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Project Leader

Beth Potter, PhD
Associate Professor
Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa
University Research Chair in Health Services for Children with Rare Diseases, University of Ottawa
Affiliate Investigator, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
Senior Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
Research Description
Dr. Potter has been a faculty member in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health since 2007 and was a post-doctoral fellow in the department from 2004 to 2007. She holds a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Western Ontario (2003) and an MSc in applied human nutrition from the University of Guelph (1998). Dr. Potter has a long-standing interest in maternal and child health. For the past several years she has been working in the field of public health genomics, with research in two related areas:
1. Rare childhood diseases: epidemiology, interventions, and outcome
Dr. Potter leads a research program that focuses on the development and evaluation of interventions (both clinical, and health system-level) to improve outcomes for children with rare diseases, particularly those identified by newborn screening.
Currently, she co-leads the Canadian Inherited Metabolic Diseases Research Network a multidisciplinary practice-based research network designed to develop an evidence-informed approach to health care for pediatric inborn errors of metabolism (IEM). CIMDRN will address many of the complexities associated with studying these diseases and aims to support health care providers and decision makers in providing the best health care possible to patients with IEM.
2. Newborn and prenatal screening: health technology assessment, policy development, and education
Dr. Potter is leading and collaborating on several research projects related to pre-screening parental education about newborn screening: has studied health technology assessment methods for prenatal and newborn screening; and led an international comparison of newborn screening policy development.
Finally, Dr. Potter teaches Introductory Epidemiology and Survey Research Methods in the graduate program in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa, and leads a research seminar series for PhD students.


Julian Little, PhD
School of Epidemiology and Public Health
University of Ottawa
Dr. Julian Little holds a Canada Research Chair in Human Genome Epidemiology, and is a Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa, of which he was Chair/Director 2006-2016. His PhD, from Aberdeen University, was on problems of ascertainment of congenital anomalies. Subsequently, he worked for the EUROCAT Central Registry in Brussels (Belgium), as a lecturer in epidemiology in Nottingham University, as an epidemiologist in the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, and as Professor of Epidemiology a Aberdeen University, during which he spent a sabbatical year at the Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention, CDC, Atlanta. He was on academic leave in the Clinical Research Unit, Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai from September-December 2016, and in the University of Ferrara from January-December 2017.
Robin Hayeems, PhD​
Assistant Professor
Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME)
University of Toronto
Child Health Evaluative Sciences (CHES)
The Hospital for Sick Children
Dr. Hayeems is trained in genetic counselling (ScM, John Hopkins University), public health and bioethics (PhD, University of Toronto), health policy research (University of Toronto, IHPME Postdoctoral Fellowship), and health services research (University of Toronto, Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship). Robin's research focuses on the development and implementation of high quality genomic screening and diagnostic tools for the maternal-child health context using applied health services and policy research methods. As a member of several policy advisory committee, her work informs and is informed by policy development in this area.