ACHRI Directors

Dr. Susa Benseler, MD, PhD


Dr. Susa Benseler, MD, PhD is highly regarded for many achievements in medicine, especially related to advances in precision public health for children. She has led several national and international studies for childhood rheumatic and inflammatory diseases and established an international and interdisciplinary network of investigators for children with inflammatory brain diseases called BrainWorks. Dr. Benseler views precision medicine, which involves tailoring treatment to the unique characteristics of each individual patient, as fundamental to improving child health. Precision medicine is a strategic priority for the Cumming School of Medicine.

Dr. Benedikt Hallgrimsson, PhD

Scientific Director - Basic Science

Dr. Benedikt Hallgrimsson, PhD works on the developmental genetics of complex traits. He integrates 3D imaging and morphometry with genetics and developmental biology. He was awarded the Rohlf Medal for Excellence in Morphometrics in 2015 and elected fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2018. Funded by CIHR, NIH and NSERC, he has published over 130 journal articles, 31 chapters, three edited volumes, and a textbook.

Dr. Quentin Pittman, PhD

Director, Education and Training

Dr. Quentin Pittman, PhD is recognized internationally for his contributions in neuroendocrinology, neuroimmunology and neurophysiology. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, he is currently deputy head of Physiology and Pharmacology. He has served on training award review committees for the International Human Frontiers Science Program, Heart and Stroke Foundation, CIHR Vanier Canada, and numerous internal review committees.