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The Genesis Research Foundation is a charitable, non-profit organization whose mission is to fund research and promote education and awareness in women’s health in the areas of obstetrics and gynaecology, including reproductive cancers, reproductive biology and maternal-fetal medicine.
Established in 1983 by a group of 80 medical doctors, Genesis remains, for over twenty years, a pioneer in education and research for neglected areas of women’s health care.
The Foundation raises funds through donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and special events. Genesis is governed by a Board of Volunteer Trustees representing many sectors of the community including: medical, financial, corporate, communications, fundraising and education.
The Genesis Research Foundation has established a cooperative enterprise with five major hospitals: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Women’s College Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital and The University Health Network. Genesis also works in partnership with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology which allows Genesis access to one of the largest clinical and educational bases in North America.
A. M. Addison, James D. Allin, Marshall P. Barkin, J. L. M. Bean, Ronald J. Benzie, A. Bernstein, Paul Bernstein, D. K. M. Black, M. L. Bunker, L. Burgener, A. Cecutti, P. L. Chan, Anne Claessens, Ronald Cochen, Carol A. Cowell, J. P. Cupryn, Christine M. Derzko, Guillermo O. DeVilla, Terence A. Doran, Harold Drutz, A. Eisen, Fred Engle, Goran Enhorning, Barbara Fallis, Robert J. Gall, Douglas J. Gare, A. H. Gerulath, J. D. M. Gillies, Charles C. Gold, Ivan Goldman, Mathias Gysler, Mary Hannah, D. V. Haraszthy, John Harkins, J. A. M. Harper, William H. Harris, Patrick Hewlett, Man Fan Ho, E. M. Hoskins, E. J. Istvan, Winston Jong, Gordon M. Lickrish, K. I. Lie, Elliott Lyons, Fred Mandel, D. M. Martyn, Paul H. McCleary, J. E. Milligan, Jerry W. Millson, D. C. Moore, J. E. Morgan, Heather Morris, R. D. Nicholson, J. Norris, R. J. Osborne, Fred R. Papsin, William M. Paul, Mel E. Petersiel, Donald G. Pond, Denise Robb, Thomas G. Ryley, David Shaul, A. T. Shennan, Alan B. Shewchuk, R. M. Shier, Jerry Shime, Jack Shuber, M. Skidmore, M. M. Spivak, W. F. Steinberg, Lionel I. Tanzer, John R. Taylor, Bruce Thomas, Sidney M. Tobin, Gerald I. Urbach, K. Valtchev, R. H. Wesley, J. C. G. Whetham, Allan E. Zerafa
Dr. Alan Bocking graduated from the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Medicine in 1977 where he obtained specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. As a recipient of an MRC fellowship, he did further research training in the Department of Physiology, Monash University, Australia. In 1985, he joined the University of Western Ontario Faculty as an Assistant Professor where he held continuous MRC/CIHR funding since 1986 and received an MRC Scholarship in 1987. He has been a member of the MRC/CIHR Group in Fetal and Neonatal Health and Development since 1989. He was appointed Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Western Ontario in 1999.
Dr. Bocking’s research has contributed substantially to our understanding of the mechanisms whereby the fetus adapts to prolonged hypoxemia. With other collaborators he has made important discoveries related to biochemical predictors of preterm labour and the mechanisms underlying preterm labour. He has published over 60 original articles in the peer reviewed literature related to his research and has over 90 published abstracts related to his research findings. He has authored and co-authored over 10 reviews and textbook chapters related to fetal and maternal health.
Dr. Bocking joined the University of Toronto as Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in April 2003 and also is the Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Dr. Jennifer M. Blake is the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Head of Women’s Health at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Women’s College Hospital, Toronto. She is a Professor and Associate Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Blake is a former Chief of Pediatric Gynaecology at the Hospital for Sick Children and was the Undergraduate Dean of McMaster University Medical School from 1991 - 1997.
Dr. Blake is a medical graduate from McMaster University and received her fellowship in 1982. Since completing a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and Master of Science, she has pursued clinical interest and research in the fields of pediatric and adolescent gynaecology, menopause, medical and continuing education. She has an active publication record and has given numerous invited addresses internationally and across Canada.
Dr. Stephen Lye earned his Ph.D. in Reproductive Biology at the University of Bristol in 1980. He then moved to London, Ontario as a post-doctoral fellow with at the University of Western Ontario and became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1984.
In 1988, he joined the University of Toronto as Head of the Division of Perinatology at the Samuel Lunefeld Research Institute (SLRI) and Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. He currently holds the position of Professor of Ob\Gyn and of Physiology at U. of T. and Joint-Head of the Program of Development and Fetal Health at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, where he is the Director of the Research Training Centre. Dr. Lye has received extensive peer-review research funding. Most notably, he was Director of the MRC Program in Birth and Perinatal Development from 1990-1995 and is currently Director of the MRC Group in Development and Fetal health.
Dr Casper is former Head of the Division of Reproductive Sciences in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. He is presently a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with cross appointments in the Departments of Physiology, Medicine, The Institute of Medical Sciences, and in the Postgraduate Department of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto. Dr Casper is also a Senior Scientist in the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Casper received his MD at the University of Western Ontario in 1973 and his Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 1977. In 1978, he was awarded a Medical Research Council of Canada Fellowship for two and a half years training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California in San Diego with Dr Sam Yen, and was certified as a diplomate of the ABOG in Reproductive Endocrinology in 1982.
Dr. Casper’s research activities, in the area of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, have been continuously funded by the MRC/CIHR since 1980. Dr. Casper was awarded an MRC scholarship in 1982,and more recently, a joint MRC/INSERM Visiting Scientist award to acquire new expertise in molecular biology, during a sabbatical in the laboratory of Professor Edwin Milgrom in Paris. Dr. Casper is presently principal investigator on 2 CIHR operating grants, a Toxic Substances Research Initiative grant from Health Canada, and is co-investigator on 2 other CIHR grants. He has over 200 publications.
Dr. Casper is past president of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society and Chairman of the Special Advisory Committee on Reproductive Biology to the Health Protection Branch of Health Canada. He is on the editorial boards of The Journal of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, Fertility and Sterility, The Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey, The Journal of the Middle East Fertility Society, Menopause, and Reproductive Medicine Review. Dr Casper was awarded the Health Silver Medal of the Ministry of Health, Republic of Lebanon in 2001.
Dr. Christine Derzko graduated as an M.D. from the University of Toronto in 1967 and, after specializing in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, became an FRCSC in 1975. Post fellowship training at the University of Toronto and U.C.L.A. has led to her current role as Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine (Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology) and as a member of the Reproductive Biology Division. She has been on the active staff at St. Michael's Hospital since 1976 and since 1986 has headed the hospital's Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility & Menopause.
Dr. Derzko is a consultant for the Princess Margaret Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Service Unit. A member of the Bone & Mineral Group, University of Toronto (Osteoporosis Research and Treatment), she also serves on the Executive Committee, OMA Section of Reproductive Biology. She is the recipient of the Colin Woolf Award for CME (1995-96), Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and the 1997-98 University of Toronto Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Undergraduate Teaching Award for St. Michael's Hospital.
As the author of over 30 publications, Dr. Derzko is much in demand as a nationally recognized and respected speaker, lecturer and television presenter on topics concerning women's health in areas such as menopause, hormone replacement therapy, women and cardiovascular disease, HRT and breast cancer. She is a member of numerous advisory boards, panels and committees and serves on the Editorial Board of several journals.
Dr Joan Murphy is Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Toronto and Head of the Division of Gyn Oncology in the joint UHN/Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology which is sited at Princess Margaret Hospital and Toronto General Hospital. She is a medical school graduate of the University of Calgary, of residency training at UBC and a combined fellowship at UBC and McMaster University. She has been a faculty member at UBC and at McMaster before moving to University of Toronto in 1985.
Her academic activities include clinical teaching, resident and fellow training, fundraising for gynecologic cancer research, co-directing the UHN multidisciplinary Toronto Ovarian Cancer Research Network, participating in ovarian cancer research including the genetics of ovarian cancer, advancing cervical cancer screening and prevention, administration at UHN and providing tertiary-level clinical care in gyn/oncology surgery and chemotherapy. Her past activities have included directing the sub-specialty training program in Gynecologic Oncology, chairing the Clinical Quality Improvement Committee at UHN and research in HIV and cervical cancer. She has served as Secretary Treasurer and more recently President and Past President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists of Canada.
Dr Murphy has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Ovarian Cancer Association and is on the Board of Trustees of the Genesis Research Foundation, the research fundraising arm of the U of T’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Wusun Paek graduated from University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1987 and completed her residency training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Toronto from 1988 to 1992. Dr. Paek became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC) in 1992 and was awarded a Fellowship in Advanced Endoscopic Surgery in the United States and France from 1992 to 1994.
She has been an active staff member at Mount Sinai Hospital since 1994 specializing in Endoscopic Surgery and General Gynaecology with a cross appointment as Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Dr. Paek earned a Master of Education, OISE/UT in 1998, and that year became a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Her main areas of interest include endoscopic surgery, endometriosis and menopause. She is involved in the surgical education of residents and colleagues and has completed an advanced endoscopy course for senior residents in OB/GYN at University of Toronto.
She is a committee and faculty member for SCOPE (Surgical Complications of Pelvic Endoscopy) sponsored by the Society of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC). Dr. Paek works actively to promote interest in health education of the Korean Canadian Community and serves as Vice President of the Korean Canadian Medical Association.
Mr. Alex Szucs represents Diversified Business Communications Canada as a Vice President Medical Group. Diversified Canada is part of an international company of meeting management specialists and education providers to a broad range of professionals in Finance, IT and Project Management, as well as Food and Medicine.
Mr. Szucs now oversees the largest annual healthcare exposition in Canada: Primary Care Today in Toronto, the Symposium francophone de medicine in Montreal and the national medical education conference series: Primary Care UPDATES.
Alex brings over 25 years’ experience in healthcare, including executive-level posts at Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, BASF-Knoll Pharma, Abbott Labs, Walsh Pharmaceutical Marketing, Pegasus Healthcare International and Nightingale Informatix. He is specialist in Continuing Health Education. Over the last several years Alex chaired the Strategic Planning committee of the Canadian Alliance for Continuing Health Education (CACHE), the Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME) and the Canadian Pain Society (CPS).
Alex presently serves on the Board of Trustees of Genesis Research Foundation and was elected Secretary Treasurer to the CACHE Board of Directors in 2006.
Mr. Szucs holds degrees in Zoology and Medical Physiology and a Masters of Science in Endocrinology. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Graduate Medicine, prior to his move to industry.