of Dr. Furey’s time. He remains very active in the local St. John’s community, attending and organizing various charity events. He also does work with the Liberal Party of Canada, teaches at Memorial University, and most importantly to him, raises three beautiful children with his wife Allison.

Ultimately, Dr. Andrew Furey’s ambitions lie with making a true positive impact on the world. Helping those who need help most, both locally and internationally, continues to drive Dr. Furey forward.