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Management Committee

The Child Health and Human Development Program has a management committee composed of the program leadership, representatives from the Centre for Translational Biology (CTB) and Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), external members and trainees. This committee meets four times a year to discuss program-related concerns, problems, and strategy. Committee members include:

Dr. Daniel Dufort
Program Leader

Dr. Meranda Nakhla
Associate Program Leader

Naima Abbadi, PhD
Program Manager

Dr. Nada Jabado
CTB Representative

Dr. Evelyn Constantin
CORE Representative

Ciriaco Piccirillo, PhD
External Member

Postdoctoral Representative

Graduate Student Representative

External Member


Program Leaders and Manager

Daniel Dufort, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Medicine at McGill University. His research interests focus on elucidating the embryo-uterine communication that is required for successful implantation of the embryo. His laboratory uses molecular, embryological and genetic approaches to identify the signaling pathways and their roles in the implantation process. Currently funded by research operating grants from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Foundation of Stars, his work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and featured in the mainstream press. He supervises numerous graduate students and has delivered invited lectures around the world.

Meranda Nakhla, MD, M.Sc., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. Her research program focuses on the organization and delivery of healthcare services to children and youth with type 1 diabetes. She also conducts studies to better understand the transition process from pediatric to adult diabetes care. These studies aim to identify the healthcare needs of children and youth with type 1 diabetes and ultimately help to inform care providers and policy-makers how best to deliver diabetes services for young adults, including transition care. Her work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and her research is currently supported by operating grants from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Fonds de recherche du Québec─Santé and Canadian Diabetes Association.

Naima Abbadi, PhD, earned her doctorate in human genetics from the Faculty of Medicine at l’université Nancy-II, France, and an MBA from the Université du Quebec à Montréal. She completed postdoctoral training in genomics at Case Western University (Cleveland, USA). Having held positions in academia, industry, and provincial and federal government, she brings to the CHHD Program more than 18 years of experience in academic research, innovation management, technology evaluation and strategic partnership.