Our Team

Our multidisciplinary team of researchers is studying the transmission, clinical course, immune response and genetic factors related to COVID-19 in Alberta children, with a focus on discovering and describing information that will contribute to control of the pandemic.

Study Team

Dr. Jim Kellner, MD

Dr. Jim Kellner, MD

Dr. Kellner is leading a team of scientists and physicians to study children with COVID-19. He is a professor in the departments of Paediatrics, Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Disease, and Community Health Sciences at the Cumming School of Medicine, and a member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI). He is a member of the Leadership Group of the national COVID-19 Immunity Task Force.

Research profile

Dr. François Bernier, MD

Dr. François Bernier, MD

Dr. Bernier and his colleagues will delve into the unique bar code of each instance of the virus itself. He is the head of the Department of Medical Genetics and professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the CSM and an ACHRI physician-scientist who is leading the genomics arm of the study.

Research profile

Joslyn Gray

Joslyn Gray, Research Manager

Joslyn Gray has been with the Pediatric Infectious Diseases research team, ACHIEVE, for most of her career. In her role as the ACHIEVE Research Manager, she coordinates all aspects of the planning and conduct of numerous single-centre and multi-centre clinical research studies and clinical trials.

On behalf of the AB3C Study Investigators:

Dr. Claire Arrieta, PhD, Physiology & Pharmacology, University of Calgary

Dr. Susanne Benseler, MD, PhD, Pediatrics, University of Calgary

Dr. Byron Berenger, MD, MSc, FRCPC, D(ABMM), Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of Calgary

Dr. Jaime Blackwood, BScH, MD, FRCPC, Pediatrics, University of Calgary

Dr. Jason Cabaj, MD, MSc, Community Health Sciences, AHS Medical Officer of Health 

Dr. Eliana Castillo, MD, Medicine, University of Calgary

Dr. Carmen Charlton, PhD, D(ABMM), FCCM, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Alberta

Dr. Cora Constantinescu, MD, Pediatrics, University of Calgary

Dr. Suzette Cooke, MD, Pediatrics, University of Calgary

Dr. Jessica Dunn, MD, Pediatrics, University of Calgary

Dr. Michael Esser, PhD, MD, FRCPC, Pediatrics, University of Calgary

Dr. Kevin Fonseca, PhD, D(ABMM), Clinical Virology, Alberta Provincial Laboratories

Dr. Nils Daniel Forkert, Dr. rer. nat., M.Sc., Radiology, University of Calgary

Dr. Stephen Freedman, MD, Pediatrics, University of Calgary

Dr. Marvin Fritzler, MD, PhD, Medicine , University of Calgary

Dr. Jia Hu, MD, Community Health Sciences, AHS Medical Officer of Health

Dr. Ari Joffe, MD, FRCPC, Pediatrics, University of Alberta  

Dr. David Wyatt Johnson, MD, Pediatrics, University of Calgary

Dr. C. Adam Kirton, MD, FRCPC, Pediatrics, University of Calgary

Dr. Susan Kuhn, MD, Pediatrics, University of Calgary

Dr. Thierry Lacaze, MD, PhD, Neonatology, University of Calgary

Dr. Piush Mandhane, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Pediatrics, University of Alberta  

Dr. Deborah Marshall, BSc, MHSA, PhD, Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary

Dr. Sheila McDonald, MSc, PhD, Pediatrics, University of Calgary

Dr. Luis Murguia-Favela, MD, FRCPC, Pediatrics, University of Calgary

Dr. Jillian Parboosingh, PhD, FCCMG, Lab Director, Genetics, University of Calgary

Dr. Joan Robinson, MD, Pediatrics, University of Alberta  

Dr. Graham Thompson, MD, Pediatrics, University of Calgary

Dr. Graham Tipples, PhD, FCCM, D(ABMM), Medical-Scientific Director, Public Health, Alberta Public Laboratories

Dr. Suzanne Tough, PhD, Pediatrics, University of Calgary

Dr. Marinka Twilt, MD, PhD, Pediatrics, University of Calgary

Dr. Otto Vanderkooi, BMedSc, MD, FRCPC, DTMH, Pediatrics, University of Calgary

Dr. Tyler Williamson, PhD, Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary

Dr. Nicola Wright, MD, Pediatrics, University of Calgary

This study has been approved by the University of Calgary's Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (CHREB). Ethics ID: REB20-0480

Cette étude a été approuvée par le Comité conjoint d'éthique de la recherche en santé de l'Université de Calgary, Ethics ID: REB20-0480