IGNITE PHENOMICS INSTITUTE
Genomic diagnostics discovered and optimized by the researchers at the centre are being matched to unique family pedigrees, leading the team to develop new software algorithms & solutions to gene-influenced deafness.
A pan-Canada effort including researchers from Memorial University Newfoundland (MUN), University of Western Ontario (UWO), and McMaster (Mac) are working with the Audiology experts in GrandFalls-Windsor (SuiteQ) to improve hearing for many.
Dr. Terry-Lynn Young
Dr. Terry-Lynn Young received her PhD (Human Genetics) from Memorial University in 2000. Since then she has been an outstanding and eminent contributor in applied genetic research, most notably her team’s discovery of the gene-TMEM43, which causes Arrythmic Right Ventricle Disease (ARVD), more commonly known as Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) in the apparently young and healthy.
Dr. Young and her team have made significant contributions to the understanding of the genetic bases of blindness, kidney disease and several neurological conditions including hearing loss and deafness.
Accolades have followed, including:
Recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Research
Founding Scientist of the Graig L. Dobbin Genetics Research Centre
Board of Directors of the Research and Development Corporation (RDC)
Board of Directors of the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute.
Scientific officer for the CIHR-Genetics panel and was recently appointed as
Chair of the Institute Advisory Board for Genetics (CIHR)
Member of several national scientific review committees
Susan Stanton, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and director of the Human Auditory Phenotyping & Genetics Laboratory (HAPGLab) at the National Centre for Audiology, Western University (London, Canada).
Comprehensive phenotyping methods include the integration of clinical, behavioural and physiological measures of auditory function, to determine how audition is affected by different gene mutations causing sensorineural hearing loss and otosclerosis.
Dr Stanton received her MClSc in Audiology from the University of Western Ontario in 1984, and worked as a clinical and research audiologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre before completing an MSc and PhD in Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of Toronto in 1997. Her work in auditory system neuroscience examined the influence of sensory deprivation, abnormal environmental input and genetic mutations on auditory system structure, function, and plasticity in animal models.
Dr. Susan Stanton
Dr. Ian Bruce
Ian C. Bruce, PhD is a Professor and Associate Chair (Graduate) in Electrical & Computer Engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He is engaged in interdisciplinary research and academic activities in electrical & biomedical engineering, neuroscience, psychology, and music cognition. His research is focussed on applying cutting-edge experimental and computational methods to better understand, diagnosis and treat hearing disorders.
Dr. Bruce completed his Bachelors degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne and his PhD degree at the university’s Bionic Ear Institute. In between, he worked as a Research & Teaching Assistant at the University of Technology in Vienna, Austria. He did a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, USA, before joining the faculty at McMaster University in 2002. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.
Anne Griffin, MSc is a licensed clinical audiologist and has served as national president of the Canadian Academy of Audiology (2004-2005) and is the recipient of that association’s President’s Award (2010).
As a clinical audiologist of long-standing in the community, Griffin is ideally positioned to work effectively with all professional and community stakeholders and has been providing clinical recruitment, auditory assessment and analysis for Dr. Young’s program of research into the genomics of hearing loss in the Newfoundland founder population for the past 15 years.
She is coordinator of auditory research in the Genomics-Based Research and Development Centre for Health in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, and assists the team to publish and present results of projects taken on at Suite Q: About Hearing.
She has also received several awards from the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association: the Community Recognition Award Award for Advocacy (CHHA-NL, 2008), the Winnifred C. Cory Award of Merit (CHHA 2010) and a Certificate of Recognition for Service (CHHA-NL 2010)
Dr. Jill Lowther
Dr. Jill Lowther is a licensed clinical audiologist and research assistant with Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador. She graduated with her MSc from the National Centre for Audiology at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario. Here she focused her research on hearing conservation in elementary school children through a health promotion lens. From there, she moved to the United States – and away from the snow! – where she obtained her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.
Throughout her studies, Dr. Lowther worked as a research assistant in the Audiology Rehabilitation Laboratory with Dr. David Wark and the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory with Dr. Gavin Bidelman after completing her schooling,
Before relocating to Newfoundland, Dr. Lowther worked as a Clinical Audiologist at Fayette Hearing Clinic, outside of Atlanta, Georgia. In this position, she worked extensively to help diagnose and treat adults with hearing impairment, always keeping in mind her objective of following best practices in order to best meet each individual’s communication needs and goals.