key speakers

Larry C. Lands, MD, PhD; Director, Pediatric Respiratory Medicine, Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, and Pediatric Pulmonary Function Laboratory

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

Canadian Thoracic Soceity Research Strategy Committee and American Thoracic Society Pediatric International Relations Committee

Children with lung diseases, such as asthma and cystic fibrosis, have excessive inflammation in their lungs. This often limits their ability to be physically active. I study how to calm down lung inflammation, boost immune defences, and improve physical performance. In our laboratory we are attempting to increase natural immunity to respiratory viral infections, to prevent people with chronic lung disease from becoming sicker when they catch a cold. The immune-boosting abilities of vitamin D are also being examined, as are the immune and performance enhancing properties of our novel whey protein supplement. And to help patients benefit from an active lifestyle, we are studying a new motivational program to encourage physical activity in patients Research foci

Chronic lung disease;

Anti-viral defense;

Innate immunity;


Exercise physiology.with cystic fibrosis.

  Daryl Armstrong Scott, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor Molecular and Human Genetics

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, US; General Pediatrics, member of American Board of Pediatrics; Clinical Genetics, member of American Board of Medical Genetics

Identifying and characterizing genes responsible for common birth defects



Sarah H Elsea, Ph.D. Professor, Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, US

Senior Director, Biochemical, Baylor Genetics

Molecular and biochemical basis of rare disease; genomic disorders; metabolomics; diagnostics; neurodevelopmental disorders; caregiver concerns



Oleg Shchelochkov, M.D.

Staff Clinician

Organic Acid Research Section

Medical Genomics and Metabolic Genetics Branch

National Human Genome Research Institute

National Institutes of Health

Bethesda, Maryland