February 11th, 2021 – The Northern First Nations Biobank: Partnering with First Nations in Northern British Columbia to Reduce Inequity in Access to Genomic Research

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Date: Thursday, February 11th, 2021 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am
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About the Presenters:


Dr. Nadine Caron, co-project leader and team lead, activity 1; Anishnawbe from Sagamok First Nation in Ontario

  • Canada’s first female First Nations general surgeon
  • Professor, UBC Dep’t of Surgery and Northern Medical Program
  • Co-director of UBC’s Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health
  • Associate Faculty UBC SPPH
  • Senior Scientist, Genome Sciences Centre at BC Cancer
  • Adjunct Faculty at University of Northern BC
  • Associate Faculty, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health


Elder Wilf Adam

  • Former Chief of the Lake Babine First Nation.
  • Former member of the British Columbia Treaty Commission.
  • Co-founder of the Burns Lake Law Centre.


Patricia Howard

  • Regional Manager – Primary Care, First Nations Health Authority



Meck Chongo, MD, MSc, PhD ; Research Manager, First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) Cancer and Wellness, University of British Columbia

  • Research Manager – First Nations Health Authority Cancer and Wellness, University of British Columbia.
  • Family Doctor with previous research experience in Adherence to Therapy in HIV/AIDS and Resilience in Indigenous peoples.
  • Universities Without Walls 5.0 Fellow in Community-based HIV research
  • Former post-Doctoral Fellow in Medical Genetics


Dr. Viktor Deineko

  • Research Program Manager – Implementation and Management, Northern Biobank Initiative, University of Northern British Columbia.
  • Molecular Biologist


Megan Hunt

  • Provincial Executive  Director of Primary Care and E-Health
  • Provincial lead for planning and implementation of 15 FN led primary care initiatives
  • Provincial lead for First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day and FN Virtual Substance Use and Psychiatry Program
  • Strategic Primary Care partnerships
  • Provincial lead primary care and eHealth strategic direction/plan




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