6th Annual Canadian Haemoglobinopathy Conference


Start 28 September, 2019, 7 45 AM

End 5 PM


1 Summers Lane




Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen's

Contact Info

Shawn Locke, CHSE Coordinator

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 21098

E-Mail: lockes1@mcmaster.ca


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Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Residents, Medical and Nursing Students, Physician Assistants, Social Workers and other Allied Health Practitioners involved in the care of patients with sickle cell disease, thalassemia and associated iron overload. 


By attending this activity, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe new evidence in curative therapy for sickle cell disease and thalassemia.

  • Discuss optimal approaches to diagnostic and genetic testing in hemoglobinopathies.

  • Apply current evidence in prevention and treatment of stroke and thrombosis in hemoglobinopathies.

  • Manage complex cases, including iron overload, non-transfusion dependent thalassemia and sickle cell disease. 


Madeleine Verhovsek, BSc, MD, FRCPC (Chair)

Associate Professor, Division of 

Hematology and Thromboembolism, 

McMaster University


Uma Athale, MD, MSc, FAAP, FRCP(C)

Associate Professor

Department of Pediatrics

McMaster University


Jennifer Wolfenden, RN 

McMaster Haemoglobinopathy Clinic

Hamilton Health Sciences 


Linda Waterhouse, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW

Social Worker

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology 

Hamilton Health Sciences 


Colleen Johnson, MN, NP (Adult)

Red Blood Cell Disorder Clinic

Toronto General Hospital


Karen Charpentier

Clinical Nurse Specialist 

Hospital for Sick Children


Colin Yee, MD, FRCPC 

Adult Hematologist 

Grand River Hospital, Kitchener Waterloo


Sheilah Laffan 

CHSE Program Manager 

Continuing Health Sciences Education

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON 


Shawn Locke

CHSE Coordinator

Continuing Health Sciences Education 

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON