Dr. Conrad Fernandez, Hon BSc (Genetics), MD, FRCPC
Professor and Head, Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Department of Pediatrics. IWK Health Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Cross-appointed Departments of Bioethics, Graduate Studies, Medicine.
Chair, Renal Tumors Steering Committee, Children’s Oncology Group
Vice Chair Bioethics Committee, Children’s Oncology Group
Member, Panel on Research Ethics, Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research. TriCouncil Policy of Canada. Member.
IWK Health Centre, Dalhousie University
Wilms tumor, ethics
My research interests are in two main spheres of inquiry. The first is in Wilms tumor, the most common renal cancer in childhood. I am the chair the multidisciplinary COG renal tumor committee which designs clinical trials for children with renal tumors across North America and parts of Australia, New Zealand and Europe. The collaborations afforded through the renal tumors committee have allowed a number of clinical and basic science research projects in Wilms tumor. I am also active in empiric research in the field of ethics, in particular the return of genetic results to research participants. I am the Ethics Node lead for the molecular profiling project called PROFYLE, a Terry Fox Research Institute funded Canadian national trial examining high risk pediatric, adolescent and young adult cancers in Canada.